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January 25th, 2017 by RichmondBargains

Now through February 28, 2017, admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is half- price ($6 adults, $4 children)

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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? Winter blooms are more treasured because they are unexpected. Outside in the simplified landscape, you can see the underlying structure or “bones” of the Garden and appreciate colorful berries, bark textures and intricate seed pods. It’s a great time for bird-watching, too. See our January blooms and February blooms pages for highlights and winter interest.

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May 24th, 2016 by RichmondBargains

Note: if you have questions regarding the details of these offers, like what documentation to bring or exactly who is included, please contact the location directly

Kings Dominion – Memorial Weekend Salute: Honoring Our Heroes May 28, 29, and 30 – We are celebrating Memorial Day all weekend long with extended fireworks shows, live entertainment, special offers and more. Plus – all active and retired military personnel get FREE admission to the park! (Note: does not include dependents)

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – On Monday, May 30 (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. Anyone else in the party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission. Also on this day military personnel can enjoy a 10% discount in the Garden Shop. Military members and their dependents can enjoy a 15% discount (excluding alcohol) in the Garden Café.

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Colonial Williamsburg – Military families are invited to enjoy FREE Colonial Williamsburg admission, Friday, May 27–Monday, May 30, 2016 during our Honoring Service to America weekend. Celebrate with special events all weekend, culminating in a march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day. Free admission tickets are only valid for May 27-May 30, 2016. Guests must visit a Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales location to receive their free admission ticket. Locations include the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, the Lumber House, and William Pitt Store Ticket Offices in the Revolutionary City, and the ticket window in Merchants Square. All guests in party must be present to receive their free admission ticket. Only one per person. Free “Honoring Service to America” tickets will be provided to dependents of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification, the service member need not be present. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 214, as identification of service.

P.S. – Now through May 31, 2016, at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia residents pay for a day and get the rest of the year free. More details

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November 24th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

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Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter returns this Friday (Nov 27) and runs through January 11, 2016. I have a chance for you to win tickets at the bottom of this post!

    Nov. 27, 2015 – Jan. 11, 2016. (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.

    “A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!

    This year’s “H2Whoa” theme showcases water in all its forms. Experience a dazzling 30-acre light and botanical display highlighting some of the many ways water surrounds us and shapes the world in which we live. Explore magical, whimsical re-imaginings of everyday water events. Stroll through twinkling “rainstorms” as crystal rain drops and fluffy storm clouds float overhead. Participate in a thunderstorm of lights! As the storm clears walk through a 75-foot rainbow of light to the warm yellow Rose Garden where our peacock dries its feathers. Dive into deep blue pools surrounded by glowing ocean life. Enjoy a dinner in the Tea House surrounded by a snow covered landscape dripping with ice. Make your way down the Rainbow Road beside a river of light. Dry off at the Warming Fire as you treat yourself to hot chocolate and s’mores, and then find your way through our maze of lights.

    Indoors you can follow fish in a river to learn more about water and how to help improve our own waterways. Experience gorgeous botanical exhibits inspired by bog gardens and ocean life and enjoy multiple train displays. Step into the Conservatory to explore the ocean’s floor, discover a wintry wonderland, find rainstorms and rainbows, and visit a tropical rainforest.”

The Grand Illumination takes place this Friday, November 27, 2015, with a 5:30 p.m. countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights.

Gardenfest ticket prices: $12 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12), Free for children under age 3

Discounts:

    Member Nights (free admission for members) are November 30, December 1 & 2, 2015 and January 11, 2016.

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Press Pass; Buy One, Get One Free admission on select Sundays – Publishes on Thursdays in the Weekend Section; coupon must be presented at the Garden’s Visitors Center for discount, no photocopies accepted, no other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon.
    – Publishes Nov. 19 and 26: good for Sunday, Nov. 29
    – Publishes Dec. 3: good for Sunday, Dec. 6
    – Publishes Dec. 31: good for Sunday, Jan. 3
    – Publishes Jan. 7: good for Sunday, Jan. 10

    Richmond Valpak Coupon; $3 off one GardenFest ticket (Valpak is mailed to Richmond-area residences; offer valid with coupon only. One coupon per person. May not be combined with other discounts including member discount. No photocopies accepted. Coupon valid December 4 – 10 and January 4 – 7 ONLY)

Lots more information about the lights and special events is available here.

Here’s your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Dominion GardenFest of Lights – just enter your name and email in the giveaway widget below (Enter your name and email first, then click on “click to enter” and enter your email again):

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Giveaway ends November 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One entry per person. I only collect your email address so that I can contact the winner. One winner will be selected at random to receive four tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.

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June 29th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

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Free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on the Fourth of July! (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

    Celebrate the CarMax Free Fourth of July by enjoying the gardens and Butterflies LIVE! Wear red, white and blue & bring your wagons and strollers to decorate for a parade in the Children’s Garden. Children can also cool off in WaterPlay.

    Capture your memory of the day at the CarMax photo opportunity near the Bicycle Sculpture in the Anderson Wildflower Meadow.

    1 – 4 p.m.: Live music by the Happy Lucky Combo in the Children’s Garden

    2 p.m.: Parade around the Children’s Garden

    The Garden will have water stations at key locations and the Library will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. — a great place to rest and cool off!

    Food is available for purchase in the Garden Cafe and in the Tea House.

    Please note: The line to see Butterflies Live! will close at 4 p.m. so that we may get guests through the exhibit by our 5 p.m. closing time

Thanks Jonah!

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January 19th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

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If you didn’t make it during the free admission days last week, you can still visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for half-price now until February 28!

(Regularly $12 for adults and $8 for kids 3-12)

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January 13th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

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NOTE: Garden is closed today 1/14 because of the ice. Check its Facebook page tomorrow for opening/delay information.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights may be over, but now through Sunday, January 18, 2015, you can visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for FREE! Check out the orchids and tropical plants in the Conservatory in addition to the outdoor blooms and foliage. (The Garden Cafe and shop will be closed)

Thanks Jonah!

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November 19th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

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Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter returns on Nov. 28, 2014 and runs through Jan. 12, 2015. This year’s theme is A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden. I have a chance for you to win tickets at the bottom of this post!

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!

The Grand Illumination will be Friday, November 28, with a 5:30 p.m. illumination ceremony featuring Mike Steidley, a 12-time National Champion and Professional Trials, Freeride, and Stunt Rider, as well at the GardenKeeper, Butterfly Fairy & historic characters from the Garden’s past.

Gardenfest ticket prices: $12 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12), Free for children under age 3
It’s $7 for Garden members and $5 for garden member children (ages 3 – 18).

Discounts:
– Check your Valpak this month for a coupon for $3 off on selected dates
Richmond Times Dispatch Press Pass coupon for “buy one, get one free” admission special nights only. Coupon must be presented (no photocopies). No other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. Free ticket is of equal or lesser value. Ads will run in the weekend section Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4 and Jan 8. Offer will be buy one ticket, get one ticket free valid Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Jan 11 (Sundays)
– Member Nights: members can get in for free Monday, Dec. 1, Tuesday, Dec. 2, Wednesday, Dec. 3 and Monday, January 12.

Dining Specials at the cafe:

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Here’s your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Dominion GardenFest of Lights – just enter your name and email in the giveaway widget below (Enter your name and email first, then click on “click to enter” and enter your email again):

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(If you can’t see the widget, click the link above to the Rafflecopter site to enter.)

Giveaway ends November 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One entry per person. I only collect your email address so that I can contact the winner. One winner will be selected at random to receive four tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.

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June 30th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

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    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and CarMax are pleased to announce the CarMax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. On Friday, July 4, 2014, all visitors to the Garden will receive free admission throughout the day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) The free admission includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.

    The Garden is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with scheduled activities in the Children’s Garden from 1 – 4 p.m.

    Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and bring wagons and strollers to decorate for a “parade” in the Children’s Garden at 2 p.m. Enjoy music by the Happy Lucky Combo, WaterPlay and fun activities.

    The Butterflies LIVE! exhibit is also open this day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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April 24th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

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The butterflies are returning to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden next Friday, May 2! Through October 12, Butterflies LIVE! will again offer Garden visitors the chance to visit with a wide variety of the winged insects.

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Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory 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 lifecycles.”

The exhibit is included with Garden admission. More information about visiting the butterflies

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Want to see them for yourself? Here’s your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Butterflies LIVE! ($44 value) – just enter your name and email in the giveaway widget below:

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(If you can’t see the widget, click the link above to the Rafflecopter site to enter.)

Giveaway ends May 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. One entry per person. One winner will be selected at random to receive four tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.

The photos in this post are from our visit last October. If you’re at the gardens and snap a great pic, consider entering it in Lewis Ginter’s Instagram contests for flowers (enter by May 11) or butterflies (Enter by July 31)

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January 14th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

Lewis Ginter's Dominion GardenFest of Lights
(Photo: Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism)

From Jonah Holland:

    FREE Admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden January 14-19, 2014

    Starting today, and running through the end of the weekend, admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is completely FREE! If you’ve never been to the Garden before, this is a perfect chance to come see what we are all about. Yes, we have a few blooms outside even in January! Orchids, cyclamen, paperwhites, amaryllis and many more blooms await you in the cozy Conservatory. Or go on a hunt for interesting bark, dried seed pods and berries all over the Garden.

    If you can’t make it this week, don’t worry! We’re running a winter special — January 20 – February 28. Adults and seniors are $5 / children are $4.

    Also, plan on eating before or after your trip to the Garden. The Garden Cafe is closed this week (January 14-19) for routine maintenance. The Robins Tea House is also temporarily closed during this time, the Tea House will re-open in spring, date to be announced. Please note that the Garden Shop is closed for inventory January 14-23, 2014.

    More info: http://bit.ly/FREEGinter

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