Blooms & Gardens

Jul 25th, 2012

You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Catfacing and other deformities in tomatoes are a visual turnoff for most people. The reality is that while the catfacing will render part of the tomato unpalatable for most culinary uses, a substantial part of the tomato will be usable […]

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Jul 11th, 2012

Potatoes, Patatas

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Sweet potatoes love the heat, but these slips will need to be kept very moist for the first couple of weeks. Actually it’s “batatas”, as in Ipomoea batatas. We’re making a go of trying a small crop of sweet potatoes […]

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Jul 8th, 2012

Aqualand

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator With so much heat lately the human brain craves the cooling effect of water. Imagine being a water plant with our feet beneath the water and our heads tilted up toward the sky, floating on the surface. Yep, feeling cooler […]

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Jun 24th, 2012

Gold Rush

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve received several questions about the near-perfect beauty of our Gold Rush squash. In truth, it’s a hybridized zucchini (Cucurbita pepo). The color is wonderfully uniform & consistent, and frankly almost looks unreal. Reasons: 1) It’s a hybrid, designed to […]

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Jun 23rd, 2012

Genworth Takes the Lead

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator More than 30 Genworth associates came to work in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden on June 13. That huge number of volunteers puts Genworth in first place so far this season in terms of the number of corporate associates […]

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Jun 22nd, 2012

Under Her Thumb

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’re having some fun with “weed identification” at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Our goal is to identify all of the prevalent volunteer plant varieties and learn about the generally unknown characteristics. So far we’ve covered Lambsquarters, Palmer Amaranth, […]

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Jun 20th, 2012

The Best Type of Power Surge

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Shandra Barrett brought her team of Dominion Power customer service associates to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden yesterday – including several who drove all the way from Norfolk. Dodging the threat of rain, Shandra and her seven teammates joined […]

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Jun 19th, 2012

Beetle Bugaboo

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  Scary scarab, or just another neighbor in the Community Kitchen Garden? One of our brave volunteers hosted this brief visit by a Grapevine Beetle (Pelidnota punctata), generating quite a bit of excitement from surrounding volunteers. Our approach to insects is: […]

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Jun 18th, 2012

Mystical Majesty

Photos  by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Text by  Albert Brian Vick & Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is blooming at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Mystical, majestic and magnificent with a magical fragrance. Apparently all parts are edible, but there’s more than […]

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Jun 12th, 2012

More Power to Ya

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  Last Monday we had another great visit from Christa Vidonic and her Dominion Power co-workers in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Last Fall Christa and team came twice to help clear out the fading tomato vines to get ready […]

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Jun 11th, 2012

Victoria Waterlilies on Display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Waterlily pools in front of the Conservatory. On Friday, we got a shipment of four Victoria amazonica ‘Longwood Hybrid’ at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  We have great waterlily pools in front of our Conservatory that previously were a display area for hardy waterlilies.  I adore the tropical waterlily […]

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Jun 8th, 2012

Reichenbachia: Conserving the Imperial Edition

Text & Photos by Erica Borey, VCU  Museum Studies Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been very fortunate in the intended donation of a rare and almost complete collection of 19th century orchid prints — the Reichenbachia.  As  you may have read about on our last orchid-related blog post, Frederick Sander, “The […]

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May 31st, 2012

Kicking it Off in the Community Kitchen Garden

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  We made our first 2012 deliveries  this week from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. The current crop is Red Pontiac new potatoes & red beets. Total pounds delivered: red potatoes – 230, red beets – 108. We […]

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May 26th, 2012

Beetles & Radishes

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Quite an incongruous headline, but it includes just a couple of the topics today in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. A beetle is riddling the amaranthus volunteers (Redroot Pigweed variety) with holes, while leaving the bush beans. Great. Unless […]

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May 21st, 2012

Altria Day of Sharing in the Community Kitchen Garden

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator On Friday, May 4, 21 members of Altria’s PMUSA Brand Management team came to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden to participate in a Day of Sharing. Led by Michael P. Goldman, the group split into three teams addressing the needs […]

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May 16th, 2012

Potato Promenade

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Laurel & Yevonne, the Red Pontiac potatoes you planted March 17 in the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden are blossoming. That means we’ll check them soon and prepare to harvest the “new” potatoes for Feedmore. White potatoes have […]

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May 11th, 2012

From Color to Camouflage

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   The previous post on poppies promoted the value of color. This post proves the value of camouflage. Kildeer birds have been building nests at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The first nest we saw was in the middle of a gravel parking lot, […]

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May 8th, 2012

Pretty Poppies Popping

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  I don’t know the exact variety of these oriental poppies, but they’re marvelous. These are part of a cutting garden grown by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden staff and volunteers.  The items in this garden are specifically grown to be dried and used in […]

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Apr 24th, 2012

Potatoes in Progress

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator With the help of volunteers Laurel & Yevonne on Saturday, the potato patch in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received some TLC. Weeding, mulching & feeding were the primary tasks. Laurel & Yevonne also started four trays of seedlings for the garden. […]

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Apr 21st, 2012

From/To

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Things are rapidly getting in gear at the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We mentioned a small expansion previously, so let’s check on the progress.  

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Apr 14th, 2012

By Hook or by Crook: The Plunder of Orchids from the New World

by Victoria Waiton, Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden      On my most recent trip to the Conservatory, I tried to remember what it was like to see a cascade of Oncidium orchids for the first time, and wondered what it would feel like to walk through a forest and suddenly come across the […]

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Apr 9th, 2012

Long Live the Blushing Lady!

 by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I am very impressed this year with the Tulipa ‘Blushing Lady’ blooming right outside of the library, in the Evelyn G. Luck Garden.  This small, Gillette-inspired garden is at the entrance to the Education and Library Complex building (or ELC as we call it here).  The blushing lady […]

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Mar 31st, 2012

Preserving the Pitcher Plants & Restoring the Ecosystem

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  You may have noticed in the midst of  A Million Blooms this spring  that we are also working on a construction project at the Garden: the Martha and Reed West “Island Garden” restoration.  In busy blooming time, it’s easy to focus on the new blossoms each day,  the […]

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Mar 29th, 2012

We’re Growing

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is adding 5,000 square feet. The broad lawn behind Locbury House will be converted into a vegetable garden. A major goal for the new space is accessibility. With help from the community we’ll add raised beds with wheelchair access. […]

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Mar 28th, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Plantings of Pontiac Potatoes

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On St. Patrick’s Day,  a lucky group of seven planted Red Pontiac potatoes in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, adding to the 335 seed potatoes and/or cuttings we planted earlier this month. While there’s no guarantee all will sprout and produce, we had some very […]

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