Feb 19th, 2016

Good Bugs in Your Garden

Is the term “good bug” an oxymoron? Mosquitoes bite. Ants invade. Wasps sting. Termites demolish. What’s good about that? You may think of bugs as the enemy in nature’s narrative, the evildoers that some of us love to hate. It seems they’re always, well, bugging us. But not all bugs are bad. According to the […]

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Feb 15th, 2016

10 Tips for Gardening in Winter

If autumn is nature’s grand finale, in winter the curtain falls. The annual performance finished, nature’s theater goes dark. Backstage, costumes are refreshed and actors rest. Players audition for new roles. And you, loyal fan, wait for spring when the drama will resume. But waiting can be the most difficult part when you’re a gardener. […]

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Feb 14th, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day

Yesterday we told you all about what’s blooming inside the Conservatory. Today, we celebrate the beauty of the blooms outside. Yes, it’s cold, but a walk in the brisk air gives you more of a reason to cuddle up with your love. As you stroll the Garden, see if you can find more treasures like this one — […]

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Feb 13th, 2016

For the Love of Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s weekend, instead of just a dozen flowers, give your sweetie hundreds of fragrance-filled blooms. Take your love for a romantic stroll in the warm and cozy Conservatory, where you can enjoy a colorful array of nature’s beauty.  Plus, right now (and through the end of February) we are offering half price admission to visitors.  The Conservatory […]

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Feb 11th, 2016

Winter Interest

As a volunteer Garden Guide, I give tours of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to groups who are visiting, but if you visit on your own, there is another sort of tour you can take. Every few weeks, we put together a Bright Spots listing, which is a collection of some of the Garden’s highlights. Sometimes, when there are […]

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Feb 9th, 2016

Inspiration: Education & Nature

You never know who you are going to inspire or how. Recently, we received a thank you note (with beautiful illustrations no less!) from a teacher who has participated in several of our educator workshops.  It’s not unusual for us to get positive feedback from teachers thanking us for the professional development opportunities we offer. We find that educators […]

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Feb 3rd, 2016

California Dreaming

Last September, I started a 3 year term as a Director at Large for the American Public Gardens Association.  Every 3 months, the 14 members of the Board, who are from gardens all over the country, travel to a different city for our quarterly meetings.  I am honored to be able to represent Lewis Ginter […]

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Feb 2nd, 2016

De-Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Ever wonder how we get all those lights up (and then down again) for Dominion GardenFest of Lights? Here’s how!  GardenFest Arborists Matt Lee and Thomas Dunlap climb the trees before Dominion GardenFest of Lights carefully stringing trees with thousands of lights. Then, each January, when GardenFest ends, Lee and Dunlap climb the trees again […]

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Feb 1st, 2016

Spring-like Day & Blooms

We lucked out on this first day of February with a not very winter-like day. I went for a walk to see what was in bloom. Not only were there blooms, but there were plenty of honeybees too. That didn’t surprise me as much as the fact that I got warm on my walk even though […]

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Jan 29th, 2016

Student & Teacher Art Show

As I walk through the Botanical Illustration & Art: Student and Teacher Exhibition at Ginter Gallery II, I see a contrast to the blanket of white snow just outside the windows of the gallery — a spectrum of color and intricate, yet delicate textures. I can’t help but feel as if I am walking through the seasons and […]

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Jan 27th, 2016

Volcanoes vs. Doughnuts

There may be volcanoes in your yard. Don’t worry, they’re not active. They’re mulch volcanoes. But beware. They may be endangering your trees! Those of us who are guilty of over-nurturing when we garden will sometimes pile mulch into deep pyramid-shaped hills that push up against the base of a tree. Although they are commonly found, […]

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Jan 23rd, 2016

GardenFest Instagram Winners

Congratulations to this year’s ‪#‎GardenFest‬ Instagram contest finalists! We had hundreds of photo submissions, and as usual, competition was fierce. We love to see Dominion GardenFest of Lights through your eyes. From the Conservatory at sunset with crystal clear reflections, to GardenFest Dinners with Santa, to our giant unicorn through the eyes of a child, to a […]

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Jan 21st, 2016

Preparing Plants for Snow

Got your bread and milk? Now it’s time to prepare your plants for the snow storm. Here are some tips from our horticulturists: If you have a tree or plant that is prone to breaking under the snow, you can gently knock snow off the branches with a broom as the snow accumulates. It’s not […]

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Jan 11th, 2016

Gardening Trends for 2016

Some things never change, but gardening trends certainly do. Following are predictions for the New Year’s trends, according to retailers and the “2016 Garden Trends Report.” Synced to nature. With mobile devices bridging the gap between indoor technologies and outdoor opportunities, people can stay “plugged in” while venturing outside to work, garden or play. Newly […]

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Jan 6th, 2016

Through the Eyes of a Child

Last week, at Dominion GardenFest of Lights,  the little people in my life taught me a lesson: children experience the wonder of the world with all five of their senses. As the Lewis Ginter lights cast their spell over us, we watched glimmering wolves run wild along Sydnor Lake. We felt the warm glow of […]

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