Garden Glow Returns to Maymont

Illuminating Experience in Japanese Garden Will Delight All Ages October 15-November 7

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Enjoy Maymont in a whole new way, October 15-November 7, with the return of Garden Glow! An enchanting experience will brighten fall nights at Maymont as the iconic Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for Garden Glow, held each Wednesday through Sunday night after sunset. Families, couples and nature lovers of all ages will admire colorful lights within the cascading waterfall, stroll among towering trees that stand aglow, and marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of winding waterways, rolling hills, bridges and lanterns. The Carriage House Lawn will transform into the Glow Village with food trucks, a Glow Shop, fire pits and an expanded Glow Bar.

“We are eagerly looking forward to hosting Garden Glow this year for the delight of our community and all our guests,” said Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director. “The historic Japanese Garden at Maymont is one of Richmond’s favorite destinations and that public affection is shown by the popularity of the event each year.”

New this year, guests will enter the event through the Magnolia Gates located at the north end of the 1700 Hampton Street parking lot. Attendees will start their journey on the Carriage House Lawn with food, beverages, glow merchandise, fire pits and fun activities for kids continuing the experience with a hike down the historic Woodland Path to the Japanese Garden.

“Words don’t do it justice,” said Richeson. “The experience has become better and better year after year. Our dedicated staff work for weeks preparing the historic Japanese Garden and Carriage House Lawn for a spectacular event. And it’s going to be even better this year!”

The event will be COVID-safe, taking place entirely outdoors on the spacious grounds. Masks are encouraged when social distancing is not possible and recommended for those who are unvaccinated. Garden Glow tickets can now be purchased online, with all proceeds benefitting Maymont. Advance, discounted ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-12, and free for children ages 2 and under. Maymont members receive a discount online and at the gate. Tickets may be available on-site during the event, but due to capacity limitations, may not be available.

Parking for Garden Glow at Maymont is free and will be located at the Hampton Street parking lot and The Robins Nature Center in addition to street parking. Directions to these parking lots can be found on the Maymont website. Guests are invited to enjoy games, fire pits and refreshments on the Carriage House Lawn, before or after their garden experience.

The event will be held rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Guests are encouraged to wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear suited for walking. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 804-358-7166.

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Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the nonprofit Maymont Foundation. To keep the estate open and free to the public, the Foundation must raise more than $3.5 million each year through private donations and events like Garden Glow.

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