Our Enchanting Visit to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a very special place in my heart.  It was the first stop Brad and I made before moving to Richmond, Va., on a whim last December.  We drove into town on a chilly night, made it off the highway, and somehow found our way to all the beautiful decorations of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights.  I was instantly overwhelmed by all the beauty, and loved Richmond and the garden–right then and there! 

This year's GardenFest is right around the corner, and I am beyond excited to experience my second event not only as a resident, but also as seasonal employee.  With over a half a million lights, beautifully decorated holiday garden displays, running trains, and family fun-filled activities––who could hardly stand to wait?  And the theme, couldn't be more appropriate!

"A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden". 

(The Bloemendaal House, located on the grounds, was once a bicycle club in the late 1800's and now Richmond is gearing up for the World Road Cycling Championships coming in 2015.)

The garden is so enchanting this time of year, and with every step I take I am reminded of where our wander life began.  If we hadn't wandered into one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, then we would most likely not be living here in Richmond today.  This is where our journey began, and ever since that day, our life has been full of wonderful adventures.

GardenFest begins Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 until Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 and is a nightly event from 5 - 10 p.m.  That means only 14 more days till we get to skip through all the wonderful twinkling lights making new fond memories!

While you are visiting, I highly recommend having diner at Robins Tea House–you will not be disappointed!  The food is fresh and delicious.  The atmosphere is beautiful and relaxing, and the staff is always friendly and attentive.  What I like best about the Tea House, is that the menu is often changing seasonally.  I have enjoyed dishes there that I have never seen anywhere else before, and the food is gourmet without having to pay top dollar. During our recent visit, I even tried Duck for the first time––Loved it!

Each time I have eaten at the garden, Heather Finch, the manager of the Tea House, is always on the floor helping guests and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves.  It can be rare to receive this type of service, but not for the Tea House.  She and her staff are also bringing some really great dining events to the garden as well.  The next one coming up that I am really looking forward to is: Bourbon Brunch–Sunday, November 23 at 11:30am - 2:30pm.

I can't wait to eat, drink, and be merry!

Hope to see you there!

The moon gate entrance to the Robins Tea House
The moon gate entrance to the Robins Tea House