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7. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Press Contact: Beth Monroe, 804-262-9887, ext. 316

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Photo of the exterior of the conservatory
Left to right: Director Frank Robinson, Cokie Roberts, Community Member Chris Cosello, Board Chair Bill King, and Susan Hildreth. Click image to access full-size version.

Established in 1984, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden encompasses some 60 acres of landscaped gardens, a children’s garden, visitor’s center, greenhouses, an education and library complex, and a glass-domed conservatory. Visitors of all ages enjoy access to a wide variety of educational resources in these living classrooms where they study home gardening, landscape design, botanical art, nature photography, climate change, early childhood nature education, urban gardening, and sustainable landscape design. The garden also feeds the needy through its Community Kitchen Garden in partnership with FeedMore, an umbrella organization for organizations who provide meals in community kitchens. A corps of dedicated volunteers (including high school students) help plant, cultivate, harvest, and deliver some 9,000 pounds of fresh nutritious food annually. In partnership with Henrico County, the gardens are also working on phase one of a comprehensive water management plan aimed at conserving and purifying water flowing through the gardens to the Chesapeake Bay.

Community Member: Chris Corsello
Chris Corsello is a young man with autism who has been volunteering at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for nearly two years with his aide Lisa Watts. Chris has worked in the Rose Garden, helps with the garden’s semi-annual plant sales, and was instrumental in the construction of Diamonds in the Rough, a towering stick sculpture designed by world-famous artist Patrick Dougherty and built on-site at the garden in May of 2011. Chris enjoys making a meaningful contribution to the garden and appreciates the community he has found there.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D_VA), who nominated the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden:
"I am proud that the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been selected as one of only five recipients of 2011 National Medal for Museum Service. The Ginter Botanical Garden is a gorgeous facility that serves Central Virginia through public education, research and by hosting great community events. I congratulate Lewis Ginter for receiving a much-deserved award for its extraordinary role in public service to the community." 

Next Winner: Madison Children’s Museum