Mar 9th, 2016

Real World Horticulture Education for Youth

Imagine you’re an inner city high school student offered a job working in your neighborhood, learning new skills that you’ll be able to turn into a career. That’s exactly what the Groundwork RVA Green Workforce team is all about — that and more. The objectives are multifaceted:  urban youth holding a real job, walking to work […]

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Mar 6th, 2016

Salt: Necessary Evil

In gardening as in life, the solution to one problem can be the cause of another. It happens when we burn fossil fuels for energy and the byproducts contribute to global warming. It happens with some broad spectrum pesticides, which don’t discriminate between beneficial insects and harmful pests. And so it is with salt. Homeowners, […]

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Mar 4th, 2016

Plant This, Not That

Is your garden in the grip of aggressive invasives? Are you enslaved to fussy dahlias? Do your hydrangea bloom begrudgingly? If you, gentle gardener, have ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way,” take heart. There is. Just ask Troy Marden. Marden’s new book “Plant This Instead: The Best Plant Choices for […]

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Mar 2nd, 2016

Technology in the Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden welcomed more than 386,000 visitors last year — plus many more who never left home. Virtual visitation continues to grow in remarkable ways, and along with it grows horticulture education and gardening interest. So rather than trying to keep nature separated from technology, we embrace the fusion. Last summer we ramped up technology another […]

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Feb 22nd, 2016

Spring Plant Sale = PlantFest

GardenFest, Rose Fest and now PlantFest! We know you like a festive atmosphere, and we love creating one. This year we’ve renamed what has traditionally been known as the Spring Plant Sale, PlantFest, to reflect newly added activities and events. We’re creating a fun day that will encourage you to come select your garden finds from the best […]

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Feb 20th, 2016

5 Provocative Perspectives

What do gardeners do in the winter at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden? They plant themselves at the Winter Symposium! The Winter Symposium appeals to a broad range of interest levels, from horticulture professionals to those who simply love gardens. It’s held each year in early February in conjunction with the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape […]

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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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