Dec 8th, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

Have you made your list? Checked it twice? Already found out who’s naughty and nice? We’ve made a list of holiday gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Each one was hand-picked by Garden Shop staff who know better than anyone how to delight an amateur horticulturist or garden lover. Let the holiday shopping begin! […]

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Dec 7th, 2015

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

‘Tis the season! Dominion GardenFest of Lights in full swing now. We’ve been sharing photos like crazy on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been by for a visit yet? We’d love to hear what you think about this year’s show (just leave a comment). My family has three light features they always look for when […]

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Dec 3rd, 2015

H2Whoa! Fish Facts

You know the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is H2Whoa!, but did you know that the Garden uses rainwater for most of its irrigation needs? We love how this year’s water theme allows us to talk about important environmental issues, like how you can make a difference in water conservation at your […]

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Nov 30th, 2015

Recycle Nature’s Bounty by Making Distinctive Papers

Homemade paper: the ancient Egyptians and Chinese made it, and now you can, too! Using a few household items and nature’s treasures — dried leaves, spent flowers, pine tags, even plant seeds and berries — you can create specialty papers that are unique and usable. “Homemade paper is not for production, but for art,” said […]

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Nov 25th, 2015

Preview Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!

This year’s Dominion GardenFest H2Whoa! is turning out to be quite a show. We thought you might appreciate a few sneak peek photos courtesy of  Garden Member and photographer Harlow Chandler.  But trust us, the lights are even better in person! GardenFest opens this Friday, Nov. 27th.

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Nov 22nd, 2015

Ruler of the Ginkgo

In front of Bloemendaal House, a botanical oddity grows on the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Ginkgo biloba happens to be the one female, besides Grace Arents, that seems to get all the attention at our Garden. This specimen was believed to have been planted by our founder herself. The Ginkgo biloba species has […]

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Nov 20th, 2015

Nighttime Light Painting

When my coworker, horticulturist Laurie McMinn, came up to me raving about a “Light Painting class” she took here at the Garden, at first I thought she was talking about an art class with paintbrushes and paint, exploring the subject of light.  Then, she pulled out her camera and showed me this: I was blown […]

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Nov 18th, 2015

The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~”The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss Remember the Lorax? He’s the Dr. Seuss character who warned against letting our own greed lead us into exploiting the natural world. “Now is the time,” he urged,  while “the grass is still […]

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Nov 17th, 2015

A Timeless Botanical Garden

How do you know you are a truly timeless botanical garden? That’s easy: when a 10-year-old chooses you for her time capsule project, of course! Gretchen Gregor, age 10, a 5th grader at Henrico County Schools’  Shady Grove Elementary School did just that. “I chose Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because this place stands out to […]

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Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion GardenFest of Lights is “How do you make those creative decorations?” It’s no secret that we are rich in talented staff and dedicated volunteers, both of whom have creative imaginations. We add in some hard work and a few ingenious ideas, and try to come out with […]

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Nov 9th, 2015

Congratulations #Bflies Instagram Contest Winners

The results are in! Congratulations to our Butterflies LIVE! #Bflies Instagram Contest finalists and winners. This year we segmented our contest into three categories, a grand prize winner, a People’s Choice Award and a Butterflies Choice award. The Grand Prize winner, chosen based on creativity, fun and photographic composition, is Philippa Berch, who took a magnificent macro photo […]

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Nov 5th, 2015

Message from the Director

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education; our passion is connecting plants and people to measurably improve our community. When planning Dominion GardenFest of Lights, we remind ourselves of this mission and set about using a favorite winter tradition as a vessel in which to convey important ideas. The exercise is rich with metaphor, because on […]

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Nov 1st, 2015

Helping Hands of Youth!

One of the fun things about my job is all the people — the people that visit the Garden and the people the help us in the Garden volunteering. Last Saturday, I was lucky to work with a group of teens from HandsOn Greater Richmond Youth Philanthropy Project (a partnership between HandsOn Greater Richmond and The Community Foundation). […]

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Oct 31st, 2015

Autumn Jewels

The changing seasons inspire us in so many ways at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including in the Garden Shop. Autumn brings jewel-toned hues, rich textures and cozy comforts, with an eye toward a little dazzle as the holiday season approaches. Yes, it’s almost that time again. I was in the Garden Shop the other day […]

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