At a Glance Garden Calendar

JUNE 2021

Wednesdays Alfresco
Plan an evening escape on Wednesday nights May 12 – August 25. Food and drink are available for purchase online or in person at the Robins Tea House.

Saturday Salutations: Juneteenth Celebration for All, in partnership with Project Yoga Richmond, June 19, 9-11 a.m. (Rain date is June 20)
Invite healing, cultivate community and unify your intentions with others in this special Juneteenth event on the terraced lawn.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This is a pay-what-you-can class.

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit

Saturday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through October Secret Lives of Bugs! Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit us to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

 

Flowers After 5 (Thursdays June 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 second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5 
4 – 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).

M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature
March 22 – October 31
The Garden will use the theme of “Restore” to highlight the healing powers of nature and the interconnectedness of people, plants, and water. Native plants, water conservation, and themes related to health and wellness with a focus on community will be featured throughout the course of the seasons.

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

Pollinator Week Events
June 21-27, 2021
Join us for a weeklong celebration of our important pollinators — bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles — and the plants that support them.

JULY 2021

CARMAX FREE FOURTH OF JULY
FREE admission to the Garden on this day includes exhibits including M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature. This event is sponsored by CarMax. (Rain or shine).

Wednesdays Alfresco
Plan an evening escape on Wednesday nights May 12 – August 25. Bring your friends or bring a date! Food and drink are available for purchase online or in person at the Robins Tea House.

Flowers After 5 
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 
4 – 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).

M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature
March 22 – October 31
The Garden will use the theme of “Restore” to highlight the healing powers of nature and the interconnectedness of people, plants, and water. Native plants, water conservation, and themes related to health and wellness with a focus on community will be featured throughout the course of the seasons.

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit

Saturday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through October Secret Lives of Bugs! Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit us to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

AUGUST 2021

Wednesdays Alfresco
Plan an evening escape on Wednesday nights May 12 – August 25. Bring your friends or bring a date! Food and drink are available for purchase online or in-person at the Robins Tea House.

Flowers After 5 
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 
4 – 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).

M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature
March 22 – October 31
The Garden will use the theme of “Restore” to highlight the healing powers of nature and the interconnectedness of people, plants, and water. Native plants, water conservation, and themes related to health and wellness with a focus on community will be featured throughout the course of the seasons.

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit

Saturday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through October Secret Lives of Bugs! Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit us to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

SEPTEMBER 2021

M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature
March 22 – October 31
The Garden will use the theme of “Restore” to highlight the healing powers of nature and the interconnectedness of people, plants, and water. Native plants, water conservation, and themes related to health and wellness with a focus on community will be featured throughout the course of the seasons.

Flowers After 5
4 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission

Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.

Fidos After 5
4 – 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.

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit

Saturday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through October Secret Lives of Bugs! Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit us to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

Fall PlantFest
September 17-18, 2021
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 Other Friday
10 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

OCTOBER 2021

M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature
March 22 – October 31
The Garden will use the theme of “Restore” to highlight the healing powers of nature and the interconnectedness of people, plants, and water. Native plants, water conservation, and themes related to health and wellness with a focus on community will be featured throughout the course of the seasons.

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit

Saturday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through October Secret Lives of Bugs! Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit us to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

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.

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

NOVEMBER 2021

Member ShopFest Weekend
Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required.
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
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring holiday lights, family activities and more.

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

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

DECEMBER 2021

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 more than a million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

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

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

JANUARY 2022

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25
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 at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
On select nights, members get into GardenFest for free!

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check-in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

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

FEBRUARY 2022

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

MARCH 2022

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) and also in the Robins Tea House when it reopens for spring.

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

APRIL 2022

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
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.

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit 
Regular Garden admission

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!, Mother’s Day Weekend, 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.

MAY 2022

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!, 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.
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 7-8, 2022
Regular Garden admission
A weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom.

Go Public Gardens Days 
A celebration with activities for the whole family.

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

JUNE 2022

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!, 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.
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)
 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 
4 – 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).

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

JULY 2022

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 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).

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

AUGUST 2022

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 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).

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

SEPTEMBER 2022

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
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 a.m.
Enjoy storybooks and activities.

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!

OCTOBER 2022

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.

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

Garden Check-In
Every Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Viewers of all ages can check in with us each week as Garden staff introduces a seasonal topic or garden-related activity that will inspire you to get outside!