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by M. Christine Watson, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you ever wonder how Corylus avellana ‘Contorta,’ got its common name — “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick?” Sir Henry “Harry” Lauder, a Scottish vaudeville theater singer and comedian, was a rockstar in his day, one of the highest paid performer in the world at the time. […]

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Photos & text by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If “Feed me Seymour!” is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “carnivorous plants” you are probably not alone. Have you ever seen a carnivorous plant?  Did you there really is such a thing — it’s not just  someone’s imagination […]

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by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   In the Children’s Garden we’re always trying to find ways to plant more vegetables. This we year we thought we would try potato towers. We planted a different cultivar in each tower, Solanum tuberosum ‘Russian Banana’ and Solanum tuberosum ‘Dark Red Norland.’ Come by and take […]

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by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   I thought you’d enjoy this video of 9-day old Solstice is showing off her stuff last week on the hillside behind the Conservatory — scroll down to see it! Earlier this week she took her first bite of solid food (grass), but as she turns into […]

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by Lynn Jackson Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch   What does 2015 hold for gardening and outdoor living? Health and well-being will remain top priorities. No longer is the veggie patch a half-hearted hobby or merely an attractive backyard addition. More and more adults are returning to their […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fothergilla gardenii ‘Suzanne’ is a native with a very interesting bloom. In fall, the green leaves turn orange-red. It’s a beauty for sure. You’ll find these along the edge of Lake Sydnor, just down from the Rose Garden.

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you noticed “fairy art” around the Garden recently? We’re feeling a bit whimsical and inspired by our blooms these days. Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman explains, “A few months ago, I challenged the staff to ‘play’ in their gardens. I wanted them to have […]

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by Kate Pyle, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that fall is a great time to plant bulbs, trees, shrubs, and perennials? I’ll be honest with you, I did not. The most experience I have with gardening is the little avocado tree (or Persea americana) I planted from the pit of […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the cool things about having corporate volunteer  groups come to the Garden to work is that I’m always learning from them.   This morning, two corporate groups from Dominion Virginia Power and Capital One, worked alongside Garden staff and volunteers to complete the planting […]

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

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