Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Factsheet

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is connecting people and plants to improve communities. Learn more about our Garden and our work in the community with these quick facts about our gardens.

About the Garden

Community Connections

  • More than 600 people currently volunteer at the Garden, providing more than 39,000 hours of support each year.
  • More than 12,000 households support the Garden with memberships.
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has many partnerships, including relationships with other nonprofits, educational institutions and community organizations.
  • Lewis Ginter staff and volunteers have grown, harvested, and donated over 52,198 lbs. of vegetables to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen since 2009.   The Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter has provided over 45,500 meals for Central Virginia’s hungry children and homebound seniors.


  • About 50,000 children visit the Garden and the Children’s Garden each year; about 12,000 as part of structured education programs; the remaining 38,000 through admission.
  • More than 30 percent of children in structured programs come from low to moderate income households and participate for free.
  • Children’s programs are age-specific and meet Virginia Standards of Learning requirements.
  • Adult Education programs range from “how-to” sessions to lectures by renowned garden experts.
  • The Garden maintains a botanical library and herbarium for continued horticultural research.

All of this and so much more is made possible by the generosity and support of our business leaders, Garden members and donors in our community. Thank you.

Fact Checker

1984 Founded as a nonprofit public garden. Established by bequest of benefactor Grace Arents; named in honor of her uncle Lewis Ginter.

350,000 visitors annually (one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond Region)

12,000 member households

50,000 children visit annually; 12,000 as part of structured education programs with ¼ of those from low- to moderate-income households who participate for free

82 acres w/50 landscaped acres; a dozen+ themed gardens (Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve has 80 acres)

5,500+ unique genera, species and cultivars from around the world

68 full-time equivalent staff

500 volunteers

$6.1 million annual operating budget; very little government funding; more than half is earned income

400+ rental events annually

140-150 adult continuing education programs are offered annually

10,000 lbs. fresh vegetables grown for food bank annually through Community Kitchen Garden

Awards & Recognition

  • 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)