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Maymont’s fifth annual Garden Glow is bigger and more imaginative than ever. Until November 6, spectacular lighting transforms historic architecture and gardens into an unforgettable experience for the entire community. Every evening after sunset, people of all ages gather on the lawn of Carriage House, where the Glow Village will offer expanded seating and cozy fire pits, with refreshments from the Glow Bar and a selection of food trucks. The highlight of Garden Glow is the walking tour that immerses guests in a spectacularly illuminated natural landscape from within.

In addition to the signature Japanese Garden Experience presented by Colesville Nursery, the Garden Glow Trail will for the first time pass through the historic Italian Garden. And Maymont has commissioned innovative art installations from local artists: Alfonso Pérez Acosta will engage local school children in a participatory art project to paint designs on light bulbs that express their “inner glow”, these will be hung with hundreds of bulbs painted by hand by the artist. , illuminating the interior of the arborvitae grove. And artist Jeff Dobrow will project an animated light show on the historic water tower near the Carriage House with a menagerie of mesmerizing illustrations inspired by Maymont’s plants and rescued wildlife inhabitants. In the Japanese garden, Dobrow will highlight the patterns and textures of animals and plants with more abstract animation that plays on the natural and man-made structures of the garden.

Other interactive features this year include a Big Bright Mega Light board by artist Kevin Aukward, allowing guests to express their own creativity with over 2,000 light stakes. And back by popular demand, a giant shadow wall, perfect for striking poses!

“Garden Glow is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a beautifully reimagined version of Maymont’s natural and historic landscape,” said Parke Richeson, Executive Director of Maymont. “And we are thrilled to engage two distinguished Richmond artists to create original installations that will both touch the heart and inspire the imagination. It will truly be a once in a lifetime experience.

The self-guided tour begins with a moderate hike on the WestRock Woodland Trail, a grove of trees awash in soft colors. The tour continues through the Japanese Garden presented by Colesville Nursery, where the experience is immersive, with color enveloping the trees, stone bridges and lanterns, all reflecting in the depths of the pond below. The path returns via the Cascade staircase to the Italian Garden, where the Via Florum will be illuminated for the first time. For guests who prefer not to walk on the hilly terrain and stairs, a mobility aid will be available.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate of $15 per person; $10 for children 3 to 12 years old; and free for children 2 and under. If not sold in advance, tickets can also be purchased on site during the event, at a cost of $17 per person; $12 for children 3 to 12 years old. Maymont members get $10 admission for adults; $7 for children ages 3-12. Guests who present an EBT card receive discounted tickets (on-site only) as part of the Museums for All program. All proceeds benefit Maymont.

Garden Glow takes place entirely outdoors, rain or shine, barring inclement weather. Guests are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for walking on rustic trails.

Event parking is available at the historic grounds entrance and Robins Nature Center in addition to street parking. The entrance to the Farm is closed for the event. Guests attending Garden Glow will enter through the Magnolia Gates at the north (lower) end of the Historic Estate parking lot on Hampton Street.

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