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“Immaculate Grounds, Lots of variety, Outstanding Butterfly Exhibit (until oct 09)”

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Ranked #3 of 172 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With something for all ages and interests, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, to relax in a beautiful setting, to take gardening classes, or to have a wedding or a business meeting. A wide variety of experiences are offered through its diverse gardens and facilities. No wonder Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is consistently one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond, Va., area.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Kissimmee, Fl
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Immaculate Grounds, Lots of variety, Outstanding Butterfly Exhibit (until oct 09)”
Reviewed 5 September 2009

Great place to visit. There is a live butterfly exhibit that was totally awesome. This exhibit will end in Oct 09. Flowers galore and plenty of blooms. Children's garden with interactive things to do. Biggest gift shop I've ever seen at a botanical garden. Walkways were in good shape. Beautiful place for a wedding. $9 for Seniors and $10 for adults. Very good value for this extensive garden.

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Alexandria, VA
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Worth the Trip!”
Reviewed 27 July 2009

Spent the morning at this lovely botanical garden just outside of Richmond, close to I-95. Open every day, admission is $10 for adults, with lower fees for seniors and kids. The real stand-outs are a large Children's Garden with sprinklers for summer weather, an accessible tree house and little play house, and other attractions. The conservatory has a Live Butterfly exhibit until early October that is spectacular! In addition to a large gift and garden shop, there's a cafeteria and a nicer Tea House restaurant with excellent and reasonably priced food.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“One of the best botanical gardens in the US to visit!”
Reviewed 6 May 2008

Having been to several botanical gardens, public gardens and greenhouses in the US and abroad I can say that the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the best in the country! We visited the end of April and spring flowering trees and flowers were in bloom however most of the daffodils had passed. There were tulips and other spring bulbs in bloom this late in the season. The conservatory is filled with tropical plants, palms, begonias, orchids, etc. Great to visit any day. The first part of the garden on the way to the conservatory is full sun so wear a hat and sunscreen as the sun can be quite strong. Next there are shaded gardens featuring perennials and shade loving plants, flowering trees, a Japanese Tea garden. Further on there is a water garden and it was fun to see the turtles and water plants up close. Wooden or stone walkways traverse 95% of the garden so it is fully accessible to those in wheelchairs. Then more gardens... too many to name. The rose garden is being restored and expanded so this was not available to walk through. As others have mentioned the children's garden is awesome. The gift shop had some interesting garden gift ideas. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to tour. Even if you aren't totally into gardening this place is so beautiful to walk around in that if you enjoy walking and being out in nature you'll enjoy this place. They have reciprocal admission if you have another botanical garden membership so check the website you may get in for free.

4 Thank sedum37
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Washington DC
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beutiful Botanical Garden”
Reviewed 18 February 2008

I have been to a few botanical gardens before I have to say I enjoyed this one more than the others. Although the collection might not be as extensive as say Longwood Gardens it makes up for it in the quality of the exhibits and over all disposition of the grounds. I have only been once but it seems to be very quiet compared to other gardens I have visited; this really facilitated the overall peaceful feeling. The Conservatory building is somewhat reminiscent of the National Arboretum but naturally smaller. There is also a pleasant sunken garden and Japanese garden. The Tea House is pretty much just a café with so-so food and was a slight let down as compared to the rest of the grounds.

A real gem here is the “Children’s Garden” which is very extensive and provides numerous outdoor exhibits that allow kids to get immersed into the beauty of the gardens. Among the sections in the Children’s Garden is a tree house (which is raised building with a great view of the gardens that you get to by navigating a maze-like ramp), model houses from other cultures, a water jet area for the kids to cool down in, a sandbox and more.

7 Thank William L
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Norfolk, VA
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Spring Adventure!”
Reviewed 3 April 2007

My husband and I visited the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 31, 2007. The cherry blossoms were beautiful as were the redbud trees, tulips, daffodils, etc. Inside the Conservatory, the orchids were gorgeous as was the room with the cottage. See attached photos. We ate lunch in the Garden Cafe and it was delicious (I had roasted red pepper & crab soup and chicken salad on a croissant which came with potato chips and a pickle; my husband had curry-based soup and a pork barbeque sandwich which came with coleslaw, potato chips and a pickle).

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