Oct 21st, 2015

My Life Lesson from Butterflies

Zahra Khojastehpour has been volunteering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for over 4 years. This summer she spent time helping out in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Her time here inspired her to write the following blog post.  I asked Khojastehpour how she ended up as a Garden volunteer. She explained, “I am too small to be of a positive […]

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Oct 19th, 2015

Trees with Knees?

Last month I uncovered something mysterious growing around the rim of the West Island Garden. Our swamp cypress trees have knees. It’s not that we didn’t know they had knees. We did. We just don’t know why. No one does. The cypress trees are keeping it a secret. Swamp cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) knees are woody projections that […]

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Oct 17th, 2015

Tricks & Treats

Pumpkins on a stick, bumpy gourds and alien-looking plants – you never know what you’ll find in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in October. Last Sunday I came as a visitor with my 11-year-old daughter and her friends and we discovered a whole world of weird and wacky. The Children’s Garden plans […]

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Oct 16th, 2015

Vines by Design

Vines are not only easy to grow, they’re fascinating. Some varieties twist and twine, while others climb upward or creep outward. Many are easily trained, others mischievously meander. Natives typically grow without consequence, while non-natives sometimes wreak havoc. Regardless of the intended use, vines provide several key garden elements: color, texture, form and interest. Beth […]

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Oct 14th, 2015

Joan Massey: Paintings

Richmond painter Joan Massey’s lifelong love of the natural world has inspired her most recent abstract paintings, where she explores her impressions on colorful, striking canvases. From her home studio to the walls of Ginter Gallery II in the Garden’s Kelly Education Center, Mrs. Massey’s first exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is truly a homecoming. Executive […]

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Oct 12th, 2015

Butterfly Roundup

Now that Butterflies LIVE! is over, for this year anyway,  butterfly curators are working hard to roundup all the butterflies in the exhibit. Many visitors ask us how we accomplish such a daunting task. Well, it involves the lowering of temperatures in the exhibit, lots of patience, a keen eye and some acrobatic skills! Here’s […]

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Oct 9th, 2015

Tweens in the Garden

You can imagine how thrilled I was when my son’s middle school English teacher told me they were coming to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a field trip that would combine reading and science.  I decided to tag along for the morning to see how “tweens” experience our Garden.  The students’ summer reading project was “Surviving […]

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Oct 7th, 2015

Meet Roxana “Roxy’ Hojat

The Garden welcomes Roxana “Roxy” Hojat, our new Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Assistant/Exhibit Coordinator, a two-year appointment during which she will curate the exhibit program in Ginter Gallery II (located in the Kelly Education Center hallway, outside of the Robins Library.  Roxy is pursuing her MFA in photography and film at VCU, and holds a BFA […]

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Oct 5th, 2015

10 Favorite Butterfly Facts

We are lepidopterists (butterfly enthusiasts) at Butterflies LIVE! and we want to share some of our favorite facts about butterflies with you! Here are our top 10 favorite facts: Butterflies help our food grow. Butterflies are pollinators, just like bees, birds and bats! Pollinators are actually responsible for every 1 in 3 bites of our food. […]

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Oct 3rd, 2015

Dot’s Garden

Like footprints in the snow, each of us leaves our mark on this world when we pass through it. We touch people’s lives, sometimes in ways that last only a moment, and other times in ways that are more permanent. If you shopped in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during the past two […]

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Oct 2nd, 2015

Sparkling Spider Webs

Some of our busiest days are in the spring when the sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom, and the temperatures are on the way up, up, UP. But I’d like to let you in on a little secret. Cool rainy fall days are some of the best days to visit the Garden. […]

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Sep 30th, 2015

Butterflies: Warming Up

It can get pretty toasty in the Butterflies Live! exhibit, especially on those hot summer days. While we (humans) might think it’s too hot, the butterflies love it and actually need it. In fact, butterflies can’t even fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees Fahrenheit! Butterflies are cold blooded (ectothermic) and have no […]

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Sep 28th, 2015

Wildflowers: Heralds of Spring

Fall is the time to plan and plant spring wildflowers  “You anticipate them all winter long, but when you finally find them, they don’t last very long,” said Nancy Vehrs, Prince William County resident and president of the Virginia Native Plant Society. “They just bloom, pollinate and disappear, but it’s their fleeting moments of glory that […]

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Sep 26th, 2015

Top 5 Summer Plant Displays

Fall is here and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is preparing to change out annual beds this coming week. I like to take photos of the displays for my own inspiration for next summer, but often forget until it’s too late. You may like to do the same thing but (like me) don’t always get around […]

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Sep 21st, 2015

Evenings at the Garden & FREE Admission for VCU Students & Staff

    We’re super-excited to continue celebrating the UCI Road World Championships and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s cycling history all-week-long! And with VCU students out of class all week, we’ve got a special treat for them too! First, the Garden will be open late — ’til 8 p.m. Monday through Friday “Flowers After 5-style,” as we enjoy the […]

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