Garden News & Media Resources

Welcome to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s online press room.

This site is designed as a resource for media, providing the latest news about the Garden. The Public Relations and Marketing Department is happy to assist with stories, on-site visits, interviews, access to experts, and photos.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is grateful for Tom Hennessy for the use of his photos on many of the Garden’s website pages. They are tagged in the Alt Text and are not to be re-used without permission.

Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director

(804) 262-9887, ext. 316; [email protected]
Twitter: @BethRMonroe

Jonah Holland, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator

(804) 262-9887, ext. 292; [email protected]
Twitter: @lewisginter and @JonahHolland

International inquiries please email [email protected]

GARDEN NAMES BRIAN TRADER AS NEXT PRESIDENT AND CEO

National search yields leader with expertise in horticulture, public garden management and community focus

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced its next president and CEO is Brian W. Trader, Ph.D. The decision comes after a 10-month national search led by a board-appointed committee comprised of a diverse mix of community leaders. Trader will start his position at the Garden on Jan. 4, 2021.

“The candidate pool was exceptionally strong as a result of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s reputation as a top 10 botanical garden,” said Board President Melvin Watkins. “Brian was chosen based on his leadership management at premier public gardens, horticultural expertise, and commitment to community. We have great confidence Brian will take Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to the next level and lead the team steadily into the future.”

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LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

MUSEUMS FOR ALL TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY OF HIGH-QUALITY GARDENS, GARDEN EXPERIENCES, AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES.

Today Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit gardens and museums regularly and build lifelong habits of visitation and participation. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a minimal fee of $1 per person for two adults (Age 18+) and free admission for up to six children (Age 17 and under) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 250 museums across the country, including Richmond’s own Science Museum of Virginia. Museums for All is part of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s broad commitment to invite, welcome, and celebrate all audiences.

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LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN RECEIVES MAJOR GIFT

Local family donates 80-acre Hanover County estate with significant azalea collection

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the recipient of a gift from a local family of an 80-acre estate in Hanover County. The property includes a significant azalea collection as well as resources to ensure the preservation of the land for generations to come.

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