EIN 54-1273467

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden enlightens and inspires its constituents through its outstanding Botanical collections, horticultural displays and landscape design. We engage our constituents with the natural world through interpretation, programs, educ...
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Program areas at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Horticulture - the horticulture department is responsible for the heart of the Garden's missions of display, research, education and community outreach. Permanent collections are integrated into varied Garden settings in 35-intensely cultivated acres (on an 82-acre property), some themed (e.g., asian valley, cochrane rose Garden.) Year-round display in the conservatory and annual seasonal displays in the outdoor Garden are interpreted through labels, signs and the presence of horticulturists and gardeners able to answer guest questions while they go about the business of designing, planting, pruning, trimming, irrigating and weeding. Global horticulture, regional best practices, water management and sustainability are manifested in the design and maintenance of the various gardens. The department manages a large volunteer cadre in the work of the Garden, particularly in the community kitchen Garden, which provides fresh fruit and vegetables free of charge to feedmore, the local feeding program, and to grow plants for our own volunteer plant sale. The department assists visitors with Botanical questions or concerns, provides input to the computerized data base of the plant collections, plans and organizes future collections, assists in the plant selection and installation of plantings at selected community beautification sites, actively maintains plant collections at a future satellite site and leads in the design and implementation of the Garden's largest seasonal events (butterflies live and dominion gardenfest of lights).
Covid year - the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden closed on 3/15/2020 due to covid and experienced a reduction of 80% of it's staff. The Garden had a limited re-opening starting 6/25/2020 with timed tickets and limited visitation allowed based on governance. Program services were provided virtually after re-opening and limited re-staffing.guest services - the umbrella of guest services encompasses departments directly dealing with the guest experience and amenities (visitor services, membership, Garden shop, facility rental, food services, special events) and those departments that support those departments (operations, security, it, facilities maintenance). Admissions desk, telephone reception, facility rental and catering, the Garden shop, the Garden cafe and the robins tea house restaurant are enfolded in guest experience activities and amenities. Staff members in these areas work together to ensure the quality of the visitor experience. Whether learning, reflecting, wandering, dancing, meeting, shopping or dining, all guests and members are welcomed and served in order to ensure their satisfaction from arrival to departure. By enriching the experience of walk-in visitors, special events (e.g., flowers after five) participants, group tour participants, yoga students, wedding guests and Garden members. Guest services encourage repeat visitation, a growing appreciation of the natural world, and the opportunities to become ever more involved with the Garden or community outreach programs as a student, volunteer or donor. All this activity is supported by the "back of the house" functions of operations, facilities maintenance and security departments. Collectively these departments tend to the care, cleanliness, upkeep, maintenance and security of all the gardens's grounds, buildings, equipment and related infrastructure, as well as guest, volunteer and staff safety and security.
Covid year - all in-person children's Garden camps were canceled. Continued with adult education virtually. Online/virtual storytime and field trips were offered (free of charge) as learning opportunities through the Garden's website and facebook live to children of all ages.education and exhibitions - the education and exhibitions department is responsible for developing and coordinating a diverse array of multi-generational exhibits, events, educational programs, guest resources, and community alliances that encourage life-long learning about the plant world. Programs are designed to engage visitors of all ages, from toddlers to seniors, in active learning, where first-hand experience and observation of the natural world help to build knowledge, expand awareness and encourage attitudes of stewardship. The varied programs include adult continuing education classes, guided tours, year-round pre-school and elementary school guided programs, self-guided "scavenger" hunts, informal gardening experiences, natural history encounters, festivals, performing arts and environmental education. Initiatives include elementary school outreach programs as well as professional development and training programs for environmental educators, teachers, and members of the green industry. The department spearheads the "beautiful rva" initiative in which the Garden serves as a convener and communication link for community greening and beautification conversations across the metropolitan area. Guest resources include the lora m. robins library, containing over 7,000 items, several databases on plant and seed sources, plant information, and the Garden's plant collection, and the hort helpline - volunteers who research and answer public inquiries about plants. Other guest resources include changing art exhibits on Botanical subjects and the bright spots program that highlights the seasonal "must-see" plants in the Garden. Community alliances include significant university relationships and intentional partnerships with multiple allied plant societies, Garden clubs, and green industry organizations. The Garden also houses the herbarium virginicum, the joint collection of preserved plant specimens amassed by Virginia commonwealth university and the garen.

Who funds Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden FoundationSuppport the Programs and Activities$1,544,502
American Endowment FoundationPrograms$101,500
Robins FoundationTo Support the Charitable Mission of the Recipient Organization$60,000
...and 33 more grants received totalling $1,932,468

Personnel at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Brian Trader, PH.D.President and Chief Executive Officer
Learn MorePresident and CEO
Shane TippettExecutive Director$144,829
Alice BakerDirector of Advancement$170,898
Kim DoveDirector of Guest Services
...and 9 more key personnel

Financials for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

RevenuesFYE 03/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$6,599,401
Program services$1,538,581
Investment income and dividends$5,942
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$90,398
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$130,179
Net income from fundraising events$6,876
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$295,577
Miscellaneous revenues$77,701
Total revenues$8,744,655

Form 990s for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-032021-04-12990View PDF
2019-032020-11-20990View PDF
2018-032019-04-15990View PDF
2017-032018-04-10990View PDF
2016-032017-07-18990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 6 new grant, including a grant for $101,500 from American Endowment Foundation
October 2, 2021
Received grants
Identified 9 new grant, including a grant for $1,544,502 from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Foundation
September 3, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 10 new personnel
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
June 24, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
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MembershipsFundraising eventsEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
1800 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228
Metro area
Richmond, VA
Henrico County, VA
Website URL
(804) 262-9887
Facebook page
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C41: Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, and Botanical Organizations
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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