Lewis Ginter Botanical Named One of 10 Best’s Public Gardens in US
“USA Today’s 10 Best Public Gardens contest demonstrates what makes Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden unique – very loyal and enthusiastic community support! The RVA community has made Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden what it is today and the strong support is evident through the voting,” Monroe said.
10Best is a division of USA Today Travel, and only Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens beat out Richmond’s Lewis Ginter. Monroe said Longwood Gardens has quite a bit more at their disposal than Lewis Ginter, with more than twice as many visitors per year (1 million to 349,700) and members registered (50,000 to 13,000), making Lewis Ginter’s achievements more notable due to their small market.
“The awards recognize the very hard work our volunteers and staff do – day in and day out. Increased awareness translates into more support, which enables us to continue to operate and pursue our educational mission…Our passion is to connect people and plants to improve our community,” Monroe said.
And Lewis Ginter is no stranger to recognition. Monroe said that just within the last calendar year they’ve really taken to the national stage.
“It has been an incredible past 12 months – in March of 2013, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was selected as one of the top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council. This story was also picked up by BBCTravel. Then in April of 2013, the Travel Channel chose the Garden as one of the Best Botanical Gardens in the US. Most recently in addition to the USA Today contest, noted national travel writer Peter Greenberg tapped the Garden as one of the World’s Best Gardens in Bloom Now,” Monroe said.
Few people in Richmond are as excited Old Man Winter has finally left town as the Lewis Ginter staff. With the sun is shining, now’s an optimal time to head up to North Side for a relaxing day at Lewis Ginter.
“(We’re) ecstatic! We think people may be like us – tired of being pent up by cold weather – and ready to get outside. We want to offer a warm welcome to everyone to come visit the Garden this spring! If you’ve never been here before or don’t think a botanical garden would be of interest, we invite you to come see what all of the excitement is about,” Monroe said.
I’m a spring intern at RVA Mag and GayRVA. I recently got my degree in journalism from Virginia Tech, where I also wrote for the Collegiate Times newspaper. I spent the first half of my life as an impatient New Yorker, but I grew up here in Richmond, buying skateboards from Dominion, seeing shows at Alley Katz, and watching VCU Rams basketball games. I like everything bagels, wasting my money on clothes I don’t need, moombahton music, and cycling. I probably fell down putting on my pants this morning.
Where are the lines drawn in history between a lifelong male companionship and sexual orientation? It’s a blurry and controversial one for Major Lewis Ginter, a man that played a role in much of the Richmond we see today. A new book explores the life of the tobacco magnate and Victorian socialite.September 7, 2011
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