M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!

Opening date pending – Sunday, October 11, 2020, Daily 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; included with regular garden admission

Experience the wonderful world of Butterflies LIVE! Tropical beauties — fascinating and showy — transform the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderland of vibrant colors, captivating sights and extraordinary discoveries.

Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities 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 lifecycles. Photos are permitted, but we ask those taking photos to be respectful of other guests.


Opening date pending –  Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020; included with regular garden admission

This unconventional exhibition features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. View the sculptures and learn more about their connections to art, science, and nature. An artist and engineer, George Sherwood creates kinetic sculptures that evoke shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water. Learn more about Wind, Waves and Light.


Sept. 1 – Oct. 20, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; included with regular garden admission
Visitors to Frida Kahlo’s Garden will explore iconic photographs of the artist and her home and garden, in addition to reproductions of several of her paintings. Also included are information about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden, a dress from the Mexican state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced many of her dresses, and examples of folk art collected by Kahlo and Rivera. Additionally, visitors will learn about Mexican culture, including traditional festivities, food and drink, and agricultural practices.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

November 20, 2020 – January 4, 2021, closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25. Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.;
Ticketed event

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!

Special events include Illumination Night, GardenFest for Fidos, Merry Mondays. Caroling Tuesdays, Crafty Wednesdays, Musical Thursdays, New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and more.