Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was founded in 1984 as a non-profit corporation. It has a mission focused on public education, horticultural display and applied botanical research, and includes more than 30 acres of spectacular gardens.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a public place for the display and study of plants. It includes several first-class facilities including the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center (gateway to the site); the Central Garden (three acres of thematically organized garden 'rooms'); the Education and Library Complex; the Conservatory (one of the few classical, domed conservatories in the world, it is a 16,500+ sq. ft facility housing palm house, orchids and other tropical and subtropical plant displays); Henry M. Flagler Perennial Garden; Marth & Reed West Island Garden; Bloemendaal House and Grace Arents Garden (an 1884 mansion built by Richmond businessman, Lewis Ginter and later used as a children's hospital); the Carriage House and Children's Garden; Lucy Payne Minor Memorial Garden and Margaret Streb Conifer Garden; and, of interest to JGarden, the Lora & Claiborne Robins Tea House and Asian Valley Garden.
The Tea House is open for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (closed to the public on weekends and closed in January and February.) It overlooks the lake and valley garden below. The garden is a stroll garden that is not strictly designed in a traditional Japanese mode, but rather fuses Asian plants with a contemporary aesthetic.
The Garden is conveniently located off Interstate 95, just north of downtown Richmond.
Since I have not climbed
The mountains of Yoshino,
I can do nothing
But listen to others talk
Of the cherry blossoms there.
Ki no Tsurayuki (866-946) Kokin Wakashû trans. by Charles Terry (?)