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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Capital One volunteers working to make downtown Richmond look even better.

Making Broad Street beautiful with Capital One volunteers & Venture Richmond was a wonderful way to spend the day. Photo by Alex Dahm

Hibiscus 'Kopper King'

Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’

A few weeks ago, more than 250+ dedicated Capital One volunteers worked  over 2  days to plant  more than 1,200 botanicals  throughout 13 blocks of downtown Richmond.  Venture Richmond, a non-profit organization focused on community enhancement, in partnership with the City of Richmond and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden were inspired to make Richmond’s gateway more beautiful. Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman, and Gardener Leah Purdy  designed the project’s plantings. Their goal: four seasons of interest in addition to plants that can stand up to a  urban environment.

Plantings included Yucca ‘Color Guard,’ Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’, Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’, Euphorbia ‘Blackbird, Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ and many more.

Yucca "Color Guard'

Yucca “Color Guard’

Have you seen the new plantings? What do you think? How do they look?

Planter sketch by Leah Purdy

Drawing by Leah Purdy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos credits:
Yucca: http://www.gardencrossings.com/plantname/Yucca-Color-Guard

 

Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=z150

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