May 7th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Are you a Locavore?

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer  In November 2007 the Oxford University Press announced locavore as the Word of the Year.  No, until recently I had never heard of it either.  But now it seems that I keep hearing, and reading, the word ‘locavore’ more and more often. What is a locavore?  One definition from […]

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Apr 30th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Planting Day is May 14th!

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer Planting day has been scheduled!  If you’d like to come witness the planting of the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter,  mark your calendars for Thursday,  May 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  It promises to be a fun event, with local schoolchildren stopping by to help plant as […]

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Apr 23rd, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Plans for Planting

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer I went to a local store at the weekend with my neighbor, Susan, who was buying a few plants for her own home vegetable garden.  She bought a cool looking yellow tomato, a pepper, and a cucumber, and she already has some squash at home that she started from seeds […]

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Apr 21st, 2009

What You Don't Mow Can't Hurt You

By Beth Monroe, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden PR & Marketing Dir. I’ve always loved meadows, Maybe it’s from watching too many episodes of Little House on the Prairie when I was a child — you know, that opening scene with Laura and her sisters running through the long grass? Turns out unmown grasses aren’t just […]

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Apr 16th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Breaking Ground

by Janine Butler, Garden volunteer You may have already heard some of the buzz about an exciting new project here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — the plan is to plant a Community Kitchen Garden and grow 10,000 pounds of fresh produce this growing season, with all the produce from this garden being donated to […]

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Apr 15th, 2009

Making a Home for Fairies at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I just spoke with Tracy Kane, author of the Fairy House Series of books. She’ll be at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, April 29th  for our No Child Left Inside: Restoring Nature to Early Childhood symposium. I was very excited to speak with her because I’ve […]

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Apr 1st, 2009

No "Dirt Babies" Left Inside

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My 8-year-old daughter came home from school this week incredibly excited about a dirt-baby she created.  After imagining her sneaking off during recess to the mud  pile behind the playground and creating some kind of snowman-like creature out of mud, I realized she was talking […]

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Mar 27th, 2009

Gardens Growing Families Offers Garden Plots in Lakeside

In an effort to get folks to grow more of their own food, and save some money in the process, Henrico County Extension Office is trying to encourage folks to plant their own gardens in a community plot in Lakeside. Garden plots start at $5 and up for families in need. As a Gardens Growing […]

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Mar 25th, 2009

Lewis Ginter to Grow 10,000 lbs of Food for Local Foodbank

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do the Obamas and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden have in common? Easy — we are both trying to do the right thing — grow vegetables locally to help our communities lead healthier lives.  And if we can get folks excited about gardening themselves and […]

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Mar 21st, 2009

Groovin in the Garden Returns to Lewis Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Two years ago, I saw that one of my favorite bands, Son Volt, was playing an outdoor concert in Richmond  at — you guessed it — Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. I’m embarrassed to say, it was my first experience visiting Lewis Ginter.   But I immediately […]

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Mar 8th, 2009

No Child Left Inside: Restoring Nature to Early Childhood

Recently, I’ve been spending alot of time getting the word out about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s next symposium — No Child Left Inside: Restoring Nature to Early Childhood (April 28-29). This is a topic that is really interesting to me,  and I think it has piqued alot of people’s interest since congress approved the No […]

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Feb 26th, 2009

Henrico Co. Extention to Host Lawn Care Seminar

If you are going to garden you might as well know what you are talking about and do it in an environmentally sensitive way. Why not want to take advantage of these Free workshops that Henrico County is sponsoring? Henrico County Extention hosts a lawn-care seminar March 10-12 with a program on weed control. The […]

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Feb 18th, 2009

Free Trees! Yes Free!

Two years ago, I participated in the Henricopolis free tree giveaway. It was great, I came home with 10 new shrubs and trees and they are doing really well — except for the dogwood my husband killed with the weed whacker.   You can be sure I’ll be at the tree give-away again this year, to […]

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Feb 17th, 2009

Gardening for Love and Nostalgia; Podcast with Felder Rushing

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What struck me most about Felder Rushing’s presentation last week at our Gardening in an Era of Climate Change symposium was that for him (and for me) gardening is all about nostalgia and doing what you love. It is about plants that have been grown […]

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