Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: By the Numbers

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on an historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining and shopping. More than a dozen themed gardens include a Conservatory, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Valley and Cherry Tree Walk.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden connects people through plants to improve communities.monarch conservatory photo by Jonah Holland

1984 Founded as a nonprofit public garden. Established by bequest of benefactor Grace Arents; named in honor of her uncle Lewis Ginter.
469,134 record attendance in 2016-2017 (one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond Region)
13,000+ member households
50,000 children visit annually; 14,574 received hands-on outdoor education as part of structured education programs,  42 percent of those are from low-to-moderate-income households who participate for free
82 acres (50 landscaped); a dozen+ themed gardens (80 acres at Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve)
5,600+ unique genera, species and cultivars from around the world in our living classroom
72 full-time equivalent staff
645+ volunteers, offering 46,366 hours of support
$7.2 million annual operating budget; very little government funding; 48 percent of our revenue comes from the philanthropic support from our Members and donors.
Grew 6,456 lbs. of fresh produce for the local food bank generating 5,380 meals for Central Virginia’s neediest citizens
Provided 1,716 hours of workforce development training to 15 vocational groups
140-150 adult continuing education programs offered annually
400+ rental events annually
1,757 adults participating in guided tours and group programs annually
7,053 students participating in adult education programs annually
555 teachers participating in educator workshops annually
Provided free admission to 16,348 individuals though our Sharing  the Garden program and free days like Genworth Free Community Day and CarMax Free Fourth of July

Awards & Recognition

*Voted the fourth “Most Beautiful Botanical Garden in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler. (2017)
*The fourth “Best Botanical Garden” in the nation by USA Today. (2016)
*One of the “top botanical gardens in the U.S. worth traveling for” by TripAdvisor’s FlipKey site. (2016)
*USA Today “10 Best Public Gardens” voted number two by readers (2014)
*Travel Channel “Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S.” (2013)
*International Garden Tourism Award “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” (2013)
*Institute for Museum and Library Services and the White House “Top 10 Museums in the U.S.” (2011)

 

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We have more than a dozen themed gardens

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