Jun 3rd, 2015

Students Travel to White House Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be part of season’s first harvest in The White House Kitchen Garden with First Lady Michelle Obama today. Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe were chosen to represent the Garden and Let’s Move Museums & Gardens nationwide. Both Amina & Lilah have attended the Garden’s Green Adventures Summer Camps […]

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Jun 3rd, 2015

Proboscis: Zipping it Together

I find myself fascinated by butterfly anatomy more and more each day as I work with and learn about these remarkable creatures. Even though I have only been with Butterflies LIVE! for a few weeks, I have already witnessed and captured some seemingly small but profound events. On one such occurrence I was able to capture […]

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May 30th, 2015

Pink Poppies, Oh My!

Being a volunteer at the Garden means you sometimes get the best view of the blooms.  Plus, you have an insider’s perspective on the Garden. When horticulture volunteer Hillary Liddick emailed me earlier this week she was so cute. “My husband got me a way-too-fancy camera for my birthday this month, so I’m trying to put […]

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May 29th, 2015

Cecropia Silkmoth Makes a Big Impression

This Cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) is beautiful enough to be in our Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, but actually, it’s not from the exhibit at all. Horticulturist Leah Purdy found this beauty outside on a winter Daphne on the North Terrace, just outside the Robins Visitor Center.  Believe it or not, the wingspan can be over 6 inches across. […]

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May 28th, 2015

Spiderwort: Nature’s Geiger Counter

It seems like nearly every garden in Central Virginia has them, and they are plentiful here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden too — in Flagler and Grace Arents Garden.  But did you know that Spiderwort, or Tradescantia virginiana, the plant with the odd name, is a detector of radiation?  In response to low levels of nuclear radiation, the filament hairs […]

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May 22nd, 2015

The Dr. Seuss of Flowers

Ornamental onions like Allium ‘Ambassador’ are great late-spring to early-summer flowers.   Both kids and adults love them, and we often hear visitors say they look like “Dr. Seuss flowers.”   There are many different types and sizes of ornamental onions — white, yellow, lilac, and blue. So if you plant a variety of colors and sizes, your […]

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May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day FREE for Military

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. This includes veterans too (with ID).  Anyone else in your party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission.  We hope you enjoy our Gardens, and Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. If you are bringing the […]

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May 19th, 2015

Artist Pam Rogers: Field Investigations

Arlington-based artist Pam Rogers is innately drawn to the natural world. The paintings in her new show: Field Investigations, on display  at Ginter Gallery II, spring from that fascination. Rogers uses handmade plant and soil pigments, traditional inks, graphite, and water-based media. She collects materials for her paintings wherever she goes to use in her paintings […]

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May 18th, 2015

Beauty Break: Roses

I’ve seen our Rose Garden bloom more than a few times in my 8 years here. It has a flush if blooms in spring, blooms all summer (granted, with a slow down) and has another large flourish of blooms in the fall.  In fact, our annual rose festival,  Rose Fest, is in fall. But this year’s spring display may […]

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May 16th, 2015

A Morning Away “en Plein Air”

The phone! The bills! The kids! When life’s stresses have you ready to lose it, why not take a moment to step away from it all and into an oasis of tranquility? Corny? Yes. True? Yes. Life can be overwhelming. What better than to take a few moments of the day to connect with beauty […]

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May 15th, 2015

Celebrating our First Harvest

Last week was an important week in the Community Kitchen Garden: we made our first harvest of the season! On Monday morning I had the pleasure of working with Lewis Ginter volunteer Diane Kerns and HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteer Becky Potter, and we harvested 81 pounds of lettuce and kale. That’s nowhere near the largest […]

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May 14th, 2015

Peony Parade!

A Million Blooms continues through June 1st. That means we have about 3 more weeks for a wonderful parade of flowers: peonies, iris, roses and more. Stay tuned for more posts with photos of these beauties! Photos by Shannon Smith, Senior Horticulturist.

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May 8th, 2015

Garden Love Comes Full Circle

Yesterday I came across these two lovely women as they were exploring the Central Garden. Mother, Therese Wilson, and daughter, Caroline McLean, were going for a stroll on a beautiful morning. I noticed that they were taking much more interest in the cultivars of specimen than many of our guests – examining the botanical tags, smelling each […]

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May 7th, 2015

5 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is THE day to show appreciation, whether it’s for your mom or another nurturing caregiver. I always want to find a special gift, but end up procrastinating. Now here we are, the week before Mother’s Day. If you’re like me and need help, here are 5 gift ideas from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s […]

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Apr 30th, 2015

We Have New Books in the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society,  a mission-related group that meet here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, recently gave the Lora Robins Library funding to purchase books about native plants and related topics. We were able to acquire five new titles you might be interested in. […]

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