HENRICO, Va. – The Flowers After 5 event at Lewis Ginter Botantical Gardens on Thursday, Sept. 1 is one of the few times the Garden is open until 10 p.m.
In addition to the children’s activities, Garden views at sunset, and the summer blooms, there will be music, Lego sculptures, Pokémon GO lures, and “The LEGO Movie.”
The Afro-Zen All Stars take the stage at the Bloemendaal House from 6 to 8 p.m., as part of the ongoing concert series.
As a tie-in with the “Nature Connects” exhibit of a half-a-million LEGO bricks sculptures of giant flowers, birds, insects and more, “The LEGO Movie” will be shown from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Rose Garden Terrace. The exhibit ends on Sept. 18.
And from 5 to 9:30 p.m. it is also Pokémon GO Night, with lures set in the Garden, which hosts over 20 Pokéstops, two gyms, and lots of Pokémon.
The water and grassland ecosystem at the Garden attracts many Pokémon, including some rare ones, and the summer events around the popular game have increased visitation.
“Pokémondays and Pokémon Go Night at Flowers After 5 have increased visitation not just during those events, but they have also encouraged more people to join the Garden as members,” said Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator Jonah Holland.
“For August, in particular, we’ve nearly doubled our typical Monday visitation over the rolling average from the past three years,” said Holland. “Pokémon Go is a great way for us to introduce new audiences to the Garden and for garden members to have a reason to visit more often.
“We’re passionate about connecting people and plants, including older teenagers and young adults who we’ve spotted playing with both their friends and their parents,” she added. “It’s been inspiring to see so many people of all ages enjoying the garden this summer.”
This coming Monday, Labor Day, all visitors to the Garden receive free admission 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Genworth Free Community Day. The Garden has series of additional PokéMondays planned for the fall. Details and dates will be announced soon.
Flowers After 5 Schedule:
5 – 6 p.m. Family activities in the Children’s Garden
5 – 8 p.m. Water Play in the Children’s Garden (weather permitting)
5 – 8 p.m. Wine, beer and food available for purchase on the lawn at historic Bloemendaal House
6 – 8 p.m. Live music concerts at Bloemendaal House
8 –10 p.m. “The LEGO Movie” on the Rose Garden Terrace
5 — 9:30 p.m. Pokémon Go Night – Lures set in the Garden
The Afro-Zen Allstars! use jazz, funk, and traditional world grooves to present new arrangements of classic tunes from around the globe, with a focus on the danceable and haunting sounds created during Ethiopia’s “Golden Age” (late ’60’s-mid ’70’s).
The band features members of Bio Ritmo, Yo Mama’s Brass Band, Fado Nosso, The Flavor Project, Mikrowaves, The Illbillies and more.
Wine, beer, and food is available for purchase on the lawn at historic Bloemendaal House.
Regular Admission: $13/Adults, $11/Seniors 55+, $8/Children 3-12. Children under 3 free. FREE for Members. Click here for online tickets, or purchase at the door. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for the nights when there is a Flowers after 5 event, when the Garden opens early at 8 a.m.
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If you want to plan your strategy, the Garden put together a handy map!
Some of the more common Pokémon found at Lewis Ginter includes; Caterpie, Krabby, Magikarp, Paras, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Poliwag, Psyduck, Rattata, Spearow, Tentacool, Venonat, and Weedle – according to the Garden.
In addition, the Garden writes that they also have some more uncommon Pokémon:
- Clefairy (# 035)
- Vulpix (# 037)
- Oddish (# 043)
- Gloom (# 044)
- Venomoth (# 049)
- Golduck (# 055)
- Growlithe (# 058)
- Poliwhirl (# 061)
- Abra (# 063)
- Tentacruel (# 073)
- Slowpoke (# 079)
- Slowbro (# 080)
- Gastly (# 092)
- Voltorb (# 100)
- Exeggcute (# 102)
- Horsea (# 116)
- Seadra (# 117)
- Goldeen (# 118)
- Seaking (# 119)
- Scyther (# 123)
- Jynx (# 124)
- Pinsir (# 127)
- Tauros (# 128)
- Lapras (# 131)
- Eevee (# 133)
- Vaporeon (# 134)
- Dratini (# 147)
- Dragonair (# 148)
** Please note this list is not comprehensive, nor is meant as a guarantee that you will find any of the listed Pokémon during a visit to the Garden.