Blooms & Gardens

Oct 13th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter: Get Ready for Spring!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Yes, you read that correctly. The heat of summer may only just be over, and many people are looking forward to the cooler weather of fall, but smart gardeners are already thinking about spring! Here at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden vegetable garden we are planning ahead […]

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Sep 16th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: So Long Summer, Hello Fall!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Well, the pools are closed for the year and the kids are back in school; I guess that means that summer is officially over! But nobody informed the vegetable garden – we continue to harvest vegetables every week! However, as the weather begins to cool down, we […]

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Sep 2nd, 2009

Lewis Ginter's New Moon Gate to Debut at Flowers After 5

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few weeks ago, we gave you a first glimpse at our new moon gate. I have exciting news! Tomorrow, at Flowers After 5, our new Moon Gate will make its debut!  The finished piece will be on display at the entrance to the […]

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Aug 27th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Two-Thirds Towards the Goal!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are two-thirds of the way to our goal of donating 10,000 pounds of vegetables to FeedMore! (FeedMore is the umbrella organization for the Central Virginia FoodBank and Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia.) On Monday, Karen Clowers, horticulture coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, delivered a […]

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Aug 26th, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This morning I started out to document what’s in bloom right now at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. I didn’t get very far. After leaving my office and strolling through the Woodland Walk,  I quickly realized that this would have to be a catalog of simply […]

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Aug 11th, 2009

Moonbeams and Moon Gates at Lewis Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter has a new addition on the way — we are building a moon gate! Although I have seen moon gates before (in fact there was a moon gate  in the formal garden’s of the church where I grew up) I never before knew […]

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Aug 10th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: A Special Report "The Vegetable Food Chain"

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I have been working in the vegetable garden at Lewis Ginter for several months now; planting the vegetables, weeding and mulching, and harvesting along with many other volunteers. So I am pleased to bring you this ‘special report’ and show you more about what happens to the […]

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Jul 28th, 2009

A Butterfly Update from the Conservatory!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I am so excited about Lewis Ginter’s new Butterflies LIVE! blog. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I just have to mention it again. Jay Forehand, our butterfly wrangler, keeps us up to date on what’s “hatching” in the Conservatory!  Which reminds me, I […]

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Jul 23rd, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Home Demo Garden

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we spent some time tending the home demo garden. This is a small raised bed, approximately 4’ by 12’ that shows just how much home gardeners could grow in their own back yard, in a small area. It’s jam-packed with veggies such as Roma tomatoes, […]

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Jul 14th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: First Harvest!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The volunteers and staff continue to work hard in the vegetable garden; weeding, mulching, feeding, watering and what not, and finally we are starting to reap the rewards! Last week the first harvest was picked and delivered to Central Virginia Foodbank/ FeedMore, the recipients of all the […]

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Jul 14th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: United We Serve

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Please note, this blog post was originally published on June 29, 2009. We are getting close to our first harvest! According to Tom Brinda, Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture here at Lewis Ginter, the first of the summer squash are almost ready! They are quite small, but apparently […]

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Jun 18th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Tomato Suckers and More!

By Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Do you know what I love about this volunteer gig? Every time I go to the garden I learn something new – this week was all about tomatoes (and yes, I say tom-ah-toe, not tom-ate-er). Tom Brinda, Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture at Lewis Ginter asked […]

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Jun 4th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Look What's Growing!

By Janine Butler, garden volunteer What a difference a couple of weeks can make!  Look at these pictures that were taken this morning: The squash seeds that we planted a couple of weeks ago are doing great.  I can’t believe that they could grow so big in such a short time!  The seed package did […]

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May 20th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Girl Power Gets it Done!

By Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Under the watchful eye of Tom Brinda, Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture & Education, the first team of vegetable garden volunteers got things moving on Saturday!  And what a team it was!  Five ladies, including myself showed up bright and early to continue the work […]

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May 15th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Planting Day Success!

By Janine Butler, garden volunteer Today was awesome!   About a hundred people participated in the celebration planting day this morning, including a group of 20  4- and 5-year-old students from New Directions Daycare. It was great fun watching the children get in the dirt and plant cabbages, bell peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  It comes so natural to children – […]

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May 7th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Are you a Locavore?

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer  In November 2007 the Oxford University Press announced locavore as the Word of the Year.  No, until recently I had never heard of it either.  But now it seems that I keep hearing, and reading, the word ‘locavore’ more and more often. What is a locavore?  One definition from Dictionary.com: […]

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Apr 30th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Planting Day is May 14th!

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer Planting day has been scheduled!  If you’d like to come witness the planting of the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter,  mark your calendars for Thursday,  May 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  It promises to be a fun event, with local schoolchildren stopping by to help plant as […]

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Apr 23rd, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Plans for Planting

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer I went to a local store at the weekend with my neighbor, Susan, who was buying a few plants for her own home vegetable garden.  She bought a cool looking yellow tomato, a pepper, and a cucumber, and she already has some squash at home that she started from seeds […]

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Apr 16th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Breaking Ground

by Janine Butler, Garden volunteer You may have already heard some of the buzz about an exciting new project here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — the plan is to plant a Community Kitchen Garden and grow 10,000 pounds of fresh produce this growing season, with all the produce from this garden being donated to […]

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Mar 27th, 2009

Gardens Growing Families Offers Garden Plots in Lakeside

In an effort to get folks to grow more of their own food, and save some money in the process, Henrico County Extension Office is trying to encourage folks to plant their own gardens in a community plot in Lakeside. Garden plots start at $5 and up for families in need. As a Gardens Growing […]

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Mar 25th, 2009

Lewis Ginter to Grow 10,000 lbs of Food for Local Foodbank

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do the Obamas and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden have in common? Easy — we are both trying to do the right thing — grow vegetables locally to help our communities lead healthier lives.  And if we can get folks excited about gardening themselves and […]

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Nov 26th, 2008

The Age-old Practice of Gleaning is Finally Finding the Limelight

I’ve got to credit the ladies over at GardenRant for bringing this to my attention.  This week the New York Times wrote a short (but amazing) story about how a farm in Colorado opened up their fields for gleaning, a practice of harvesting the leftovers after the workers or machines have harvested what they could […]

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