Lewis Ginter botanic garden has been on my agenda for weeks and always got pushed by rain, soccer games, gymnastics or other last minute things. Finally, Tiffany and I visited this magical place and we were both sad when the clock chimed at 5 although we spent the entire day between flowers, butterflies, and the children’s garden.
Located on the north side of Richmond, VA and spread over 50 acres, the garden features winding paths around the beautiful flowers, plants and trees all divided by themes: Rose Garden, Asia Valley, Children’s Garden, Conservatory to name just a few.
During our visit, the seasonal flowers were white and yellow daffodils, tulips in red, dark purple, orange, and few yellows, bluebells, azaleas, peony, iris, violas and many more.
Just like on any other field trips, we stopped to write notes, take pictures or draw the flowers and herbs that caught our eye.
Our favorite part was probably the Conservatory. I could drive there just to see and smell the orchids. I may have a green thumb, but I have not yet mastered the art of growing orchids.
We counted at least 40 varieties of orchids in different sizes and shapes. The colors were so vibrant! Red, pastel pink, yellow, white, purple, fuchsia, violet, and few others!
The Conservatory is not only the orchids’ greenhouse but also hosts live butterflies. Needless to say, we spend a lot of time in there.
Both Tiffany and I enjoy watching the colorful butterflies up close. This wasn’t the first time we went to a butterfly exhibit. We went a couple of time to Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, SC and one time in Aruba.
During our visit, almost two dozen of butterfly were released. Best time ever!
Children’s garden was another magical place. Walking through the international village, enjoying a bird’s eye view from the tree house, climbing onto a 100-year-old mulberry tree or digging into the dirt and later into the sandbox entertained Tiffany for almost two hours.
We had a light lunch at the Garden cafe. Both Tiffany and I decided upon a mixed garden salad, but noticed they also serve soup and sandwiches.
The Tea House, another eating place in the garden requires a reservation. I will keep that in mind for our next visit.
We both enjoyed our trip to the Lewis Ginter botanical garden and decided to go back in a couple of weeks hoping the roses will be in full bloom. Stay tuned for more photos.
Stay tuned for more photos.
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