Shane Tippett

Executive Director Shane Tippett's passion for plants was kindled in the early ‘90s by a Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden arborist who mentored him on the care of specimen trees. This passion underlies his firm conviction in the transformative power of gardens to re-shape and renew communities, families and individuals and this continues to direct his leadership.

Nov 20th, 2017

Message from Lewis Ginter’s Director

Let Us Tell You a Story… I live far from the Rocky Mountains of my youth. Still, the horizons in my dreams are sometimes stark, soaring and snow-capped. Upon waking, these mountainous memories gentle down into the lush rolling vistas of central Virginia, and I join my colleagues in the work of RVA’s botanical garden. […]

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May 22nd, 2017

Locally Grown

Message from the Executive Director Crape myrtles, Lagerstroemia indica, are native to the other side of the planet, with a genus named after an 18th-century Swedish merchant. Yet crape myrtles are so common in Richmond, occasionally they are thought to be native here. Botanical gardens are good at displaying and explaining global plant diversity, but […]

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Mar 20th, 2017

Old Friend: Spring

Message from the Executive Director Spring comes softly in Virginia. Not the weather necessarily, which can be gentle or harsh, with snows and gales not being uncommon. For our plants, though, winter can seem like the overture of a Broadway musical: the composer introduces all the major themes the audience will hear throughout the evening, […]

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Nov 6th, 2016

Brighten the Night

Message from the Executive Director Right after lunch on the first Tuesday in August, the largest meeting space in the Robins Visitors Center was standing room only. Garden volunteers and staff had gathered to review the design and implementation of this year’s holiday light show, and those who arrived late were forced to pull chairs […]

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Jun 23rd, 2016

Unearthing our Potential

Message from the Executive Director Grab a shovel. Walk over to a bare spot in a planting bed or a flagged corner of the lawn. With the handle leaning on your shoulder, pull your gloves out of a hip pocket and tug them over your hands. Plant the blade with a quick, slicing thrust, as […]

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Mar 17th, 2016

Gratitude

We may be thankful for many things in a garden, but not everything. Under the “thankful for” heading: the blazing color of spring bloom, the annual return of flirty butterflies and the shift of seasons from gentle spring to sultry summer. “Not thankful for”: boxwood blight and periodic drought. Benedictine monk and author David Steindl-Rast […]

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Nov 5th, 2015

Message from the Director

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education; our passion is connecting plants and people to measurably improve our community. When planning Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, we remind ourselves of this mission and set about using a favorite winter tradition as a vessel in which to convey important ideas. The exercise is rich with metaphor, because […]

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Jun 24th, 2015

From the Executive Director

My favorite moment from the Spring at Lewis Ginter: A young mother and three little girls are walking through the Central Garden. Mom is telling a fairytale in a breathless voice. Daughters are bounding about her like butterflies around a bloom, listening attentively while dancing in their own orbits. Mom finishes the story. All three children are looking down […]

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Mar 17th, 2015

On Being Second

by Executive Director, Shane Tippett, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This time last year, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was fortunate to be included in a month-long, on-line “10 Best Public Garden” survey sponsored by USA Today and 10Best. Our friends and neighbors who participated in the polling checked in when it was all said and done, […]

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Nov 11th, 2014

Legacy: Bicycle "Craze" Hits Richmond Again

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   120 years ago, Richmond was swept up in a national “bicycle craze.” The popularity of cycling soared with the arrival of safe, affordable bicycles, available to all ages and genders. The fervor of the times prompted changes in the activities of women and their fashions, spurred communities to […]

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May 26th, 2014

Message from the Executive Director: Fan Mail

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden     Thank You for Showing Us the Garden! Love, Meagan Kelly Riley is the children’s education manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. A Richmond native, Kelly worked in a number of jobs after completing business school, including a position that allowed her to watch urban residents move into newly […]

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Mar 16th, 2014

Message from the Executive Director: 30 Years Later

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   When Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was formed thirty years ago in March, it consisted of a handful of empty, aging buildings and 73 acres of promise. As we celebrate this anniversary year, it is good to remember that the hallmarks of a successful, maturing botanical garden are in […]

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Nov 9th, 2013

Message from the Executive Director: Taking Time

We witnessed two unexpected events at the Garden this past August, yet both were typical of the predictable ebb and surprising flow of our lives within nature. Mid-month, near the Robins Visitors Center, our Emmenopterys henryi flowered, flashing rare and delicate blooms on a lovely tree that originated in China. Two weeks later, after another […]

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Mar 18th, 2013

Message from the Executive Director: A Natural Love Affair

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Can you remember being 10  and hurtling up your favorite climbing tree? Can you still feel the rough bark under your hands and the way the sturdy anchor of the tree’s trunk gave way to smaller and smaller branches until it all swayed giddily under your weight? How […]

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Feb 6th, 2013

Message from the Director: What's Your Watershed Address?

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Virginia’s streams, lakes, rivers and bays, particularly the Bay, are the common wealth of our Commonwealth. As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a set of federal guidelines establishing standards for surface water quality and pollutant discharge, it’s time to reflect on the message behind the […]

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