Fidos After 5

Tickets for Fidos After 5 will be limited and timed tickets will be required for all guests, including members.

The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA for Fidos After 5  on these special nights (only): August 13 & 27, September 10 & 24, 2020 where leashed dogs are allowed. Suggested $2 “pet admission” benefits Richmond SPCA.

All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building. Please read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs.

Leashed dogs allowed on Fidos nights only.

No outside food or drink is allowed inside the Garden; food and drink are available for purchase.

Event will be held rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled.

5 – 8 p.m. Wine, beer and food available for purchase in the Garden
5 – 8 p.m. Live music in the Garden


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Fidos After 5 Music

By popular request, we are providing an extra hour of music this year with live musical performances each week from 5-8 p.m.

August 13 –  Paul Urban at Bloemendaal House & Ken Von Kellner in the Luck Garden 

Paul Urban is a Tidewater blues/jazz guitarist who also plays some country and pop music. With three CD’s of original music under his belt, you might hear a few original songs too. From George Benson to Eric Clapton and everything in between, you’re sure to hear something you can connect with!

Kenneth Von Kellner, is a Richmond musician and educator who specializes in Jazz and Blues. On August 13, he will play three hours of America Standards that range from Cole Porter, Rodgers and Heart, Ira and George Gershwin, to Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Chet Baker.

August 27  – Triple Crossing Jazz Project at Bloemendaal House & in the Luck Garden — Triple Crossing Jazz Project specializes in swingin’ classic Jazz from the 30’s-60’s. Classic Standards as light instrumental background music or featured entertainment with our talented female vocalist!

September 10 Love Redemption at the Bloemendaal House &  Piano Jazz with Andrew McCarty at the Luck Garden

Love Redemption  is the union of Wayne and Jessica Pooley.  While their connection to each other goes far back, their story really began with a chance encounter in 2012 that would reunite their then separate lives and mark the start of their musical collaboration.  The deep connection between them is hard not to feel when they play music together.

With an emphasis on strong vocals and intimate harmonies, the couple weave their way through a broad variety of some of their favorite music. Having a disparate group of influences between them,  Jessica and Wayne draw on decades of American Folk, R&B, Gospel, and Rock and Roll from artists such as Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Chrissie Hynde, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, Bill Monroe, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and others. Often featuring the talents of some of the areas finest musicians as well as national touring artists, their arrangements can scale down to an intimate private setting or up to the unbridled energy of a full band.

Andrew McCarty brings Standards, Disney, and Ragtime played on piano and upright bass

 September 24 –  Antique Melody Show at  Bloemendaal House & Jordan and Erin in the Luck Garden

A nostalgic matinee of 1920s, 30s and 40s radio stars such as Annette Hanshaw, Mae West, Fats Waller, Eartha Kitt and Jo Stafford – just to name a few. Sprinkle in some Squirrel Nut Zippers, Postmodern Jukebox and other roots jazz contemporaries and you’ve got a confection of romantic popular / jazz standards, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime and Broadway show tunes coming at you from their unique style of stripped-down arrangements.

Jordan and Erin – Folk-rock duo, Jordan Tarrant and Erin Frye have been sharing the stage in the local music scene for years! They come together once in a while to play a solid mix of their own original tunes and covers

To see the full Flowers After 5 line-up please visit the Flowers After 5 page.

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Please be aware this can be a stressful event for some dogs. It is at night and there can be a lot of people, especially children, and other dogs in close proximity. Families planning to attend on this night should monitor children closely.


Before attending Fidos after Five with your dog, it’s important to understand what your dog tolerates and will enjoy. Ask yourself:

  • How does my dog handle being in a new environment?
  • How does my dog react to close proximity to unfamiliar people and dogs of various sizes?

– All dogs must have a current rabies vaccine.
-Retractable leashes are not permitted. Flat leashes will be available to borrow from the Richmond SPCA’s table in the Robins Visitor Center.


·         An adult must maintain control of the dog’s leash at all times.
·         Please ask before approaching or allowing your dog to approach an unfamiliar dog.
·         All dogs must be well-behaved; the Garden reserves the right to determine whether an owner and pet may be asked to leave, based on guest safety.

Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building.

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

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