Botanical Garden’s LanternAsia exhibit rakes in over $1.3 million, draws 110,000 visitors

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NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Botanical Garden’s LanternAsia exhibit was very successful, bringing in around 110,000 visitors and grossing over $1.3 million dollars.

The installation drew 2,500 people on the exhibit’s opening day and pulled 2,000 new memberships.

In mid-January 2016, two dozen artisans came from China to build and install the custom-made structures at the garden. The lanterns were made of silk, steel and other eco-friendly materials. More than 30 Asian lanterns were built.

The Botanical Garden’s exhibit marks the third time LanternAsia has appeared in the United States.

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