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“For a winter day - a beautiful visit - almost had the place to ourselves”

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Ranked #3 of 168 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: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Richmond, Virginia
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“For a winter day - a beautiful visit - almost had the place to ourselves”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

Love it that there is deeply discounted admission for winter. Conservatory with the orchids one side and the English cottage on the other is always a treat. We appreciated the colors even more in winter. I would give it a full 5 stars if there was a way to have the serenity unbroken by less considerate folks.

Nice thing about winter is seeing the snowdrops and how they take care of all the trees and plants in winter. A gardener's delight.

Visited February 2014
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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“great Place for kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Our granddaughter loves this place. safe place just to relax and enjoy. take a picnic lunch and it is great!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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LewisGinter, Public Relations Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thanks so much for your review. I'm so glad that your granddaughter loves our garden. We try to have lots of great activities for kids in the Children's Garden and throughout the entire garden.
I wanted to mention that while we do have 2 restaurants on site here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (both with indoor & outdoor dining options) picnicking is not permitted. For more details, you can go to our website and look under the "Plan Your Visit" tab.
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Richmond, Virginia
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“A 'Have to See' in Richmond”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

Great place for just a quiet, beautiful walk with family while in town. No crowds, no noise, beautiful scenery, etc.

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Winter is Not the Season to Visit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

We visited in January, when we were in Richmond for an exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Unfortunately, winter is not the best time to visit. The admission fee (in our case, $10 each) is in effect and frankly, it's not worth it. The conservatory is nice, and one room had a beautiful display of blooming plants. However, the orchid display is small compared to many others we have visited. The rest of the gardens are outside and can be seen by walking the trails--there are no access roads for vehicles. If we ever return, it will be during spring or summer to enjoy the outdoors. All the online literature I read beforehand failed to warn visitors that winter is not a good time to visit.

Visited January 2014
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LewisGinter, Public Relations Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you found your mid-winter visit disappointing. Although there is less to see in winter, we do feel that the garden offers year-round beauty. Typically we do offer a winter admission special that runs from mid-January through most of February. It looks like you may have just missed it. If you are thinking of a winter visit, and wondering if we are running a special, you can check our website.
Also, if you are wondering what's in bloom at a particular time of year, we have a great resource on our website listing what's typically in bloom in any given month so you know what blooms to look for during your visit.
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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“nice place, lots to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

I think this is a terrific spot, but try to go when the weather's not too hot. You'll want to spend hours exploring all that's on display (such as the amazing selection of pitcher plants, but if the weather's too hot, you'll miss a lot.
I happened to visit when the conservatory was hosting a butterfly exhibit, so that was great fun.

Visited September 2013
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