Say goodbye to winter doldrums and hello to warmer weather and sunshine with a frolic through the tulips and daffodils at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.
“Spring is one of our most beautiful times here,” said Beth Monroe with the garden. “There’s always something exciting going on.”
Guests can stroll through more than 50 acres of gardens. There are more than a dozen themed areas including the Rose Garden, the Asian Valley, the Cherry Tree Walk and the Children’s Garden with hands-on activities for families.
“The Children’s Garden is just a cool place,” Monroe said. “I really love it because there is always something interesting going on there.”
The April and May time frame at Lewis Ginter is dubbed “A Million Blooms,” with a variety of programs to celebrate the arrival of spring. The M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE exhibit returns April 12. Here, visitors can get up close and personal with hundreds of tropical butterflies as they feed, flutter and fly around. The butterfly exhibit will be open daily through Oct. 14.
“The Butterflies LIVE exhibit is always a favorite,” said Monroe. “People never seem to tire of coming out to see what the butterflies are doing.”
Special programming is also planned for Easter weekend April 20-21 with music and a visit from Peter Rabbit. Meanwhile, a spring plant sale will be held May 3-4 followed by activities May 11-12 just in time for Mother’s Day.
In addition, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this season will feature an interactive art display called “The Art of Play,” in which six Virginia artists created life-size popular play objects for patrons of all ages to enjoy while out in nature. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 30, includes a wooden horse, a seesaw, a giant kaleidoscope and more.
“The whole theme is about play,” said Monroe. “We all know the importance of play for children, but it’s just as important for adults to continue to play in order to spark our creativity and imagination.”
Along the same line, the popular Nature Connects: Art With Lego Bricks exhibition returns on June 28 with all new Lego sculptures. Half a million Lego bricks are used to create giant flowers, birds, insects and other items found in a garden.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden also boasts a conservatory, a library, a casual café, The Robins Tea House restaurant and a gift shop. There are also special tours and educational classes and seminars for adults.
“One of the great things about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that it is fun for all ages,” said Monroe. “We have multigenerational families come out with grandparents bringing their grandchildren, people who come here on dates, and other people who like to come out to walk around and just enjoy being outside and being in nature.”
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-262-9887
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.