May 28th, 2015

Nature’s Geiger Counter

It seems like nearly every garden in Central Virginia has them, and they are plentiful here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden too — in Flagler and Grace Arents Garden.  But did you know that Spiderwort, or Tradescantia virginiana, the plant with the odd name, is a detector of radiation?  In response to low levels of nuclear radiation, the filament hairs […]

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May 22nd, 2015

The Dr. Seuss of Flowers

Ornamental onions like Allium ‘Ambassador’ are great late-spring to early-summer flowers.   Both kids and adults love them, and we often hear visitors say they look like “Dr. Seuss flowers.”   There are many different types and sizes of ornamental onions — white, yellow, lilac, and blue. So if you plant a variety of colors and sizes, your […]

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May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day FREE for Military

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. This includes veterans too (with ID).  Anyone else in your party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission.  We hope you enjoy our Gardens, and Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. If you are bringing the […]

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May 19th, 2015

Artist Pam Rogers: Field Investigations

Arlington-based artist Pam Rogers is innately drawn to the natural world. The paintings in her new show: Field Investigations, on display  at Ginter Gallery II, spring from that fascination. Rogers uses handmade plant and soil pigments, traditional inks, graphite, and water-based media. She collects materials for her paintings wherever she goes to use in her paintings […]

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May 18th, 2015

Beauty Break: Roses

I’ve seen our Rose Garden bloom more than a few times in my 8 years here. It has a flush if blooms in spring, blooms all summer (granted, with a slow down) and has another large flourish of blooms in the fall.  In fact, our annual rose festival,  Rose Fest, is in fall. But this year’s spring display may […]

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May 16th, 2015

A Morning Away “en Plein Air”

The phone! The bills! The kids! When life’s stresses have you ready to lose it, why not take a moment to step away from it all and into an oasis of tranquility? Corny? Yes. True? Yes. Life can be overwhelming. What better than to take a few moments of the day to connect with beauty […]

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May 15th, 2015

Celebrating our First Harvest

Last week was an important week in the Community Kitchen Garden: we made our first harvest of the season! On Monday morning I had the pleasure of working with Lewis Ginter volunteer Diane Kerns and HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteer Becky Potter, and we harvested 81 pounds of lettuce and kale. That’s nowhere near the largest […]

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May 14th, 2015

Peony Parade!

A Million Blooms continues through June 1st. That means we have about 3 more weeks for a wonderful parade of flowers: peonies, iris, roses and more. Stay tuned for more posts with photos of these beauties! Photos by Shannon Smith, Senior Horticulturist.

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May 8th, 2015

Garden Love Comes Full Circle

Yesterday I came across these two lovely women as they were exploring the Central Garden. Mother, Therese Wilson, and daughter, Caroline McLean, were going for a stroll on a beautiful morning. I noticed that they were taking much more interest in the cultivars of specimen than many of our guests – examining the botanical tags, smelling each […]

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May 7th, 2015

5 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is THE day to show appreciation, whether it’s for your mom or another nurturing caregiver. I always want to find a special gift, but end up procrastinating. Now here we are, the week before Mother’s Day. If you’re like me and need help, here are 5 gift ideas from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s […]

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Apr 30th, 2015

We Have New Books in the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society,  a mission-related group that meet here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, recently gave the Lora Robins Library funding to purchase books about native plants and related topics. We were able to acquire five new titles you might be interested in. […]

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Apr 30th, 2015

A Million Blooms via Instagram

Have you entered our A Million Blooms Instagram contest? You still have time! We have a great prize package from VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Blooms at the Jefferson Hotel, and passes to come see Butterflies LIVE! at Lewis Ginter.   Rules & Details: http://bit.ly/InstaBlooms Here are a few of our favorite submissions so far. […]

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Apr 28th, 2015

Spring Plant Sale is May 1st & 2nd

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Spring Plant Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 1-2,  and we’ve got some wonderful new treats for you this year. Of course we’ll be featuring staff favorites, butterfly kits, and seasonal selections (see photos of : cherry sage (Salvia greggii) ‘Maraschino.’ and Phlox stolonifera […]

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Apr 25th, 2015

Meet the Butterflies LIVE! Staff

by Hilaire Ashworth, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are so excited that the time has finally come for the opening of Butterflies LIVE! On behalf of all of the curators, we say hello and want to officially introduce ourselves. Each butterfly curator was asked a series of questions and we picked some of […]

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