At a Glance Garden Calendar

SEPTEMBER 2021

Reflections in the Garden
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – Thursday, September 30, 2021
Special Ticketed Event — Both members and non-members must have a pre-purchased Eventbrite ticket to attend. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket to attend.

On these evenings from 6 – 9 p.m., enjoy contemplative live music, meander the paths of the Central Garden and Cherry Tree Walk to discover self-reflective prompts, and enjoy food and beverages for purchase. This family-friendly event includes the opportunity to join in making a community paper chain of wishes and commemorations.

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.

Storytime
Friday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. with Librarian Kat
Enjoy storybooks and activities 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.

Storytime
Friday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. with Librarian Kat
Enjoy storybooks and activities outside.

HarvestFest
Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24
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.

NOVEMBER 2021

Members-Only Preview Weekend
November 19-21, 2021 
Garden members receive exclusive free access to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights during Members-Only preview weekend November 19-21, 2021, and also on Free Member Nights, January 3-6, 2022.

Member ShopFest Weekend
November 19-20, 2021
Supersale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Enjoy a 20 percent discount with your member ID, plus see handmade gifts by local artisans.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
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.

DECEMBER 2021

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
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.

JANUARY 2022

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
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.

Free Member Nights at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
January 3-6, 2022
On select nights, members get into GardenFest for free!

GardenFest for Fidos
January 6, 2022
Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

FEBRUARY 2022

CVNLA Winter Symposium & Short Course

February 9-11, 2022

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).

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.

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.

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).

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).

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).

SEPTEMBER 2022

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

Richmond Rose Society Show 
Displays of specimen roses with consulting experts on hand to answer questions.

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.

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit
Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where do butterflies go in the rain? Visit us to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

OCTOBER 2022

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.