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By Beth Monroe, Public Relations Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Although we’re always focused on “what’s next” here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at the end of the year it’s fun to take a few minutes and look back at activities and accomplishments. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means — just a quick overview.

Preparation for Orchids Galore!

The year 2011 marked our inaugural Orchids Galore! display in the Conservatory.  Orchids Galore! kicked off our spring A Million Blooms celebration and was so successful we are bringing the orchids back –  Orchids Galore! runs March 10 – April 22, 2012.

 

 

 

 

Spring brought A Million Blooms…and enhancements to the Central Garden.

Construction during enhancements to the Central Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After three weeks of intense work collecting, stripping and weaving sticks, the Diamonds in the Rough stick sculpture by world-famous artist Patrick Dougherty became part of the Garden’s landscape. If you haven’t seen it yet, the sculpture will be here at least through the end of 2012.

Diamonds in the Rough

 

Guests enjoyed looking for the elusive "Stick Man" throughout the Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through extreme weather conditions, an earthquake and a hurricane, Garden staff and volunteers persevered.

Clean up after Hurricane Irene

Volunteers at the Plant Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden representatives on Capitol Hill receiving National Medal

The year ended on a very high note as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was recognized by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the White House as one of the nation’s top museums.

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, there was a lot to LOVE in 2011. We wish you a very happy and healthy 2012 and look forward to seeing you at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!

LOVE letters courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation

 

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