Jan 31st, 2015

Educators' Conference: Natural Connections Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Do you think students learn best when teachers blend science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics standards for authentic learning experiences?  If you are an educator you can learn how to further integrate these best practices into your curriculum at our 2015 Educators’ Conference: Natural Connections […]

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Jan 31st, 2015

A Winter Walk With Witch Hazel

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A winter walk in the Garden with our friends witch hazel and winter jasmine might just be the thing  you need to make this a great weekend. Half price admission continues through the end of February. See you soon!

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Jan 30th, 2015

Japanese Apricot Blooms Brings Anticipation of Spring

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) is trying so hard to bloom. You’ll find it in several spots at the Garden — the front berm, near Hilliard Road, and around the new Cherry Tree Walk.  Speaking of which,  we are in a for […]

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Jan 26th, 2015

A Very Special Thank You to Braden & Charlie

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Last week I had the pleasure of meeting brothers Braden and Charlie Dolbec, young adults  who come to the Garden as part of the Garden’s Vocational Program to gain workforce development skills and job training. Braden and Charlie work in the Children’s Garden each week, along with their […]

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Jan 24th, 2015

Fieldtrip! Seeking Creatures, Flying Like Birds & Pretty Treasures Like Leaves

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I had an amazing time in the Garden last month with these fine young folks from Richmond Public Schools’ Chimborazo Elementary School‘s 3-year-old Head Start  class. We read a story about animals and then looked for birds and other creatures in the Garden with our “binoculars.”  As […]

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Jan 19th, 2015

And the Winner of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights Instagram Contest is…..

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Congratulations to Toni Page who is our Grand Prize #GardenFest Instagram contest winner with this photo of her daughter Noelle enjoying Dominion GardenFest of Lights.  We were thrilled with the participation in this year’s  Instagram contest!  We had over 1,600 entries, nearly 900 more than last year. […]

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Jan 17th, 2015

Volunteers Who Give, and Give…..

We’d like to announce Gary McNutt as the January Volunteer of the Month. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has over 600 volunteers and each month we take time out to recognize one. The Volunteer of the Month gets the honor of parking in a special space in our parking lot, a gift certificate to the Garden […]

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Jan 16th, 2015

Heart Felt Classes

by Judy Thomas, botanical artist, fiber artist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  class instructor  I love working with fabric and fibers, and especially wool.  Why wool?  It is a natural fiber and has a great deal of versatility. You might have heard about felting, it’s becoming a popular craft.  Felting, both wet and dry (or needle felting) uses […]

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Jan 15th, 2015

Knockout Bloom: Cattleya White Spark 'Panda'

Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturist,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Garden has blogged about goats, butterflies, blooms and bees … but never a panda! See ours, Cattleya White Spark ‘Panda’, blooming in the Conservatory this week. Remember admission is free until January 18, 2015. Come see it this weekend!

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Jan 14th, 2015

Goats Eat Poison Ivy? Yes they do!

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   I thought you’d enjoy this video of 9-day old Solstice is showing off her stuff last week on the hillside behind the Conservatory — scroll down to see it! Earlier this week she took her first bite of solid food (grass), but as she turns into […]

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Jan 13th, 2015

FREE Garden Admission Now through January 18, 2015

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden You know Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is beautiful year-round, right!? Pssssst.  Let me let you in on a little secret! We are offering FREE Garden admission through Jan. 18, 2015 (while the Garden Cafe is closed). Not only do we have blooms outside, but we also […]

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Jan 12th, 2015

Gardening: New Year Predicts New Garden Trends

by Lynn Jackson Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch   What does 2015 hold for gardening and outdoor living? Health and well-being will remain top priorities. No longer is the veggie patch a half-hearted hobby or merely an attractive backyard addition. More and more adults are returning to their […]

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Jan 11th, 2015

Getting Creative with Plants & Printing

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Back in the mists of time, I was an art major in college and rummaged around in a number of different techniques.  So I was delighted when long time instructor Celeste Johnston proposed a series of workshops using simple print-making techniques that don’t require lots […]

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Jan 8th, 2015

Highlights of The Year in Review

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   2014 has been a remarkable year for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. In many ways, 2014 is the year we’ve come full circle.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors announced this week that President and CEO Frank Robinson will retire on March 31, 2015, after […]

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