In April 1776, Thomas Jefferson noted “a bluish colored, funnel-formed flower in lowgrounds in bloom,” in one of the earliest entries of his garden book. Jefferson certainly wasn’t the first person to become enthralled by the unusual beauty of Mertensia virginica and he wasn’t the last either. Mertensia virginica, more commonly called Virginia Bluebells have captured […]Read More
Maureen McNabb is a Public Relations & Marketing Intern at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with a background in journalism, videography and multimedia storytelling. She's interested in community building, empowering individuals and finding compelling stories that tend to get lost within the bigger picture.
Q & A with Botanical Illustrator Lara Call Gastinger Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator from Charlottesville, VA. Gastinger is the lead illustrator for the Flora of Virginia project. She has over 50,000 followers on Instagram where she posts samples from her own nature journal. Gastinger’s art focuses on the minute details […]Read More
Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights has come to a close for the season and that means its time to announce the winner of the GardenFest Instagram Contest! Looking through your submissions, we couldn’t help but smile. This year’s submissions were vibrant, beautiful and full of energy. Some of you showed off this year’s theme, Naturally Ever […]Read More
It’s never too early to start planning for the holiday shopping season and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop is here to help. Grab a friend and come on over to our annual shopping event Cheers to Shopping — November 9, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. This fun and entertaining night will include giveaways, a […]Read More