Jul 29th, 2010

High-Tech Botany!

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I recently had the privilege of visiting the Botanical Garden and the Technical University at Delft, (TU for short), in the Netherlands.  TU has one of the world’s leading initiatives in applied botanical research with a focus on solving modern-day problems. The Delft Botanical Garden has […]

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Jul 20th, 2010

A Dry Summer Means the Botanical Garden Team Pulls Together

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I write the following to document and interpret the impact of our weather on the Garden, but more so to commend the horticultural, operations, maintenance and volunteer staff for the superb job you have done under really difficult conditions in recent weeks, with special thanks to […]

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Jul 14th, 2010

A Giving Tree

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Trees often have a special place in childhood memories. For me, it was a dogwood I loved to climb in my parents’ backyard. About five feet up, the branches made a “V” providing a perfect perch to view the world. Hopefully the mulberry in […]

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Jul 9th, 2010

Christmas in July Means Botanical Decorations for GardenFest & a Class to Teach You How!

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Every Wednesday morning, I see volunteers carrying trays of freshly-cut flowers and other plant material into the GardenFest of Lights decoration workshop—signaling the first stage of the imaginative, hand-made holiday decorations that delight annual GardenFest visitors starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. In most inside spaces, […]

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Jun 25th, 2010

How 3 Men & Their GardenWars are Changing Richmond

by Jonah Holland, PR & marketing coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although I was very tempted to write a blog post about how playing in the dirt can make you smarter and less depressed (as reported in new research this week), instead I’m going to write about how in so many ways, Gardening is becoming […]

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Jun 16th, 2010

Flora Holland! 100 Years of Horticulture

by Melissa Miller, Stewardship Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I am very fortunate to be traveling by coach from Amsterdam to Maastricht in the Netherlands (or Holland as we often call it). Though we’ve been in the country for 3 full days, I am just now able to take time to log some of our […]

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Jun 9th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: a Garden Haven

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer seems to have moved into the Garden, but it is June after all. There are many shady spots to get out of the sun, but if you need to cool off come see us in the Garden’s  Library where it is cool, quite, and lovely. […]

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Jun 8th, 2010

Beautiful Surprises in the Conservatory

by Frankie Geouge, Conservatory Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Conservatory is full of botanical surprises, even for a seasoned gardener.  One of these is the delightful Jaboticaba Plinia Cauliflora, of the family Myrtaceae.  Also called the “Brazilian grape,” this slow-growing evergreen is widely cultivated in its native country.  What I find most […]

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May 27th, 2010

Lewis Ginter Recycles Garden Plastics

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recycles garden plastics? We send our plastic garden pots and trays to Four Seasons Recycling who returns them to the supply stream oversees. Home gardeners can also now recycle their garden pots! Pots with resin codes […]

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May 26th, 2010

Lewis Ginter Children's Garden Adds New Compost System

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator & Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My favorite recent addition to the Children’s Garden is our three bin compost system.  Not only is composting an easy way to keep useful organic material out of the landfill, it results in the best soil amendment a gardener could wish for.  Our […]

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May 20th, 2010

A Social Network for Nature Teachers & All Kinds of Stick Sculptures

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you probably know, here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we love education. And in turn that means we love teachers too! I’ve written about it before. But I keep coming back to it, because our mission in everything we do here at the […]

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May 13th, 2010

Garden Shop Talk: Willow Branches Add Light & Whimsy

by Brenda Bartges, Buyer, Garden Shop,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A new supply of lighted willow branch stems has arrived at the Garden Shop. Choose either the long or short stem branches, put them in your favorite vase, add some beautiful flowers and plug in. Easy, quick, instant beauty. Get ready for the compliments and […]

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Apr 23rd, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Communing with the Glass

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I decided to take a short stroll to look at some of my favorite pieces in the Hans Godo Frabel‘s Glorious Glass in the Garden exhibit. In the Library, the installations are situated on top of the book shelves. I took a close look […]

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