Lewis Ginter has been named home to the best botanical garden holiday lights in the United States

Lewis Ginter has been named home to the best botanical garden holiday lights in the United States

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Dominion Energy Festival at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. (Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen)

Louis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights display has been selected as the best botanical garden holiday light show in the country by USA Today readers.

The exhibit took top honors in the newspaper’s Top 10 contest for “Botanical Garden Holiday Lights” two years after placing second.

β€œIt is an honor to be continually recognized in such highly respected gardens across the country,” said Brian Treder, president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “We are grateful to all who voted for us, and this is especially appropriate given that this is the 25th anniversary of our sponsorship by Dominion Energy. The Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is an event created by our community for our community and we are honored to share it with neighbors near and far.”

The competition ran from November 1 to 28, with participating parks encouraging the public to vote.

The top 10 parks are:
1. Dominion Energy Garden Festival of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
2. Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden
3. The glowing gardens at the Coastal Botanical Gardens in Maine
4. Illuminations in Botanica
5. Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens
6. Lighting: Tree lights at Morton Arboretum
7. Holiday lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens
8. The Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens
9. Holiday lights at Florida Botanical Gardens
10. Lightscape in the arboretum

The Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features more than a million lights, floral ornaments, model trains and more. The show runs every night until January 7 (closed December 24 and 25). Tickets are available online only, and prices vary; Visit lewisginter.org.

This year’s theme is ‘Rhythms of Nature’, which offers an immersive experience that celebrates nature and the rhythms of life that connect people. The various lights, shapes and plant decorations throughout the gardens represent the four seasons. Attention is drawn higher into the tree canopy and recordings engage the sounds of nature.

A highlight this year is local artist Kyle Epps’ installation: Rhythms of Light Oji Waibinasu. This luminous tapestry of symbols, signs, and movements is a canvas offering to the spirits of Central Virginia that the artist painted over the course of three days in the park.

The park is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Henrico.

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