No matter the time of year, a visit to a garden can be transportive. Richmond's botanical gardens have something for every season: a cherry blossom walk in spring, fragrant roses in summer, colorful Japanese maples in the Asian Valley in fall, and the popular GardenFest of lights for the winter holidays. Even on the coldest of winter days, the orchids are in bloom inside the conservatory. Kids can dig in the dirt or climb a tree in the Children's Garden, and the gardens are open to dogs on special nights in summer and fall. Special events and classes further encourage visitors to stop and smell the roses.