Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines and Butterflies


The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, is a lovely place to visit-


particularly in the spring, when new flora and fauna emerge with warmer temperatures.

But you might be interested to learn that even in February, this Botanical Garden is booming with activity.


The Valentine's Display in the Conservatory

and the Valentine's Dinner in the Tea House

are just two of the upcoming events at Lewis Ginter.


A huge attraction will be featured in May, as part of the Garden's 25th Anniversary Celebrations. The Butterflies LIVE! exhibit will be featured from May 22-Oct. 11, 2009:

(Click on the butterfly link in my sidebar)



..."The North Wing of the Conservatory will be filled
with hundreds of the jewel-winged beauties. Walk in
the midst of the delicate creatures, and learn their life
cycle by watching as butterflies emerge from
chrysalides and “dry and exercise” their wings – process
taking up to two hours before the butterfly is ready to fly.
The butterflies tend to be most active on clear, sunny days,
so you may want to plan your visit accordingly."

If you live in Virginia, or plan on visiting, think about spending some time at this marvelous Botanical Garden!
All photos from Lewis Ginter online

46 comments:

  1. Beautiful post....did you just go to Lewis Ginter? Or are you planning on going once the weather is a little warmer? Want to meet there? Make a day of it?
    Janet...just thinking out loud.

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  2. That little tea house is positively enchanting. :) And I love the combination of those yellow and purplish tulips -- very pretty.

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  3. Seeing this, I wish I lived in Virginia instead of Sweden! =)
    At least, I hope I sometime will get the chance to visit America, and some of all these wonderful gardens. I certainly would like to spend a lot of time at Lewis Ginter's Botanical Garden! =)

    Have a nice weekend.
    /Helen

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  4. Oh I LOVE the tulips... ALL of them! It makes me yearn for sunshine and warm spring days (right now it's cold and rainy).

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Cindy

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place in any season. Putting it on my list of places to see.

    Cameron

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  6. I'd read about Lewis Ginter and wondered how it was--it seems great! That tea house is darling, complete with "thatched" roof. Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids also has a great butterfly exhibit in May. And so does the Detroit Zoo. :)

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  7. It is just beautiful!

    Jan, if you get the chance please email me at ramseytina5@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

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  8. Janet, that would be nice, wouldn't it. I haven't been there but as I looked at the website I was reminded of how much there is to do around here;) As well as other places in VA. We definitely should plan a daytrip. It's just an hr. and a half down for me and the same amt. of time up for you.

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  9. Oh! Wouldn't I love to visit this site!! It's absolutely beautiful... but we're now in the midst of getting a huge (supposedly) snowfall! It began about 1/2 hour ago and already things are completely white!

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  10. If I lived closer I definitely would visit. It's very pretty.

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  11. Ooh, ooh, I want to go! Wish I was coming to Virginia. I dearly love the little cottage there with the tulips in front of it. Our own Franklin Park Conservatory has their Blooms and Butterflies display coming in March, and I can hardly wait!

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  12. Hi Jan, More snow? I guess the tulips will have to wait. The gardens and buildings look enchanting like another world. Nice post, as always. Grace

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  13. That looks like a place a love to visit! The teahouse is so quaint, and all those beautiful tulips are a sight for sore eyes. Thanks Jan.

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  14. Oh how beautiful. I love Boyanical gardens-any season. The upcoming attractions sound delightful and I would love to go with camera in hand. Hope you get to visit and maybe share your experience with us.

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  15. I'd love to visit too. What a great place to venture with a camera!

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  16. Oh ... please wisk me there with you on your venture, dear Jan!

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  17. Jan, your photos are beautiful! What a great place to have tea! Happy Valentine's Day.

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  18. It looks like a great garden. I love the tea house and the tulips are beautiful. Only 35 days till spring? Hooray!

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  19. What a wonderful place to visit Jan. I hope you get to go when they have the Butterflies LIVE exhibit. I am lucky enough to live fairly close to a "butterfly pavillion" and it's always so uplifting to visit that tropical paradise (especially in winter) and see all the butterflies flitting about. Fabulous photo ops too. I agree with everyone about how adorable that tea house is too! Happy Valentines Day too!

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  20. Oh, what a wonderful place to visit any time. Great butterflypictures as well / gittan

    http:/gittans.tradgardsblogg.se

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  21. The butterflies will be well worth seeing. When I was watching the ones in the glasshouse at Wisley I found myself ignoring the plants - that shows how fascinating the butterflies were!

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  22. Wonderful Jan, thank you so much for this marvellous guided tour.

    Have a lovely Valentine's day/ Tyra xoxo

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  23. Those tulips are just beautiful... It sounds like an amazing place to visit. I've never seen such an impressive conservatory.

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  24. I love visiting different Botanical Gardens, Jan; thanks for the info. I doubt if I get to Virginia this year, but a butterfly exhibit is definitely on my list of places to see this spring or summer.

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  25. Beautiful! I so want to come explore this wonderful garden with my 2 boys! Maybe this August?

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  26. Hi Jan~
    The tulips are so sweet looking! They make me think spring is in the air!

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Karrita

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  27. I just love that small cottage at the Ginter conservatory. It makes you want to move right in - such perfection.

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  28. What a lovely garden~~botanical gardens are so much fun to visit...it's what I head for in any city we visit. There are always surprising flower combinations and the sheer beauty of all those plants.

    gail

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  29. Oh the colour is gorgeous and the photo's amazing. Thank you for sharing them with everyone.

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  30. Oh, I needed that color! Beautiful gardens and the tulips look good enough to eat!

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  31. Oh what a beautiful Botanical Garden. I didn't even know they had one in Richmond. That isn't too far from me. I might have to talk hubby into going up for the butterfly exhibit in May. Thanks for the info Jan! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

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  32. Oh, Jan, another wonderful place to add to my places I gotta visit one of these years. Thanks for giving us so much wonderful colour today, and happy hearts to you and yours.

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  33. Beautiful! I can't wait for the tulips to bloom...not too much longer!

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  34. Oh, oh, oh...I want a tea house! Much more fun than a hen house or a camel house!!!

    What a simply lovely place to visit! Thanks for sharing, Kim

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  35. thanks for opportunity to see botanical gardens in Virginia - looks very lush and beautiful.

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  36. How absolutely beautiful!!! I want to go....your photos are awesome and I would so love to have tea in that tea house. That is on my list of places to visit.

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  37. Jan, this place is amazing! And your photos, more so. Simply LOVE your butterfly photos!

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  38. Dear Jan,
    What a beautiful place to visit!
    I love butterflies and I see these gardens are full of them. How wonderful they are having a butterfly celebration. I think more gardeners should plant native for the butterflies!
    Happy Valentine's Day.
    Namaste,
    Sherry

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  39. How colorful! Especially that pic of the butterfly about to take off is stunning. Oh, I'd go crazy if I see so many tulips!

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  40. Thanks for sharing this! I may try to get up to Richmond this summer.

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  41. Jan,
    Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm very much looking forward to taking my kids to the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit too. I think I have the best job in the world -- telling people how wonderful Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is ....and telling them all about Butterflies LIVE!

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  42. Count me as one who will be going! Your pictures are stunning and those tulips are so abundant and colorful. I know it makes your heart sing to be among all that. I will plan to go and especially when the butterfly event is going on. Thank you for the tour.

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  43. Jan,

    Excellent job on this posting, makes me want to visit. To be honest it looks too beautiful for me, I like the out of the way places. Went to Calloway Gardens once didn't even have any fun though much was being redo and under construction.

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  44. Dear Jan,

    I just read your life journey. Thank you for being such a great inspiration. Despite going through such trials, you can see the beauty of plants and birds.

    Ann

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  45. I've heard of this place and you can believe if I'm ever even remotely close to it, I'll visit. Wonderful photos, Jan!

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  46. Thanks for showing those great pictures! I planned to go there for a couple years now and I never made it yet. Maybe this year:)

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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