December 24, 2011

Gardenfest of Lights

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens GardenFest of Lights runs through January 9, 2012, delighting visitors with an awe-inspiring holiday display.  The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, and family activities.  This year's theme is Nature's DeLIGHTS. Visitors stroll through a 250 foot long tunnel of lights, a maze, and fanciful figures and fairyland scenes. The whimsical  "Diamonds in the Rough" stick sculpture is part of the show, as well as the LOVE artwork, featuring  16' wide X 7' tall letters spelling "love".

Conservatory displays include a 19-foot tall holiday tree, model trains and fairy houses, and an enchanting scene in the Cottage Garden wing featuring the story of woodland creatures and their home in an old tree. The Children's Garden features a firepit for toasting s'mores and bird's eye views from the CWDKid's Tree House.  Dining is available and hot chocolate and snacks can be purchased, there is also a wonderful Garden Shop.

Where to Stay

Maury Place at Monument is the perfect lodging for visitors, located just 4.4 miles from Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  This luxury Richmond VA bed and breakfast overlooks Richmond's Monument Avenue, with its own displays of holiday lights on its grand historic homes. Maury Place guests enjoy complimentary breakfast, free off street parking, wi-fi internet, and six working fireplaces. In addition to being convenient to Lewis Ginter, Maury Place at Monument is walking distance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, many great restaurants, museums, and the Carytown shopping district.

Jeff Wells and Mac Pence, your Richmond VA bed and breakfast Innkeepers