130x130 sq 1371741767863 hillconservatory

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Richmond , VA
CONTACT US
CONTACT US

LOCATION

1800 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228 US (map)

PHONE

804-262-9887

WEBSITE

View website
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.

ABOUT US

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
Wedding Venue

PHOTOS

130x130 sq 1372787693422 bloemendaal house
130x130 sq 1429025834693 0145
130x130 sq 1429025944014 natalieheff 95
130x130 sq 1429025797969 0159
130x130 sq 1429024891812 cafe reception
130x130 sq 1429024914054 crop rr 2
130x130 sq 1372787143750 atrium
130x130 sq 1429024944775 cafe terrace
130x130 sq 1372787150047 rose garden
130x130 sq 1429026095065 pfaffwedding 1890
130x130 sq 1372800191273 sarahryan160
130x130 sq 1372793973125 lgbgtea house at nightbob schnell
130x130 sq 1429025674148 mon.wes.wed.finals 78
130x130 sq 1429025725174 mike and kristin 5454

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

4.6
out of 5.0
4.8/5.0
4.5/5.0
4.6/5.0
4.7/5.0
4.3/5.0
Sort by
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default vendor profile pic
Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year 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
Services Used: Wedding Venue

MAP

 
1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228 See On Map
Thanks for visiting the vendor listing for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.
Ww logo
220x220 1371741767863 hillconservatory