At a Glance Garden Calendar

NOVEMBER 2019

Veteran’s Day 
Free Garden admission for active duty and retired military and their families and veterans and their families; others in their party receive half off Garden admission.

ShopFest Weekend November 16-17, 2019
Supersale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Enjoy a 20 percent discount with your member ID.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination Weekend
Friday, November 22-Sunday, November 24, 2019
Ticketed event
We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than a million twinkling lights.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Monday, January 6, 2020
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 24 & 25
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. This year’s theme is “Magic in the Air” and guests will enjoy all manner of items that move through the air, from natural wonders (birds and butterflies), to man-made inventions (kites and airplanes) to fanciful creatures (dragons, unicorns and flying pigs!). In this year commemorating the first manned mission to land on the Moon, there will even be rocket ships and an astronaut.

Free Member Nights

NEW this year! Member Nights (free admission for members) are all nights in November and January. Garden Members can visit Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights for free any night November 22-30, 2019, and January 1-6, 2020. Please note we are closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), December 24 & 25.

Merry Mondays
Mondays, Nov. 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
Bring the kids for Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 23, and Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room, at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 2019

Merry Mondays
Mondays, Nov. 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
Bring the kids for Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 23, and Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room, at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Monday, January 6, 2020
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 24 & 25
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. This year’s theme is “Magic in the Air” and guests will enjoy all manner of items that move through the air, from natural wonders (birds and butterflies), to man-made inventions (kites and airplanes) to fanciful creatures (dragons, unicorns and flying pigs!). In this year commemorating the first manned mission to land on the Moon, there will even be rocket ships and an astronaut.

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, December 5, 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, 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 Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 24 & 25
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. This year’s theme is “Magic in the Air” and guests will enjoy all manner of items that move through the air, from natural wonders (birds and butterflies), to man-made inventions (kites and airplanes) to fanciful creatures (dragons, unicorns and flying pigs!). In this year commemorating the first manned mission to land on the Moon, there will even be rocket ships and an astronaut.

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

Free Member Nights
NEW this year! Member Nights (free admission for members) are all nights in November and January. Garden Members can visit Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights for free any night November 22-30, 2019, and January 1-6, 2020. Please note we are closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) December 24 & 25.

Free Admission Days
Jan 7-12, 2020 (typically the week following Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights).

Half-Price Admission Days 
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission mid-January through the end of February.

FEBRUARY 2020 

Half-Price Admission Days 
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission mid-January through the end of February.

MARCH 2020

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.

Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Virginia Daffodil Society Show
Included with regular Garden admission.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

APRIL 2020

Exclusive Members-Only Preview of Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Members-Only

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Friday, April 24 – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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 11-12, 2020

Prix Fixe Easter Brunch in the Robins Tea House (online reservations required)
April 12, 2020

A Million Blooms
April 1- June 1
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 
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.

Members-only Spring PlantFest pre-sale
April 30, 2020, 4-7 p.m.

MAY 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Friday, April 24 – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

A Million Blooms
April 1- June 1
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 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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

Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale)
May 1-2, 2020
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 9-10,2019
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 is 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)

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

Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 25, 2020
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 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

A Million Blooms
April 1- June 1
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 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020, 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 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, September 10 , 2020)
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 20 & 21, 2020, 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

Richmond Area Daylily Society Show and Sale

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 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Thursday, April 23, – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

CarMax Free Fourth of July
Saturday, July 4, 2020
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 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020
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 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, September 10 , 2020)
July 9 & 23, 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 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Thursday, April 23, – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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 
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 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, September 10 , 2020)
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 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Thursday, April 23, – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

Frida Khalo’s Garden
Tuesday, September 1 Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Regular Garden admission
Explore iconic photographs of the artist, Frida Khalo, and her home and garden, in addition to reproductions of several of her paintings. Also included are information about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden.

Genworth Free Community Day 
Monday, Sept. 7, 2020
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 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.

Fidos After 5 (June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, September 10 , 2020)
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 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.

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 2020

Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood
Thursday, April 23, – Sunday, October 18, 2020
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.

Frida Khalo’s Garden
Tuesday, September 1 Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Regular Garden admission
Explore iconic photographs of the artist, Frida Khalo, and her home and garden, in addition to reproductions of several of her paintings. Also included is information about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden.

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020
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.

Richmond Rose Society & Colonial District Show

Included with regular Garden Admission
Kelly Education Center

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

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

NOVEMBER 2020

Veteran’s Day 
Free Garden admission for active duty and retired military and their families and veterans and their families; others in their party receive half off Garden admission.

ShopFest Weekend
Supersale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Enjoy a 20 percent discount with your member ID.

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

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 24 & 25
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.

Free Member Nights

Please note we are closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), December 24 & 25.

Merry Mondays
Bring the kids for Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 23, and Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room, at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 2020

Merry Mondays
Bring the kids for Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 23, and Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room, at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 24 & 25
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
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, 2020
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 2021

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 24 & 25
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
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

Free Member Nights
Please note we are closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) December 24 & 25.

Free Admission Days
Typically the week following Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.

Half-Price Admission Days 
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission mid-January through the end of February.

FEBRUARY 2021 

Half-Price Admission Days 
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission mid-January through the end of February.