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By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Job training for special needs youth has been expanding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through our Youth Vocational Program. The Vocational Program offers work experiences for special needs middle school and high school students who have vocational goals. Most of the young people participating in the […]

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By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I feel Scrooge-like admitting it, but decorating a tree is not my favorite thing to do. There, I’ve said it. I love the holidays, but the thought of unwrapping all those ornaments and perfectly placing them on a tree is kind of overwhelming. […]

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Meet Tom, the Turtle

By Jasmine Kent, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Watch Tom, the turtle, help his brother find his way back home.

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By Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you know the allure of the “makeover.” We love to see dramatic, positive change happen right before our eyes. I had the chance to witness such an event yesterday with a “botanical makeover” in Richmond, Va. Thirteen blocks […]

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By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw contacted Horticulture Director Grace Chapman to see if his students could harvest bamboo at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, it was music to Chapman’s ears. Bamboo is considered a “nuisance plant” by many due to its […]

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by Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director, and Grace Chapman, Horticulture Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer’s end can be a challenging time for gardens. Some plants may not have fared so well, yet in our mid-Atlantic region, we still have a couple more months of the growing season. What’s a gardener to do? […]

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Editor’s Note: One thing we haven’t written much about on this blog is weddings. But, we love to host weddings! And for some, especially out-of-town guests, it’s a visitors first introduction to the Garden, so we want to make a good impression. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was named, a “Best of Weddings 2010 Winner” by The […]

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Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Common buckwheat is sometimes used as a “honey crop,” because bees love it, especially in September when other nectar sources are dwindling. Have you ever heard of a “smother crop”? Buckwheat is a good competitor to weeds because it germinates rapidly, and […]

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By Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recognize this fruit? It’s a pomegranate from a tree that’s been with the Garden for more than a decade! Horticulturalist Shannon Smith says, it was originally bought as a bonsai for a beverage-themed container garden, but has since been moved to its current location in […]

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by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Butterfly Team  Butterfly wings are covered in many tiny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. Scales come in many different shapes and in the past, have been used to classify butterflies. The different colors are either produced by the pigments contained in the caterpillar’s diet or by the […]

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