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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to buy 6.2 acres from Lakeside Baptist Church

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will acquire 6.2 acres along the western edge of its Lakeside Avenue location through a purchase agreement with Lakeside Baptist Church that is being supported by Henrico County.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will acquire 6.2 acres along the western edge of its Lakeside Avenue location through a purchase agreement with Lakeside Baptist Church that is being supported by Henrico County.

The nonprofit community-oriented garden has agreed to buy the church’s property at 7401 Woodman Road for $1.9 million. The parcel borders the garden on its northern and eastern sides and includes a 1963 sanctuary and classroom buildings totaling 23,700 square feet. Henrico is supporting the sale by contributing $750,000 over three years, leaving the garden to raise the remaining $1.15 million from donors.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at 1800 Lakeside Ave., currently encompasses 82 acres. The land from Lakeside Baptist Church will represent the largest expansion of the grounds since the garden’s opening in 1987.

In announcing the acquisition today outside the garden’s Conservatory, Lewis Ginter President and CEO Brian Trader said church leaders reached out in October 2021 to gauge interest in a potential sale. Under the agreement, ownership will transfer in July 2025.

“We’re honored Lakeside Baptist Church approached us with this opportunity and extremely grateful to Henrico County for making it possible,” Trader said. “The church and the garden have been wonderful neighbors over the past four decades, and this ensures the church’s legacy will continue. It also provides additional future opportunities as the garden seeks to serve the community in exciting and innovative ways.”

Henrico Supervisors Daniel J. Schmitt, of the Brookland District, and Frank J. Thornton, of the Fairfield District, lauded the agreement and welcomed the garden’s opportunity to grow.

“This agreement to add 6.2 acres to the garden in Lakeside is great news for all parties – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Lakeside Baptist Church and Henrico County,” said Schmitt, who also serves on the garden’s Board of Directors. “Henrico and its Board of Supervisors are pleased to support this effort as it will allow the garden to continue to serve our residents and community for generations to come.”

Thornton added, “Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an absolute treasure for Henrico County as well as our region and state. It promotes visitation and tourism, with more than 390,000 visitors, including students, last year. The garden also helps us to appreciate the beauty of our natural world and brings joy and peace to our lives. With this additional land, Lewis Ginter will be poised to grow and bloom for years to come.”

The Rev. Becky Gunter, pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, called the announcement of the property transfer a historic moment for the church, the garden and the community. She thanked Lewis Ginter for being such good neighbors and said the church felt particularly blessed seeing the garden’s dome illuminated during its annual light show.

“We have taken great pride over the years telling people that this beautiful garden of colorful flowers backs up to our property. Unknowingly to Lewis Ginter, they have been a ‘directional’ beacon to the location of our church,” she said. “We come with mixed emotions but are excited to know that the property is going to continue to be used to bless many people in the years to come. As Mr. Rogers would say, ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!’”

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Community

PHOTOS & EVENT DETAILS: Lewis Ginter Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

GardenFest is open from November 21, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25. Open nightly 4 – 10 p.m. Advance tickets are REQUIRED and are available online only.

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THE 2022-2023 THEME IS SEEDS OF LIGHT

Part of the magic of winter nights is how a twinkle of light can transform the darkness. In the natural world, seeds hold a similar mystical power. So tiny, yet so mighty, seeds are the “spark of life” containing the secrets of a never-ending creation. This year, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights celebrates their wonder with the theme: “Seeds of Light.” Through the sparkle of more than a half-million lights, imaginative displays, and memorable experiences, GardenFest takes inspiration from seeds and fruits to reveal an interconnected world of incredible diversity, amazing strategies, and enduring beauty. Light up your nights this holiday season with a visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

  • Millions of lights line garden paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a walk-through experience designed so you and your loved ones and friends can relax, have fun and make special memories in a magical outdoor setting. 

FAMILIAR FAVORITES RETURN

  • A 22-foot-tall, cut, live tree in the Conservatory. Decked out in a botanical theme, this tree promises to be a favorite photo opportunity.
  • Model trains return to the Kelly Education Center nightly 4-9:30 p.m.
  • Trees decorated by Henrico County Public Schools students brighten the Lora Robins Library; botanical decorations also grace the cozy Library Reading Room.
  • The Kelleher Warming Fire in the Children’s Garden is a great spot to warm up, drink hot chocolate, and roast s’mores (available for purchase at the nearby Carriage House).

SPECIAL NIGHTS

FREE NIGHTS FOR MEMBERS

GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Leashed dogs allowed on for GardenFest for Fidos Nights on:

  • Monday, Nov. 21
  • Monday, Dec. 5
  • Monday, Jan. 2

LIVE MUSIC ON SELECT THURSDAYS 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Dec. 1 The Concert Ballet of Virginia “The Nutcracker”
  • Dec. 8 SPARC Caroling Around the Garden
  • Dec. 15 Henrico High School Choir Holiday Music
  • Jan. 5 Lucy Kilpatrick and Ken Kellner Holiday Jazz

GardenFest is open from November 21, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25. Open nightly 4 – 10 p.m. Advance tickets are REQUIRED and are available online only (no walk-ups). Tickets are limited and have timed arrivals. Popular times sell out quickly. A favorite tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase) & more!

Members receive discounted admission on all evenings of GardenFest and free admission on select Member Nights! Consider joining as a Garden member for greater availability.

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RVA BIG Market aka Bryan Park Farmers Market Hours Changed for Saturday

Due to the Richmond Marathon, the farmers market will have different hours this coming Saturday.

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Due to the Richmond Marathon, our hours for ONLY November 12, 2022 have been adjusted!

The RVA BIG MKT will be held 1:30pm – 4:30pm, when roads will be reopened. Thank you for loving local!

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Richmond Home Show returns to the Raceway Complex this weekend

See over 100 home experts under one roof for your next home improvement project.

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With home renovation activity and spending at a four-year high, according to a 2022 U.S. Houzz & Home Survey, the Richmond Home Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex October 21-23, is your go-to source for ideas, on-the-spot guidance, and the latest and greatest products and services to help you kick-start your next home renovation project.

A few highlights of the 2022 show:

  • Patric Richardson, the host of HGTV’s “The Laundry Guy” on Discovery+ and author of “Laundry Love” (now in its fourth printing), is on a mission to liven up laundry by helping you show some love to your apparel and home textiles! The Richmond Home Show is excited to welcome Patric to the 2022 show, where he’ll share his tips, tricks + secrets for laundering everything from your expensive cashmere sweater to the red wine spills on your couch. Many also know Patric from his much-talked-about, often sold-out Laundry Camps, where he taught new, better ways to care for apparel and home textiles. Early on, he studied Merchandising Apparel and Textiles at the University of Kentucky, then launched a career in luxury fashion at McAlpins, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, and later, at his designer vintage store, Mona Williams. He has been featured nationally on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” “The Tamron Hall Show,” “GMA3,” “NBC Today Show,” The Washington Post, Real Simple, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Martha Stewart Living. Find Patric at the Fresh Ideas Stage Friday, October 21, 5 PM and Saturday, October 22, 12 PM and 3 PM. He’ll also be signing copies of “Laundry Love,” with copies available to purchase.
  • At the Fresh Ideas stage, you can meet home experts and get answers to your home improvement quandaries. Presentations include dog training sessions each day at 1 PM with Dog Training Elite. Visit the Richmond Animal League, and Richmond Ruff House exhibits for info on adopting a pup that needs a good home.
  • “Get to Know the Home Experts with Susan Morgan, Managing Editor of R•Home Magazine”: Richmond Magazine’s Susan Morgan sits down with three home experts to answer a variety of your questions, from the best way to begin a home project to getting your home ready for winter. With Tina Kurtz of Mr. Fix It, Jamie Shea of ReFresh Cabinets, and Wes Gauvin of Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Happening Saturday, October 22, at 2 PM.
  • The Marketplace: Shop The Marketplace for a variety of must-haves, from home décor to tasty treats!
    — New Product Showcase: Get the inside track on the most innovative new products and services available now in the home industry. Watch for the ‘New Product Spotlight’ signs throughout the show.
  • 100+ Total Exhibitors: The Richmond Home Show welcomes new exhibitors and old favorites to the show, from construction and renovation, garden and landscape, and heating and cooling, to flooring, home décor, kitchen and bath, roofing and gutters, and windows and doors, including Deck Creations, Herman W. Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, ReFresh Cabinets, Mr. Fix It, SlopePro Roofing, The Drying Company, Kitchen Doctors, Aikey’s Home Improvements, Capital Remodeling, Five Star Bath Solutions, Paramount Builders, Colonial Floors of Virginia, Luxury Pool & Spa, Exterior Source, Pella Window & Door, and lots more.

The 2022 Houzz & Home Survey also indicates that homeowners plan to spend roughly $15,000 this year to renovate their houses – a 50-percent increase over the $10,000 spent three years prior, a sign the home improvement market continues to boom in the post-COVID era.

Whether you’re refinishing your wood floors, constructing a new outdoor deck, adding a home office, finishing an attic or basement, need a new cabinet install, or all of the above, the 2022 Richmond Home Show has the experts, products, services, and advice local homeowners need to get home improvement projects started.

The Richmond Home Show, presented by Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, takes place at the Richmond Raceway Complex October 21-23, 2022, and features more than 100 home improvement experts under one roof. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 AM – 7 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM. Adult admission is $8 at the door, $6 online, and children 12 and under are free. Click here to learn more.

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