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by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s not uncommon for the Children’s Garden to request donations for items that might otherwise get tossed in the trash – toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and hot chocolate containers are some of our staples. Our young guests transform these under-appreciated items into treasures such as fanciful works […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Join Garden Guide and volunteer Susie Austin as she leads you on a tour discovering sustainable initiatives that help bring Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in balance with the natural world. Learn how many small changes are adding up to a lighter footprint for a major public garden, […]

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by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Flagler Garden Horticulturist George Cowart has been fighting a battle.  A battle of the voles.  The truth is, I never met a gardener who didn’t hate voles. They are known for wreaking havoc in a garden, destroying an array of plant-life, […]

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DIY Pallet Garden

Photos & text by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Editor’s Note: Jay Austin is Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden Horticulturist. He also moonlights as the owner of RVAScapes LLC a Richmond-based landscaping business. This blog post first appeared on his RVAScapes blog. Jay is also a Virginia Certified Horticulturist  and ISA Certified Arborist. […]

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by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch This year as you deck your halls, why not opt for real boughs of holly? With natural decorations instead of synthetic reproductions, the holidays become another opportunity to “go green.” Repurposing nature’s bounty into holiday wreaths, garlands and centerpieces showcases […]

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by Katelyn Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last year’s  Dominion GardenFest of Lights incorporated a new tradition for Wednesday nights, Crafty Wednesdays! As an educator in the Children’s Garden, I was definitely excited to bring a few of the Children’s Garden’s favorite crafts to GardenFest visitors and families. We kicked off  last […]

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by Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Every year in the Children’s Garden we decorate a chosen tree, the Wildlife Tree,  created with ornaments to feed the squirrels, birds, and other Garden critters during the wintertime. The tree we selected is an 8’ cut evergreen, similar to the Christmas tree you may have […]

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by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Conservatory model train display is a visitor favorite at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden Festival of Lights. What makes our display unique is that the horticulture staff create miniature “fairy houses” out of dried botanical materials. The detail on the houses is amazing. Ginkgo […]

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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden volunteer Judith Towers volunteering today educating about botanical dye and weaving. Can you believe that the eucalyptus plant dyes wool this rust color? One more thing Judith told me? You techies will love this. The idea for a computer, originally came from a loom. […]

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Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever played “I Spy” in the Garden? Some of our youngest guests spent the winter ‘spying’ amazing animals, trees, blooms, habitats, and botanical treasures as part of our preschool Young Buds program. As diligent and thoughtful scientists, the enthusiastic 3- […]

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