Blooms & Gardens

Mar 20th, 2012

Big News for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The winter indoor planning stage is complete and work has begun in the Community Kitchen Garden (CKG).  Here are the current garden plans.  Notice that “plans” is plural, because a very exciting aspect of the 2012 CKG is our expansion. The garden layouts shown below […]

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Mar 15th, 2012

Orchids Galore! in the Conservatory — Now Through April 22

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last Saturday, our orchid exhibition, Orchids Galore! opened at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This was my first exhibition at the Garden and I’m thrilled at the way it turned out! After a few years working on displays with Temple University’s Philadelphia International Flower Show  display, it […]

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Jan 30th, 2012

There's a Pig in the Garden

by Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few months ago, while on a mission to capture some fun photos for my Every Day is a Playday blog, I encountered a little friend.  He was so cute — set amidst the foliage and ornate shrubbery.  He was so completely out of place.  He […]

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Jan 6th, 2012

It’s a Wrap at the Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is now shut down for the winter. Volunteers in the garden produced 9,913 pounds of high quality produce for FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. Weight distribution by type: Tomatoes – 5,594.5 lbs. Zucchini/ yellow squash – 3,035.5 lbs. Cauliflower – 460 […]

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Dec 29th, 2011

The Year 2011 in Photos

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although we’re always focused on “what’s next” here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at the end of the year it’s fun to take a few minutes and look back at activities and accomplishments. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means — just a quick […]

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Dec 21st, 2011

As the Growing Season Ends, We Reflect on Lewis Ginter's Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’re only about one week away from shutting down the 2011 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We still have some kale and a few red cabbages growing, but it’s likely those will not contribute substantial weight to our total yield for 2011. We’ll end the […]

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Dec 6th, 2011

Crazy about Camellias

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I walked around the Garden today and thought I was ready to go back inside the library when I spied a glowing white mass of flowers in the distance.  “I must find out what that is”, I said to myself.  It was snuggled between a giant sweet […]

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Nov 29th, 2011

Bodacious Brassica

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The cauliflower and broccoli in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden have been simply stunning, despite the warm weather. We have currently donated 9,503 total pounds of freshly-grown produce to The Central Virginia FoodBank, Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia & FeedMore’s  Community Kitchen for the […]

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Nov 11th, 2011

Still Truckin’

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’re still truckin’ along in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Although it’s now nearly a week into November, the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are not quite ready to harvest en masse. We harvested 26 pounds of beautiful broccoli and cabbage on October 31st, but […]

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Nov 10th, 2011

Power in the Garden

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The last Saturday in October, a group of seven Dominion associates worked at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden. What started out as a shiver-inducing brisk morning quickly turned into t-shirt weather as the team cleared a large area to prep for the winter cover crop. The team also […]

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Nov 8th, 2011

Almost Time for Some Greens

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  That’s folksy talk referring to the fall vegetable garden. At Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden we have all the old tomato plants cleared, the stakes & cages stacked, a winter cover crop of annual rye and red clover sown, and we’re just a […]

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Nov 7th, 2011

Out with the Old, Again

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It was a gorgeous morning at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden. We took a day off from pampering the cole crops, and applied our energy to the incremental removal of some of the hundreds of tomato plants. The process of preparing the garden […]

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Nov 5th, 2011

Young People Learn & Volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator &  Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden You  probably know that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has hundreds of volunteers, who work thousands of hours each year, all over the Garden.  The Garden simply would not be what it is without the dedication and time our volunteers put in. But did you […]

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Nov 3rd, 2011

Osmanthus Surprise

I was taking pictures today in the Asian Valley near the Robins Tea House when a sweet fragrance washed over me. I looked all around to see what it might be. I walked forward and the smell faded, so I turned around and took a few steps back and there it was again. I thought […]

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Oct 12th, 2011

Mushrooms are Popping up all Over & Milk Thistle to the Rescue

by  Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Here at the Garden and across Virginia, we’ve had a lot of mushrooms popping up recently — probably because of all the rain we’ve had.  Last week, you may have heard about the Northern Virginia man who became ill from eating mushrooms from his back yard.  The Times-Dispatch ran […]

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Sep 20th, 2011

It’s Getting Cole

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It’s time to plant the “cole” crops: Brassica (Cruciferae) family members like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Five intrepid volunteers joined us for Fall planting day at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. “Intrepid” because they had no idea of the task before us: […]

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Sep 9th, 2011

Red is the Color

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  Each of the last two posts have featured the color red. It just struck me that red is one of the colors of Autumn, so let’s follow that theme. Here are a few images from this week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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Aug 9th, 2011

Top Ten

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Always a provocative title, but here’s the thing. You’ve seen the pie tins hung in gardens to keep birds away, right? Well, this is the modern version. It’s too long a story to describe where I first saw this idea, but it’s been […]

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Jul 11th, 2011

From Field to Table — Think Local Veggies

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently hired Brian Vick as our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator. Brian had been a a volunteer at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.   He will be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond, weed, water […]

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Jul 5th, 2011

They’re Here

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Brian Vick, has volunteered at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.  He’s done such a fabulous job, that this week, the Garden hired him as the Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator.  He’ll be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater  Richmond, […]

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May 23rd, 2011

Diamonds in the Rough Adorn Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  Note: Over the past 3 weeks, we have brought you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The work, entitled Diamonds in the Rough, is now complete!   The sculpture will be part of the Garden’s landscape as long as Nature allows, so look forward to enjoying […]

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Apr 8th, 2011

Our Secret Weapon: Natural Predators in the Conservatory

by Frankie Geouge, Conservatory volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter chooses to use natural pest and disease controls whenever possible. In the ideal environment of the Conservatory, imported insect pests can multiply pretty quickly.  As the frontline attack against insect invasions, we employ vigilant housekeeping and hand removal.  When these efforts fail, we turn […]

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Apr 4th, 2011

Orchids, Royalty, Wealth & Intrigue: The Reichenbachia

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond orchid enthusiast Dr. Arthur Burke is one of the the forces behind  Orchids Galore! . An offer of plants from his personal collection helped make the display possible and he also kindly loaned the  Garden his copy of Reichenbachia antique chromolithographs for […]

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Mar 26th, 2011

Can This Orchid Be Saved? Maybe!

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I want to follow up on the library program “Can This Orchid Be Saved?” that took place  in the Garden library on March 17. Daune (pronounced Dawn) Poklis, our orchid docent for Orchids Galore! substituted for our planned speaker who was not able to attend. Many thanks to Duane for […]

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Mar 23rd, 2011

Free Trees!

Henrico County residents can pick up a few free trees (up to 10) tomorrow or Friday at Dorey Park or Hermitage High School, respectively, courtesy of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District. Trees  are beautiful,   add shade, increase property values, help save energy, and protect our watershed.  Do your part and plant a tree! […]

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