Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

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It sure is hard to ignore outdoor activities when you have seventy-degree weather this far north in December so we decided on another garden tour as we passed through Richmond. Lewis Ginter is one of the top public gardens in the US and it was easy to see why. The staff at the visitors center were friendly and helpful, making sure we knew all of the things we shouldn’t miss and that this year’s theme was water.

Colorful Flowers
Colorful Flowers
Colorful Fish
Colorful Fish

As we entered the conservatory we were drawn to the colorful flowers and water creatures (all made from airbrushed plastic bottles). Teachers, take note! One requirement during the holiday season is a spectacular Christmas tree and we were not disappointed.

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

Given our encounter with stingrays only a week ago in Marathon, Florida, we were quite enchanted by this vignette.

Stingrays in Richmond
Stingrays in Richmond

From there, we enjoyed the delicious scents of the rose garden. I’m still trying to grasp the idea of roses still blooming in December and all of the new growth leading you to believe that spring is just around the corner. The children’s garden on the other side of the pond was next on the list and this view from the second floor deck of the treehouse.

Topiary Wrapped in Lights
Topiary Wrapped in Lights

The asian garden was peaceful and then we ran across another familiar figure from this trip in the Henry M. Flagler Garden. And finally, just around the corner, the octopus’s garden, including the required treasure chest.

Octopus's Garden
Octopus’s Garden
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