Before I can talk about the upcoming solar eclipse, I need to get a couple things out of the way up front:

Once upon a time we were falling in love. Now we’re just falling apart. Nothing we can do. Total eclipse of the heart.

Suddenly, and without warning, there was this TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!

Alright, obvious jokes made. Let’s talk about what you can do in Lakeside to watch the partial eclipse of the sun happening Monday.

Aug 21, 2017; 1-3pm
Free with Garden admission

Join us in the Central Garden for a sun celebration in conjunction with the solar eclipse! On August 21, as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, it will cast a shadow; Richmond will experience a partial eclipse with 85 percent of the sun’s surface shadowed by the moon. We often take it for granted, but sunlight is essential to life on Earth, including plants and people. Participate in sun-themed activities throughout the afternoon while safely enjoying this amazing astronomical event!

Most importantly:

Please note, it is NOT safe to look at the sun without solar eclipse glasses. We will have certified for safe viewing glasses for the  500 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read below to learn how these will be distributed. The Garden does NOT have glasses for sale.

  • The Garden does NOT have glasses for sale.
  • Garden has 500 (total) certified for safe viewing  glasses for members and non-members.
  • These will be distributed at the Grow Cart in the Central Garden (between the Visitors Center & Conservatory)
  • Guests can line-up to receive these complimentary glasses; distribution will begin at 1 p.m.
  • If the number of people who want glasses exceeds 500, we’ll encourage sharing.
  • The eclipse is a three-hour process; peak viewing will occur at 2:45 p.m. 
  • We will also be making pinhole viewers as another way to observe the eclipse.

Solar eclipse glasses have also been available at Lowe’s, Kroger, and 7-11 – however, upon my most recent visit there were none available. Have you had any luck? Let us know where in the comments!