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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

by Buz Sawyer, volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden you are probably here to see what is in bloom or see one the many exhibits. I’ll bet that seeing bluebirds is low on your priority list. So you might be surprised to learn that we have a Bluebird Trail […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden volunteer Judith Towers volunteering today educating about botanical dye and weaving. Can you believe that the eucalyptus plant dyes wool this rust color? One more thing Judith told me? You techies will love this. The idea for a computer, originally came from a loom. […]

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Sunshine on a Stick

Photo & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I came across this beauty yesterday. I like to call it sunshine on a stick, because it is so fun, but technically, it’s called Witch Hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. It has lovely yellow fringed flowers, and a spicy scent. You can find it in […]

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by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Program Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thank you, everyone, for braving cold rain and mixed snow on Saturday to help us with the Great Backyard Bird Count.  We had 7 adult participants. Thanks, also, to Sue Ridd of Richmond Audubon, for sharing her birding knowledge and experience with all of us. […]

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Text & photos by Judy Thomas, Adult Education Instructor,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Needle felting is an old craft, but it is on the cutting edge in botanical art. I just finished teaching a session of  “Needle Felting with Botanical Subjects” in the Art in the Garden program at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. What a […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recently, the American Public Gardens Association produced a series of  interviews with botanical gardens across the country.  Since you, our blog readers, are some of our biggest fans and supporters, I thought that you might enjoy reading a bit about the Garden’s social media.  Personally, I’ve enjoyed […]

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by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On February 1, 2012, Frank Robinson celebrated his 20th anniversary as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s leader. Such milestones in an extraordinarily successful career usually invite a series of “before and after” comparisons, but a couple years ago Frank himself edited a pictorial history of the Garden on […]

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by Lindsay Cowles, guest blogger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden is Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Cheers to Art! is A chance to buy local art and support the Children’s Garden  at the same time. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music by Emme St. James and […]

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Gardeners: Black is Back!

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Savvy garden designers seeking drama and intrigue recognize the power of black. There’s a world of black beauties – more than 4,000 plants sporting dark-hued foliage, flowers or fruit – that can innovatively transform any garden from ordinary to extraordinary. Though […]

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by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Nature isn’t limited to three seasons – and neither are nature walks. Winter is a delightful time to explore the great outdoors as a family or with a group of youngsters. A winter hike reveals nature’s cold-weather mysteries and seasonal trends. Leafless trees bare their trunks […]

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