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by Katelyn “Katie” Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I found out about jewelweed soap when I was doing research on medicinal plants for a family workshop I held in July called “Pick Your Poison.”  The workshop talked about identifying harmful plants such as poison ivy, and finding common backyard plants that could […]

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by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden At the Richmond Public Library “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading Finale this weekend, the Children’s Garden tent had a recipe for success.  Start with inspiration from nature-based children’s books. Take one part water. Add two parts shredded paper (recycled, of course). Invite about 80 enthusiastic children to […]

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Richmond Public Library is hosting a ‘Dig into Reading’ street party! Franklin St. will be closed off between First and Second St. for an outdoor party including a DJ, games, and activities hosted by partners including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Farm to Family, Books on Wheels, and the Fire Department. Inside the library will be […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I’ve always said that if I’d known the trees in my back yard were sweet-gum trees, I would have never bought my house. The previous owner, had carefully picked up every single prickly gum ball from the yard and mulched very carefully so that there […]

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Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Common buckwheat is sometimes used as a “honey crop,” because bees love it, especially in September when other nectar sources are dwindling. Have you ever heard of a “smother crop”? Buckwheat is a good competitor to weeds because it germinates rapidly, and […]

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by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer camp! Don’t those words just make you smile? Rest assured, the 4- and 5-year-olds in the Growing Minds and Wow Your Senses camps are smiling, too! And while it’s obvious they are having fun, the casual observer might not realize that they are also learning – learning […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   With all the rain we’ve been having, it’s no surprise that we’ve had a few creatures trying to find shelter inside. Last week, a toad made its way to the Robins Visitor Center….where he blended perfectly with the carpet! Luckily we had  a mother […]

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by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Program Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I spied a female Eastern River Cooter traveling up the ramp toward the CWD Children’s Garden Tree House. Perhaps after emerging from the pond, she crossed the path and found an opening in the Children’s Garden gate and headed up the ramp. I surmised that she […]

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by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to butterflies here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Conservatory exhibit Butterflies LIVE! is underway until October 13. The Lora M. Robins Library (yes, the Garden has a library!) offers a wide selection of butterfly books and DVDs […]

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