Jun 7th, 2015

A Rainbow of Nutrients

Lewis Ginter Botanidal Garden is usually a pretty colorful place, but in the Community Kitchen Garden those colors equate to a wide variety of nutrients! Red vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon are high in lycopene, which helps the body fight off free radicals. Orange fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash are […]

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Jun 6th, 2015

Butterflies: Masters of Disguise

Butterflies have mastered of the art of disguise. With so many natural predators, including birds, spiders, reptiles, insects (wasps, flies, mites), and small mammals, they have disguise themselves in order to survive. From their early larva stage to the fully emerged adult butterfly, these Lepidoptera have some extraordinary abilities to mask themselves from the rest […]

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Jun 5th, 2015

Instagram Contest Finalists

We’ve had so much fun with our #MillionBlooms Instagram contest this year. We’ve had nearly 800 submissions! A few weeks ago we featured some of our favorite #MillionBlooms contest submissions, and here are a few more finalists. Stay tuned, we’ll announce the winner later this week. Be sure to check your Instagram inbox if you are a finalist. […]

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Jun 4th, 2015

Stitching Garden Memories

When Page Robinson sent me a photo of this wall hanging via email last week, all I could think was: This is a labor of love.  In the email she said, “My grandson Denver is 2 and we love all of the blooms and butterflies.  I took a picture of him which shows his pure joy seeing […]

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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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