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  • Healthy Living
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden our mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve communities By providing beautiful outdoor spaces we can help Garden Members and the Richmond community be healthy active and enjoy nature Our campus 80 acres with 50 acres under intense cultivation allows plenty of room for walking either at a leisurely pace enjoying the blooms with a tot in a stroller or with a walking buddy at a fast clip The Garden is lucky to have over 600 volunteers 14 000 Garden Members and nearly 350 000 visitors each year They come to the Garden to be outside and enjoying all the flora that nature has to offer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year round beauty Whether you are dancing a jig to the gourd orchestra at Goblins Gourds in the fall walking Dominion GardenFest of Lights in winter climbing the ramp to our accessible to all CWD Kids Tree House for a birds eye view of the Garden or running through the WaterPlay sprinklers in summer time spent at the Garden is time well spent Our staff volunteers are dedicated to staying active too Did you know that gardening is great exercise Gardening is what we do We ve added a Walking Map of the Garden so you can track your walking miles as you keep an active and healthy lifestyle The detailed map shows walking loops and distances Garden Loop 3 4 mile Flagler Loop 2 10 mile Lake Sydnor Loop 1 3 mile Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proud to be a Let s Move Garden Let s Move is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food It aims to support healthy children and families Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden helps make the Richmond Region

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/visit/healthyliving/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Holiday Dining at GardenFest
    featuring hand crafted botanical ornaments and displays The dinner package is offered Sunday Tuesday for groups of 15 or more Two seating times are offered 5 30 p m and 7 30 p m includes an hour and 15 minutes dining time Ask about our Early Bird Tour add on Santa Brunch We will begin taking reservations for the 2016 17 season starting October 1 2016 If your group has 15 or more consider GardenFest Dinners GardenFest Dinner with Santa Make our GardenFest Dinner with Santa your next family tradition GardenFest Dinner with Santa includes a buffet dinner a visit with Santa and admission into GardenFest of Lights Dinner with Santa will be held during GardenFest of Lights this year on Sunday December 18 Wednesday December 21 We will begin taking reservations on Monday August 1 2016 Please call 804 262 9887 x 345 or x 224 to make a reservation Other Dining Options Tea House Dining During GardenFest Open Nightly 5 9 p m closed Dec 24 25 and Jan 2 31 Exceptional fare complemented by wines and picturesque Asian Valley views Reservations 804 262 9887 ext 329 See the Menu Casual Dining at GardenFest in the Garden Cafe Hours during GardenFest 10 a m 8 30 p m Casual yet inviting setting with home style soups salad bar and sandwiches Stay tuned for nightly specials at the Garden Cafe See the Menu 2015 UCI Road World Championships Butterfly Activities Dine Shop Dominion GardenFest of Lights Events Facility Rental Gardens Groups Healthy Garden Hours and Admissions Membership Nature Connects LEGOS Santa Brunch Holiday Dining at Dominion GardenFest of Lights Sharing the Garden Tips for Visiting Dominion GardenFest of Lights H2Whoa Top 10 Tips for Visiting Butterflies LIVE with Kids Visit Planner Plan you Private Holiday Event Host a catered

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  • Sharing the Garden
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden receives many requests for free or discounted tickets throughout the year and as a result has established the following two programs FUNDRAISER REQUESTS to benefit non profit fundraisers SHARING THE GARDEN for need based group visits FUNDRAISER REQUESTS Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden can donate two Garden tickets for regular use not valid for GardenFest of Lights to a non profit organization or school once per calendar year SHARING THE GARDEN Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a limited number of tickets it can give out each calendar year to need based organizations These requests are handled on a first come first served basis Organizations are limited to approximately 25 tickets per request Please send your request at least three weeks in advance of your event or anticipated visit Name Organization Name Email Address Phone Number Name of Event Type of Event Auction Race Raffle etc or note this is for a needs based group Date of Event or Visit If for Sharing the Garden need based organization visit the number of tickets requested For fundraising requests we donate two Garden passes per year How would you like to receive your tickets I ll pick them up at

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  • Dominion GardenFest of Lights Tips
    there is much to see in the Central Garden between the Visitors Center and Conservatory however there are many lights along the Garden s pathways and in the Children s Garden for those who want to experience it all Want to plan your visit Here s this year s GardenFest Map WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT Again it depends on your preferences The number of visitors increases as we get closer to Dec 25 especially once local schools get out As you d imagine visitation is usually greater on the weekends and is also highly weather dependent Visitation tends to peak between 5 30 8 30 p m so you may want to arrive early 4 30 p m or later after 8 30 p m Please remember we are closed Dec 24 25 GardenFest of Lights runs til Jan 11 WHAT ABOUT PARKING Parking is free and available on site However as mentioned above the number of visitors increases as the season progresses Sometimes there may be a wait for a parking space If you see a long line at the intersection of Lakeside and Hilliard you may want to allow 30 minutes or so and come back We post signs saying 30 Minute Wait for Parking to let people know the lots are full If you are meeting people at the Garden please be aware that on busy nights there can be a lot of people in the Visitors Center you may want to carpool or have a plan ahead of time about meeting up ANY TIPS FOR VISITING WITH CHILDREN GardenFest of Lights is a family friendly event If you are bringing small children please note there is walking involved so you may want to bring a stroller We do have a limited number of strollers available but they are on a first come first served basis Since much of the show is outdoors it s also a good idea to dress children according to the weather Want more tips Read our blog post 8 Tips for Visiting with Kids Come early Check out the special events and nightly activities There is a kid friendly menu in the Garden Cafe and the Tea House Children especially enjoy the train displays we have two one in Kelly Education Center and one in the Conservatory The Children s Garden is a must with a bonfire and a wheelchair accessible Tree House 13 feet off the ground Hot drinks cookies s more and more are available for purchase in the Children s Garden Children will love the new larger then ever maze relocated to the Anderson Meadow WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS AVAILABLE AT GARDENFEST The Garden Cafe offers casual dining including a children s menu as well as drinks and snacks The Robins Tea House has holiday dinners and a children s menu 5 8 p m and light fare 8 9 p m during GardenFest In the Children s Garden Espresso A Go Go sells hot

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  • Top 10 Tips for Visiting Butterflies LIVE with Kids
    make your way through the Garden and is enjoyable for kids and adults Pick up a KidQuest brochure in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit in the Conservatory or download one at home and bring it with you You ll have fun searching for these clues and learning why butterflies are attracted to certain plants why they have such colorful wings how they taste with their feet and more amazing facts Pssst we also have a Spring KidQuest 5 A great way to complement your visit to Butterflies LIVE is by visiting the Children s Garden There are many related activities and programs there including The Butterfly Meadow learn about the butterfly s lifecycle adaptations and preferences for host plants Kaleidoscope Pointe located in the Bird and Butterfly Meadow including the self directed butterfly themed NaturePlay The Front Porch Corner at the Carriage House offers butterfly related information activities and literature plus a place to record your sightings The Monarch butterfly waystation provides milkweed nectar sources and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America Certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation Other activities in the Children s Garden include self directed and drop in activities the CWDKids Treehouse and WaterPlay There are restrooms and a changing table in the Children s Garden area there are also vending machines 6 Bring a stroller if you think you may need one While strollers aren t allowed in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit but there is a place to park them outside the exhibit If you plan to visit other areas of the Garden especially the Children s Garden you may find a stroller handy especially at the end of your visit The Garden has some strollers available free in the Visitors Center but they are limited

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  • Directions to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Garden s entrance will be on your left off of Lakeside Avenue There is a black fence around the Garden and a brick gate with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and 1800 Lakeside Avenue on it Enter through the gate From Washington D C I 95 South Note There is a large brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden highway sign just before Exit 83B From I 95 South take Exit 83B the Parham Road Rt 73 West exit On Parham Road quickly get into your far left lane There is a small brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sign on the right but please note you will need to get into the left lane At the second stoplight take a left onto Brook Road also known as Route 1 South There is a small brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sign at this intersection At the third stoplight take a right onto Lakeside Avenue At the light you will see a brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sign As you go down Lakeside Avenue you will see the Garden entrance to your right This will be just before the intersection with Hilliard Road There is a black fence and brick gate with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on it If you cross the intersection of Lakeside and Hilliard there s a 7 Eleven on the corner you have gone too far From Charlottesville I 64 East Come into Richmond on I 64 East Get onto I 95 North to Washington D C On I 95 North immediately take Exit 80 the Hermitage Road Lakeside Avenue exit Virginia State Route 161 Keep to the right and take the right at the first light onto Lakeside Avenue You ll see two brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden signs Follow Lakeside Avenue for 1 6 miles You will cross the

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  • Garden Etiquette
    brought into the Garden Food and beverage are available for purchase in the Garden s dining facilities as well as vending machines located in the Children s Garden We are unable to accommodate group meetings in the Garden Café To rent a meeting space please contact email protected or call 804 262 9887 x224 or x345 Pets are permitted only on specially advertised Fido s Nights Service animals are permitted at all times Please refrain from the following activities Stepping in the planting beds Collecting live plants seeds flowers fruits or vegetables Feeding the geese and other wildlife Smoking indoors in designated fresh air intake areas or in the Children s Garden The use of drones is not allowed in the Garden Please keep the following items at home Tricycles bicycles and skateboards Footballs frisbees kites and other sporting items Fireworks firearms alcohol and glass containers For artists and photographers Professional portraits require a reservation and fee through the Facility Rental Office Please bring your own seat and supplies Please do not leave your equipment unattended as the Garden is not responsible for lost or stolen items Please note that certain venues may be unavailable due to previously scheduled events

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  • Accessibility - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Schools Library Blog Home Support Give Volunteer Calendar About Mission Goals Leadership History News Employment Contact Us Accessibility Wheelchairs A limited number of wheelchairs are available in the Robins Visitors Center on a first come first served basis Guests are welcome to bring personal motorized wheelchairs or scooters into the Garden The Garden s two dining facilities the Garden Cafe and Robins Tea House are accessible by wheelchair Handicapped accessible parking spaces are available in all parking lots The accessible spaces closest to the Robins Visitors Center are on the group entrance side of the building The Robins Visitors Center is reached easily via handicapped accessible sidewalks and automatic doors at the main and group entrances Service Animals Service animals are permitted at all times In the Garden Garden walkways and paths are mostly hardscape with main walkways comprised of aggregate concrete sealed concrete paving stone asphalt and brick The fall in terrain along the top of the main path between the Asian Valley entrance and Central Garden to the entrance of the West Island Garden is about 22 feet over a distance of 520 feet Don t miss the view from the top of our wheelchair accessible CWDKids Treehouse

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