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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Richmond , VA
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1800 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228 US (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

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Margaret
Wedding:
6/4/2016
4.7/5.0
My husband and I had a fairy tale wedding at Lewis Ginter thanks to their amazing staff and beautiful grounds. We highly recommend using the Bloemendaal House for your reception site! We are still receiving cards, texts and emails about how beautiful the day was! We were very pleased with the beauty of the grounds, rental prices, and the catering service of Meriwether Godsey. Thank you Lewis Ginter for helping to make our wedding day extra special!!
My husband and I had a fairy tale wedding at Lewis Ginter thanks to their amazing staff and beautiful grounds. We highly Read more...
My husband and I had a fairy tale wedding at Lewis Ginter thanks to their amazing staff and beautiful grounds. We highly recommend using the Bloemendaal House for your reception site! We are still receiving cards, texts and emails about how beautiful the day was! We were very pleased with the beauty of the grounds, rental prices, and the catering service of Meriwether Godsey. Thank you Lewis Ginter for helping to make our wedding day extra special!! Read less
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Kayla
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Lewis Ginter was an amazing place to have our wedding. The staff was very courteous and responsive, and they made sure we had a back-up plan when it came down to it and our day was menaced by Hurricane Joaquin. The wait-staff and bartenders were wonderful, and the food was absolutely perfect.
Lewis Ginter was an amazing place to have our wedding. The staff was very courteous and responsive, and they made sure we Read more...
Lewis Ginter was an amazing place to have our wedding. The staff was very courteous and responsive, and they made sure we had a back-up plan when it came down to it and our day was menaced by Hurricane Joaquin. The wait-staff and bartenders were wonderful, and the food was absolutely perfect. Read less
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Dianne
Wedding:
8/29/2015
5.0/5.0
My daughter chose the Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden for her August 2015 wedding. For eight months, we called and emailed with questions and visited the grounds of the Bloemendahl House as we planned this wedding. Donna Reynolds and her staff answered our questions promptly and always "with a smile". It was good to have a venue that had everything you needed...tables, chairs, tents, tablecloths, cake stand, easels, nice bathrooms, etc. On the day of our wedding, the gardens were absolutely beautiful! Sarah Neely of Lewis Ginter and Barbara Geary of Meriwether Godsey worked the wedding. These were two of the nicest ladies and they were constantly on the move to make sure every detail was taken care of and ensured everything ran flawlessly. Everyone we worked with at Lewis Ginter was professional, responsive, and fun to work with. If you are looking for a wedding venue that is stress-free, has great people to work with, and gives your wedding that "WOW" factor...then Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden should be your choice. So, to all the staff of Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden and Meriwether-Godsey Catering, we thank you for all that you did to make our daughter's wedding such a beautiful success!!
My daughter chose the Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden for her August 2015 wedding. For eight months, we called and emailed Read more...
My daughter chose the Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden for her August 2015 wedding. For eight months, we called and emailed with questions and visited the grounds of the Bloemendahl House as we planned this wedding. Donna Reynolds and her staff answered our questions promptly and always "with a smile". It was good to have a venue that had everything you needed...tables, chairs, tents, tablecloths, cake stand, easels, nice bathrooms, etc. On the day of our wedding, the gardens were absolutely beautiful! Sarah Neely of Lewis Ginter and Barbara Geary of Meriwether Godsey worked the wedding. These were two of the nicest ladies and they were constantly on the move to make sure every detail was taken care of and ensured everything ran flawlessly. Everyone we worked with at Lewis Ginter was professional, responsive, and fun to work with. If you are looking for a wedding venue that is stress-free, has great people to work with, and gives your wedding that "WOW" factor...then Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden should be your choice. So, to all the staff of Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden and Meriwether-Godsey Catering, we thank you for all that you did to make our daughter's wedding such a beautiful success!! Read less
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Racine
Wedding:
5/24/2015
5.0/5.0
I got married at Lewis Ginter on May 24, 2015 and it was an absolute pleasure! My venue within Lewis Ginter was the Bloemendaal House. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the gardens were well manicured, bright and sunny. Donna, the Facility Coordinator was the best! By the end of the process I felt like we were good friends. She was so responsive, professional, accommodating and overall very eager to assist.

The service did not stop there. Presilda, my catering manager was such a delight! Again, willing to bend over backwards to make sure my day was exactly what I wanted. The food was also delicious! We had shrimp and grits, fried chicken, pulled pork bbq, mac and cheese and green beans. Everything tasted so yummy and there was a lot of flexibility with the menu. Our wedding was brunch/lunch so the menu was awesome! So many of my guests said that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever attended and raved about the venue as well as the catering provided through Meriwether Godsey. I would recommend Lewis Ginter (specifically the Bloemendaal House) to any couple that is willing to take a risk with weather, but wants a beautiful outdoor wedding and impeccable service. You honestly will not be disappointed. Make sure you request Donna and Presilda! They are fabulous and made wedding planning so much easier and enjoyable.
I got married at Lewis Ginter on May 24, 2015 and it was an absolute pleasure! My venue within Lewis Ginter was the Read more...
I got married at Lewis Ginter on May 24, 2015 and it was an absolute pleasure! My venue within Lewis Ginter was the Bloemendaal House. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the gardens were well manicured, bright and sunny. Donna, the Facility Coordinator was the best! By the end of the process I felt like we were good friends. She was so responsive, professional, accommodating and overall very eager to assist.

The service did not stop there. Presilda, my catering manager was such a delight! Again, willing to bend over backwards to make sure my day was exactly what I wanted. The food was also delicious! We had shrimp and grits, fried chicken, pulled pork bbq, mac and cheese and green beans. Everything tasted so yummy and there was a lot of flexibility with the menu. Our wedding was brunch/lunch so the menu was awesome! So many of my guests said that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever attended and raved about the venue as well as the catering provided through Meriwether Godsey. I would recommend Lewis Ginter (specifically the Bloemendaal House) to any couple that is willing to take a risk with weather, but wants a beautiful outdoor wedding and impeccable service. You honestly will not be disappointed. Make sure you request Donna and Presilda! They are fabulous and made wedding planning so much easier and enjoyable. Read less
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Juan
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.6/5.0
We had a great ceremony and reception (60 people) at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The staff answered all our questions in a timely manner, and staff is available on your wedding day to direct your guest to your ceremony/reception site.

Catering/Alcoholic beverages: Meriwether Godsey (Only one allowed by the Gardens)
The food was delicious, but they did not set up on a timely fashion. We had to let them know to bring out the food. I guess they thought we would take longer, but we didn't want to wast our 4 hours (the time you get, unless you pay extra) with waiting around.

Great selection of beer and wine. I loved this location, because you don't have to do much when it comes to decoration. I saw some ratings stating that this place is pricey, but honestly I didnt think so. I guess it depends on where you are coming from, and the size of your party. If you are coming from middle of the country, it might seem expensive, but if you are coming from Northern Virginia/Los Angeles/New York/Washington D.C. then inexpensive would be your thought.

I would have my wedding here again.
We had a great ceremony and reception (60 people) at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The staff answered all our questions Read more...
We had a great ceremony and reception (60 people) at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The staff answered all our questions in a timely manner, and staff is available on your wedding day to direct your guest to your ceremony/reception site.

Catering/Alcoholic beverages: Meriwether Godsey (Only one allowed by the Gardens)
The food was delicious, but they did not set up on a timely fashion. We had to let them know to bring out the food. I guess they thought we would take longer, but we didn't want to wast our 4 hours (the time you get, unless you pay extra) with waiting around.

Great selection of beer and wine. I loved this location, because you don't have to do much when it comes to decoration. I saw some ratings stating that this place is pricey, but honestly I didnt think so. I guess it depends on where you are coming from, and the size of your party. If you are coming from middle of the country, it might seem expensive, but if you are coming from Northern Virginia/Los Angeles/New York/Washington D.C. then inexpensive would be your thought.

I would have my wedding here again. 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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Private User
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.8/5.0
You are required to use their caterer (including alcoholic beverages) which has pros and cons. In my opinion, the food was simply average; however, our guests enjoyed it. This venue is a little pricey depending on the day and month, but it needed little to no decorations, and my photos look amazing! I would definitely recommended Lewis Ginter!
You are required to use their caterer (including alcoholic beverages) which has pros and cons. In my opinion, the food was Read more...
You are required to use their caterer (including alcoholic beverages) which has pros and cons. In my opinion, the food was simply average; however, our guests enjoyed it. This venue is a little pricey depending on the day and month, but it needed little to no decorations, and my photos look amazing! I would definitely recommended Lewis Ginter! 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
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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