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Groovin’ in the Garden returns to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in May after ten-year hiatus

The 2024 season kicks off May 30th with Richmond favorite Carbon Leaf.

Trevor Dickerson



After a ten-year hiatus, the much-loved outdoor concert series Groovin’ in the Garden is returning to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The premiere concert on May 30, 2024, features Richmond’s own Carbon Leaf, known for their alt-country, Celtic, and folk-infused indie rock. The event also marks the band’s return to Garden; they played Groovin’ in 2010. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 1 at 10 a.m. at Physical tickets will also be on sale at Plan 9 Records.

Groovin’ in the Garden began in 1999 and continued at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through 2013. Last year, the Garden worked with the Broadberry Entertainment Group to hold one Groovin’ concert featuring national recording artists Gregory Alan Isakov and Lucius. The success of that sold-out event confirmed the Garden’s plans to bring back the outdoor series.

“The decision is especially fitting given 2024 is the Garden’s 40th anniversary,” said Brian Trader, President and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “We know Groovin’ concerts are much-loved, and we’re looking forward to celebrating our community and our gardens with great music in a spectacular setting.”

The Garden is partnering with Broadberry Entertainment Group on the Groovin’ series, which will include five to six concerts this summer and fall. Special consideration is given to ensure a good fit for the performers and the venue. Announcements about upcoming acts will be made soon.

The location of the concerts is the Cochrane Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter. For the Carbon Leaf concert, gates open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase in the Garden (outside food and drink are not allowed to be brought in.) Blankets, tents, and canopies are NOT permitted. Guests may bring lawn chairs. The concert is rain or shine; no refunds. Bags must be CLEAR and no larger than 16″x16″x8″. Bags are discouraged as they slow down the entry process. If you bring a bag, you may be asked to wait in a longer line for entrance. Guests have the right to refuse a bag search, and the venue has a right to refuse entry.

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