At a Glance Garden Calendar

SEPTEMBER 2020

M&T Bank: Wind, Waves and Light — Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Opening date pending – Sunday, October 18, 2020
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
This unconventional exhibition features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. An artist and engineer, George Sherwood creates kinetic sculptures that evoke shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water.

Flowers After 5
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.

Fidos After 5
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only.

Fridays Alfresco
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required. Ticketed event.
Date Night in the Garden, 5-9 p.m.
Friday Nights in August and September
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11, 18, 25
Admission:$14 adults; $11 senior citizens (65+); $8 children age 3-12; free for children under 3. Member admission: $7 adults and $5 youth.

Fall PlantFest 
No admission fee and no tickets required for sale; 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.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

OCTOBER 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Now – Sunday, October 18, 2020
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
This unconventional exhibition features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. An artist and engineer, George Sherwood creates kinetic sculptures that evoke shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water.

OktoberFest
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
Live music, local food, and beer for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

NOVEMBER 2020

Member ShopFest Weekend

Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required, $7 
Supersale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Enjoy a 20 percent discount with your member ID.
Please note this is a separately ticketed event with timed tickets.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event 
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring holiday lights, family activities and more.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

DECEMBER 2020

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, December 3, 2020, and Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

JANUARY 2021

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, December 3, 2020, and Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required;Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

FEBRUARY 2021 

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

MARCH 2021 

Garden Member Appreciation Month
We have special things planned for our Garden members all month long! See all the details including a special discount on purchases in the Garden Shop (for a select time) and also in the Robins Tea House when it reopens for spring.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

APRIL 2021

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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 
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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.

MAY 2021

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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!
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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

Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale)
Rain or shine!
No admission fee and no tickets 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 8-9, 2021
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
A weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom.

National Public Gardens Week 
A celebration with activities for the whole family.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

JUNE 2021

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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!
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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 (Thursdays June through mid-September)
 5 – 9 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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 
5 – 9 p.m.
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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).

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

JULY 2021

Flowers After 5 
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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 the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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).

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

AUGUST 2021

Flowers After 5 
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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 the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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).

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

SEPTEMBER 2021

Flowers After 5
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.

Fidos After 5
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; 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 
No admission fee and no tickets required for sale; 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.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

OCTOBER 2021

OktoberFest
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required; Regular Garden admission
Live music, local food, and beer for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey.

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

NOVEMBER 2021

Member ShopFest Weekend

Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required, $7
Supersale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Enjoy a 20 percent discount with your member ID.
Please note this is a separately ticketed event with timed tickets.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Pre-purchased ticket with set start time required 
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring holiday lights, family activities and more.

GardenFest for Fidos

Virtual Storytime
Every Friday
10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.