Jun 24th, 2015

From the Executive Director

My favorite moment from the Spring at Lewis Ginter: A young mother and three little girls are walking through the Central Garden. Mom is telling a fairytale in a breathless voice. Daughters are bounding about her like butterflies around a bloom, listening attentively while dancing in their own orbits. Mom finishes the story. All three children are looking down […]

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Jun 22nd, 2015

Helping Hands in the Garden

It’s been a great, but hot, week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This week we took two deliveries to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen for a combined total of 478 lbs. This one week’s deliveries exceeded our year-to-date donations. Welcome summer! Here’s what we delivered: beets: 73 lbs., squash/zucchini: 324 lbs., celery: 38 lbs., kale: 10 lbs., eggplant: […]

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Jun 18th, 2015

Thank You Butterflies!

This week, June 15 – 21, is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are essential to our food supply and natural environment. Did you know that one in three bites of everything we eat is thanks to a pollinator?  One way you can help pollinators is by planting host and nectar plants for native butterflies and bees! Other pollinators […]

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Jun 17th, 2015

Lunch with the First Lady

It’s been two weeks since Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sent Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe to help with the season’s first harvest in the White House Kitchen Garden — yet the two still can’t quite believe it. As Amina said: “It’s not every day you meet the First Lady!” Amina, a fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, […]

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Jun 16th, 2015

Unearthly Delights: Sci-Fi Plants for Your Garden

Ok. I’m a nerd. A science fiction nerd. Plants, trees and vegetation have figured prominently in science fiction literature and movies for decades. As an avid garden nerd as well, I delight in striking and unusual plants. Take for instance, the pods from “The Body Snatchers,” the red weed from “War of the Worlds“, and the Ents […]

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Jun 14th, 2015

Volunteer’s Bountiful Harvest

This week Genworth Financial sent another great group of volunteers to work in the Community Kitchen Garden.  The volunteers helped harvest 159 lbs. of fresh vegetables to take to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen, our largest donation of the season so far.   This donation brings our year-to-date total to 461 lbs. The harvest included spring crops like kale and […]

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Jun 13th, 2015

Reflections on Mother’s Day

Last Mother’s Day was our seventh Mother’s Day spent enjoying Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with my family and my best friend’s family.  You’ve likely read about some of our other adventures on this blog before. As usual, we had a wonderful time, but every year brings something new. New additions – My son is now 21 months […]

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Jun 12th, 2015

Volunteering as Learning

According to Richard Louv, “Childhood memories of contact with nature involve a deep sensory imprint of texture, smell, color, sound, and taste (Louv 2005).” Most of my childhood memories involve food, much of which was grown by my grandparents. I remember following my grandfather’s tractor, picking potatoes out of the ground, and I still find […]

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Jun 11th, 2015

1st Graders Volunteer in Children’s Garden

Recently the Richmond Waldorf  School reached out to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — our Children’s Garden in particular, as they sought to fulfill one of their 10 values: “That schools should awaken social responsibility, service to community and stewardship of the earth.” One of the parents from the 1st grade class, Katie Adams Parrish, explains, “One of the reasons that […]

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Jun 9th, 2015

“Steller” Butterflies

This week we posted our first Steller story!  This is the first time I’ve been excited about a new social media platform in a while and think it’s a perfect venue for the Garden to showcase not just Butterflies LIVE!, but blooms too. We though you might like to see our first Steller story, so here […]

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Jun 8th, 2015

And the Winner is….

The winner of our A Million Blooms Instagram Contest is Casie S. Davis you can follow her on Instagram at @casiesdavis. Congratulations Casie! Casie submitted quite a few strong photos and more than one of hers made it to the finals. “I am a member of the Garden, and have been for a few years. My family’s […]

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Jun 7th, 2015

A Rainbow of Nutrients

Lewis Ginter Botanidal Garden is usually a pretty colorful place, but in the Community Kitchen Garden those colors equate to a wide variety of nutrients! Red vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon are high in lycopene, which helps the body fight off free radicals. Orange fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash are […]

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Jun 6th, 2015

Butterflies: Masters of Disguise

Butterflies have mastered of the art of disguise. With so many natural predators, including birds, spiders, reptiles, insects (wasps, flies, mites), and small mammals, they have disguise themselves in order to survive. From their early larva stage to the fully emerged adult butterfly, these Lepidoptera have some extraordinary abilities to mask themselves from the rest […]

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Jun 5th, 2015

Instagram Contest Finalists

We’ve had so much fun with our #MillionBlooms Instagram contest this year. We’ve had nearly 800 submissions! A few weeks ago we featured some of our favorite #MillionBlooms contest submissions, and here are a few more finalists. Stay tuned, we’ll announce the winner later this week. Be sure to check your Instagram inbox if you are a finalist. […]

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Jun 4th, 2015

Stitching Garden Memories

When Page Robinson sent me a photo of this wall hanging via email last week, all I could think was: This is a labor of love.  In the email she said, “My grandson Denver is 2 and we love all of the blooms and butterflies.  I took a picture of him which shows his pure joy seeing […]

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