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“A nice stroll...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
804 262 9887
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Ranked #3 of 144 things to do in Richmond
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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.
Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A nice stroll...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Very deceptive upon pulling into the parking lot. I took my wife here on a date and was a bit apprehensive because it looked small. After paying the entrance fee, we walked outside and the grounds just opened up. There is a nice size greenhouse that is situated on top of the hill (depending on which way you're looking). Inside the greenhouse was a butterfly exhibit. The gardens opened up further to display different types/examples of vegetation. There were a lot of paths to walk through and meditate. There is even a large area where children can play (and it looks like they do!). A beautiful place for couples or families with young children.

Thank Lucid008
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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“Very nice garden - would plan as "side" visit, not main vacation attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The garden is very nice and there are many other attractions in the Richmond area. If visiting and you like gardens, this would def be on my list.

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“Nice place to visit, especially for the lights at Christmas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Nice ground. Not huge but plenty to see. Nice walking tour with lights at Christmas. Decent gift shop. Ample parking, except can be full at Christmas for lights.

Visited December 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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“had a membership”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

wished we had been able to use it more. the exhibits are always changing and the christmas exhibit is spectacular

Thank doctortv
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Arlington, Virginia
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“A bit disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

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.

Visited December 2012
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LewisGinter, Public Relations Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, responded to this review, 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.
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
Thank you,
Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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