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“East Meets West”


Don Williamson

November 23–January 7

It’s GardenFest like never before!


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.


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.

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Early November Calendar

6–7 GardenFest at a Glance


Staff Recognition & Annual Fund


Message from the Director

8–9 Horticulture: GardenFest & Beyond


Holiday Shopping


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

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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.

GardenTimes Winter 2012