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by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Butterfly Team  Butterfly wings are covered in many tiny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. Scales come in many different shapes and in the past, have been used to classify butterflies. The different colors are either produced by the pigments contained in the caterpillar’s diet or by the […]

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By Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Identifying butterflies can be a challenge when so many look similar, but the differences can make it tricky, too. Some butterflies are dimorphic, which means the male and female look very different. Take this pair of great yellow Mormons (Papilio lowii) – they look nothing […]

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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 Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Even after watching Tyler Rhodes award-winning evolution animated video featuring the drawings and voices of  local school children from William Fox Elementary and Patrick Henry School or Arts & Science, I still couldn’t really wrap my mind around exactly WHAT Tyler Rhodes was doing in […]

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by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Your favorite recipes probably don’t call for a cup of roasted fungi or a half-cup of sliced decomposers, but that’s precisely what mushrooms are. Whether you’ve returned from the farmers market with portabella, shiitake, oyster or button varieties, chances are they’re packed with essential nutrients, including […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here’s just a snippet of what you’ll see when you come to Orchids Galore! at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Starting on Valentine’s Day, and running ’til the end of March, you are in for a treat as we delight your senses with colors, smells and […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Boy is Richmond in for a treat! This year the  RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown, will feature a selection of incredible movies, including two that are sponsored by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The event is FREE and totally open to the community.   Let […]

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The Power of Kawaii

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I just read an article from one of my favorite blogs — Nonprofit Tech 2.0: A Social Media Guide for non-profits.  The blog post, titled 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Social Media Managers, had some great tips, most surprising of which […]

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Text & photo by Kelley Deegan, Horticulture Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This blazingly orange orchid, currently blooming in the Conservatory, shines bright with a pop of scarlet to chase away those winter blues. Lalieocattleya Fire Island ‘Fiery’ HCC/AOS is a hybrid species derived from two closely related genera: Laelia and Cattleya. Orchids of these […]

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