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Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for Free this Weekend

If you haven’t visited Lewis Ginter yet, you’ve got no excuse this weekend. Go and check out the beautiful gardens for free this weekend.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens was voted the #4 public garden in North America by readers of USA Today but we all know it’s #1. There are over 50 acres to explore and if the weather isn’t co-operating you can find sanctuary in the classical domed glass Conservatory.

January might seem like an odd time to visit a garden but as you’ll learn there is still plenty to see. Check out the January Blooms on the Lewis Ginter site to get a preview of what you might see in person. Although it’s not much of a bloom see if you can find the frankly bizarre ostrich fern or Matteuccia struthiopteris in the Flagler Garden.

Normally admission is between $8-$13 but this weekend garden admission is free Jan. 10 – 14. You’ll have hold off on your shopping and dining though because the Garden Cafe, Tea House and Garden Shop are closed.

Don’t wait until Monday though. The gardens will be closed on Monday, January 15th to repair water pipes that didn’t survive last week’s big freeze. Everything will be back to normal when they re-open at 9 AM on the 16th.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Get Planting with Help from Lewis Ginter Fall Plant Sale

There will be more plants than you can shake a stick at and plenty of sticks too I’m sure.

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People that know way more than I do say that fall is a great time to plant. Personally, I plan to swing by on Friday and get more natives to attract local pollinators and birds. Great advantage of planting natives is that the need less care because hey, this climate is their jam.

Lewis Ginter
FALL PLANTFEST

Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

One of Central Virginia’s most-anticipated plant sales. Dozens of vendors and knowledgeable Garden volunteers help you choose your best plants!

Fall PlantFest is held outside in Parking Lot C at the Garden (no admission fee or ticket necessary.)

  • Masks are required for vendors and strongly encouraged for visitors/customers. For those who are not fully vaccinated, masks are required indoors at all times and outdoors when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.
  • Please note, we will not have plant holding this year due to COVID.
  • PlantFest is Fido-friendly — bring your leashed pups!
  • We will have knife sharpening on-site bring your garden hand tools, scissors and knives to have them sharpened.
  • Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will be on-site to answer your plant questions

Avid gardeners know fall is a great time for planting! Lewis Ginter Fall PlantFest features vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics and other garden-related items. Presented by Garden volunteers.

***See the 2021 plant inventory (PDF) for the Ginter’s Greatest tent run by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden volunteers. ***

 

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RPS Starts Tomorrow but Don’t Enter the Building Without an Appointment

The reason for the rule change is for contact-tracing and hopefully allowing in-person schooling to continue.

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Posted to the RPS Twitter:

Please note that parents and families will not be able to enter RPS offices or school buildings without an appointment. This is important for contact-tracing & keeping our students & staff safe. Thank you for your grace & understanding.

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Help Lakeside Elementary and Get a Nice Lid

Show your Lakeside pride on the top of your pointy, blocky, or massive head.

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We are starting the 2021 school year with a Hat fundraiser! Please share with your friends and neighbors. The campaign runs now through September 13th and items will ship between September 22nd and October 1st. Thanks so much for supporting our school!
Looking for a shirt? Don’t worry we will have a shirt sale in October.

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