At a Glance Garden Calendar

JANUARY 2021

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

Free Admission Days

All Garden visitors enjoy FREE admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Jan. 9-10 (until 4 p.m.) and 13 -17, 2021. Advance tickets and masks are required.

Half-Price Admission Days

All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission from Jan. 20 to Feb. 28, 2021. During this time only, Garden admission is $6 for adults and seniors and $4 for children. Advance tickets and masks are required.

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.

Spring PlantFest

Friday, April 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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 and other garden-related items.

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required; Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and more.

MAY 2021

Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale)
Rain or shine!
No admission fee and no tickets required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden

Friday, April 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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.

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required; Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and more.

Mother’s Day Weekend
May 8-9, 2021
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required; Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and more.

 

Flowers After 5 (Thursdays June through mid-September)
 5 – 9 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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
Prepurchased 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
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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

Prepurchased 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
Prepurchased 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.

DECEMBER 2021

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Dec. 24 & 25
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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

Prepurchased ticket with set arrival 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 2022

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.

Free Member Nights at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Members may visit for free as often as they like on the evenings of January 4–10, the last week of Dominion Energy GardenFest of LightsPlease note prepurchased tickets with arrival time are required for all visitors.

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

GardenFest for Fidos

Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required; Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

FEBRUARY 2022

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

MARCH 2022

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 2022

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.

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

Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival time required; Regular Garden admission

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 2022

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival  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 7-8, 2028
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 2022

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
5 – 9 p.m.
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 2022

Flowers After 5 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 2022

Flowers After 5 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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 2022

Flowers After 5
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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
Prepurchased 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 2022

OktoberFest
Prepurchased ticket with arrival 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.