M&T Bank RESTORE:
The Healing Power of Nature

Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to experience 50 acres of cultivated gardens, woodland paths and wild spaces along with the interconnectedness of people, plants and water. Restore yourself through the healing power of nature.

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M&T Bank RESTORE

Now – OCTOBER 31, 2021

Throughout the seasons, look for educational displays highlighting native plants and insects, water, ephemeral art and much more. Enjoy the sweet sounds of nature. Feel the gentle breezes take flight through the trees. Breathe deeply in the fresh forest air. Smell newly opened blooms and earthy ferns. Come away feeling restored, and somehow healed with a deep understanding of the vital connection between ourselves and the natural world.

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The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit 
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through September 5Moth at the Secret lives of Bugs micro exhibit

Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

The Garden features an educational display of live insects and other invertebrates, highlighting the fascinating life details of critters found in your yard, neighborhood or local park. You’ll learn about what they eat, where they live, and what you can do at home to create a thriving habitat—not just for bugs—but for the entire web of life. Staff and volunteers will be showcasing an ever-changing array of native species, in all stages of life. Drop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get an up-close and personal introduction to some of our weird and wonderful native bugs!

River City Poets — Poetry in the Garden
 July 25, Aug. 22, and Sept 26, 2021

Join us on select Sundays from 2-3:30 p.m. on the Flagler Garden Lawn for poetry readings in the Garden celebrating nature.

Artist in Residence -- Unicia Buster & Alfonso Perez Acosta, artists in residence. Image by Claudine Reyes

Artist in Residence — Unicia Buster & Alfonso Perez Acosta.

Artists in Residence 

We are delighted to announce Unicia Buster and Alfonso Pérez Acosta as our first ever Artists in Residence at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Both of these artists reflect a deep connection to human resilience in their artistic practice. The equation of nature plus art is a beautiful combination to start healing and restoring ourselves. We can’t wait for our Artists in Residence to inspire you with art created onsite before your eyes! Meet the artists.

Unicia Buster: Artist in Residence Exhibition
Now-September 30, 2021

Explore the vivid costumes, artwork and creations of Unicia Buster, artist-in-residence, on display in the Lora Robins Library.

Alfonso Pérez Acosta: Artist in Residence installation and Exhibition
Installation, July 31, 2021, 1-4:30 p.m.
Exhibition July 31-October 31, 2021

Earlier this summer, visitors select and painted a rock that spoke to them. Now, Alfonso Pérez Acosta will create a large circular art installation with those rocks at the base of the Anderson Meadow. It’s participatory public art! face painted on a rock

Cristina Taphouse Art Installations

Cristina Taphouse is a visual artist and landscape designer that specializes in site-specific, large-scale, interactive public art. She has created two custom pieces for RESTORE, combining new technology and natural materials to create art that utilizes the full scope of the environment.

FLOCK (Polycarbonate, dichroic film, copper foil, stainless steel hardware)

During the 2020 pandemic, our entire society was separated from friends, family and our communities. However, through the use of technology, we were still able to keep in touch with the people who were most important to us. We leaned on the people we loved and grew spiritually closer to our families (born and chosen) without being able to physically congregate. Flock is a symbol of our resilience as a society to find each other and our natural drive to group together. The dichroic film on the birds changes with the natural light based on the angle of the sun and the perspective of the person. This playful color and the whimsical shapes and movement are meant to bring joy and delight to the groups of people passing under them as we reemerge as a community and step out into the warmth and light of a neCloud art w summer.

REFRESH (Recycled polycarbonate, dichroic film, copper foil, brass swivels, resin, natural plant material)

Water plays an integral role in our daily lives. It is essential to survival. Our connection is primal and being near water triggers feelings of wellness, increases blood flow to the brain and heart, and induces relaxation. The glint of light on water creates an instant positive emotional experience. The Refresh project aims to recreate this deeply biological feeling of attraction and joy that the light on water creates. The questions on the raindrops are specific to the issues of the past year. They are meant for the observer to question how they felt during all that occurred in our world in 2020 and to hopefully help the observer process the good and the bad and to meditate on how we have changed as individuals and as a society.

We invite you to share your responses on social media with the hashtag #GinterRefresh

Love butterflies? Learn more about which butterflies to look for and how to attract them to your own yard. 

Looking for activities for your kids this summer? Visit our Kids Activities page and Kids Learning page


Thanks to our sponsors M&T BankPatient First and Publix Supermarket Charities.

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Restore: the lake edge planted with wildflowers