Flowers After 5
Relax on Thursday evenings in August and September at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens; listen to relaxing live music, and enjoy food and drinks available online. Tickets are online-only (no walk-ups.)
- Garden is open until 9 p.m.; music is from 5-8 p.m. and online food sales end at 8 p.m.
- Please read our information carefully as we have made changes with your safety as the top priority. Be sure to read Planning Your Visit so you’ll be aware of our safety protocols (masks required inside, strongly suggested outside).
- *Please note: if you want food at this event, it is ordered online. Order before you arrive and choose your convenient pick-up time at the Tea House. If ordering online from the Garden, please allow at least 20 minutes for preparation.
Tickets are online only (no walk-ups), limited and have a timed arrival. These are required for everyone, including members.
- Purchase Flowers After 5 tickets by going to the online ticketing page. There you will see member and non-member timed tickets. Select the appropriate choice and search the calendar for the Thursday night you’d like to visit; you’ll see the extended hours with arrivals between 5-7:30 p.m. (Please note, Fridays Alfresco on Friday nights is a different event.)
- Members, your ticket is free, but you will need to scan your membership card when you come as proof of membership.
- The event is rain or shine; no refunds. In cases of hazardous weather, the event would be cancelled. It’s summertime in Richmond, so we monitor the weather very closely and if there is a high likelihood of strong storms during Flowers After 5, we make the decision at noon whether or not to cancel, based on the forecast. We post the information as quickly as possible to the website and social media; it’s always a good idea to check before you come!
- Cost is $14 adults; $11 senior citizens (65+); $8 children age 3-12; free for children under 3 and free for members. (Not a member? Consider joining.)
Flowers After 5 Tickets
Select the appropriate choice (member or non-member) and search the calendar for the Thursday night you’d like to visit; you’ll see the extended hours with arrivals between 5-7:30 p.m.
FOOD & DRINK
Food and drinks (including wine and beer) are available for purchase online. Unlike in years past, there will not be walk-up sales for food for dining.
- Several spots in the Garden will be selling wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
- Outside food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden.
Food and Drink
Order ahead of time for convenient pick up at the Tea House when you arrive.
With more than 50 acres, guests can socially distance while exploring the gardens.
- Instead of one band at one location, the performers are splitting into smaller groups in two locations, allowing for social distancing and providing background music for evening strolls and dining. See line-up below.
- The second and fourth Thursday nights are also Fido’s After 5 Nights when the Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed dogs are allowed.
- Included with admission is the brand-new, nationally traveling exhibit M&T Bank: Wind, Waves and Light, featuring large-scale, stainless steel kinetic sculptures that move and change with the wind.
- If you’re a player of the popular Pokemon Go augmented reality game, there are Pokemon in the Garden and evening is a great time to play!
Flowers After 5 — Lineup
The line-up includes performers from the following bands:
August 6 – Whiskey Rebellion at Bloemendaal House and in the Luck Garden
Drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds, The Whiskey Rebellion mixes the spontaneity of bluegrass, the collectiveness of jazz, and the urgency of rock and roll to create their own unique take on everything from traditional bluegrass to anthemic party favorites. The band covers a wide array of artists ranging from The Beatles to The Talking Heads to Guns ‘n’ Roses, but their approach is always steeped in their acoustic roots and uniquely lends itself to being both listenable and danceable.
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 20 – Triple Crossing Jazz Project at Bloemendaal House and 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!
August 27 (Fidos night) – Hazeltone at the Bloemendaal House & Steelpan music By Kevin Davis with David Brown on guitar in the Luck Garden
Hazeltone a regional Roots Rock original music band has been playing their songs for the last 10 years with the band’s influences coming from The Doors, John Mayer, Neil Young and others
Steelpan music with Kevin Davis and David Brown explores Caribbean sounds Of original, popular, jazz and classical music
Sept 3 – U&I Plus Latin Band at the Bloemendaal House & Holy River in the Luck Garden
U&I Plus Latin Band is a Cover band native to Richmond, Virginia. We perform a mix of Afro Caribbean Salsa infused with a bit of Old School R&B. Many of our covers you will recognize, with just a twist of Latin flavor!
Høly River is founded by multi-instrumentalists Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price. Fusing together the pulse of drone pop, worldly instrumentation, this experimental music would best be described as a landscape, as a biome all its own. This musical phenomenon has come to be known as, Earth folk, a type of music inspired thematically by the natural environment: flora, fauna, soil, stars, and the human experience. From harmonium engulfed melodies to mouth-harp stomp grass, Høly River taps into an embodied and innate celebration of internal and external worlds, attempting to bring them closer together with each beat. On record or in-person, a listener is entranced in the soaring vocal ballads bathed the in moonlight of dance beats and folk-inspired roots. The music of Høly River carries the message of humanity’s need for reconnection with itself and the earth. Mystically political and wholeheartedly grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as backyard fire pits of intentional communities around the world.
Sept 10 (Fidos night) – 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
Sept 17 – Dead Letter Officers acoustic at Bloemendaal House & Rick Shaffer in the Luck Garden
Dead Letter Officers – Born through an undying love of the jangle, Richmond’s R.E.M. merchants, the Dead Letter Officers, focus on early R.E.M. music from the early to late 1980s! Waking at the dawn of the college rock movement, DLO recreates the early 1980’s energy and songcraft of R.E.M. that became the soundtrack to countless college road trips and all-night dance parties throughout the South.
Rick Schaffer has become synonymous with a good time during his 20 years on the road with Mid-Atlantic favs BS&M, The Jangling Reinharts, Little Known Legends and his myriad solo appearances in his native Richmond. He’s played it all – rock clubs, weddings, corporate events, summer venues, and college parties. The secret to connecting with an audience, Rick says, is delivering the right set of songs for each individual event, and with his innate and ever-expanding knowledge of hundreds of classic and alternative rock songs, rootsy anthems, and even TV themes, he has a lot of them to choose from. Rick Schaffer will tell you that they don’t keep inviting you back to the stage unless you connect with your audience. He’s more than just another guy with a guitar, on stage and off, he has a knack for making you feel good.
Sept 24 (Fidos night) – Antique Melody Show at the Bloemendaal House & Jordan and Erin in the Luck Garden
Antique Melody Show is 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.
Thanks to media sponsor Richmond Magazine.