Don Williamson WINTER 2012 gardentimes n e w s l e t t e r o f l e w i s g i n t e r b o ta n i c a l g a r d e n “East Meets West” New! Don Williamson November 23–January 7 It’s GardenFest like never before! New! Embark on an enchanting journey to the Far East – an exotic world brimming with beauty, fascinating horticulture and festivity galore. Discover pathways and waterways artistically illuminated by a half-million holiday lights. Explore Asian-inspired botanicals and displays. Take a GardenFest tour or workshop. Enjoy seasonal entertainment and children’s activities. And check out the enticing delights in the Tea House and Garden Shop. STEPHANIE GROSS Visit often to fully experience “East Meets West,” the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! GardenFest Tip: Arrive early so you’re in the Garden as darkness falls and the illumination magically begins. presenting sponsor contributing & supporting sponsors media sponsors Altria Group McGuireWoods LLP NBC-12 2 Early November Calendar 6–7 GardenFest at a Glance 11 Staff Recognition & Annual Fund 3 Message from the Director 8–9 Horticulture: GardenFest & Beyond 12 Holiday Shopping 10 Education & 2013 Calendar This year Walk-through dragon tunnel Japanese lanterns and shoji panels Exquisite origami and floating swans Toy trains amid bonsai and pagodas Trail along flora native to Asia Tree House pulsing with lights Crafty Wednesdays with fun crafts for the whole family Returning this year • Children’s Garden maze and s’more toasting • GardenKeeper and Butterfly Fairy • Custom-handcrafted dollhouses • Photos at the grand Holiday Tree • Santa dining and wish-list sharing • BLING House with glow-in-the-dark novelties • FREE Member Nights, Merry Mondays, Fidos After 5 … and more! Richmond Times-Dispatch in this issue 4–5 GardenFest Calendar • • • • • • • See page 3 to learn more about the inspiration behind this year’s GardenFest theme. See page 8 for information about these and other origami artworks.