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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 & 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 guest bloggers  Ruth Intress and Nan Johnson, originally published on WCVE’s Science Matters blog The colors, textures and landscaping at Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is all but hidden from people who are blind and visually impaired. But not for long. Christina Walinski, a Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering student and her professor, Dianne T.V. Pawluk, Ph.D., are creating a wireless device that could aid […]

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Text & photo by Kelley Deegan, Horticulture Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This blazingly orange orchid, currently blooming in the Conservatory, shines bright with a pop of scarlet to chase away those winter blues. Lalieocattleya Fire Island ‘Fiery’ HCC/AOS is a hybrid species derived from two closely related genera: Laelia and Cattleya. Orchids of these […]

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by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recently we had a request for information about growing vegetables and flowers in a raised planter.  Since I  am not sure if this question pertains to a planting box with sides that sits right on the ground, or a raised planter box with its own, possibly slatted, […]

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Photos and text by Beth Monroe, PR & Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you work at a botanical garden, there aren’t many people exactly like you around. Usually there’s only one botanical garden in a geographic area, so colleagues tend to be far flung. If you’re lucky, you can still find like-minded organizations […]

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by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern Many schools do not start back until after Labor Day, marking this the last week of summer.  I’ve been interning at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this summer, and I’ve had a bucket list of activities that I wanted to do.  Like the saying goes, there’s […]

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by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern This summer while I’ve been a Public Relations and Marketing Intern at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden my passion has been working on the blog.  So much goes on at the Garden, and I’ve tried to tell as many stories as I can. Recently, I […]

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Dye Plants for Botanical Artists

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern A pivotal moment in the movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, is of the Scottish rushing into battle with their faces painted blue and white.  I always thought their face paint was a Hollywood move, with nothing to do with history, but I was […]

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