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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

GardenTimes Goes Online

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  What’s better than a newsletter all about Dominion GardenFest of Lights  highlighting what’s new at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this fall & winter?  That’s easy : a virtual copy of the GardenTimes that doesn’t use any tree products or paper to print!  Voila — here […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Jack-o-Lantern carving may date back to an old story involving a turnip. Look it up. Can turnips really get large enough to hold a candle? Judging from a couple of freak radishes this summer, it’s very possible. Contemporaneous carvings, thanks […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Ipomea batatas that is – sweet potatoes. We started the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden sweet potato harvest on Saturday, 10/20, approximately 112 days after planting the initial “slips”. A nice team representing J-Town Richmond –- including Nerice Lochansky, Tanisha […]

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by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s nearly time for Dominion GardenFest of Lights and Merry Mondays with the Garden Keeper. GardenFest (or GF as we call it around here) is fast approaching and we better remind the GK that she needs to have a terrific book selected for reading aloud. Let’s go to […]

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by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator As we’ve mentioned on this blog,  in July volunteers planted 250 sweet potato slips in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. The slips were donated by Clifton Slade from his organic farm in Surry, Va.   Sweet potatoes […]

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by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by PR & Marketing Coordinator Jonah Holland In an effort to reduce the chemicals that we use at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we are trying to  implement as many eco-friendly methods as possible to maintain our beautiful grounds. This fall, we top-dressed our Bermuda grass areas […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There’s something incongruous about a chilly 50 degree, gray, wet day and the warm color of ripening tomatoes on the vines. The stark contrast reinforces the realities of our seasonal transition. We’re about to say farewell to our last tomatoes […]

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by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I just got word from our librarian, Janet Woody, a frequent contributor to this blog,  that  the magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’ is now officially registered as a new cultivar with the Magnolia Society International.  ‘Ginter Spicy White’ was produced here at the Garden by volunteer  Bill Smith, […]

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by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There has been a large amount of insect activity here in the Community Kitchen Garden this year at Lewis Ginter, partly due to the extreme heat this summer and the mild winter temperatures. When combating pests in your […]

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Photos and text by John Laslett, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern  Butterflies are some of the most delicate creatures in the world. The butterfly, of all creatures, is most robbed of the power to destroy. Thousands may descend and produce little more than a fragile breeze,  the likes of which delights […]

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