Dec 16th, 2015

Love + Hard Work = Inspiration

Inspiration: The vital life force that adds meaning to everything we do. It sneaks up on us sometimes in unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I found it in a total stranger. I got an email from a Garden visitor, Ashley Gordon, who was looking for race photos of her group. She explained she and her coworkers had […]

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Dec 15th, 2015

5 Tips: Visiting Busy GardenFest

This year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2015-2016  at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proving to be very popular, especially with the unseasonable spring-like weather! We are entering what are traditionally the busiest nights of the season, starting when local public schools let out (Friday, Dec. 18 this year) through Wednesday, Dec. 23 (the Garden is […]

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Dec 11th, 2015

A Lover of Roses

Richmond lost an outstanding community member and supporter this week. Mrs. J. Harwood (Louise B.) Cochrane was a vibrant and vital force who supported many nonprofits and made our community a better place. Our hearts are with her husband of 80 years, Mr. J. Harwood Cochrane, and the entire Cochrane family upon her passing. The […]

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Dec 8th, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

Have you made your list? Checked it twice? Already found out who’s naughty and nice? We’ve made a list of holiday gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Each one was hand-picked by Garden Shop staff who know better than anyone how to delight an amateur horticulturist or garden lover. Let the holiday shopping begin! […]

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Dec 7th, 2015

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

‘Tis the season! Dominion GardenFest of Lights in full swing now. We’ve been sharing photos like crazy on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been by for a visit yet? We’d love to hear what you think about this year’s show (just leave a comment). My family has three light features they always look for when […]

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Dec 3rd, 2015

H2Whoa! Fish Facts

You know the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is H2Whoa!, but did you know that the Garden uses rainwater for most of its irrigation needs? We love how this year’s water theme allows us to talk about important environmental issues, like how you can make a difference in water conservation at your […]

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Nov 30th, 2015

Recycle Nature’s Bounty by Making Distinctive Papers

Homemade paper: the ancient Egyptians and Chinese made it, and now you can, too! Using a few household items and nature’s treasures — dried leaves, spent flowers, pine tags, even plant seeds and berries — you can create specialty papers that are unique and usable. “Homemade paper is not for production, but for art,” said […]

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Nov 25th, 2015

Preview Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!

This year’s Dominion GardenFest H2Whoa! is turning out to be quite a show. We thought you might appreciate a few sneak peek photos courtesy of  Garden Member and photographer Harlow Chandler.  But trust us, the lights are even better in person! GardenFest opens this Friday, Nov. 27th.

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Nov 22nd, 2015

Ruler of the Ginkgo

In front of Bloemendaal House, a botanical oddity grows on the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Ginkgo biloba happens to be the one female, besides Grace Arents, that seems to get all the attention at our Garden. This specimen was believed to have been planted by our founder herself. The Ginkgo biloba species has […]

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Nov 20th, 2015

Nighttime Light Painting

When my coworker, horticulturist Laurie McMinn, came up to me raving about a “Light Painting class” she took here at the Garden, at first I thought she was talking about an art class with paintbrushes and paint, exploring the subject of light.  Then, she pulled out her camera and showed me this: I was blown […]

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Nov 18th, 2015

The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~”The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss Remember the Lorax? He’s the Dr. Seuss character who warned against letting our own greed lead us into exploiting the natural world. “Now is the time,” he urged,  while “the grass is still […]

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Nov 17th, 2015

A Timeless Botanical Garden

How do you know you are a truly timeless botanical garden? That’s easy: when a 10-year-old chooses you for her time capsule project, of course! Gretchen Gregor, age 10, a 5th grader at Henrico County Schools’  Shady Grove Elementary School did just that. “I chose Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because this place stands out to […]

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Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion GardenFest of Lights is “How do you make those creative decorations?” It’s no secret that we are rich in talented staff and dedicated volunteers, both of whom have creative imaginations. We add in some hard work and a few ingenious ideas, and try to come out with […]

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Nov 9th, 2015

Congratulations #Bflies Instagram Contest Winners

The results are in! Congratulations to our Butterflies LIVE! #Bflies Instagram Contest finalists and winners. This year we segmented our contest into three categories, a grand prize winner, a People’s Choice Award and a Butterflies Choice award. The Grand Prize winner, chosen based on creativity, fun and photographic composition, is Philippa Berch, who took a magnificent macro photo […]

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