At a Glance Garden Calendar

AUGUST 2018

Origami in the Garden
Friday, April 13 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Flowers After 5 (continues through Sept. 14)
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
August 9 & 23, 2018
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
Continues through September 30, 2018
(Weather permitting)

Outdoor Movie Night featuring “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Celebrate the end of summer by kicking back on the Rose Garden lawn and enjoying “Kubo and the Two Strings” on Thursday, August 30 from 8 – 10 p.m. during Flowers After 5

SEPTEMBER 2018

Genworth Free Community Day
Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Genworth are pleased to announce Genworth Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Labor Day. All visitors to the Garden receive free admission 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including admission to Butterflies LIVE!

Origami in the Garden
Friday, April 13 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Flowers After 5
September 6 & 13, 2108
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA and allows leashed pets on September 8 (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
September 13 , 2018
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only.

Fall PlantFest September 14-15, 2018
Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 – 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No admission fee required; regular admission to visit the Garden
Avid gardeners know fall is a great time for planting. The Fall PlantFest features vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers.

WaterPlay
Continues through September 30, 2018 (weather permitting)
During warm spring, summer, and fall days, Water Play the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Water Play is open when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

OCTOBER 2018

RoseFest
Sunday, October 7, 2018, noon – 3 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
See the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden in full bloom with performing arts presentation.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

OktoberFest
October 27, 2018
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Live music, local food, and beer for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey.

Goblins & Gourds
October 28, 2018, 1 – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, good green fun in the Children’s Garden.

NOVEMBER 2018

ShopFest Saturday
Nov. 17, 2018
Super sale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Twenty percent discount with member ID.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination
Nov. 23, 2018
Ticketed event
We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Member and Volunteer Nights

November 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018, and Jan. 7, 2019

DECEMBER 2018

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
December 31, 2018
2 – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment and crafts. (Enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights in the evening from 5 – 10 p.m.)

JANUARY 2019

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

Member and Volunteer Nights
November 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018, and Jan. 7, 2019

Free Admission Days
Free Admission to the Garden: Jan. 8-13, 2019

Half-Price Admission Days 
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission Jan. 14 through Feb. 28, 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

Half-Price Admission Days
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission through Feb. 28

Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course
February 13, 14, 15, 2019

MARCH 2019

March Madness
Garden members (only) enjoy a special discount on purchases in the Garden Shop & Café and also in the Robins Tea House when it reopens for spring.

Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning
March 13, 14, 15, 2019

Virginia Daffodil Society Show
Included with regular Garden admission.
Saturday, March 30, show: 2 – 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, show: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

APRIL 2019

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles

Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit
April 20-21, 2019

Prix Fixe Easter Brunch in the Robins Tea House (online reservations required)
April 21, 2019

A Million Blooms
April 1 – June 1, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Pinwheels for Prevention Garden
Terrace Lawn near Rose Garden
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels are “planted” on the Terrace Lawn (adjacent to the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden), each representing a child served this past year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s Healthy Families program.

Richmond African Violet Society Show and Sale 
April 5 – 7, 2019
SALE: Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SHOW: Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Show and Sale are free to the public; Regular admission to visit the Garden.

WaterPlay
During warm spring, summer, and fall days, Water Play the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Water Play is open when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

MAY 2019

A Million Blooms
April 1 – June 1, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Extended Hours for Historic Garden Week
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (Only)

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
To celebrate Historic Garden Week, the Garden has extended hours on this night only with historic Bloemendaal House open to the public; live music, dining, shopping and more.

Members-only Spring PlantFest pre-sale, May 2, 2019

Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale)

May 3-4, 2019; Rain or shine!
No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden
The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. This year, there’s live music, a festive atmosphere and the chance to meet your extension agent and ask questions. Presented by Garden volunteers.

Mother’s Day Weekend

May 11-12, 2019
Regular Garden admission
A weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping, and dining, plus these activities:
On Saturday treat your mom to an experience she’ll love, give her a tour of A Million Blooms.
Sunday is the popular Mother’s Day concert (1 – 4 p.m.). Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Prix Fixe Mother’s Day Brunch in the Robins Tea House (online reservations required)

Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 27, 2019
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission for military personnel and first responders and their dependents, with select discounts in Garden Café and Garden Shop. Show military and first responder ID card at Admissions.

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden (Weather permitting)

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

WaterPlay
Mid-April to end of September (weather permitting)
During warm spring, summer, and fall days, Water Play the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Water Play is open when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

JUNE 2019

A Million Blooms
April 1 – June 1, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles

Flowers After 5 (June through mid-September)
June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019, 5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 (June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 12 , 2019)
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

Father’s Day Weekend
June 15 & 16, 2019, 1 — 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Enjoy a weekend of opportunities to honor and spend time with dad. Visit the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, plus these activities: On Saturday, have fun with crafts and activities in the Children’s Garden. (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) On Sunday, enjoy a free concert. Food available for purchase.

National Pollinator Week Events
Included with Regular Garden Admission
Join us for a weeklong celebration of our important pollinators — bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles — and the plants that support them. In addition to the special events, don’t miss a visit to M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, a stop at the Bob Stapleton and Keith Tignor Apiary, or a leisurely stroll down the Main Garden Walk, featuring pollinator-friendly plants. We hope you leave inspired to do your small part to support a pollinator-friendly ecosystem!

Richmond Area Daylily Society Show and Sale
Kelly Education Center
Open free to the public; regular admission to visit the Garden
Hundreds of show-stopping daylilies in every shape and color are on display.

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
(Weather permitting)

JULY 2019

CarMax Free Fourth of July
Wednesday, July 4, 2019
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE admission
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and CarMax are pleased to announce the CarMax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. On July 4, all visitors to the Garden will receive free admission throughout the day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) The free admission includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Activities in the Children’s Garden 1 – 4 p.m. include live music and a parade around the Children’s Garden at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and decorate wagons and strollers.

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles

Flowers After 5 (continues through mid-September)
July 11, 18, 25, 2019
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 (continues through mid-September)
July 11 & 25, 2019
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden (Weather permitting)

AUGUST 2019

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles

Flowers After 5 (continues through Sept. 14)
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
August 8 & 22, 2018
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
(Weather permitting)

SEPTEMBER 2019

Genworth Free Community Day 
Monday, Sept. 2, 2019
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Genworth are pleased to announce Genworth Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Labor Day. All visitors to the Garden receive free admission 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including admission to Butterflies LIVE!

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles

Flowers After 5
September 5 & 12, 2019
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA and allows leashed pets on September 8 (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
September 12 , 2019
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only.

Fall PlantFest 
September 12-14, 2019,  Thursday, 4-7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No admission fee required; regular admission to visit the Garden
Avid gardeners know fall is a great time for planting. The Fall PlantFest features vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers.

Richmond Rose Society Show

September 28, 1 – 4 p.m., September 29, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Included with regular Garden Admission
Kelly Education Center

WaterPlay
During warm spring, summer, and fall days, Water Play the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Water Play is open when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

OCTOBER 2019

RoseFest
Regular Garden admission
See the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden in full bloom with performing arts presentation.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles

OktoberFest
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Live music, local food, and beer for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey.

Goblins & Gourds
1 – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, good green fun in the Children’s Garden.

NOVEMBER 2019

ShopFest Saturday,  Saturday, November 16, 2019
Super sale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Twenty percent discount with member ID.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination
Friday, November 22, 2019
Ticketed event
We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Monday, January 6, 2020
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Member and Volunteer Nights

DECEMBER 2019

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Monday, January 6, 2020
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

GardenFest for Fidos

Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
December 31, 2019
2 – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment and crafts. (Enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights in the evening from 5 – 10 p.m.)

JANUARY 2020

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Monday, January 6, 2020
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

GardenFest for Fidos
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

Member and Volunteer Nights
Free Admission Days
Dates to be announced (typically the week following Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights).

Half-Price Admission Days 
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission through Feb. 28