Kristin Thoroman

As the Exhibitions Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Kristin Thoroman leads the development of seasonal exhibitions that support the Garden's mission to connect people through plants to improve communities. When not at the Garden, she loves exploring the sights and sounds of Richmond.

May 4th, 2017

The Wild Art We are Wild About

Picture a blazing sunset, moody dark gray clouds juxtaposed against bright green trees, or a tiny wildflower peeking out from between the cracks in a sidewalk – wouldn’t you agree that wild art is all around us? This season we are celebrating art in the natural world, in all of its forms, and we’re inviting […]

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Jul 3rd, 2016

Family Walk and Talks — STEAM is in the Air at the Garden!

For our weekly Family Walk and Talks this summer season, Children’s Garden educators are taking advantage of the STEAM in the air. No, not the humidity, but science, technology, engineering, art, and math adventures all related to the Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit.  Each week we feature a different set of Nature Connects sculptures […]

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Jun 9th, 2016

Full STEAM Ahead: Garden Art!

Garden Art is the perfect way to let kids have fun and learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) concepts. As we roll into the summer season of programming in the Children’s Garden, many of our activities and topics this year are inspired by Nature Connects® the awe-inspiring exhibition of sculptures throughout the Garden that are built […]

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Oct 2nd, 2015

Sparkling Spider Webs

Some of our busiest days are in the spring when the sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom, and the temperatures are on the way up, up, UP. But I’d like to let you in on a little secret. Cool rainy fall days are some of the best days to visit the Garden. […]

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Sep 2nd, 2015

Painting with Petals

One thing you can bet on during late summer is that we will have a riot of color in the Children’s Garden.  Another thing you can bet on is that we will have a gaggle of kids in WaterPlay trying to cool off! With cooler temperatures and lower humidity this summer it has been exciting to […]

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Aug 15th, 2015

Growing Mr. McGregor’s Garden

What do you get when you cross a classic children’s tale with the imaginations of fifteen 4- and 5-year-olds in a lush garden setting? A week-long camp chock-full of veggie-tastic fun! Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” campers planted Mr. McGregor’s vegetable seeds (radishes, carrots, and lettuce) and ate blackberries like Flopsy, Mopsy […]

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Oct 9th, 2014

2014: The Year of the Clementine Crate

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s not uncommon for the Children’s Garden to request donations for items that might otherwise get tossed in the trash – toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and hot chocolate containers are some of our staples. Our young guests transform these under-appreciated items into treasures such as fanciful works […]

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Aug 13th, 2013

Gardening + Reading = FUN!

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden At the Richmond Public Library “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading Finale this weekend, the Children’s Garden tent had a recipe for success.  Start with inspiration from nature-based children’s books. Take one part water. Add two parts shredded paper (recycled, of course). Invite about 80 enthusiastic children to […]

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Jul 12th, 2013

Garden Summer Camp: Greatest Hits

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer camp! Don’t those words just make you smile? Rest assured, the 4- and 5-year-olds in the Growing Minds and Wow Your Senses camps are smiling, too! And while it’s obvious they are having fun, the casual observer might not realize that they are also learning – learning […]

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May 4th, 2013

Explore the Outdoors with the Children's Garden

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do you get when you take an empty field, add piles of twigs, branches, moss, cardboard boxes, stumps, seed pods, pine cones, raffia, magnolia leaves and fabric, and then add hundreds of children and their adults? A Loose Parts Party! That’s exactly what […]

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Apr 5th, 2013

The Tastiest Field Trip Ever

Photos & text by Kristin Mullen,  Early Childhood Program Developer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While teaching in the Children’s Garden, I always have an ear out for that moment when the children ‘get it.’  And I don’t mean checking the box when they can identify the parts of a plant, list the things that plants need to […]

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