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April 2018

Free

Earth Day Serve Day and Community Potluck Picnic

April 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us on the farm for a day of service, food and family fun! We’re kicking off an exciting new year of food, farming, and education at the newly launched Cornerstone Community Farm. We’ll start the day with three environment-focused service projects from 10am – 1pm, then dust ourselves off and share a delicious meal together along with games and live music from 1 – 3pm. Sign up at HandsOn Greater Richmond Stream Clean Up Project Invasive Plant Removal Project…

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Free

Science Pub: Working Bees to Death

April 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In an informal atmosphere where no science background is needed, Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan will share his research involving scientists, beekeepers, farmers, policymakers, and citizens around the world working to understand the ecology of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder. Be one of the curious minds exploring the social and historical dimensions of a complex environmental problem over a “Bees Knees”, the cocktail of the evening, or a sip of another sort.complex environmental problem over a sip of some sort. All backgrounds and…

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May 2018

Free

Spring PlantFest

May 4, 2018 - May 5, 2018

PlantFest is rain or shine! No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden Members only pre-sale Thursday, May 3, 4 – 7 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics and other garden related items. Plus, join us for live music, a festive…

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Free

Native Plant Workday

May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come on out to Lucille Brown Middle School to help us maintain a native plant bed! We’ll be planting removing weeds from a native plant bed. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit focused on building partnerships, connecting people to the Bay, its rivers, and local watersheds, and healing the land and water through hands-on conservation. They have worked with schools, landowners, municipalities to install stormwater best management practices that reduce the amount of stormwater running off…

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$8 – $13

Early Morning Hours

May 26, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, September 2 The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the 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 from…

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$8 – $13

Richmond Rose Society Show

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Regular Garden Admission Location: Auditorium, Education and Library Complex Displays of specimen roses and seminars by consulting experts. Public Hours: Saturday, May 26: 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Free

RiverWise Volunteer Training

May 26, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Volunteers will learn about how to protect your local streams by improving your backyard. Volunteers will be trained to perform RiverWise Assessments, to help their neighbors learn about river friendly things they can do at their homes. Learn about rain barrels, rain gardens, tree planting, pervious pavers, and conservation landscaping. Open to everyone. No experience necessary. To RSVP email ahagerdon@allianceforthebay.org

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$75.00

Cheers to the Chesapeake

May 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

You’re invited to join us at our Cheers to the Chesapeake VIP Reception on the evening of June 8th at the WestRock Corporate Office in Richmond, VA, as we kick off our partnership with the Richmond Symphony’s Festival of the River: Three Days of Art, Music and Environment. The evening will be spectacular, as we mix and mingle, enjoy locally sourced hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine, live music, and watch the sun set over the James River from the stunning…

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June 2018

$8 – $13

Flowers After 5

June 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - September 13, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Enjoy Flowers After 5 every Thursday evening (June 1- Sept. 13) June, July and August with an extended season this year including the first two Thursdays of September. Garden has extended hours until 9 p.m. on these nights. No outside food and drink are allowed inside the Garden; food and drink are available for purchase. 5 – 6 p.m. Family activities in the Children’s Garden 5 – 8 p.m. Water Play in the Children’s Garden (weather permitting) 5 – 8…

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Free

Native Plant Workday

June 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come on out to Lucille Brown Middle School to help us maintain a native plant bed! We’ll be planting removing weeds from a native plant bed. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit focused on building partnerships, connecting people to the Bay, its rivers, and local watersheds, and healing the land and water through hands-on conservation. They have worked with schools, landowners, municipalities to install stormwater best management practices that reduce the amount of stormwater running off…

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September 2018

Lewis Ginter Fall PlantFest

September 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Friday, September 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. One of Central Virginia’s largest and most-anticipated plant sales. Dozens of vendors & knowledgeable Garden volunteers help you choose your best plants.

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October 2018

$8 – $13

RoseFest

October 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Rose Garden is flush with blooms at the end of the growing season & the Garden celebrates with RoseFest, live entertainment from the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

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$40

Hike For Kids

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s easy to take for granted that we live in a beautiful city with some of the best urban hiking in the country – but not everyone in Richmond has this opportunity to access the wild nature of the James River. Pay it forward for those who can’t by joining us for the only event in Richmond worth hiking for! We’re hitting the trails for the 7th Annual Hike for Kids event on Saturday, October 27 to support Blue Sky…

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$8 – $13

Goblins and Gourds

October 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fun for the whole family! Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. Regular Garden admission Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin painting, storytelling and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. We have over 500 pumpkins — kids can choose one, paint it, and take it home (while supplies last). Join us for demos in gourd carving, pumpkin carving, vermiculture and more.

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November 2018

$5 – $13

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination

November 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as we illuminate Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights. After the illumination, stroll through the Garden alight with sparkling radiance and featuring this year’s theme. Then enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, warming fire with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); family activities, and much more. Pre-Purchased Tickets can check in…

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December 2018

$8 – $13

GardenFest for Fidos

December 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed on these select Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lightsnights: Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Please go to our website to read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs. Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA. All dogs must be leashed and current on a rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins…

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February 2019

Free

“The Swamp” Presented by Science Matters as a part of the RVA Environmental Film Festival

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“The Swamp” Presented by Science Matters as a part of the RVA Environmental Film Festival Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Location: Community Idea Stations, 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA 23235 Join us at the Community Idea Stations for an evening of film and conversation about one of nature’s most mysterious and unique ecosystems – the Florida Everglades. The PBS/American Experience film, The Swamp explores the repeated efforts to transform what was seen as a…

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Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course

February 13 @ 8:30 am - February 15 @ 4:30 pm

Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, and Virginia Cooperative Extension Are you amazed at how real-time communications make it possible to share data almost instantly worldwide? And, there’s more coming every day. The result is that, more than ever, we are intensely aware that we live in a natural world acted upon by humans. New data on how plants interact, grow, and behave offers both new insight and validates established practices. Join us to…

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Electric Vehicle Film Screening and Display

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Drive Electric RVA is teaming up with the RVA Environmental Film Fest and the Henrico County Public Library to present a screening of “EVOLVE: Driving a Clean Future in Coal Country” at the Varina Library on Saturday, February 16. The documentary explores how Kentucky, a state well-known for mining coal, can adapt to become a leader in America’s clean transportation future. Directed by award-winning, Louisville-based filmmaker Ben Evans, the film follows a small group of electric vehicle (EV) owners as…

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Free

Shiver in the River

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Shiver in the River is the Coolest Winter Festival in Virginia! The event will kick off with the Community Clean-up at 10 a.m. followed by the Shiver 5K Walk/Run at 12 p.m. and the James River Jump at 1:30 p.m. You and your family can participate in as much or as little as you want, and you can form teams challenging your family, friends and co-workers! The Winter Festival will be going on throughout the day with food trucks, beverages,…

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March 2019

$45

Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

March 13 @ 8:30 am - March 15 @ 3:30 pm

Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Virginia Department of Education and with additional support from the Seltzer Family Fund for Nature-Based Education. Join us for the 2019 Educators’ Conference! This three-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for PreK–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. $45 per day;…

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Free

Richmond & Urban Agriculture

March 13 @ 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

This discussion will focus on the current growth of urban agriculture projects in the city of Richmond. Community Gardens, Urban CSA’s, backyard chickens and new Farmer’s Markets are springing up across the city. What impact is this new movement having on the way we eat in Richmond? What obstacles stand in its way? Panelists: Duron Chavis – Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Chavis is a gardener, organizer and activist working at the intersection of sustainable agriculture and racial…

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April 2019

$5

Gardens Open Late

April 2 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our gardens are open until 7:00pm every Tuesday in April. Come and find a shady spot to sit, stroll the manicured historic gardens, or take a hike on the Woodland Walk. No picnics or pets, please. Don’t forget comfortable shoes and a camera to capture the colorful blooms. Regular Garden-Only admission rates apply $3-$5 per person. Purchase tickets at the front desk upon arrival.

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$8 – $13

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!

April 12 @ 9:00 am - October 14 @ 4:45 pm

Friday, April 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019 Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared 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 life-cycles

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2019 Illumination Gala

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Please join the Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors of the Science Museum of Virginia for our annual black tie gala in the Museum’s landmark exhibit and event center, the Dewey Gottwald Center. Your support of the Illumination Gala provides more than just an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Your support will help the Museum ignite the spark of informal science learning for hundreds of thousands of children and adults this year. The Museum has been a beloved…

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May 2019

FREE

Lewis Ginter Spring PlantFest Plant Sale

May 3 - May 4

PlantFest is rain or shine! No admission fee required to visit the sale. Friday, May 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics and other garden-related items. Plus, join us for live music, a festive atmosphere and a chance to get all your gardening questions answered. Presented by Garden…

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June 2019

$135

Summer Youth Arts Camps

June 17 @ 9:00 am - June 21 @ 3:00 pm

Camp Imagination, directed by Rodrick Rhodes. Grades 2-6. Working with the theme “Up-Cycle, Re-Cycle,” Camp Imagination will allow students to explore color, contour, and contrast. Students will present and talk about their artwork at the final show in the Purcell Gallery on the last day of camp. Sign up early – this camp fills up quickly! The fee includes art supplies.

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September 2019

FREE

GENWORTH FREE COMMUNITY DAY with free yoga class & music

September 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Genworth are pleased to announce Genworth Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. All visitors receive free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission also includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibition, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks, and The Art of Play. Music by DJ Lonnie B & Kelli Lemon under the Bloemendaal House tent, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Yoga & Sound Healing…

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Free to visit plant sale, regular admission to visit Garden

LEWIS GINTER FALL PLANTFEST

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. One of Central Virginia’s largest and most-anticipated plant sales. Dozens of vendors & knowledgeable Garden volunteers help you choose your best plants. Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required for PlantFest; regular admission to visit the Garden Avid gardeners know fall is a great time for planting! Lewis Ginter Fall PlantFest (formerly the Fall Plant Sale) features vendors selling…

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October 2019

$13

GOBLINS AND GOURDS

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fun for the whole family! Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Sweet Potatoes and Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin painting, storytelling and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. We have over 500 pumpkins — kids can choose one, paint it, and take it home (while supplies last). New this year: We’ll be serving mid-morning bites, coffee and lunch! Join…

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