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.

Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is “How do you make those creative decorations?” It’s no secret that we are rich in talented staff and dedicated volunteers, both of whom have creative imaginations. We add in some hard work and a few ingenious ideas, and try to come out […]

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Nov 9th, 2015

Congratulations #Bflies Instagram Contest Winners

The results are in! Congratulations to our Butterflies LIVE! #Bflies Instagram Contest finalists and winners. This year we segmented our contest into three categories, a grand prize winner, a People’s Choice Award and a Butterflies Choice award. The Grand Prize winner, chosen based on creativity, fun and photographic composition, is Philippa Berch, who took a magnificent macro photo […]

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Oct 23rd, 2015

Butterfly Kisses

Do you know what a butterfly kiss is? Butterfly kisses are when you gently flutter your eyelids against another person’s check or arm. It tickles, and feels a bit like butterfly wings on your skin.  As you can see, it’s not something you can explain easily to a child. You just have to show them.  And […]

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Oct 21st, 2015

My Life Lesson from Butterflies

Zahra Khojastehpour has been volunteering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for over 4 years. This summer she spent time helping out in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Her time here inspired her to write the following blog post.  I asked Khojastehpour how she ended up as a Garden volunteer. She explained, “I am too small to be of a positive […]

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Oct 9th, 2015

Tweens in the Garden

You can imagine how thrilled I was when my son’s middle school English teacher told me they were coming to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a field trip that would combine reading and science.  I decided to tag along for the morning to see how “tweens” experience our Garden.  The students’ summer reading project was “Surviving […]

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Oct 7th, 2015

Meet Roxana “Roxy’ Hojat

The Garden welcomes Roxana “Roxy” Hojat, our new Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Assistant/Exhibit Coordinator, a two-year appointment during which she will curate the exhibit program in Ginter Gallery II (located in the Kelly Education Center hallway, outside of the Robins Library.  Roxy is pursuing her MFA in photography and film at VCU, and holds a BFA […]

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Sep 21st, 2015

Evenings at the Garden & FREE Admission for VCU Students & Staff

    We’re super-excited to continue celebrating the UCI Road World Championships and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s cycling history all-week-long! And with VCU students out of class all week, we’ve got a special treat for them too! First, the Garden will be open late — ’til 8 p.m. Monday through Friday “Flowers After 5-style,” as we enjoy the […]

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Sep 17th, 2015

Welcome World

As the world comes to Richmond, we’d like to give a warm welcome to the world! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be the start venue for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. It’s a natural fit for us. 120 years ago this same location was the heart of cycling in Richmond — the […]

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Sep 5th, 2015

Recipes from The Garden Cafe

Yesterday on the blog, you got to meet the Garden Cafe’s Chef, Anne Maury Haapala. Today, you get to see the recipes she shared with me!  We get many, many requests for recipes from the Garden Cafe each year. I’d say these two are the most frequently asked for. Enjoy! Meriwether Godsey Pimento Cheese Ingredients: 1 Cup […]

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Sep 4th, 2015

Meet Chef Anne Maury Haapala

Meet Anne Maury Haapala, Café Lead at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden Café by Meriwether Godsey.  Meriwether Godsey is the exclusive caterer for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and also operates both the Garden Café and the Robins Tea House. Take it away Anne Maury! Q: Tell us about your job,  what do you do? A: I oversee the Garden […]

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Aug 23rd, 2015

Butterfly & “Rockstar” Mina

Sometimes, you just get lucky with the camera. That’s what happened earlier this week when we had our staff “huddle” (a weekly 15-minute stand-up staff meeting) next to the Community Kitchen Garden. My colleague Lucy Coggin and I were geeking out about the Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata). I was giddy at what she was whispering to […]

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Aug 19th, 2015

A Rare Tree Blooms at Ginter

Emmenopterys henryi is a tree made famous by the legendary botanist, Ernest Wilson, who described the tree as “one of the most strikingly beautiful trees of Chinese forests.” The first time this species bloomed in North America was in 1994! Lucky for you, this beauty blooms early every August Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. You’ll notice the funnel-shaped […]

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Aug 12th, 2015

A Beautiful, Edible Garden

Have you seen our Edible Display Garden  along Lake Sydnor? It’s newly planted, and we’re continuing to add more specimen as we go.  So far, we’ve planted everything from strawberries to hazelnuts (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) to mulberries (Morus alba), but there’s so much more to come!  Did you know daylilies are edible? You’ll see them there, and we’ll […]

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Aug 7th, 2015

The Original Marshmallow

Ever wonder where marshmallows came from?  Here’s the plant that started it all: Althaea officinalis.  It grows right here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in our new Edible Display Garden!  Egyptians first discovered its healing properties over 2,000 years ago. Most commonly the plant sap was combined with honey and  it was used to treat sore […]

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