Jonah Holland

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

Mar 9th, 2016

Real World Horticulture Education for Youth

Imagine you’re an inner city high school student offered a job working in your neighborhood, learning new skills that you’ll be able to turn into a career. That’s exactly what the Groundwork RVA Green Workforce team is all about — that and more. The objectives are multifaceted:  urban youth holding a real job, walking to work […]

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Feb 22nd, 2016

Spring Plant Sale = PlantFest

GardenFest, Rose Fest and now PlantFest! We know you like a festive atmosphere, and we love creating one. This year we’ve renamed what has traditionally been known as the Spring Plant Sale, PlantFest, to reflect newly added activities and events. We’re creating a fun day that will encourage you to come select your garden finds from the best […]

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Feb 14th, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day

Yesterday we told you all about what’s blooming inside the Conservatory. Today, we celebrate the beauty of the blooms outside. Yes, it’s cold, but a walk in the brisk air gives you more of a reason to cuddle up with your love. As you stroll the Garden, see if you can find more treasures like this one — […]

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Feb 9th, 2016

Inspiration: Education & Nature

You never know who you are going to inspire or how. Recently, we received a thank you note (with beautiful illustrations no less!) from a teacher who has participated in several of our educator workshops.  It’s not unusual for us to get positive feedback from teachers thanking us for the professional development opportunities we offer. We find that educators […]

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Feb 2nd, 2016

De-Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Ever wonder how we get all those holiday lights up (and then down again) for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights? Here’s how!  GardenFest Arborists Matt Lee and Thomas Dunlap climb the trees before Dominion GardenFest of Lights carefully stringing trees with thousands of holiday lights. Then, each January, when GardenFest ends, Lee and Dunlap climb […]

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Feb 1st, 2016

Spring-like Day & Blooms

We lucked out on this first day of February with a not very winter-like day. I went for a walk to see what was in bloom. Not only were there blooms, but there were plenty of honeybees too. That didn’t surprise me as much as the fact that I got warm on my walk even though […]

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Jan 23rd, 2016

GardenFest Instagram Winners

Congratulations to this year’s ‪#‎GardenFest‬ Instagram contest finalists! We had hundreds of photo submissions, and as usual, competition was fierce. We love to see Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights through your eyes. From the Conservatory at sunset with crystal clear reflections, to GardenFest Dinners with Santa, to our giant unicorn through the eyes of a child, […]

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Jan 21st, 2016

Preparing Plants for Snow

Got your bread and milk? Now it’s time to prepare your plants for the snow storm. Here are some tips from our horticulturists: If you have a tree or plant that is prone to breaking under the snow, you can gently knock snow off the branches with a broom as the snow accumulates. It’s not […]

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Dec 30th, 2015

Trees Blooming in December?

I spent my Christmas this year in shorts and a T-shirt, sweating, and wishing it felt more like the cold Christmas weather I’m used to. Granted I was in Savannah, GA. but word on the street is that we had similar weather here in Richmond.  In fact, when I came home, for the first few […]

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Dec 22nd, 2015

Happy Winter Solstice

Today we mark the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time of celebration and reflection for many. With the shortest day also comes the longest night. In darkness we cherish the light, be it sunshine or half a million twinkling lights. We hope you can feel the love and light and celebrate […]

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Dec 20th, 2015

Bananas Growing in RVA?

Every week or two, depending on the season, and how much the blooms at the Garden are changing, we publish Bright Spots, a listing of many of the highlights you’ll want to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on your visit.  Each Bright Spots also features a “Did You Know” section highlighting something interesting about one […]

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Dec 16th, 2015

Love + Hard Work = Inspiration

Inspiration: The vital life force that adds meaning to everything we do. It sneaks up on us sometimes in unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I found it in a total stranger. I got an email from a Garden visitor, Ashley Gordon, who was looking for race photos of her group. She explained she and her coworkers had […]

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Dec 7th, 2015

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

‘Tis the season! Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights in full swing now. We’ve been sharing photos like crazy on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been by for a visit yet? We’d love to hear what you think about this year’s show (just leave a comment). My family has three light features they always look for […]

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Dec 3rd, 2015

H2Whoa! Fish Facts

You know the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is H2Whoa!, but did you know that the Garden uses rainwater for most of its irrigation needs? We love how this year’s water theme allows us to talk about important environmental issues, like how you can make a difference in water conservation at your […]

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