Virginia's Magical Garden: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the Nation's best botanical gardens and one of the most-visited in Virginia. I am lucky enough to live ten minutes from Lewis Ginter and took a tour a few weeks ago. First of all, let me say that the staff is wonderful, I truly enjoyed my visit and was surprised at the size of the property. There are more than 10 gardens to visit, including the Children's Garden, designed so kids can enjoy the outdoors. One of my favorite gardens on the property is the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden. Just imagine, more than 1,800 beautiful roses in bloom – amazing!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is named after Lewis Ginter (1824-1897), who was a prominent businessman, army officer and philanthropist in Richmond. Sixteen years after his passing, his niece, Grace Arents purchased the abandoned clubhouse from his estate. She remodeled the house, adding a second floor and opening a convalescent home for sick children. When there was no longer a need for this use of the property, she moved into the house with her friend, Mary Garland Smith. When Ms. Arents died in 1926, she bequeathed life-rights to Ms. Smith, with the stipulation that upon the death of Ms. Smith, the home would become the property of the City of Richmond and a botanical garden would be created and named after her late uncle.
Summer time is the perfect time to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. There's something fun going on each day and from now through mid-September, you can catch the Lego exhibit. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it for myself. You have got to see the butterfly crafted with over 37,000 LEGO bricks. The Butterflies LIVE event at the Conservatory is also a must see. Every butterfly is different and fascinating. During the summer months, you can attend their evening after hour events that feature live music. The GardenFest of Lights in late November is also one that you don't want to miss. And lastly, if you are planning a wedding, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the perfect space for your special day. Bottom line - this destination truly offers something for everyone at every age.
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