If furloughed workers aren’t back in the office by Monday, little offers the hope of renewal like the fall planting season, with its promise of spring flowers. At the 50-acre Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, thoughts are squarely centered on bulb-planting, holiday lights and the hard work required to keep plants blooming year-around. Recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the nation’s best botanical gardens and a BBC Travel top 10 pick as a North American garden worth traveling to, it attracted nearly 350,000 visitors last year and offers both inspiration for a day trip and a reminder to tend to our own gardens.
|4.5||Staff-hours used to unload 107 cases of bulbs from a UPS delivery truck.|
|19||Full-time horticulture staff changing out bedding and planting bulbs.|
|524||Garden volunteers (providing more than 30,000 hours of service yearly).|
|6,600||Tulip, daffodil, anemone and hyacinth bulbs used for the display at the front entrance.|
|44,706||Bulbs being planted this fall.|
|500,000||Lights, many wrapped around trees, for the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, which begins Nov. 29 and runs through mid-January. The two-month installation requires year-round planning and 10 staff people working a total of 3,600 hours.|
— Lonnae O'Neal Parker