An October Day @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Lucy Maud Montgomery

During our September staycation my brother Dwight and I plotted a visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to see the Wind, Waves and Light exhibit (as blogged here Sunday) but we held off. We thought if we waited a few weeks, we might see a few fall colors.

Spreading a little Earthy love (#LoveVA style) at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia (the state)

Last Thursday we took off for Richmond, scurrying an hour’s drive to see the exhibit before it finished October 18th and hopefully catch a few fall color vibes.

We were not disappointed! This tree greeted us in the parking lot when we arrived…

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant

We have never visited Lewis Ginter in the fall. As shared previously, it is beautiful in the spring (Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!) and spectacularly inspirational during December’s GardenFest (Garden of Lights), but an October day at Lewis Ginter is also something to remember.

A kaleidoscope of October “in-between” colors @ Lewis Ginter

Even on an “in-between” October day (fall colors aren’t quite fully switched on here yet) we saw plenty of gorgeous trees.

I love this blue spruce in the conifer section. Check out her tall neighbors (wow!)

We also caught an unexpected plethora of blooms in the Rose Garden.

An October rose soaring high @ Lewis Ginter!

As Dwight went off exploring, this avid rose groupie spent an hour reveling in beautiful blossoms, giving plenty of buds photo ops as their due. (More to come…)

Another advantage to a sunshiny October day in Virginia (the state) – before cold bits of fall swirl upon us, butterflies still flutter about outside…

…and turtles in Japanese Garden ponds bask in warm Light.

For local friends, Lewis Ginter has taken extra COVID-19 precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. With tickets purchased online, there’s a one way flow through the main entrance. Even though the gardens are outside, visitors are asked to wear masks everywhere.

Seemed like everyone complied, even brothers hiding behind flower bushes!

Tasty prepackaged meals and snacks are available for purchase at the Tea House for consumption on outside tables. We enjoyed our lunch on a table in the rose garden.

A beautiful October day in the Rose Garden @ Lewis Ginter

Even though the Wind, Waves and Light exhibit has now finished, I hope local friends will consider making an October visit to Lewis Ginter in Richmond. As colors become more glorious in our area, there’s that – and roses are still blooming!

“To love beauty is to see light.”  Victor Hugo

For blogging friends and email buddies around the world, hope you enjoyed this two-part tour of the exhibit and an autumn October “in-between” day at one of my favorite Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.

To finish the tour, this tree took my breath away (literally.)

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

grace, peace & spectacular seasons

Virginia : )

“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.” Vincent van Gogh

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14 Responses to An October Day @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  1. arlene says:

    It’s a lovely place Virginia 🙂

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Love it! Love it! Fall colors are just awesome👍😃

    • Virginia says:

      Hey GH, the fall colors last week were just peeking out, but now are coming out in full force. Totally beautiful! Hope you are staying well (as well as possible!) Huge hugs! Virginia 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    These are stunning — thanks for letting me tag along! I love those roses and the butterfly and the turtle and all those trees!!

    • Virginia says:

      Although we went on a windy day (our lunch almost blew away) the temps warmed up to 80, so it was toasty for sunning turtles, butterflies, and roses doing their blooming thing. A few of the trees totally wowed! This week more colors blasted out in all their glory – so much beauty! Blessings and hugs, Debbie! 🙂

  4. TMH says:

    Fall colors in a rose…cool.

    • Virginia says:

      Tim, I wasn’t expecting much in a mid October rose garden, but wow! The blooms dazzled and my handy camera took it all in! Can’t wait to share more. I’ve always loved yellow roses (and peach, too.) And red, and pink, and many colors – but yellow are up there. Blessings and hugs – VA 🙂

  5. craig says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share this! God bless!

  6. I love that quote. The pictures are spectacular!

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Michele. Richmond is a little far from eastern NC, but if you ever get up this way I know you would love this garden! On an October day we were truly surprised by the beauty surrounding us! Blessings & hugs! 🌟🍁🤗🍁🌟

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