Ultimate Fall Planting Guide: When, What & Why



  Ahhh, the cooler temperatures of autumn! They are met annually with celebration, like a prize earned for enduring a Central Virginia summer. Fall is a great season for evaluation and renovation in the landscape and in the garden because of lower temperatures and higher rainfall. Fall is surely the best time of year to …

Heartwarming Memories Made at Maymont



  We were so moved by this sweet story told by one of Maymont’s special guests, Dr. Gail B. Newton, who brought her grandchildren to the Members’ Otter Preview last Monday, May 15, we had to share. Thanks to Dr. Newton for reminding us of the magic of making memories at Maymont. “Nothing touches your …

Otterly Exciting News!



  They’re coming! Richmond’s favorite aquatic mammals, North American river otters (Lontra canadensis), will delight us all at Maymont once again beginning Tuesday, May 16. A male and a female, both approximately two years old, will live in the otter exhibit at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center. Both otters were found raiding crayfish farms …

5 Things to Remember When Training Your Pet…or Even a Goat



  Get ready! The Farm at Maymont is opening this Sunday, March 26, and everyone, especially the goats, are excited! The animals, with help from our animal trainers, have prepped and practiced to show off their new tricks during the re-opening celebration and throughout the year. Lucky for us, we got a sneak peek yesterday …

Retired Race Horse Joins Maymont Carriage Team



  A horse named Solo won’t be spending much time alone at his new home at Maymont. The 12-year-old retired race horse recently joined fellow former racer, Arctic Warrior (“Artie”), as a member of Maymont’s two-horse carriage team. Both are male standardbreds, an American horse breed known for harness racing and other equestrian activities. Solo, …

Bald Eagle Appreciation Day



  According to the World Animal Foundation, January 18 is Bald Eagle Appreciation Day. Here are a few fun facts about these majestic birds found along the James River in #RVA and right here at Maymont: The bald eagle is the only eagle found exclusively on the North American continent, ranging from Alaska to the northern …

Deck the Halls with Evergreens



  Tis the season to deck the halls! The fresh scent of evergreens, accented with bold red bows and berries, is one of our favorite heralds of the holidays at Maymont. For natural seasonal décor, it’s important to choose good materials, and we prefer greens with varying textures and colors to add visual interest to …

Farm Updates, October 2016



  The new classrooms at the Farm are finally taking shape! Posts were in the ground for the photo on the left, taken on Tuesday, October 11, and the main center beam and part of a wall were in place for the photo on the right, taken on Friday, October 21. The parking lot expansion …

Two Young Bison Arrive at Maymont



  Two young female bison arrived at Maymont yesterday to live in the estate’s bison habitat. (Watch the video of their arrival.) The heifers are 16 months old and 17 months old, and each weighs over 600 pounds. They came to Maymont from SB Farms, Inc., a bison ranch located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Official …

Ikebana on Display in Japanese Garden



  Look for this fanciful Ikebana exhibit on display in the Japanese Garden through the end of October. (Expected completion on 10/20). “Harmony,” a Sogetsu taisaku arrangement using bamboo and colors of the fall season, was created by artist Libby Haynes. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement and expresses the rich natural beauty that …