Splendor Under Glass
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) celebrated its 30th anniversary in gorgeous color at its annual Splendor Under Glass gala Friday night.
Designated the The Year of the Phoenix, this fundraiser honored Frank Robinson, the current president and CEO of LGBG, and his wife, JoRoyce.
In explanation of the theme, under Frank’s leadership
the Garden has risen — like the phoenix! — from relative obscurity 30 years ago to achieve national and international acclaim as one of the major horticultural and botanical facilities in the U.S.
~Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia, Presenting Sponsor
Spearheaded by Splendor Under Glass committee chairs, Jenny Simpson, Shannon Weisleder and Peyton Wells, the gala committee transformed the tent adjoining LGBG’s magnificent Conservatory
by combining gorgeous flowers and colors
to create a memorable evening with a twist.
Rather than the traditional sit-down dinner of the past,
the 2014 edition featured a cocktail buffet enjoyed by patrons in a modern cocktail lounge
and amongst open cocktail tables dressed in gorgeous clothes.
Without being tied down to a table,
guests were free to enjoy all the beauty that the Conservatory has to offer.
In lieu of the traditional live and silent auctions that have previously accompanied this fundraising event,
the committee offered seven Key Packages for purchase.
Included were an enchanting evening under the stars at the Garden with 100 friends and three different pieces of Marie Chamblin Dirom’s custom-designed jewelry incorporating rare South Sea Keshi Pearls that represented the phoenix’s legendary tears which turn to pearls before they can touch the ground.
Guests were also invited to purchase one of these fifty hand-crafted keys
for a $100 chance to win this Surprise and Delight Package,
which includes unique garden experiences over the next four seasons for the winner and her family and friends.
Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Splendor Under Glass is the traditional kick-off of the Garden’s annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights.
This year’s theme, A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,
looks back to Bloemendaal House’s earliest incarnation as the Lakeside Wheel Club founded in 1895
and looks forward to RVA’s hosting
the UCI World Championships next September.
play key roles in this walking tour of lights that runs November 28th through January 12th.
The Conservatory is also featuring replicas of many of the city’s most famous landmark buildings that were tied to Lewis Ginter during his life.
Displayed in the Conservatory, these miniatures, shown as they looked when Mr. Ginter was alive, are handcrafted from dried plant materials grown at LGBG.
Bloomendaal House as the Lakeside Wheel Club
We can hardly wait to bundle up and take a walk with our families through the GardenFest of Lights. Thanks so much to all of the staff at LGBG, and especially Jonah Holland, for giving us this sneak peak of Splendor Under Glass and GardenFest of Lights. These remarkable events are just two of the many reasons that make LGBG’s comparison to a rising phoenix so very appropriate.
November 24, 2014