July 1st, 2013 by RichmondBargains

lewis ginter free admission july 4

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts an “All-American Celebration” every 4th of July which features FREE admission (reg. $7-$11) all day, including the Butterflies Live! exhibit, plus activities from 1-4pm:

    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. 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.

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond VA 23228 – 804-262-9887

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January 18th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

lewis ginter snow

Snow day plans? You can visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for FREE today, January 18, 2013.

Friday, Jan. 18: Due to snow, Garden has delayed opening at noon. Garden staff are still clearing pathways, so not all areas will be accessible. FREE admission today!

Open til 5pm
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond VA 23228
804-262-9887

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January 11th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

lewis ginter stick sculpture
(Last chance to see this Patrick Dougherty stick scuplture “Diamonds in the Rough” which will be dismantled Feb 9-17)

Now through February 13, 2013, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has reduced admission fees to $5 for adults/seniors (reg. $11), and $4 for kids 3-12 (reg. $7). With 70-degree weather and admission over 50% off, this will be a great weekend to explore the garden!

Why Visit a Botanical Garden in Winter?

1. Plants of Winter Interest & Conservatory
“Botanical gardens are particulary attractive on a winter weekend. Many have areas or walks that are planted specifically to look good in the winter months…More alluring still, are those with glasshouses. There can be few more pleasant ways to take refuge from freezing winds than to wander for an hour or two among beautiful exotic plants in a steamy, jungle-like atmopshere….” From the The Wonderful Weekend Book by Elspeth Thompson

2. Special Self-guided tour of Asian Plants in Western Landscapes.
Look for the symbol (right) in the Garden to find out which plants native to Asia are mainstays in Western Gardens.

3. Exhibit Asian Gardens: A Paradox
Ginter Gallery II in the Education Building Hallway features an exhibit highlighting Asian Garden Design principles.

1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond VA 23228
804-262-9887

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November 23rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens “Dominion GardenFest of Lights” returns for another bright season starting tonight, November 23!

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more… This year’s
“East Meets West” theme showcases the rich array of plants and decorative arts of Eastern cultures that have influenced our Western traditions

Check out the origami crane chandelier:

origami chandelier

– – – Regular admission prices: $11 adults, $10 seniors, $7 kids ages 3-12 – – –

Discounts available for the 2012 Garden Fest season:

The following coupons will be available during GardenFest. They are not valid in combination with any other offers. (Please note the Garden’s AAA discount does not apply for GardenFest because GardenFest is considered a special ticketed event.)

Richmond Times-Dispatch Press Pass– Visitors can present the press pass coupon and get a “buy one, get one free” ticket (adult, senior, child & member) on select nights only. Coupon must be presented at the Garden’s Visitors Center for discount, no photocopies accepted, no other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. “Free” ticket must be equal or lesser value.
Press pass coupon runs in Thursday Weekend section; is good for the following Sunday ONLY on these dates ONLY:
Runs: Thursday, Nov. 22; VALID Sunday, Nov. 25
Runs: Thursday, Nov. 29; VALID Sunday, Dec. 2
Runs: Thursday, Dec. 6; VALID Sunday, Dec. 9
Runs: Thursday, Jan. 3; VALID Sunday, Jan. 6

Valpak – Visitors can present the Metro Richmond area ValPak coupon and receive $3 off one GardenFest ticket (adult, senior, child; does not apply to members). Good Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2012. Offer valid with coupon only. One coupon per person. May not be used in combination with any other discounts including member discounts. No photocopies.

Garden members receive free admission on the following nights: Nov. 26, 27, 28 & Jan. 7. The Historic Bloemendaal House will be open those evenings with live music 6 – 7:30 p.m. On other days, GardenFest admission for members is $5 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-18. More information about Lewis Ginter memberships can be found here.

Here is the lineup of additional special events on various dates that you may want to plan your visit around:

    Dominion GardenFest of Lights Illumination Ceremony
    Friday, Nov. 23
    Doors open 5 p.m.; ceremony and entertainment 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join the GardenKeeper as we kick off the start of Dominion GardenFest of Lights! Celebrate this year’s East Meets West theme with entertainment by the River City Taiko drummers and a show by the Jow Ga Kuen Lion Dance Team.

    Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
    Select Thursdays, Nov. 29 & Jan. 3
    Leashed pets allowed; suggested $2 pet admission benefits the Richmond SPCA.

    Greater Richmond Children’s Choir
    Sunday, Dec. 16; 4 – 6 p.m.
    Included with regular GardenFest admission
    Special performance for visitors’ enjoyment.

    New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
    Monday, Dec. 31; 2 – 5 p.m.
    Family fun with live music plus make-and-take crafts. Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights.

    Special events every week:

    Merry Mondays: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31, Jan. 7 – 5 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Library Reading Room; Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory on Mondays through Dec. 17
    Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper and visits from the Butterfly Fairy.

    Caroling Tuesdays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 & Jan. 1 – 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Throughout the Garden
    Barbershop Quartets stroll and sing. You can join in the fun, too!

    Crafty Wednesdays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Jan. 2 – 5 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Education and Library Complex, Classroom 1 (across from the train room) Families can join Garden staff and volunteers to make Asian-inspired crafts. Projects include origami (Dec. 5 & 26), miniature kites (Dec. 12 & Jan. 5), and lanterns (Nov. 28 & Dec. 19).

    Musical Thursdays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jan. 3 – 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
    Location: Library
    Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment.

Additional Tips for visiting

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November 23rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens “Dominion GardenFest of Lights” returns for another bright season starting tonight, November 23!

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more… This year’s
“East Meets West” theme showcases the rich array of plants and decorative arts of Eastern cultures that have influenced our Western traditions

Check out the origami crane chandelier:

origami chandelier

– – – Regular admission prices: $11 adults, $10 seniors, $7 kids ages 3-12 – – –

Discounts available for the 2012 Garden Fest season:

The following coupons will be available during GardenFest. They are not valid in combination with any other offers. (Please note the Garden’s AAA discount does not apply for GardenFest because GardenFest is considered a special ticketed event.)

Richmond Times-Dispatch Press Pass– Visitors can present the press pass coupon and get a “buy one, get one free” ticket (adult, senior, child & member) on select nights only. Coupon must be presented at the Garden’s Visitors Center for discount, no photocopies accepted, no other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. “Free” ticket must be equal or lesser value.
Press pass coupon runs in Thursday Weekend section; is good for the following Sunday ONLY on these dates ONLY:
Runs: Thursday, Nov. 22; VALID Sunday, Nov. 25
Runs: Thursday, Nov. 29; VALID Sunday, Dec. 2
Runs: Thursday, Dec. 6; VALID Sunday, Dec. 9
Runs: Thursday, Jan. 3; VALID Sunday, Jan. 6

Valpak – Visitors can present the Metro Richmond area ValPak coupon and receive $3 off one GardenFest ticket (adult, senior, child; does not apply to members). Good Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2012. Offer valid with coupon only. One coupon per person. May not be used in combination with any other discounts including member discounts. No photocopies.

Garden members receive free admission on the following nights: Nov. 26, 27, 28 & Jan. 7. The Historic Bloemendaal House will be open those evenings with live music 6 – 7:30 p.m. On other days, GardenFest admission for members is $5 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-18. More information about Lewis Ginter memberships can be found here.

Here is the lineup of additional special events on various dates that you may want to plan your visit around:

    Dominion GardenFest of Lights Illumination Ceremony
    Friday, Nov. 23
    Doors open 5 p.m.; ceremony and entertainment 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join the GardenKeeper as we kick off the start of Dominion GardenFest of Lights! Celebrate this year’s East Meets West theme with entertainment by the River City Taiko drummers and a show by the Jow Ga Kuen Lion Dance Team.

    Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
    Select Thursdays, Nov. 29 & Jan. 3
    Leashed pets allowed; suggested $2 pet admission benefits the Richmond SPCA.

    Greater Richmond Children’s Choir
    Sunday, Dec. 16; 4 – 6 p.m.
    Included with regular GardenFest admission
    Special performance for visitors’ enjoyment.

    New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
    Monday, Dec. 31; 2 – 5 p.m.
    Family fun with live music plus make-and-take crafts. Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights.

    Special events every week:

    Merry Mondays: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31, Jan. 7 – 5 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Library Reading Room; Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory on Mondays through Dec. 17
    Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper and visits from the Butterfly Fairy.

    Caroling Tuesdays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 & Jan. 1 – 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Throughout the Garden
    Barbershop Quartets stroll and sing. You can join in the fun, too!

    Crafty Wednesdays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Jan. 2 – 5 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Education and Library Complex, Classroom 1 (across from the train room) Families can join Garden staff and volunteers to make Asian-inspired crafts. Projects include origami (Dec. 5 & 26), miniature kites (Dec. 12 & Jan. 5), and lanterns (Nov. 28 & Dec. 19).

    Musical Thursdays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jan. 3 – 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
    Location: Library
    Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment.

Additional Tips for visiting

CONTEST:

Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post!

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For some reason, my blog hates posts with more than 80 comments. If this giveaway starts to near 80 comments, I will put up a second post and direct you to enter there!

Contest ends Tuesday, November 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST. (1) Winner will be chosen by Random.org, be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will be chosen.

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June 28th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

On Wednesday, July 4, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers FREE ADMISSION to celebrate freedom and to show our appreciation to the community. (Please note, free day is on July 4 only.) Includes FREE ADMISSION to Butterflies LIVE!

In the Children’s Garden

1 – 4 p.m. Happy Lucky Combo performs live music.
2 p.m. Parade around the Children’s Garden; wear red, white & blue and decorate your wagons, strollers, etc. with materials provided (while supplies last).

Other activities in the Children’s Garden include WaterPlay and other favorite features such as Sand Play, the Tree House and International Village.

The garden is encouraging folks to come early in the day, when it will be cooler and the butterflies will be more active

Also, if you purchase a new membership at the Garden on July 4 you’ll receive one month free.


(Enjoying Waterplay, from our visit this morning)

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February 13th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

lewis ginter february bogo

If and when another balmy February day rolls around, take advantage of the deal Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is offering this month:

Share the love! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering “Buy One, Get One Free” admission during the month of February. Bring a friend or loved one to enjoy “The Garden is for Lover’s” Conservatory display, plus see our Top 5 February Favorites.

Check out What We’re Doing in February for some of the Garden happenings.

Thanks Jonah!

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December 1st, 2011 by RichmondBargains

gardenfest

The Dominion GardenFest of Lights is underway at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!

Every evening, enjoy half a million holiday lights transforming the garden into a holiday wonderland. It is open nightly from 5 – 10 p.m.

Some of the special events during GardenFest:

    Merry Mondays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, Jan. 2 & 9; 5 – 8 p.m. Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper and visits from the Butterfly Fairy in the Library Reading Room; Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory on Mondays through Dec. 19.

    Caroling Tuesdays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jan. 3.; 6 – 7:30 p.m. Barbershop Quartets from the Virginians Barbershop Chorus stroll and sing throughout the Garden; guests are invited to join in the caroling, too! The full chorus performs on Dec. 20.

    Musical Thursdays: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Jan. 5; Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment in the Library.

    Dominion GardenFest for Fidos: Select Thursdays, Dec. 1; Dec. 8 & Jan. 5. Leashed pets allowed; suggested $2 pet admission benefits the Richmond SPCA.

    Greater Richmond Children’s Choir Concert: Sunday, Dec. 11; 4 p.m.

    New Year’s Eve Family Frolic: Saturday, Dec. 31. Family fun with live music by the “Ululating Mummies” plus make-and-take crafts.

Tips about visiting GardenFest

Admission fees

General Public: $11 adult; $10 senior; $7 children (ages 3 – 12); children under 3: free
Garden Members: $5; Child on Membership (ages 3 – 18) $4.

There are a few discounts available:

Times-Dispatch Press Pass: Visitors can present the press pass coupon and get a “buy one, get one free” ticket (adult, senior, child & member) on select nights only. Coupon must be presented at the Garden’s Visitors Center for discount, no photocopies accepted, no other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. “Free” ticket must be equal or lesser value. Press pass coupon runs in Thursday Weekend section; is good for the following Sunday ONLY on these dates ONLY:

Runs: Thursday, Dec. 1; VALID Sunday, Dec. 4
Runs: Thursday, Dec. 8; VALID Sunday, Dec. 11
Runs: Thursday, Jan. 5; VALID Sunday, Jan. 8

ValPak: Visitors can present the Metro Richmond area ValPak coupon and receive $3 off one GardenFest ticket (adult, senior, child; does not apply to members). Good Dec. 2 – 8, 2011. Offer valid with coupon only. One coupon per person. May not be used in combination with any other discounts including member discounts. No photocopies.

Members receive free admission on selected Member Nights – There is one remaining in 2011, on January 9.

The Garden Cafe also offers various dining specials from 5-8pm on certain days:

    Merry Mondays – Kids eat free, 1 free kid’s meal (under 12 years old) with a minimum adult purchase of $7.00 ($5.00 value)

    Two for Tuesday – 2 dinner specials for the price of 1 ($8.95 value)

    Wednesday Wine & Cheese – 2 wine splits and 1 cheese and cracker plate $10.00 (value $13.95)

    “Thirsty” Thursday – free hot or fountain beverage with the purchase of soup, salad, sandwich or entrée. (value $1.75 & free refills)

    Sunday Supper – Early bird special – 15% discount on all purchases from 5:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. *excluding alcohol

CONTEST:

Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights! Just leave a comment about whether you have visited GardenFest before, and if so, how many times (guess!).

Contest ends Monday, December 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and have 48 hours to respond.

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November 14th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

If you ran the marathon, half-marathon, or 8k on Saturday and have your race bib, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering a free admission through November 23 when you show your bib!

beer & pretzels

Also, coming up on Wednesday evening is a “Beer and Pretzels” holiday shopping evening geared toward men:

On this evening, the Garden Shop will be open (the outdoor gardens are not open). No admission fee required.

NEW EVENT: Men — this special shopping night is designed with you in mind!

Enjoy a complimentary beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) and snacks when you arrive. We’ll have live acoustic bluegrass by the Free Rangers.

Men — Personal shoppers will be on-hand to assist and free gift-wrapping is available for men for purchases made in the Shop.

Wednesday November 16, 5-8pm

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April 19th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

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It’s a gorgeous time of year to visit the garden!

Jonah sent me a heads up that Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens has started a “Garden Clipper” email clubGo here to sign up to be notified about special savings at the garden.

You can also learn about available discounts on the Garden’s Funding page. Current deals:

    AAA discount: $1 off admission; any category

    Entertainment Book coupon: Buy 2 tickets, get up to 2 tickets at equal or lesser value free

    April 1 – 30, 2011: Present your Public Broadcasting Member Card at the Garden’s admissions desk and receive a one-time “2-for-1” admission during the month of April.

    April 1 – 30, 2011: Present your Henrico Advantage Card at the Garden’s admissions desk and receive $1 off Garden admission (any category: adult, senior, child). One discount per transaction, non-transferrable and not valid for ticketed events such as Groovin’ in the Garden. Learn more about the Henrico Advantage Card, including a list of locations where you can get one and other discounts and specials. PLEASE NOTE: The Garden’s offer will not appear on their listing until it is valid: April 1.

    Friday, May 6, 2011: National Public Gardens Day
    Present a coupon (available for download from the Better Homes and Garden website for two free admission tickets). Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is participating in this partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) to promote public gardens. (I will be posting a reminder about this a few days beforehand)

Of course, there are also the membership options, which provide free admission to the garden throughout the year in addition to offering reciprocal membership with other gardens around the country, being partially tax-deductible, and having two free one-time use guest passes. Members also have the option to purchase a “Plus One” membership for $20, which can include a grandparent or babysitter with free admission. It’s a great deal if your kids enjoy the WaterPlay and Children’s Garden during the summer!

This Thursday from 6-8pm, garden members can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at Bloomendaal House when the Garden has extended hours for Historic Garden Week. There is also a free public lecture on Thursday at 6pm entitled “Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail: A 2,000-mile Floral Parade” – RSVP by today.

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