Jun 4th, 2016

Philodendrons in Bloom

Philodendrons Bloom in the Conservatory If you want to see a spectacular and interesting bloom, come visit the Conservatory now to visit the majestic philodendron. As you know, plants’ flowers are all about reproduction, and perhaps the most incredible characteristic of split-leaf philodendrons is their unique way of reproducing. A philodendron must be mature before it can begin flowering, which […]

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Jun 3rd, 2016

A Bed is Born

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Garden Design Give a gardener a new bed, full of fresh soil and unlimited possibility, and stand back. Twice a year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in early spring and again in early fall, horticulture staff and volunteers pull spent bulbs and weary annuals out of their beds and replace them with […]

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Jun 2nd, 2016

Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve: Meet the Gardeners

Meet the staff at Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve While Oscar Gamez and Wes Morgan are new to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s staff, the fun-loving pair are no strangers to Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve, the beautiful 79-acre estate in Hanover County, given to our Garden by the generous Cosby family. They have been tending to the Cosbys’ property for […]

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Jun 1st, 2016

Summer Hours at Lewis Ginter

2016 Summer hours: 8 a.m. opening, Thursdays, June 2-Sept. 8 This year, summer hours at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are going to change a bit, for the better of course. Memorial Day weekend and the opening of the Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit unofficially marked the beginning of summer. If you rise with the sun […]

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May 31st, 2016

Brickworkz: LEGO Mosaic Art

Brickworkz: Local Artist Creates LEGO Mosaics Brian Korte, founder of Brickworkz, creates strikingly elaborate custom LEGO mosaics with LEGO® bricks. Working on everything from portraits to company logos and even a LEGO artwork that pays homage to artist Roy Lichtenstein, Korte’s mosaics are “for those of us with a special place in our hearts for […]

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May 27th, 2016

Behind the Scenes at Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

Preview Photos of  Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Today is the start of opening weekend for Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit! We’ve got some really engaging activities planned (scroll to the bottom for a full listing) but we figured what better way to introduce this exhibit to you than to give you […]

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May 25th, 2016

Peace for Pitcher Plants

Pitcher plants are hungry for change. If you venture out to the West Island Garden, chances are that you will run into some spectacular-looking Sarracenia, commonly known as pitcher plants. To me, they are utterly fascinating–from their deeply-folded leaves and colorful veins to perching lids and pinwheel flowers (Yes, they do flower and flower beautifully). Sarracenia look to […]

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May 23rd, 2016

Black Bat Flower Inspiration

The Mysterious Black Bat Flower Inspires Visitors & Artists A few days ago, Conservatory Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey sent me an excited email that our Tacca chantrieri or black bat flower was blooming. When I posted the photo of the flower on Facebook  people became really excited.  We had several questions from fans about how to grow them, and sweetly, one […]

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May 18th, 2016

Garden Shop Wedding Gift Ideas

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue — if there is  a summer wedding on your calendar, there’s sure to be something for you in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Whether you are throwing a party, tossing the bouquet or showering the happy couple with flower petals and good wishes, you’ll love our fresh take […]

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May 17th, 2016

The Scoop on Mulch

Finding the Right Mulch and the Right Application Wheelbarrows, work gloves and sweat: these are the early signs of spring as homeowners dutifully mulch their plants and trees. Mulching has become a seasonal rite, the finishing touch for a well-dressed landscape and a standard for curb appeal. Mulching is an investment in plant health, too. When Richmond […]

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May 6th, 2016

The Butterfly Keepers

We have a saying at the Garden: “Folks always smile and say Hello, but may not know names.” The phrase comes in a daily email sent by our Garden Cafe staff, announcing not only the daily special, but introducing who’s working the line and the register in the cafe. It’s created a culture of encouraging everyone who works here, from […]

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May 2nd, 2016

Poeticus Daffodil Inspiration

Poeticus Daffodils: A Tale of Two Women Just when I thought all the daffodils had already bloomed, I was surprised to see some jolly miniature daffodils rising delicately, along a Flagler Garden pathway, not far from historic Bloemendaal House. With white petals and dainty cups a striking blend of lime green, golden yellow, crimson red […]

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Apr 28th, 2016

Spring PlantFest

Mother’s Day was not on Nancy Penick’s mind when she cut up a jumble of fabric scraps and sewed them into a gardening apron. As the Volunteer Coordinator of PlantFest, she was searching for something new for her team of talented volunteers to make and sell in the Bloemendaal’s Best tent at Spring PlantFest this […]

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Apr 23rd, 2016

The Prince’s Florilegium

Highgrove Florilegium Comes to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Prince of Wales is an organic gardener. He practices organic, sustainable methods at his comfortable country home, Highgrove House, Gloucestershire, UK.  Charles made the property his home in 1980 and has created a “centre of excellence for organic farming and gardening, as well as an acknowledged […]

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Apr 21st, 2016

DIY Veggie-tainers

Move over, begonias. Find a home elsewhere, ferns. Homegrown veggies and herbs are taking over patios, one container at a time. Not everyone has space for an in-ground garden – nor does a busy household have the inclination. So, sowing the family’s produce in patio pots and deck planters is a growing alternative. Not only […]

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