Sep 1st, 2015

Read Botanical Books with Us

They say the Internet and e-readers will kill printed books — and libraries — but it turns out neither is true.   The Garden has a thriving book group centered in the library. Every two months, a group of book lovers get together in the reading room of the Lora Robins Library and discuss the latest title on […]

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Aug 28th, 2015

On Becoming A Butterfly

Butterflies go through several stages of metamorphosis before becoming the adult butterfly that we all know and love. Since we currently have a special nursery for monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies located in the back of the exhibit, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about their development. There are four main […]

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Aug 27th, 2015

Pollinators: Bee Friendly

The status of pollinators is sad, but true: America is losing pollinators at a remarkable rate. Pollinators are honeybees, wild bees, beetles, wasps, butterflies and moths, as well as birds and bats that transfer pollen in and between flowers of the same species. The efforts typically lead to fertilization for seed and fruit production, which directly […]

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Aug 25th, 2015

Meet Intern Will Eichenberger

On his first day of work as an intern, Will Eichenberger helped water a honeybee hive — something many high-schoolers would find daunting. But Will, though visually impaired, went about the task with aplomb. Will, a rising junior from Charlottesville, Va., joined the Garden as an intern in a partnership with the Virginia Rehabilitation Center […]

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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 21st, 2015

Mother Nature to the Rescue

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But last week in the Children’s Garden an entire river town was created, destroyed by pollution and erosion and then rebuilt to withstand those same destructive forces. It took less than an hour. The architects, city planners and construction crews were part of Green Adventure Summer Camp: Nature Expeditions, […]

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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 17th, 2015

Meet Mayor’s Youth Academy Intern Mia Washington

Mia Washington is the Children’s Garden Mayor’s Youth Academy intern for the summer of 2015. She assists with daily operations, horticulture and helps support our various educational programs. Mia has participated in the Mayor’s Youth Academy for many years and we are thankful she shared her finishing year with us. Take it away Mia… My […]

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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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Aug 13th, 2015

Meet Children’s Garden Intern Kittie Storey

Meet Children’s Garden Summer Intern Kittie Storey.  Kittie works with our Youth Volunteer Summer Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, helping with supervision, horticulture knowledge, and by being a positive role model. She also leads our “Food Production” chat.  Kittie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has interned at Tricycle Gardens as […]

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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 10th, 2015

Craft Beer Craze

For those you out there that consider yourselves lovers of craft beer and beautiful gardens, you might already be aware of a fun new partnership that started in 2015. The craft beer industry is quickly becoming an integral part of the local  and tourist economies in Richmond, and across the state of Virginia. So the […]

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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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Aug 6th, 2015

Water Gardens Just for Fun

Just add water! A water garden or water feature is more than a landscape decoration. It’s a palette for artistic expression and, when well planned, an uplifting intersection with nature. “Something about water attracts people,” said George Cowart, horticulture manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “Water and the sound [of moving water] are relaxing and […]

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Aug 5th, 2015

Up-Cycled Bikes & Other Gifts

When is a bottle cap not a bottle cap? When it’s up-cycled into a tiny wheel for a miniature bicycle, available in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop as part of our celebration of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. We’re all geared for September 20, 2015, when the elite men’s and elite women’s team time […]

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