It's obvious that no expense was spared when the hardscape and waterscape features were developed, but much more money needs to be spent on the plantscape. I had hoped to be wowed by a wide variety of winter berries and unusual bark, but that was not the case. I was also disappointed by the limited variety of plants in the greenhouse. This botanical garden is probably at its best in the spring, summer and fall.
The garden cafe is very good, and the two soups on offer were as good as I've had anywhere.
The garden shop is really just a gift shop. They are missing out on a great opportunity by not offering a wide variety of bulbs, seeds, implements, etc. And, although it is early December, there were only 3 boxes of Christmas/Holiday cards in the store. This store could make a lot more money for Lewis Ginter if it were properly merchandised.
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December 18, 2012
Jim, We are so sorry your visit to the Garden was a bit disappointing. We are always striving to improve, so your feedback about wanting more variety of plants in the Conservatory and more textures in the Garden during early winter is noted.
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It sounds like your experience in the Garden Cafe was very good, and we're happy to hear it.
Thank you so much for visiting the Garden Shop as well. Our award-winning shop is divided into two “rooms” where we merchandise different materials. I wonder if perhaps you missed the second room. The first room contains home décor & gift items; the second room contains outdoor garden items where we currently stock 15 varieties of amaryllis bulbs; hyacinth & allium bulbs, live orchids, bonsai, poinsettias, fairy flowers, zygocactus, and assorted ferns. We also have a selection of seeds for gift giving this time of year. During planting season selection expands to 1,500+ varieties of herbs, vegetables , and flowers with a focus on organic, Virginia natives. This second room of the Garden Shop also carries a wide variety of tools. We hope you’ll visit us again and come back to see the merchandise you may have missed.
Also, If you have additional feedback, feel free to contact us via email at JonahH@lewisginter.org
Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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