Garden Glow Illuminates Historic Estate

Following COVID-19 Safety Protocols, Enchanting Experience Will Delight All Ages October 23-November 8

Release Date: September 30, 2020

Garden Glow at Maymont will brighten fall nights in a new location at the estate and park this year, showcasing the historic architecture and gardens around the Maymont Mansion in artistic lighting displays, Friday, October 23 through Sunday, November 8, 6 to 10pm. Following Covid-19 safety protocols, guests of all ages will marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of the Italian Garden and other scenic landscapes, admire sparkles and shimmers in the Italian fountain, and stroll among historic estate buildings and the nationally treasured arboretum that stand aglow. The event also will include food trucks, the Glow Bar and Glow Shop on the Carriage House Lawn. Covid-19 safety protocols will be strictly followed for mandated capacities and other safety guidelines including masks and social distancing.

“This event is a highlight of the fall season at Maymont,” said Peggy Singlemann, Maymont Director of Park Operations & Horticulture. “The new location, incorporating the Italian Garden and Maymont Mansion, has allowed us to create a whole new magnificent experience for our guests in a setting conducive to open spaces for physical distancing.”

Guests will enter the event at the Historic Estate entrance at 1700 Hampton Street and stroll along a one-way walking path with garden views like they’ve never seen before. An ADA-accessible path and Italian Garden overlook also will be available.

“We are thrilled to present Garden Glow for our community again this year, in a spacious outdoor venue that easily accommodates safe social distancing for families and all our guests,” said Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director. “So much enthusiasm and anticipation has been expressed in recent weeks, it’s clear that many people are eager for this opportunity to safely experience the serenity, artistic natural beauty and comfortable setting of the event. It brings us great joy to be able to share such an inspiring experience, especially now.”

Garden Glow tickets may be purchased online in advance beginning Thursday, October 1. Advance 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 door. Tickets also will be available on-site during the event, depending on availability. Capacity is limited.

Parking for Garden Glow at Maymont is free and will be located at the Historic Estate entrance parking lot at 1700 Hampton Street and at The Robins Nature Center at 2201 Shields Lake Drive. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and glow shopping on the Carriage House Lawn near the entrance, before or after their illuminated walking 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, ext. 322.

Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the nonprofit Maymont Foundation. To keep the estate and park 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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