Dec 2nd, 2008

Henrico Sponsors New Community Garden in Lakeside

Henrico County is opening a new community garden near the intersection of Vale Street and Michael Avenue in Lakeside, according to the North Richmond News.  The garden is open to Henrico Couty residents only. Here are the details: Henrico families who have wanted to grow their own fresh vegetables but previously lacked the space, know-how or […]

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Nov 26th, 2008

The Age-old Practice of Gleaning is Finally Finding the Limelight

I’ve got to credit the ladies over at GardenRant for bringing this to my attention.  This week the New York Times wrote a short (but amazing) story about how a farm in Colorado opened up their fields for gleaning, a practice of harvesting the leftovers after the workers or machines have harvested what they could […]

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Nov 13th, 2008

Gardening Blogs Come of Age

Susan Harris, one of the bloggers over at Garden Rant,  was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun in an article on the prevalence of — you guessed it — garden blogs.  Yes, it is true the article points out, that this may seem like a strange match at first, but actually it makes sense. (We already […]

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Oct 30th, 2008

Some Thoughts on Trees

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden You may have noticed an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on October 28, about a moratorium on cutting down trees in the City while City Council reviews its current policy on tree removal. I stepped into this issue last week when I was asked to assist […]

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Oct 28th, 2008

Podcasting about Lawn and Leaf Management — What Will They Think of Next?

I love modern technology. How can you not love it when you can listen to a podcast on  Lawn and Leaf Managment: “Leave” Them Alone, from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Plus get added tips on how to make compost from yard waste. Tidbits such as this might just change your perspective on how to manage your leaves this fall, […]

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Oct 24th, 2008

Marc Cathey: A Legend in Gardening, A Man Before His Time

Adrian Higgins, over at the Washington Post, wrote a nice piece earlier this month on Marc Cathey, former director of the U.S. National Arboretum, who died Oct. 8th at the age of 79. I have to admit, before reading Mr. Higgin’s piece, I had not heard of Mr. Cathey. But he sounds like a man […]

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Oct 23rd, 2008

Gardening in an Era of Climate Change: Is the Sky Really Falling?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With Lewis Ginter gearing up to host “Gardening in an Era of Climate Change: Is the Sky Really Falling?” (Feb. 4, 5, and 6), I’ve been thinking about educating myself on how much has actually changed with the climate. I’m finding some good resources. The […]

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Oct 16th, 2008

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Strives to be Green

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Everyone knows that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is full of green plants, but did you know that Lewis Ginter is also always trying to think of new ways that it can be green to the environment? Recently, I’ve found out Lewis Ginter is doing alot […]

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Oct 14th, 2008

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Featured in the News

Check out this great article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch about how Lewis Ginter is helping Virginia’s First Lady, Anne Holton, bring dried botanical decorations to an elaborate tree in the Governor’s Mansion. Virginia first lady Anne Holton wanted this year’s official tree to replicate one Smith did last year for the Ginter library as part […]

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Oct 14th, 2008

Henrico Extension Office Offers Master Gardener Class

Want to learn more about gardening?    If you have Tuesday and Thursday mornings free, here’s the perfect way to become an expert: The Henrico County Extension Office is looking for gardeners interested in completeing the 2009 Master Gardener training program.  The Master Gardener training program is an extensive class that teaches in aspects of horticulture in detail.  Topics include  lawn care, […]

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Sep 25th, 2008

Flowers and Herbs of Early America Draws You in with Love-in-a-Mist

Please welcome guest blogger, Phyllis Laslett, who is the adult education coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. A little about Phyllis? The peaceful West Island Garden is her favorite part of Lewis Ginter, with the sarracenias (pitcher plants), shadbush, and iris offering wonderful color and variety. …. Once upon a time in my life, I […]

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Sep 18th, 2008

Henrico Master Gardeners Host Henrico Harvest Fair

The Henrico Master Gardener Association will host the Henrico Harvest Fair, Saturday, Oct. 18th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park, 4001 Clarendon Road — just down Laburnum Avenue from Lewis Ginter. Admission to the festival is free. Events will include classes, demonstrations, and family activities related […]

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