Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens as part of the GardenFest of Lights 2011 was open between 5 PM and 10 PM and pets on leashes were invited. Morgan, the inn concierge at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, was delighted to visit. This holiday tradition includes more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, and even trains! The fabulous peacock was there – moved from the lawn where it elegantly perched last year to a new location where its tail formed an archway under which to stroll. Penguins played on the lawn, candy canes, flowers made up lights, and even vegetables made from lights completed the picture. The conservatory was a-blaze on the hill, the promenade to access the conservatory was beautifully decorated with blue and white lights. Next Fido event is December 8th, followed by another January 5th. Leashed pets are welcome, a suggested $2 donation for the Richmond SPCA for each pet is recommended.
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens will host Emmylou Harris on Wednesday July 20, 2011 as part of their Groovin’ in the Garden series.
Emmylou Harris, a 12-time Grammy winner, celebrated as an interpreter of other artists’ songs, has garnered accolades for her eloquent songwriting and for her incomparable vocals. Few performers have achieved honesty in their work or revealed such maturity in their writing. Her latest album, “Hard Bargain” contains 11 original songs including one recounting a violent, headline-making story from the civil rights era, and another about a black lab mix named Bella. Harris runs a dog shelter on her property called Bonaparte’s Retreat. Don’t miss this concert – full of life’s wisdom and beautiful music. Tickets.
HIstoric Garden Week in Virginia has slipped by; The Fan Woman’s Club Kitchen and Garden Tour is a memory; the Museum District’s Mother’s Day Tour has passed — but we’re not done yet! Next Saturday, May 14th between noon and 5 PM, selected homes and gardens in the Ginter Park neighborhood will open their doors and gates to visitors.
The annual tour will be celebrating 100 years of architecture and gardens and the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Ginter Park neighborhood. Times-Dispatch article on Ginter Park Tour Ticket Information and Details.
And, once you visited the ten homes and gardens open for touring, just up the road you’ll find Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens featuring its Millions of Blooms. Right now the roses and peonies are in their prime and provide great photo opportunities. You can also check out the progress of world-famous artist Patrick Dougherty as he builds his stick sculpture, which will be named on May 21 at the Spring Fling in the Garden.
And, this is the FINAL weekend for the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Better get there before it’s gone for good!
Lots in store this weekend, don’t miss out! Richmond and central Virginia are the place to be….
Early spring blooms are bountiful in Richmond, Virginia: hellebores or Lenten Rose announce the season; star magnolia, redbud, pink “tulip” magnolia, tulips, daffodils, daphne odoro among others dot central Virginia’s best loved gardens with the promise of Spring at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Lewis GInter’s Orchids Galore opened at Lewis Ginter on March 12th. More than 2,000 orchids, including 500 museum-quality specimens will be on display until April 10, 2011. in addition to latest break-throughs like red orchids, visitors will see one of the largest collections on public display in the mid-Atlantic region. Interpretive signage on loan from the U. S. Botanic Garden will make this a learning opportunity by sharing facts about orchids. The display includes over-sized alphabet letters decorated with orchids – providing a photo opportunity to get your photo taken with the first letter of your name! (more…)