Grace Chapman Elton

Grace Chapman Elton is the former Director of Horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Feb 27th, 2017

Attracting Wildlife in Winter

Attracting Wildlife to Your Winter Garden Although some animals migrate for the winter, there are many species that remain in the Richmond area over our coldest months.  Non-migratory birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects can benefit from a backyard environment that supports them over the winter. Wildlife needs food, shelter, and water year-round. It […]

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Feb 3rd, 2016

California Dreaming

Last September, I started a 3 year term as a Director at Large for the American Public Gardens Association.  Every 3 months, the 14 members of the Board, who are from gardens all over the country, travel to a different city for our quarterly meetings.  I am honored to be able to represent Lewis Ginter […]

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Jul 3rd, 2013

Eden Woods: Adventures in Moss Gardening

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A couple of weeks ago, the Horticulture staff from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden went on a wonderful field trip to Norie Burnet’s moss garden, Eden Woods.  After finding that her 4-acre wooded lot in Bon Air was too shady to grow grass, Norie decided to nurture […]

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Jun 19th, 2013

How Blue is Blue?

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Last week, the hydrangea collection at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was used for a research project by Dr. Henry Schreiber, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Military Institute.  Dr. Schreiber is testing the color intensity of hydrangea sepals in different locations, to see if climate affects them.  In […]

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Mar 20th, 2013

Why Do Collections Matter?

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know that botanical gardens are actually museums? The big difference is that instead of having collections of artwork or historical objects, we have living collections. All of our plants are documented, numbered, and tracked, just like other museum collections. The Garden combines various types […]

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