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January 2020

$4 – $6

Half-Price Admission Days, January 20 – February 29, 2020

January 20 @ 9:00 am - March 7 @ 5:00 pm

All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission Monday, January 20, 2020 – Saturday, February 29, 2020. During this time only, Garden admission is $6 for adults and seniors and $4 for children. There is plenty to see at the Garden in January and February. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-of-paradise and other tropical flowers. Did you know that we have over 200 orchids and winter is one of the best times to see them flowering?…

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February 2020

$8 – $13

SEED SWAP at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In need of seeds? Want to meet fellow seed lovers? Bring seeds or bulbs to share, exchange them for new and interesting seeds, and learn how to use Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Seed Library. By swapping, borrowing, planting, harvesting, saving, and returning seeds to the library, you can join your neighbors in a fun and fruitful planting cycle. Read on to learn more. Please bring seeds to swap or donate to the Seed Library and/or a canned food donation for…

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$25 – $75

Shiver in the River

February 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Shiver in the River is an annual fundraiser held by Keep Virginia Beautiful. With live music, beverages, food, heated tents and more, this is the Coolest Winter Festival in Richmond, and shows our love for Virginia! This event is comprised of 3 challenges: a community cleanup, a 5k run/walk, and the James River jump. You can clean up, walk/run, or jump in the James River — or do all three! You and your family can participate in as much or…

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March 2020



March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us in the Library as we “plant” the Poet-Tree with a day of youth and adult nature poetry workshops and readings! In the depths of winter, the skeleton of a tree appears in the Robins Library: it’s a new Poet-Tree! We invite you to compose original poems on paper leaves and attach them to the Poet-Tree. With your help, it will grow and flourish as winter gives way to spring. OPEN MIC Whether your talent is poetry, spoken word,…

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March 17 @ 8:30 am - March 20 @ 3:30 pm

Join us for the 2020 Educators’ Conference! This four-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for Infant/Toddler–6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers. Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social studies, language arts, and math standards for authentic learning experiences. Registration opens mid-January.

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March 28

Included with Regular Garden admission The daffodil show features hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers.

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April 2020



April 1 @ 9:00 am - June 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more. Events throughout the season include Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest, M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, and activities in the Children’s Garden. BLOOM CALENDAR April: Daffodils, tulips, bluebells May: Peonies, iris, azaleas, pitcher plants June: Lotuses, roses Conservatory: Orchids, tropicals, cacti BLOOM CALENDAR April: Daffodils, tulips, bluebells May: Peonies, iris, azaleas, pitcher plants June: Lotuses, roses Conservatory:…

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April 3 - April 5

Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 3 – 5, 2020 Hours: SALE: Friday, 1 – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. SHOW: Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Show and Sale are free to the public; Regular admission to visit the Garden Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 3 – 5, 2020 Hours:…

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$8 – $13

WATERPLAY at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

April 11 - September 30

APRIL 11 – SEPTEMBER 30 (WEATHER PERMITTING) During warm spring, summer, and fall days, WaterPlay the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay operates during scheduled times when the air temperature is 70° or higher and there is no threat of a thunderstorm or severe weather. WaterPlay is…

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April 17 - October 12

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties — fascinating and showy — transform the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderland of vibrant colors, captivating sights and extraordinary discoveries. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new. M&T Bank 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…

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April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Splendor Garden to Table, a gala benefit presented by the Board of Directors, promises to be a feast of the senses. Proceeds from this al fresco farm-to-table dinner of fresh, locally sourced foods and expertly chosen wines will support the Garden’s community engagement initiatives. Each year, the Board of Directors celebrates spring in the Garden by hosting a fundraising gala, Splendor. Proceeds support the mission of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to connect people through plants to improve communities. Please contact…

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April 24 - October 18

April 24 – Oct. 18, 2020 Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood 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. American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time,…

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April 25 - April 26

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge. Citizen Science events like the City Nature Challenge are important sources of information as we look at urban development and its effect on nature. The next City Nature Challenge is April 24-27, 2020 and takes place all across America in thousands of communities. Citizen Scientists of all ages…

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April 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the growth of the Poet-Tree and National Poetry Month with writing sessions, indoor and outdoor poetry readings, and more! Scroll down for event details. EVENT DETAILS Included with Garden admission; free for members Poetry Storytime 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Join us for a poetry-themed storytime and activity in the Library! Ginko with Artist and Poet Heidi Reszies 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet in the Kelly Education Center Lab classroom Ginko (not to be confused with the ginkgo…

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May 2020

$8 – $13


May 1 - June 21

Christine Drake uses the visual arts to explore the interaction between human beings and the natural world. She has been a curious gardener since 1974 and continues to study the environments around her. After 20 years as a painter/printmaker, she was inspired to try botanical illustration. She received a certificate in botanical illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she teaches. Christine Drake has a master’s degree in studio art from New York University. Her work has been exhibited at…

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Service Learning Program (Ages 13-18)Deadline to Apply

May 17

The Service Learning Program at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers middle and high school students the chance to explore career opportunities in the fields of Education and the Sciences through professional development and practical work experiences. Different levels of responsibility and leadership accumulate with time and hours served. There are two different opportunities June – August Work-Based Learning volunteers learn about horticulture, citizen science, food literacy awareness, and nature-based education while helping in the Garden. Camp Helpers guide & engage…

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$8 – $13


May 23 @ 8:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, September 6 The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules. Guests should also be aware there may be some routine tasks in the mornings as the Garden prepares for the day. The earlier hours are designed to provide garden experiences away…

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June 2020

$8 – $13


June 21 - August 22

Harvesting from the bountiful gardens of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, artist and plantswoman Anne Blackwell Thompson preserves foliage and flowers using centuries-old traditions and turns her collected flora into artistic compositions. Her work is a culmination of her years of study, her significant training in studio art and her love of the natural world. Working with a myriad of plant material – from hydrangea to ferns to grasses – Anne’s passion to preserve beautiful flora and crate one-of-a-kind compositions spawned…

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