Part VII: GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens!

 

GardenFest is fantastic! © Britt Conley

GardenFest is fantastic! © Britt Conley

One of the great things about Lewis Ginter is the phenomenal events they do.  The one I went to tonight is one of the most attended of the year with over 50,000 people coming from around the region.  GardenFest is the wonderful holiday display of lights and events that run from November 27, 2009 – January 11, 2010 next year.  With more than a half-million lights, this massive display is a fun way to spend a late night out!

Spiders crossing the grass © Britt Conley

Spiders crossing the grass © Britt Conley

This year’s illuminated theme is Wings of Wonder which highlights dragonflies, butterflies, bees (gotta love that!) and various other insects that light the way as we travel the gardens.  The inspiration for this theme is the book, Dashing Through the Snow (Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends) by David Kirk.

Webs overhead! © Britt Conley

Webs overhead! © Britt Conley

The entire garden areas are a fanciful feast of lit flowers, trees and insects.   It’s no surprise at all why that they do so well each year!  The families I ran into were having a wonderful time!

The trail toward the Children's Garden © Britt Conley

The trail toward the Children's Garden © Britt Conley

There were also many others throughout the strolling experience.

Dragon Flies and friends! © Britt Conley

Dragon Flies and friends! © Britt Conley

The Children’s Farm Garden was laced with thousands of lights creating a maze of fun for little ones and families alike. The Children's Garden Light Maze © Britt Conley

The Children’s Garden Light Maze © Britt Conley

The Adventure walk and Treehouse was also illuminated fun!  I was swiftly passed by numerous running youngsters with parents calling after them.

The Children

The Children's Garden Treehouse © Britt Conley

In addition, visitors are able to purchase s’more fixings in the Children’s Garden shop which was just as festive as the rest!

The Shop here was offering a chance to make s'mores by the bon fire! © Britt Conley

The Shop here was offering a chance to make s'mores by the bon fire! © Britt Conley

Just as expected the fire was roaring and there were already kids toasting their marshmallows.   A great evening indeed!

One big marsh mellow getting roasted! © Britt Conley

One big marshmallow getting roasted! © Britt Conley

A stroll through the Children's Garden © Britt Conley

A stroll through the Children's Garden © Britt Conley

The Asian Valley was full of various electric insects reflecting the water.  The walk way itself glowed with warm reds and yellows.

Asian Valley was romantic and fun © Britt Conely

Asian Valley was romantic and fun © Britt Conley

There was an immense Cone flower strung over the Sunken Gardens that made for a picture perfect entry in the evenings events.

Still rather light but this one is a stunner once the sun sets © Britt Conley

Still rather light but this one is a stunner once the sun sets © Britt Conley

One of the really fun displays is the huge Peacock that fans at least 30 feet by my guess!

The great Peacock! © Britt Conley

The great Peacock! © Britt Conley

The Bloemendaal House was aglow with lights, tall Candy Canes and lights on a swing!

I love the swing! © Britt Conley

I love the swing! © Britt Conley

The entire gardens is lit up and ready to go between 5-10pm through January 11, 2010.

Lights everywhere! © Britt Conley

Lights everywhere! © Britt Conley

The wonderful highlight of GardenFest is not just the lights but the Christmas Display in the North Wing of the Conservatory!

It's Christmas complete with a 19 foot tree! © Britt Conley

It's Christmas complete with a 19 foot tree! © Britt Conley

Lewis Ginter highlights that the wing also houses, “the train display with a frozen landscape of crystal-encrusted hand-crafted cars winding through a glistening miniature village of snow- and ice-coverd cottages.”

The Snow Village © Britt Conley

The Snow Village © Britt Conley

GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS 2009
• GardenFest 2009 runs Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 – Monday, Jan. 11, 2010; 44
nights (closed Dec. 24 & 25).
• Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors; $6 children (ages 3 – 12); free for
children under age 3.

For more information visit www.lewisginter.org

I have to say this week has been a blast!  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond is a great place for flower photographers such as this Bee, single strollers, couples and families.  As you’ve seen all week, this is a huge garden complex with lots to see and do.  I still haven’t had a chance to eat in the Japanese Tea House!  If your in the area and you want a fun evening of making s’mores by the bonfire or just walking amongst the lights head down to Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Well it’s time again to head to a new garden tomorrow and start a new week of features!  Come back for a nice surprise!

‘Til Tomorrow!

Britt

Related posts:

  1. The Photo Garden Bee Lifts off in a Hot air balloon over Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  2. This the last night of holiday lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!
  3. Part V: The Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  4. Part I: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  5. Part IV: The Asian Valley at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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