Nov 22nd, 2015

Ruler of the Ginkgo

In front of Bloemendaal House, a botanical oddity grows on the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Ginkgo biloba happens to be the one female, besides Grace Arents, that seems to get all the attention at our Garden. This specimen was believed to have been planted by our founder herself. The Ginkgo biloba species has […]

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Nov 20th, 2015

Nighttime Light Painting

When my coworker, horticulturist Laurie McMinn, came up to me raving about a “Light Painting class” she took here at the Garden, at first I thought she was talking about an art class with paintbrushes and paint, exploring the subject of light.  Then, she pulled out her camera and showed me this: I was blown […]

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Nov 18th, 2015

The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~”The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss Remember the Lorax? He’s the Dr. Seuss character who warned against letting our own greed lead us into exploiting the natural world. “Now is the time,” he urged,  while “the grass is still […]

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Nov 17th, 2015

A Timeless Botanical Garden

How do you know you are a truly timeless botanical garden? That’s easy: when a 10-year-old chooses you for her time capsule project, of course! Gretchen Gregor, age 10, a 5th grader at Henrico County Schools’  Shady Grove Elementary School did just that. “I chose Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because this place stands out to […]

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Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion 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 with […]

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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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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 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 on […]

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Nov 1st, 2015

Helping Hands of Youth!

One of the fun things about my job is all the people — the people that visit the Garden and the people the help us in the Garden volunteering. Last Saturday, I was lucky to work with a group of teens from HandsOn Greater Richmond Youth Philanthropy Project (a partnership between HandsOn Greater Richmond and The Community Foundation). […]

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Oct 31st, 2015

Autumn Jewels

The changing seasons inspire us in so many ways at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including in the Garden Shop. Autumn brings jewel-toned hues, rich textures and cozy comforts, with an eye toward a little dazzle as the holiday season approaches. Yes, it’s almost that time again. I was in the Garden Shop the other day […]

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Oct 30th, 2015

DIY Monarch Butterfly Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner and maybe you’re scrambling for an awesome, yet easy last-minute costume. Well put your Halloween worries aside, because this Monarch butterfly costume is just what you need. You will love this costume — it’s quick and super easy, recyclable (mostly), and while it’s a butterfly, it can also be used […]

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Oct 29th, 2015

Behind the Scenes at Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!

Are you ready for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights?  I have behind-the-scenes access and will give you a sneak peek to a few of the treats you will see with this year’s H2Whoa! theme.  Last week, 45 volunteers and staff worked on  finishing touches of decorations for this year’s show. Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to lend […]

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Oct 24th, 2015

Autumn Apple S’mores

Who doesn’t love s’mores? The campfire staple traditionally consists of a toasted marshmallow paired with chocolate and sandwiched between graham crackers. The very name is proof of its popularity; s’more is a contraction of the phrase “some more” because you can never get enough! If you’d like to try s’more variations of the popular treat, […]

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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 19th, 2015

Trees with Knees?

Last month I uncovered something mysterious growing around the rim of the West Island Garden. Our swamp cypress trees have knees. It’s not that we didn’t know they had knees. We did. We just don’t know why. No one does. The cypress trees are keeping it a secret. Swamp cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) knees are woody projections that […]

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