Blooms & Gardens

Dec 18th, 2012

Solstice and Solace, Winding up the Season

 Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Winter solstice, coming up on December 21st, can be associated with darkness and cold, but recognition of the winter solstice traditionally celebrates the return of light, as the amount of sunlight each subsequent day gradually lengthens. “Solace” means comfort and consolation. […]

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Dec 9th, 2012

The Root of the Problem

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden we increased the diversity among our crops this season, and we experimented with many different root crops. We grew beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, white potatoes and sweet potatoes. We […]

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Dec 6th, 2012

East Meets West in the Garden

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The ways in which Japanese gardens were introduced to America are as intriguing as the gardens themselves. The exchange of ideas began in the late 19th century and pivoted around wealth, world fairs and world power. During this era of industrial revolution, international trade flourished. […]

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Nov 27th, 2012

Incredible Cauliflower

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator The cauliflower in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is maturing slowly but surely. The cooler than normal temperatures have slowed the process, but we’ve already harvested 202 lbs.* of Snow Crown curds and 116 lbs.* of cauliflower leaves for […]

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Nov 9th, 2012

Best Friends Forever

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Plants have relationships in the same way that people have relationships. Like humans, some plants get along and some don’t. Companion planting is a practice that takes advantage of the beneficial relationships between certain plants to deter […]

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Nov 5th, 2012

Dominion Delivers

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Dominion is now the 2012 corporate leader in both the total number of associates and total number of hours committed to the success of the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Dominion achieved the leadership position as of Monday, October 22, […]

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Nov 2nd, 2012

Scots Take the Highlands

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This is the time of year when you hear a lot about the Scots, from ads for the Highland Games to the guy on the radio talking about grass seed. The Wooster Fighting Scots – alumni & parents from the […]

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Oct 27th, 2012

Jack-o-Turnip?

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Jack-o-Lantern carving may date back to an old story involving a turnip. Look it up. Can turnips really get large enough to hold a candle? Judging from a couple of freak radishes this summer, it’s very possible. Contemporaneous carvings, thanks […]

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Oct 23rd, 2012

Batata Boom Boom

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Ipomea batatas that is – sweet potatoes. We started the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden sweet potato harvest on Saturday, 10/20, approximately 112 days after planting the initial “slips”. A nice team representing J-Town Richmond –- including Nerice Lochansky, Tanisha […]

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Oct 19th, 2012

A Not So Sweet Surprise

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator As we’ve mentioned on this blog,  in July volunteers planted 250 sweet potato slips in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. The slips were donated by Clifton Slade from his organic farm in Surry, Va.   Sweet potatoes […]

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Oct 9th, 2012

Ta Ta & Toodle-oo Tomatoes

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There’s something incongruous about a chilly 50 degree, gray, wet day and the warm color of ripening tomatoes on the vines. The stark contrast reinforces the realities of our seasonal transition. We’re about to say farewell to our last tomatoes […]

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Oct 5th, 2012

Friend or Foe?

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There has been a large amount of insect activity here in the Community Kitchen Garden this year at Lewis Ginter, partly due to the extreme heat this summer and the mild winter temperatures. When combating pests in your […]

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Sep 29th, 2012

Cole Crop Capstone

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Planting is now complete for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden cole crops. A diverse and energetic group of volunteers came to the garden on Saturday, September 22 and completed the planting of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. September 1 […]

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Sep 26th, 2012

Rambunctious Radish

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This headline was a toss-up, among “Radical Radish”, “Ripley’s Radish – Believe it or Not” and “When Radishes Run Wild”.  No, this radish isn’t a product of an Alaskan vegetable garden, nor was it grown for competition at the State […]

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Sep 25th, 2012

Coneflower Chorus

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our ad hoc trials with companion plants here in the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Although we’re not yet capable of quantifying the companion plant benefits within our Integrated Pest Management strategy, the anecdotal experience has […]

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Sep 20th, 2012

Community Kitchen Garden Surpasses Last Year's YTD Harvest

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I just got an email from Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick with some great news! As of this week, we’ve surpassed the amount of fresh vegetables that we’ve grown here at the Garden to donate to FeedMore  compared to the same time last year. […]

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Sep 18th, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Reichenbachia, Imperial Edition

Text & Photos by Erica Borey, VCU Museum Studies Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you may have read in our  early summer blog post on Reichenbachia, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds one of the only known copies of the Imperial Edition of Reichenbachia, a collection of late-19th-century chromolithographs depicting various orchid specimens. Unfortunately, due to years of […]

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Sep 14th, 2012

Southern Traditions of Night Blooms & Bloom Parties

by Mabel Baldwin, volunteer & guest blogger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When is the last time you stopped to watch a flower open? We are all so wired with electronics today and have access to see photos and movies on the Internet.  Still, to experience a bloom unfolding in front of you in the natural world […]

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Sep 12th, 2012

Let the Harvest Season Begin!

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern Even though the first official day of fall is not until September 22nd, the start of classes and the weather (finally) cooling off reminds me that it’s right around the corner.  The library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has recently added Michelle Obama’s first […]

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Sep 6th, 2012

Squashing a squash pest

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  So far this season here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, the squash vine borer has been one of our most destructive pests. These pesky insects can cause major damage in your garden before you realize what’s going on; and they are gradually […]

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Sep 4th, 2012

Colorburst

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator A peek at the 2012 edition of the secret garden… a shady spot illuminated by tropical color. The underside of a discarded leaf from a Victoria Amazonica water lily… only slightly tweaked to enhance the natural tropical colors.   Victoria […]

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Sep 2nd, 2012

Twists & Turns

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator While erecting bamboo tripods to support Sugar Baby watermelon vines, a contrast of sturdy & delicate, coarse & smooth became apparent. Laura tightens the sisal twine at the top of the Sugar Baby trellis.

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Aug 31st, 2012

Crossing KidQuest off of My Bucket List

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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Aug 29th, 2012

Mary Lincoln: Art + Service = One Amazing Young Woman

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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Aug 12th, 2012

The “Wow” Factor

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is all about the photograph. Well, not really the photograph but the subjects. The photographer forgot to remove the fingerprint-smeared protective lens filter, but the strong spirit of the subjects shines through the haze. What a great group […]

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