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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Richmond , VA
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LOCATION

1800 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA US 23228 (map)

PHONE

804-262-9887

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers a variety of spaces in a gorgeous and serene setting with year-round beauty in our more than 40 acres of gardens. Exquisite facilities and superb... Read more
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers a variety of spaces in a gorgeous and serene setting with year-round beauty in our more than 40 acres of gardens. Exquisite facilities and superb food provided by the Garden’s exclusive in-house caterer, Meriwether Godsey, make this a unique setting for your dream wedding.

The Bloemendaal House, with views of Lakeside Lake, is an ideal facility for rehearsal dinners and a favored location for wedding receptions. The House is embellished with period antiques and furnishings reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Era. The first-floor includes formal rooms with fireplaces and cozy side rooms. In addition, there are covered verandas, extensive brick patios and a 30x60ft party tent so your guests can enjoy a night under the stars.

The "Gateway to the Garden", the classic, neo-Georgia style Robins Visitors Center provides dramatic views of our Conservatory. The formal Robins Room, with elegant chandeliers and tall French doors, is the perfect setting for guests to dine before moving into the more casual Garden Cafe to dance the night away. Guests can enjoy access to three terraces all with seating and two of which have stunning views of the Central Garden.

Set in the Asian Valley, the Robins Tea House is an oasis of tranquility and beauty. With its panoramic views of nature’s year-round splendor, the Tea House is the perfect setting for intimate evenings in the Garden. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1984
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
60
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.9/5.0
I had my wedding and reception at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in May, and I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place to get married. It was picture-perfect. My photos are gorgeous.

I will say that the events planners are not always the easiest to get a hold of by phone or email in the months leading up to the wedding, and they really do very little to assist you in the ceremony or on the wedding day, but they also don't interfere. My husband and I both thought that for the price (compared to other venues we looked at) we thought we would have gotten a little more customer service; however, they don't have to work hard to get people to hold events there because the garden is so beautiful.

The catering was great- but one of the cons is that if you hold an even there, you have to use their caterer and use their bar, which is more expensive than other venues. The food was delicious though!
I had my wedding and reception at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in May, and I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Read more...
I had my wedding and reception at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in May, and I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place to get married. It was picture-perfect. My photos are gorgeous.

I will say that the events planners are not always the easiest to get a hold of by phone or email in the months leading up to the wedding, and they really do very little to assist you in the ceremony or on the wedding day, but they also don't interfere. My husband and I both thought that for the price (compared to other venues we looked at) we thought we would have gotten a little more customer service; however, they don't have to work hard to get people to hold events there because the garden is so beautiful.

The catering was great- but one of the cons is that if you hold an even there, you have to use their caterer and use their bar, which is more expensive than other venues. The food was delicious though! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I LOVED having my wedding at Lewis Ginter (ceremony in rose garden, reception in visitors center). It was an absolutely beautiful location – the ceremony was picturesque and we had more options for great portraits than we knew what to do with. The guests had a great time taking pictures in the front area of the garden and raved about how beautiful the ceremony site and reception location were. By having the reception in the Visitors Center we were able to have separate rooms for dinner and dancing/cake/etc., which worked out beautifully. No one felt cramped and everyone was able to mingle and flow through the rooms. The staff was also wonderfully helpful. I highly recommend this beautiful location!
I LOVED having my wedding at Lewis Ginter (ceremony in rose garden, reception in visitors center). It was an absolutely Read more...
I LOVED having my wedding at Lewis Ginter (ceremony in rose garden, reception in visitors center). It was an absolutely beautiful location – the ceremony was picturesque and we had more options for great portraits than we knew what to do with. The guests had a great time taking pictures in the front area of the garden and raved about how beautiful the ceremony site and reception location were. By having the reception in the Visitors Center we were able to have separate rooms for dinner and dancing/cake/etc., which worked out beautifully. No one felt cramped and everyone was able to mingle and flow through the rooms. The staff was also wonderfully helpful. I highly recommend this beautiful location! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the most PERFECT wedding ceremony at Lewis Ginter! From the start, we worked with Donna, who was so incredibly helpful in answering ALL of my questions, and never made me feel like any of them were silly. They kept up with me regarding details that were settled closer to the day of, and when it came to the big day, I was introduced to everyone I'd be working with and they all did an amazing job! Highly recommend this venue!
We had the most PERFECT wedding ceremony at Lewis Ginter! From the start, we worked with Donna, who was so incredibly Read more...
We had the most PERFECT wedding ceremony at Lewis Ginter! From the start, we worked with Donna, who was so incredibly helpful in answering ALL of my questions, and never made me feel like any of them were silly. They kept up with me regarding details that were settled closer to the day of, and when it came to the big day, I was introduced to everyone I'd be working with and they all did an amazing job! Highly recommend this venue! Read less
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Geneice
Wedding:
5/31/2014
3.7/5.0
Lewis Ginter is definitely a gorgeous place to have a wedding ceremony and reception. While the setting is beautiful the price tag to host an event is a tad expensive. They only give you an option of renting the site for 4 hours with an additional hour at $350. In addition you have to use their in house caterer which definitely limits the food and alcohol choices. We were actually pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food at the reception. Our previous tasting of their fare was less than stellar, however, they made up for that at the reception. Overall the venue assisted us in having a beautiful ceremony and reception. If we had to do it over again though we would have found somewhere more affordable.
Lewis Ginter is definitely a gorgeous place to have a wedding ceremony and reception. While the setting is beautiful the Read more...
Lewis Ginter is definitely a gorgeous place to have a wedding ceremony and reception. While the setting is beautiful the price tag to host an event is a tad expensive. They only give you an option of renting the site for 4 hours with an additional hour at $350. In addition you have to use their in house caterer which definitely limits the food and alcohol choices. We were actually pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food at the reception. Our previous tasting of their fare was less than stellar, however, they made up for that at the reception. Overall the venue assisted us in having a beautiful ceremony and reception. If we had to do it over again though we would have found somewhere more affordable. Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Lewis Ginter made our day soooo special. It was so beautiful and everyone was so helpful!!!
Lewis Ginter made our day soooo special. It was so beautiful and everyone was so helpful!!!
Lewis Ginter made our day soooo special. It was so beautiful and everyone was so helpful!!! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a small wedding so we had our ceremony in the Flagler Garden and the reception was held in the Robins tea House which accommodates a max of 60ppl. The garden was beautiful so little decorations were needed, we just lined the aisle with mason jars filled with flowers and thats it! Our back up rain plan was already included with the Tea House too, which we liked. Donna Reynolds was very helpful and answered whatever questions I had, if not within a few hours then the next morning. We also loved that there was onsite catering. My advice: The less venders you have to deal with the better and Lewis Ginter was a one stop shop! Mary Harvey was also very helpful with my catering questions and responded in a timely manner. The day of the wedding we arrived at 4 to set up our decorations but the staff hadn't set up the linen and tableware so we had to wait. I just assumed that would be done before we got there, but it wasn't that big a deal. They also said they didn't know about the photo booth (even though it was on the vendor list form) we had coming so it was a good thing we didn't need a table for favors since we put them at each table seat, so that made room for the booth. The guests found the parking and ceremony site with ease with the help of the day of coordinator. The food was amazing, everyone loved everything on the buffet. My biggest gripe is during dinner we told our dj to call each table number up one at a time to avoid a huge line at the buffet, the bridal party went first and by the time we sat down there was a huge line of ppl at the buffet. One of the staff members took it upon themselves to go to each table and tell them to get up and eat. I wasn't going to make everyone sit back down until there table number was called so I just let it go but I really hated seeing everyone jumbled around the buffet table like that. Other than that, I would still highly recommend Lewis Ginter :)
We had a small wedding so we had our ceremony in the Flagler Garden and the reception was held in the Robins tea House Read more...
We had a small wedding so we had our ceremony in the Flagler Garden and the reception was held in the Robins tea House which accommodates a max of 60ppl. The garden was beautiful so little decorations were needed, we just lined the aisle with mason jars filled with flowers and thats it! Our back up rain plan was already included with the Tea House too, which we liked. Donna Reynolds was very helpful and answered whatever questions I had, if not within a few hours then the next morning. We also loved that there was onsite catering. My advice: The less venders you have to deal with the better and Lewis Ginter was a one stop shop! Mary Harvey was also very helpful with my catering questions and responded in a timely manner. The day of the wedding we arrived at 4 to set up our decorations but the staff hadn't set up the linen and tableware so we had to wait. I just assumed that would be done before we got there, but it wasn't that big a deal. They also said they didn't know about the photo booth (even though it was on the vendor list form) we had coming so it was a good thing we didn't need a table for favors since we put them at each table seat, so that made room for the booth. The guests found the parking and ceremony site with ease with the help of the day of coordinator. The food was amazing, everyone loved everything on the buffet. My biggest gripe is during dinner we told our dj to call each table number up one at a time to avoid a huge line at the buffet, the bridal party went first and by the time we sat down there was a huge line of ppl at the buffet. One of the staff members took it upon themselves to go to each table and tell them to get up and eat. I wasn't going to make everyone sit back down until there table number was called so I just let it go but I really hated seeing everyone jumbled around the buffet table like that. Other than that, I would still highly recommend Lewis Ginter :) Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.8/5.0
The venue is absolutely gorgeous (we got married in the Rose Garden for the ceremony, and The Visitors Center for reception) , and the staff was very helpful and accomodating. I must have emailed them a million times with questions, and they were very prompt with returning emails. Their caterer was wonderful to worth with, and the food was great. I would definitely recommend Lewis Ginter.
The venue is absolutely gorgeous (we got married in the Rose Garden for the ceremony, and The Visitors Center for Read more...
The venue is absolutely gorgeous (we got married in the Rose Garden for the ceremony, and The Visitors Center for reception) , and the staff was very helpful and accomodating. I must have emailed them a million times with questions, and they were very prompt with returning emails. Their caterer was wonderful to worth with, and the food was great. I would definitely recommend Lewis Ginter. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.4/5.0
I really enjoyed working with the Lewis Ginter staff to plan my wedding reception. They are veterans at hosting weddings, and it shows. They run like a well-oiled machine! I enjoyed the fact that they use an in-house caterer so that I didn't have to choose yet another vendor. My only gripe might be that it was a bit confusing knowing who to talk to for which issue (so many people seem to have specified roles). The Garden is such a beautiful spot for a wedding, and I wish I could do it again!
I really enjoyed working with the Lewis Ginter staff to plan my wedding reception. They are veterans at hosting weddings, Read more...
I really enjoyed working with the Lewis Ginter staff to plan my wedding reception. They are veterans at hosting weddings, and it shows. They run like a well-oiled machine! I enjoyed the fact that they use an in-house caterer so that I didn't have to choose yet another vendor. My only gripe might be that it was a bit confusing knowing who to talk to for which issue (so many people seem to have specified roles). The Garden is such a beautiful spot for a wedding, and I wish I could do it again! Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I was very pleased with the Rose Garden Wedding and Reception we had there. They were very knowledgable and straight forward with their rules and regulations. You definitely will have a beautiful day here rain or shine! It is a lovely venue and run by very professional people. They are also a good value when comparing prices to other venues.
Mary (mother of the bride)
I was very pleased with the Rose Garden Wedding and Reception we had there. They were very knowledgable and straight Read more...
I was very pleased with the Rose Garden Wedding and Reception we had there. They were very knowledgable and straight forward with their rules and regulations. You definitely will have a beautiful day here rain or shine! It is a lovely venue and run by very professional people. They are also a good value when comparing prices to other venues.
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Sarah Beth
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.0/5.0
I used Lewis Ginter for my ceremony and reception. Unfortunately the ceremony was rained out, no fault of the Garden. Donna Reynolds was always very professional and responsive to my needs. They allowed us to wait until the very last moment to make the decision about a rain plan. They were always very generous with their time and had no qualms about answering the countless questions I had. It was a lovely setting.
I used Lewis Ginter for my ceremony and reception. Unfortunately the ceremony was rained out, no fault of the Garden. Read more...
I used Lewis Ginter for my ceremony and reception. Unfortunately the ceremony was rained out, no fault of the Garden. Donna Reynolds was always very professional and responsive to my needs. They allowed us to wait until the very last moment to make the decision about a rain plan. They were always very generous with their time and had no qualms about answering the countless questions I had. It was a lovely setting. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/3/2011
3.9/5.0
Find out who is in charge of what part of your wedding. Lewis Ginter has two different departments in which handle your wedding and the have a ton of people working in both. I talked to probably 5 different people until I found out who was my wedding advisor.
It is a beyond beautiful place and is outstanding for the value. We had an entire house and garden for our ceremony and reception and my bridal photos (done before the big day in the south) were free, usually $150.
Find out who is in charge of what part of your wedding. Lewis Ginter has two different departments in which handle your Read more...
Find out who is in charge of what part of your wedding. Lewis Ginter has two different departments in which handle your wedding and the have a ton of people working in both. I talked to probably 5 different people until I found out who was my wedding advisor.
It is a beyond beautiful place and is outstanding for the value. We had an entire house and garden for our ceremony and reception and my bridal photos (done before the big day in the south) were free, usually $150. Read less
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Pam
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.7/5.0
tad slow on replying, but everything else was stellar!
tad slow on replying, but everything else was stellar!
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/21/2010
4.8/5.0
We were so pleased with how our wedding turned out at Lewis Ginter. We held the ceremony at the gardens in front of the Bloemendaal house and had the reception under a tent on the house patio. Barbara, Mary and Kristen were all so helpful during the whole process and were always very prompt with responding to questions. Meriwether Godsey, their exclusive catering company, was great to work with and the food was amazing! On the day of the wedding, the staff was incredibly helpful and made the day perfect!
We were so pleased with how our wedding turned out at Lewis Ginter. We held the ceremony at the gardens in front of the Read more...
We were so pleased with how our wedding turned out at Lewis Ginter. We held the ceremony at the gardens in front of the Bloemendaal house and had the reception under a tent on the house patio. Barbara, Mary and Kristen were all so helpful during the whole process and were always very prompt with responding to questions. Meriwether Godsey, their exclusive catering company, was great to work with and the food was amazing! On the day of the wedding, the staff was incredibly helpful and made the day perfect! Read less
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Lauren83
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Lewis Ginter was excellent. Barbara and her assistant Mary were very responsive and were wonderful to work with. The grounds were beautiful and everything was set up exactly as discussed. The food and service were excellent. The staff were all very friendly and accomodating. I highly recommend Lewis Ginter! (I had my ceremony and reception at the Bloemendaal House).
Lewis Ginter was excellent. Barbara and her assistant Mary were very responsive and were wonderful to work with. The Read more...
Lewis Ginter was excellent. Barbara and her assistant Mary were very responsive and were wonderful to work with. The grounds were beautiful and everything was set up exactly as discussed. The food and service were excellent. The staff were all very friendly and accomodating. I highly recommend Lewis Ginter! (I had my ceremony and reception at the Bloemendaal House). Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception at the Bloemendaal House. We worked with Donna throughout the entire planning process and she was always quick to respond whenever we had any questions and very easy to work with. It was the perfect location to have a wedding!
We had our ceremony and reception at the Bloemendaal House. We worked with Donna throughout the entire planning process Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception at the Bloemendaal House. We worked with Donna throughout the entire planning process and she was always quick to respond whenever we had any questions and very easy to work with. It was the perfect location to have a wedding! Read less
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