Janet Woody

About Janet Woody

I am the librarian at Lewis Ginter and like to talk and read about plants. I also enjoying researching Lewis Ginter and our founder Grace Arents. Visit me in the library and we'll talk about plants, or history, or some other fun topic.

Apr 30th, 2015

We Have New Books in the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society,  a mission-related group that meet here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, recently gave the Lora Robins Library funding to purchase books about native plants and related topics. We were able to acquire five new titles you might be interested in. […]

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Apr 11th, 2015

Albert Tanner: A Bicycle Story

by  Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thousands of visitors enjoyed Dominion GardenFest of Lights this year, and many of those visitors stepped into the library and back to 1895 as they viewed our exhibit on the Lakeside Wheel Club. However, it is likely that only one visitor had a unique connection to the […]

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Oct 30th, 2014

Where Did Lewis Ginter’s Money Go?

By Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter died in 1897, at age 73, from complications of diabetes. The local newspapers of the day, The Times and The Dispatch, were filled with detailed obituaries covering his entire career and stories of his many acts of kindness and benevolence. His entire will was printed […]

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Sep 11th, 2014

Stories from Yesteryear: History of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Janet Woody, Garden Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Continuing from last week, here is the conclusion of Grace Arent’s biography of her Uncle Lewis Ginter published in the Appleton’s Cyclopedia of American Biography. She wrote this in 1919. The story picks up after the Panic of 1873, when Lewis Ginter’s banking enterprise failed and he […]

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Aug 28th, 2014

Stories from Yesteryear: The Story of Major Lewis Ginter

by Janet Woody, Garden Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In 1919, Grace Arents was asked by the Press Association Compilers, Inc., of New York, publishers of  The Cyclopedia of American Biography, to review its entry on her uncle Lewis Ginter. Here are excerpts of her words about her uncle. Born in New York, April 4, 1824, […]

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Aug 14th, 2014

Stories from Yesteryear: History of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Janet Woody, Garden Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This is the first in a series of short posts about the history of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. In 2013, our good neighbors at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club reached out to us to see what we knew about the zoo cages on their property. We shared […]

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May 29th, 2014

The Butterfly Tree is in Bloom

By Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Tree Arrives We recently received an unusual gift, a large, white tree. It was installed in the library last week and looks artsy and a little bit spooky. Then the butterflies found it. Now it looks warm and cheerful…… The Butterflies Have Arrived The butterflies are […]

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Apr 23rd, 2014

Mark Catesby Visits the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden More precisely, Catesby prints are visiting. Mark Catesby was a British naturalist who lived from 1682 (or 3) to 1749.  He came to Virginia in 1712 and stayed with his sister in Williamsburg.  He was sent by friends to collect botanical specimens and return them to London, […]

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Apr 8th, 2014

Shhh, the Librarians are Coming!

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries celebrates Moonlight and Magnolias at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is hosting 50 librarians from all over the United States and Canada for the annual meeting of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. The conference dates are […]

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Mar 14th, 2014

Happy 30th Anniversary to Us

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we received a wonderful 30th anniversary gift from local author and cycling enthusiast Tom Houff.  His book “On Richmond’s Wheel” tells the story of our city’s bicycling history. A week ago I asked Tom if he knew where we could find an 1895 bicycle for exhibit […]

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Dec 9th, 2013

A Natural Love Affair in the Library

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I love our Dominion GardenFest of Lights theme this year, “A Natural Love Affair”, because it can be interpreted so many ways. We’ve been able to create beautiful scenes all over the garden, including the library. Our book this year is Mossy by Jan Brett.  Our GardenKeeper […]

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Jun 22nd, 2013

"Flowers of the Air" — Reading About Butterflies

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to butterflies here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Conservatory exhibit Butterflies LIVE! is underway until October 13. The Lora M. Robins Library (yes, the Garden has a library!) offers a wide selection of butterfly books and DVDs […]

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Jan 4th, 2013

Raised Planter Gardening

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recently we had a request for information about growing vegetables and flowers in a raised planter.  Since I  am not sure if this question pertains to a planting box with sides that sits right on the ground, or a raised planter box with its own, possibly slatted, […]

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Dec 11th, 2012

Books Make the Best Gifts

By Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Two new Virginia-related books offer great choices for bike-lovers and plant-lovers on your gift lists.  Both are available in our Garden Shop. On Richmond’s Wheel: A Timeline History of Cycling in Richmond, Virginia by Thomas Houff is a history of bicycling in Richmond and much more.  It will […]

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Oct 22nd, 2012

Garden Keeper's Choice: The Empty Pot

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s nearly time for Dominion GardenFest of Lights and Merry Mondays with the Garden Keeper. GardenFest (or GF as we call it around here) is fast approaching and we better remind the GK that she needs to have a terrific book selected for reading aloud. Let’s go to […]

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