RICHMOND, Va. – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden announced plans for its phased reopening. The garden, along with many other Richmond-area attractions, closed in March to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The following information was released by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on June 11. Visit the garden's website for updates.
The Garden will welcome back members first as a thank you for their patience and support.
Members-only days are June 25-28; July 2, 3, 5 (the Garden is closed July 4) and July 9-12.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH MANY ADJUSTMENTS: JULY 16
The Garden plans to reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16.
All tickets will be timed, limited, and available online only. Tickets are not available yet.
Visitors will choose an arrival time with their tickets and will be asked to limit visits to two hours so more people may enjoy the Garden.
Initially the Garden will have a four-day schedule of Thursdays through Sundays and new hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The changes in the Garden’s operations are to protect the safety of all.
Required when indoors (in compliance with Executive Order 63) and strongly suggested at all times to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially to those who may be vulnerable. Face coverings are not required for children under age 10 or those with a medical condition.
There will be many new protocols, including a separate entrance and exit and helpful signage showing 6-foot social distancing and encouraging handwashing. The Garden will perform extensive and deep cleaning, made possible by the adjusted schedule.
Some portions of the Garden will remain closed, including indoor areas, sections of the Children’s Garden (including WaterPlay), and the Conservatory. The restrooms will be open.
Shopping and Dining:
The Garden Shop and Garden Café will be open and operating under the state’s Phase 2 directives. Food will also be available to order online and eat in the Garden (however, outside food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden.)
NEW EXHIBIT: M&T BANK WIND WAVES AND LIGHT THROUGH OCT. 18:
As the Garden reopens, visitors will be able to enjoy M&T Bank Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion. This unconventional exhibit by George Sherwood features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. The artwork evokes shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water. It is also made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Patient First, and Publix Supermarket Charities. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is excited to welcome back visitors and thanks everyone for their understanding and patience.