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Sadia Pollard, Mayor’s Youth Academy Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  I’ve enjoyed nature since I was a young child. As I get older I’m learning the importance of positive interaction with planet earth. Being at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has showed me what that positive interaction really means. My first day of interning was also my […]

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by Janet Woody, Garden Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This is the first in a series of short posts about the history of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. In 2013, our good neighbors at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club reached out to us to see what we knew about the zoo cages on their property. We shared […]

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  Between now and September we’ll be building a new Ornamental Grass Garden in front of the Conservatory. • This garden will replace 9,200 sq. feet of existing traditional turf with attractive, low maintenance ornamental grasses, and will showcase sustainable best-practices in one of the most prominent sites on our property. • Once established, these […]

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by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is nearing the summer peak, and we thought you would enjoy seeing some examples of what we’re growing this year. Current yield: 2,100 lbs. (supporting 8,400 meals for FeedMore). And we couldn’t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers […]

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by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know that the irrigation water we use at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden comes from lakes built specifically to collect rainwater and recycle it into water we can use to sustain our plants during dry spells?  That’s the plan anyway. We collect the water […]

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by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  After spotting this artichoke-like bud on the cardoon in the Children’s Garden, I was excited to see what it would look like when it opened up into a flower. Quite a beauty! …And yes, it is related to the more widely-known globe artichoke that many folks […]

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by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  It was a great day! First Children’s Garden Educator Ms. Dawn read The Great Big Enormous Turnip, based on a Russian folk tale about a turnip soooo big the whole family had to work together to pull it.  As each member of the family helped […]

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by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  During June, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was the fortunate recipient of 258 hours of volunteer service donated by 86 Richmond area CarMax Associates. They tackled nine Volunteer Team-Builders  projects here, making the Garden eligible for an additional $9,000 donation.  The CarMax Foundation had a record-breaking volunteer blitz in […]

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by Buz Sawyer, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   We are well into the 2014 nesting season and have seen a lot of activity so far. The season began a little late this year with many Carolina chickadee nests and way too many house sparrow nests. Happily, we saw our first bluebird nest in mid-May. The […]

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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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