Tiptoe Through Richmond’s Tulips

April 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

When you think of Richmond, Virginia, “gardens” may not be one of the first things that spring to your mind—but it certainly should be! This lovely city, recognized by many for its Civil War heritage and recent urban rejuvenation, also happens to be home to a wonderful variety of stunning botanical gardens that are open to the public. Many keep their doors open year-round—yes, even in the middle of winter!

In addition, you may be interested in touring Richmond’s portion of “Historic Garden Week”, the details of which are listed below. Whether you are looking for a romantic way to spend an afternoon with your sweetie, searching for a family-friendly way to have some educational fun, or simply wanting to explore on your own to take in the wonderful sights (and smells) at your own pace, look no further.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of Richmond’s most well known and well-loved gardens in the region. The land was originally utilized by Powhatan Indians as a hunting ground; later in time, it was owned by Patrick Henry. Initially entering the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center, you will find exhibit galleries, outdoor terraces, shops, meeting rooms, and the Garden Café.

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Passing through the Visitors Center and heading out towards the Central Garden, you may eventually find yourself happily lost within the garden’s 40 wandering acres of perennial plants, flowers, bridges, statues, and much, much more. There is even a garden specifically for children to enjoy. Ginter’s 11,000 square foot classical, domed Conservatory is the only one of its kind open to the public in the entire mid-Atlantic region. In addition to the flora and fauna, there are numerous hands-on workshops, adult education, and family programs held here.

Historic Garden Week

For more than 80 years, The Garden Club of Virginia’s 8-day “Garden Week” has been held each spring. Nicknamed “America’s Largest Open House”, Garden Week is a wonderful opportunity to step inside over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful homes and historic landmarks. Many of these homes are located in or near Richmond, while others are scattered throughout the state. Enjoy a vast array of gardens, many of them private and not otherwise open to the public.

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The Garden Club of Virginia provides over 2,000 amazing floral arrangements for many of these homes, making the tour even more beautiful. Garden Week is even for a good cause, too—100% of the proceeds go directly to help restore and preserve many historic gardens located throughout Virginia. Previously featured properties include Tuckahoe Plantation, an 18th century plantation and Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home.