At-a-Glance Calendar

Below is a list of major upcoming Garden events and exhibits. The Garden also has lots of great adult classes and children’s activities. Visit our calendar to see and search for more events.

Calendar

JULY 2022

CarMax Free Fourth of July
FREE admission to the Garden on this day includes M&T Bank Pollinator Power featuring Big Bugs and Butterflies LIVE! This event is sponsored by CarMax.

Flowers After 5 (Thursdays mid-May through mid-September)
 4 – 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 the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 
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).

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

M&T Bank Pollinator Power featuring
Butterflies LIVE! and David Rogers’ Big Bugs
Included with 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.

Artist David Rogers’ Big Bugs: The Pollinators showcases larger-than-life sculptures highlighting the importance of pollinators and preserving their habitats.

Wednesdays Alfresco
Escape to a garden paradise in the evening when the Garden is open later! Bring your friends or bring a date! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has more than 50 acres of fresh air, fragrant blooms and cool evening breezes—perfect for a special night out.

AUGUST 2022

Flowers After 5 (Thursdays mid-May through mid-September)
 4 – 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 the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 
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).

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

M&T Bank Pollinator Power featuring
Butterflies LIVE! and David Rogers’ Big Bugs
Included with 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.

Artist David Rogers’ Big Bugs: The Pollinators showcases larger-than-life sculptures highlighting the importance of pollinators and preserving their habitats.

Wednesdays Alfresco
Escape to a garden paradise in the evening when the Garden is open later! Bring your friends or bring a date! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has more than 50 acres of fresh air, fragrant blooms and cool evening breezes—perfect for a special night out.

SEPTEMBER 2022

M&T Bank Pollinator Power featuring
Butterflies LIVE!
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.

Genworth Free Community Day
Free admission all day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission this day is walk-up only. Tickets are not needed. Open RAIN or SHINE

Flowers After 5 (Thursdays mid-May through mid-September)
 4 – 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 the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only.

Wednesdays Alfresco
Escape to a garden paradise in the evening when the Garden is open later! Bring your friends or bring a date! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has more than 50 acres of fresh air, fragrant blooms and cool evening breezes—perfect for a special night out.

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

Fall PlantFest 
September 16-17, 2022, Rain or shine! 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.

Fall Flair
September 1 – October 31, 2022
The Garden celebrates the fall season with events such as Fall PlantFest and other harvest-themed activities.

OCTOBER 2022

M&T Bank Pollinator Power featuring
Butterflies LIVE!
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.

HarvestFest
Included with regular Garden admission 
Celebrate all that fall has to offer! This two-day event has a festival vibe with live music, food, and adult beverages, plus family-friendly activities.

Fall Flair
September 1 – October 31, 2022
The Garden celebrates the fall season with events such as Fall PlantFest and other harvest-themed activities.

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

NOVEMBER 2022

Member ShopFest Weekend
Supersale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Enjoy a 20 percent discount with your member ID, plus see handmade gifts by local artisans.

Members-Only Preview Weekend
Garden members receive exclusive free access to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights during Members-Only preview weekend and also on Free Member Nights in January.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring holiday lights, family activities and more. Tickets are available online ONLY and are limited with a timed arrival.

GardenFest for Fidos
Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only. Tickets are available online ONLY and are limited with a timed arrival.

DECEMBER 2022

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring holiday lights, family activities and more. Tickets are available online ONLY and are limited with a timed arrival.

JANUARY 2023

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring holiday lights, family activities and more. Tickets are available online ONLY and are limited with a timed arrival.

Free Member Nights at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
On select nights, members get into GardenFest for free! Tickets are available online ONLY and are limited with a timed arrival.

GardenFest for Fidos
Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only. Tickets are available online ONLY and are limited with a timed arrival.

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

Free Admission Days
Free Garden admission on these days only. Check back for dates.
(Please note the Cafe and Tea House will be closed during this time period.)

Half-Price Admission Days
All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission select days. During this time only, Garden admission is $7 for adults and seniors and $4 for children.

FEBRUARY 2023

Love, the Garden
“Love, the Garden” is a seasonal Garden-wide event where the community is invited to write and deliver love letters to nature.

CVNLA Winter Symposium & Short Course

The Great Backyard Bird Count
This global community science project helps the general public and scientists learn more about the year-to-year bird populations and distributions. Bird watchers of all ages can count birds here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

MARCH 2023

Love, the Garden
“Love, the Garden” is a seasonal Garden-wide event where the community is invited to write and deliver love letters to nature.

Garden Member Appreciation Month
We have special things planned for our Garden members! See all the details including a special discount on purchases in the Garden Shop (for a select time).

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

APRIL 2023

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
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.

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

Pinwheels for Prevention Garden 
Location: Terrace Lawn adjacent to the Cochrane Rose Garden
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels are “planted” to represent children served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s Healthy Families program.

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!

MAY 2023

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

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 
Included with 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)
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.

Go Public Gardens Days 

Storytime
Librarian Kat Spears will read a few of her favorite stories outside in the Garden each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity (weather permitting). Invite your friends!