Lantern Asia Tour at Norfolk Botanical Gardens

April 22 at 6:30pm

The Harvard Club of Virginia invites all Ivy League and Seven Sisters alums and their guests to join us on Sunday, April 22 from 6:30 till 9:00pm at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens for LanternAsia:


LanternAsia exhibited for the first time in 2016 as the first-ever Chinese lantern exhibition in Virginia, and is now back for another tour!  A mile long loop of the Gardens will be lit up with 35 magical works of art crafted from silk, steel and other eco-friendly materials, highlighting Asian themes from nature, wildlife, architecture and folklore.


We will gather at the Visitor Center at 6:30pm.  Look for someone holding a Harvard Club sign.  If you would like to eat, please bring a picnic dinner or snack and we can all sit together and enjoy ourselves at the tables there.  Then around 7:30pm, as the sun begins to set, we will start walking the illuminated loop together.


Tickets are $20 per person, unless you are a member of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and then they are $15. You must purchase a ticket to see the exhibit. Please remember to print out a copy of your ticket, or have it on your smartphone and ready to scan at the entry gate. To find out more and to purchase tickets, please go to:


Also, please RSVP at, so that we know how many people to expect and so that we can email you if we need to cancel, due to inclement weather.    

Please be sure to read the LanternAsia Guidelines on their website above.  The Gardens has advised us to watch the weather report for that day.  There are plenty of tickets, so there is no need to purchase your tickets until a few days before the 22nd. You can also purchase tickets on the same day, until 4pm.  That will allow you to check the weather forecast before purchasing tickets.  The Harvard Club will NOT reschedule the event, due to inclement weather.  We will hold the event on the 22nd at 6:30pm, rain or shine, unless there is a thunder and lightning storm in the area. Tickets are also non-refundable. 


If you have any questions, please email Ashley Kelso at or call her at (757) 777-2397.  And please remember, when you purchase your tickets please email Ashley, so she can have an idea of how many people will be coming.  Thank you and we hope to see you on the 22nd!