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Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I always thought that the blackberry lily, Belamcanda chinensis, got its name from the blackberry colored-specks on the  flower petals. But one day I was strolling through the Asian Valley and as I walked by the blackberry lilies, I saw what looked like a blackberry […]

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Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our yellow onion bulbs didn’t get very large in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, but the flower heads were dramatically beautiful during June. The tall flower stalks were amazingly sturdy, and cuttings have lasted for days in a bucket of water. […]

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How Blue is Blue?

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Last week, the hydrangea collection at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was used for a research project by Dr. Henry Schreiber, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Military Institute.  Dr. Schreiber is testing the color intensity of hydrangea sepals in different locations, to see if climate affects them.  In […]

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Text & photo by Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturalist/Orchid Grower, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.” – Georgia O’Keeffe This gorgeous corsage orchid, Cattleya tenebrosa (formerly Laelia tenebrosa), has just been put on display in the Conservatory. This species is native to […]

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Photos & text by Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I learned the three characteristics of a desert: 1) extreme temperatures; 2) less than 12 inches of precipitation annually; and 3) low humidity. My teacher was a volunteer in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, and I […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Don Williamson Photography If you are coming to visit Butterflies LIVE! make sure you stop to enjoy the Conservatory too! Check out these fabulous lobster claw flowers (Heliconias) blooms! You’ll find them in the East Wing of the Conservatory along with […]

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by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever wondered where all these new Echinacea culitivars came from? With all the new red, orange, and yellow varieties out there now you may find yourself wondering, “Where do all these colors come from? I thought all Echinacea was purple!” Well, you would be 88.9 percent correct. […]

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Photos & text by Kristin Mullen,  Early Childhood Program Developer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While teaching in the Children’s Garden, I always have an ear out for that moment when the children ‘get it.’  And I don’t mean checking the box when they can identify the parts of a plant, list the things that plants need to […]

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Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When these fuzzy puppies pop it really is the beginning of a roller coaster ride into spring.  These magnolia x soulangiana blooms are also called saucer magnolias or tulip magnolias. Stay tuned for photos of them in full bloom later this week.

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by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch If you think winter’s garden can’t sprout flowers, think again. In our Zone 7, several cold-hardy ornamentals perk up cold-weather landscapes with bursts of floral color. Winter jasmine and witch hazel are two striking examples, but perhaps the south’s most well-known, […]

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