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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Dec 31st, 2015

2015: A Stellar Year!

Trying to encapsulate a year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in a blog post is impossible. How can you capture this dynamic, multi-dimensional entity? Is it with beautiful photos of the blooms throughout the year? Or stories of the people who tend the Garden in so many ways? Perhaps it is through our visitors’ eyes […]

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Dec 30th, 2015

Trees Blooming in December?

I spent my Christmas this year in shorts and a T-shirt, sweating, and wishing it felt more like the cold Christmas weather I’m used to. Granted I was in Savannah, GA. but word on the street is that we had similar weather here in Richmond.  In fact, when I came home, for the first few […]

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Dec 28th, 2015

Blooms in Review

A year-end bouquet to you! Thank you for keeping Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden blooming and touching the lives of thousands of people this year. Also, if you’d like to look back at more of our blooms from the year, don’t miss our new webpage, What’s in Bloom, displaying some of our favorite blooms by month.

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Dec 22nd, 2015

Happy Winter Solstice

Today we mark the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time of celebration and reflection for many. With the shortest day also comes the longest night. In darkness we cherish the light, be it sunshine or half a million twinkling lights. We hope you can feel the love and light and celebrate […]

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Dec 20th, 2015

Bananas Growing in RVA?

Every week or two, depending on the season, and how much the blooms at the Garden are changing, we publish Bright Spots, a listing of many of the highlights you’ll want to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on your visit.  Each Bright Spots also features a “Did You Know” section highlighting something interesting about one […]

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Dec 19th, 2015

Living Gifts Keep on Giving

Weary of giving (and receiving!) the same holiday gifts year after year? One solution is living gifts! With a few supplies, a couple hours and a dose of creativity, you can craft unique, yet practical presents that keep on giving because they keep on living. Terrariums, container plantings and DIY soil-and-seed kits are not only […]

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Dec 16th, 2015

Love + Hard Work = Inspiration

Inspiration: The vital life force that adds meaning to everything we do. It sneaks up on us sometimes in unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I found it in a total stranger. I got an email from a Garden visitor, Ashley Gordon, who was looking for race photos of her group. She explained she and her coworkers had […]

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Dec 15th, 2015

5 Tips: Visiting Busy GardenFest

This year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2015-2016  at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proving to be very popular, especially with the unseasonable spring-like weather! We are entering what are traditionally the busiest nights of the season, starting when local public schools let out (Friday, Dec. 18 this year) through Wednesday, Dec. 23 (the Garden is […]

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Dec 11th, 2015

A Lover of Roses

Richmond lost an outstanding community member and supporter this week. Mrs. J. Harwood (Louise B.) Cochrane was a vibrant and vital force who supported many nonprofits and made our community a better place. Our hearts are with her husband of 80 years, Mr. J. Harwood Cochrane, and the entire Cochrane family upon her passing. The […]

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