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A Field Trip to Maymont

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A Field Trip to Maymont

Visitors who come to Richmond for the nightlife would never expect the openness, the vast green space, the animals, and the overall experience of beautiful Maymont park. 

Director of Horticulture at Maymont Peggy Singlemann says that even though the city of Richmond grew around it, the park is still technically considered “downtown.”

“It’s quite a unique spot to come into town to enjoy a beautiful one-hundred acre space that’s just fantastic and fascinating.”

There are so many different spaces to choose from, it’s hard to spend just one day here. The Italian Garden features some wonderful Italian statuary and architecture placed among gorgeous beds of colorful flowers. The Japanese Garden provides an intimate setting with shade trees and flowing water. Plus, there are even more garden areas around the estate as well as the wildlife exhibits. 

Each of the garden spaces is unique and well-kept. It’s hard to believe that Maymont is mostly maintained, not by staff, but by volunteers.

“We rely on volunteers and the community to come and help us. It’s really been a labor of love over the years.”

There’s always something going on at Maymont, so while you’re planning a visit to Richmond, make sure to plan around what’s happening at the park.

“People come expecting that it’s just a park or to see the animals, but they leave having learned something new.” 

For more information about Maymont and to plan your visit, check out their website: or their Facebook page:

The Field Trip series of PlantPop is a new project we’re trying out where we feature different places and what it’s like to be there. For these videos, we’ll also provide a short list of other activities to try out while you’re in the area! 

To do around Maymont in close proximity:

  • Chop Suey Books: used books to go. Website
  • 10 Italian Café: coffee, tea, paninis, breakfast, wine & more. Facebook.
  • Forest Hill Park: hiking. Richmond Outside.
  • Shyndigz: open late dessert bar, dessert only. Website.
  • Byrd Theater: cinema, inexpensive movie tickets. Website.