Flowers! Flowers! Flowers (& more!)

My brother and I plotted (for months) to attend a big Comic Con in Va. Beach held a few weeks ago, but instead of braving massive crowds we decided to have a stay-cation.  A vacation usually involves vacating your home to travel somewhere else, but we staycated at home making day trips to interesting places, including a few we had never visited.

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond (VA), is one of those places. I don’t know how we missed this amazing place before (we tend to go to Maymont, another gorgeous park in Richmond) but we thoroughly enjoyed zooming an hour from Williamsburg to see the delights of Lewis Ginter’s extensive gardens that dazzled us with so much more!

Uniquely cool origami sculptures turned up all over (some of them quite huge.)

A few (like these peace birds in flight) offered an opportunity to contemplate (& sit in shade for a few minutes.)

Other birdies (like these) directed us their way along the pond path. There were also unicorns, horses, and lots more origami all through wooded paths and open walkways.

We had to see the rose garden (Virginia’s fav flower: this blog is Roses in the Rubble?)

Truly a glorious abundance of roses of every hue!

Irises bloomed hidden along shaded wooded paths near a small lake (and did their thing out and about in the sunshine, too.)

Walking around for several hours (looking at flowers) is a hungry business! Lewis Ginter has a casual cafe in the main building with a wide range of food offerings (including cold drinks), but we enjoyed a lovely lunch splurge at the Robins Tea House situated with glass windows every which way amidst a gorgeous Japanese garden.

Food was delightfully delish: an amazing vegan veggie burger (homemade!) for me, a tasty Asian chicken salad for my brother, then a gorgeous cheese board for dessert that kept us going the rest of the day. Vegan Virginia splurged a bit on the cheese (cheese being the reason she is mostly vegan, because she loves it too much) but now she is back on the vegan wagon. (Sigh.)

There was more to see – these cool purple pompom flowers, a huge children’s section (with lots of activities), more shaded wooded paths with magnificent trees, a few mini-ponds…

…and the Arboretum with orchids, orchids, orchids! I took piles of pics, given multiple gorgeous varieties there that are continually replenished from greenhouses.

We finished our visit in the butterfly conservatory, a lovely place to (carefully) appreciate the beauty of these winged wonders (watching where we stepped.)

grace, peace & flower groupies

Virginia : )

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”  John Lennon

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16 Responses to Flowers! Flowers! Flowers (& more!)

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    Great pictures

  2. My Carmel says:

    Thank you sharing this beautiful piece Virginia! Love the photos! ❤

  3. arlene says:

    Such amazing photos of the garden Virginia. Firs time I’ve seen pompom flowers.

    • Virginia says:

      Arlene, not sure of the official name of those purple flowers, but they look like purple pompoms (my name for them!) Some of them were rather tall, too. Twas such a blessing to encounter so much beauty! ✨🌷🤗💐🌺🌹

  4. Garfield Hug says:

    Lovely posts..great photos!

  5. Bernadette says:

    The arboretum is magical. Thanks for sharing.

    • Virginia says:

      It’s a magical place, Bernadette, filled with opportunities to enjoy beauty. Kind of like walking inside a Monet painting outside. Blessings! ✨🖼✨🌷✨🖼✨🌿

  6. elvagreen123 says:

    Thanks for the pictures and for the great idea. A staycation. I’m going to treat myself to the Norton Simon Art Museum and spend a day.

    • Virginia says:

      We so enjoyed our 6-day staycation! We made several day trips, but also visited a few places in our town we had never been. (Usually it takes out-of-town guests for such activities!) Hope you enjoy staycating! 🌷🖼✨💐🌟😎🌿

  7. Cindy Kranich says:

    Ginny,
    You have such a gift for capturing the best photos! 📷

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