A Message from the Garden


Opening to members first, then to public with many adjustments

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has begun a phased reopening with timed and limited tickets available online only. There are many new procedures and schedules in place with the safety of all as the top priority. These changes may adjust over time as appropriate. The Garden opens to the general public on July 16 (tickets go on sale July 12).

The Garden will welcome back members first as a thank you for their patience and support. Members-only days are June 25-28; July 2, 3, 5 (the Garden is closed July 4) and July 9-12. Member visits are free, but they must reserve timed tickets in advance.  If you’d like to become a member to visit during this time, please see our membership options.

The Garden plans to reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16.

  • Tickets: all tickets will be timed, limited and available online only. Ticket sales for the general public start July 12.
  • Timed Visits: Visitors will choose an arrival time.
  • Schedule: Initially the Garden will have a four-day schedule of Thursdays through Sundays and new hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The changes in the Garden’s operations are to protect the safety of all.

  • Face coverings: required when indoors (in compliance with Executive Order 63) and strongly suggested at all times to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially to those who may be vulnerable. Face coverings are not required for children under age 10 or those with a medical condition.
  • New Protocols: There will be many new protocols, including a separate entrance and exit and helpful signage showing 6-foot social distancing and encouraging handwashing. The Garden will perform extensive and deep cleaning, made possible by the adjusted schedule.
  • Closures: Some portions of the Garden will remain closed, including indoor areas, sections of the Children’s Garden (including WaterPlay), and the Conservatory. Restrooms will be open.
  • Shopping and Dining: The Garden Shop and Garden Café will be open and operating under the state’s Phase 3 directives. Food will also be available to order online and eat in the Garden (however, outside food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden.)

As the Garden reopens, visitors will be able to enjoy M&T Bank Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion. This unconventional exhibit by George Sherwood features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. The artwork evokes shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water. It is also made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Patient First, and Publix Supermarket Charities.

As we move toward reopening, please feel free to reach out to us at any time at [email protected].

Ways to Stay in Touch

Stay connected. Sign up for our enewsletter or follow us on social media: @lewisginter on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Once conditions allow and if you are able, consider volunteering Volunteers, you’ve always been vital to this Garden.

Help sustain us through membership.
Thank you for renewing your memberships during this challenging time. If you’re not already a member, considering joining to show your support.  Join or Renew

If you are inclined, support our Annual Fund. The generosity of donors helps keep this nonprofit Garden going. Gifts of any size are always appreciated and can be made through online giving.

Thank you!