In the 1880s, Lewis Ginter, a wealthy businessman, opened a resort on this land just northwest of Richmond. An avid gardener, ... More
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
In the 1880s, Lewis Ginter, a wealthy businessman, opened a resort on this land just northwest of Richmond. An avid gardener, he planted and cared for much of the foliage that still thrives in the park today. Upon his death, the property passed to his niece who opened a hospice for children in Ginter's home. She also cultivated the gardens and imported several rare plants. The land is now operated by the city as a botanical garden. Explore the Victorian garden, nature trails and the home, and perhaps stop at the Tea House for lunch.
Great for bringing family members of ALL ages - from the very young to the very old. Nice paths to walk, places to sit, a "treehouse" for the kids with a great view of the lake. In the summer there is a small water park for the kids & during winter, there is the Festival of Lights where the gardens are decorated with millions of lights.
We've been going to LGBG for years, but the last few years we have seen many major expansions. Originally there was the home, some gardens and a tea house. Then a huge conservatory, rose garden, several meeting halls and a sunken garden were added. Definitely there is more to see in Spring and Summer, as in any garden with 4 distinct seasons as we have in VA, but the Conservatory has plants all year long. During December and January the garden is decorated in a dazling light display and there are gingerbread houses, dollhouses and toy trains displayed in the buildings. This has become a Christmas tradition for our family. The resturant is a step above most museum fare, and I hear the tea house is very special although I have never eaten there myself. The newly expanded children's garden, with a tree house, water garden, places to play in the dirt and sand are fantastic. Thisis a beautiful place to visit and an excellent setting for a wedding. My favorite time of year is in early spring when the daffodils bloom. We have a family membership and we visit all the time. This year for Christmas we gave a family membership to a local family in need that was adopted by our church. I hope they enjoy their visits to Lewis Ginter as much as we do.
I went in early November. The place was basically closed down but they still charged the full fee. The only blooms were the orchid area. I asked before hand if there would be much to see and the attendant said it was beaufiful. Maybe in the summer but not when I saw it.
The gardens are a beautiful place to take young children to enjoy a day outside. We played in the new children's garden, tree house, sandbox, native houses, and loved the water play! My children never want to leave!
We went at the end of September and 2/3 of the plants were dead. It is a nice place but not in September. They should lower the price in the off season since there is very little to see. I would not go again because of the price.
A busload of museum docents from Washington, D. C. stopped for awhile for a self-guided tour. We enjoyed the conservatory, with its children's room and the orchid display, then walked the outside. A wonderful gift shop also. not enough time there, but many of us will come back
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