A Northward Migration

A Sound Installation by Dr. Vaughn Garland

April 6 to October 14, 2018
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond, VA

Located in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden ConservatoryA Northward Migration uses sound to explore the migration routes of butterflies, especially Monarchs, as they traverse the landscape of North America.  This exhibition features sounds collected from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, field recordings from sites along the routes, and interviews with pollinator and butterfly biology specialists.  The work will highlight the delicate connection between these stunning and endlessly fascinating creatures and the landscapes, plant life, and climate that impact them and are vital to their continued survival.  A Northward Migration premieres during Sound Arts Richmond and will be presented in all four galleries of the Conservatory for the 2018 season of Butterflies Live!.



Danielle Bronson (Patterson), California State Park Interpreter II, Pismo Beach Monarch Grove, Oceano Dunes District;

Dr Lincoln Brower, Research Professor of Biology, Sweet Briar College;

Anna Chahuneau, Director, Pursuing the Monarchs;

Wendy DesChene, Professor, Auburn University;

Lorrie Lincoln, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden;

Linda McBride, Virginia Master Gardener and Naturalist;

Laurie McMinn, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden;

John Morse, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Bontanical Garden;

Jeff Schmuki, Professor, Georgia Southern University;

Ralph White, Former Manager, James River Park System.


A Northward Migration is presented in four galleries throughout the 22,000 suare-foot Conservatory and includes a live audio station for the Butterflies Live! exhibition.

First Room (Dome House)



Second Room (West Wing) forthcoming



Third Room (East Wing) forthcoming



Forth Room (North Wing- Butterflies Live) forthcoming





Field Recordings:

Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, Charles City, Virginia,

James River Park System, Richmond, Virginia,

Joshua Tree National Park Service, Joshua Tree, California,

Lewis Ginter Bontanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia,

Pismo Beach Monarch Grove, Pismo Beach, California,

VCU Rice Rivers Center, Charles City, VA,

Special Thanks:

Kristin Thoroman, Exhibition Manger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden;

Chelsea Mahaffey, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden;

Ryan Olsen, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden;

Robyn Mackey, California State Parks Oceano Dunes District, California;

Dena Bellman, California State Parks Oceano Dunes District;




A Northward Migration

Is on view from April 6, to October 14, 2018
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228


The Garden is open Daily 9 a.m to 5 p.m, admission required