Blooms & Gardens

Dec 20th, 2015

Bananas Growing in RVA?

Every week or two, depending on the season, and how much the blooms at the Garden are changing, we publish Bright Spots, a listing of many of the highlights you’ll want to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on your visit.  Each Bright Spots also features a “Did You Know” section highlighting something interesting about one […]

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Dec 19th, 2015

Living Gifts Keep on Giving

Weary of giving (and receiving!) the same holiday gifts year after year? One solution is living gifts! With a few supplies, a couple hours and a dose of creativity, you can craft unique, yet practical presents that keep on giving because they keep on living. Terrariums, container plantings and DIY soil-and-seed kits are not only […]

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Oct 19th, 2015

Trees with Knees?

Last month I uncovered something mysterious growing around the rim of the West Island Garden. Our swamp cypress trees have knees. It’s not that we didn’t know they had knees. We did. We just don’t know why. No one does. The cypress trees are keeping it a secret. Swamp cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) knees are woody projections that […]

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Oct 3rd, 2015

Dot’s Garden

Like footprints in the snow, each of us leaves our mark on this world when we pass through it. We touch people’s lives, sometimes in ways that last only a moment, and other times in ways that are more permanent. If you shopped in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during the past two […]

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Oct 2nd, 2015

Sparkling Spider Webs

Some of our busiest days are in the spring when the sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom, and the temperatures are on the way up, up, UP. But I’d like to let you in on a little secret. Cool rainy fall days are some of the best days to visit the Garden. […]

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Sep 26th, 2015

Top 5 Summer Plant Displays

Fall is here and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is preparing to change out annual beds this coming week. I like to take photos of the displays for my own inspiration for next summer, but often forget until it’s too late. You may like to do the same thing but (like me) don’t always get around […]

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Sep 10th, 2015

What’s Cooking in The Community Kitchen Garden?

If 1,200 pounds of fresh-picked summer squash appeared on your doorstep one summer day, what would you cook? Amory James knows. He is the Food Production Manager at FeedMore’s Community Kitchen, where we’ve delivered 5,297 pounds of fresh produce harvested from the Community Kitchen Garden so far this summer. James and his staff use the vegetables to prepare between […]

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Aug 27th, 2015

Pollinators: Bee Friendly

The status of pollinators is sad, but true: America is losing pollinators at a remarkable rate. Pollinators are honeybees, wild bees, beetles, wasps, butterflies and moths, as well as birds and bats that transfer pollen in and between flowers of the same species. The efforts typically lead to fertilization for seed and fruit production, which directly […]

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Aug 23rd, 2015

Butterfly & “Rockstar” Mina

Sometimes, you just get lucky with the camera. That’s what happened earlier this week when we had our staff “huddle” (a weekly 15-minute stand-up staff meeting) next to the Community Kitchen Garden. My colleague Lucy Coggin and I were geeking out about the Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata). I was giddy at what she was whispering to […]

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Aug 12th, 2015

A Beautiful, Edible Garden

Have you seen our Edible Display Garden  along Lake Sydnor? It’s newly planted, and we’re continuing to add more specimen as we go.  So far, we’ve planted everything from strawberries to hazelnuts (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) to mulberries (Morus alba), but there’s so much more to come!  Did you know daylilies are edible? You’ll see them there, and we’ll […]

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Aug 10th, 2015

Craft Beer Craze

For those you out there that consider yourselves lovers of craft beer and beautiful gardens, you might already be aware of a fun new partnership that started in 2015. The craft beer industry is quickly becoming an integral part of the local  and tourist economies in Richmond, and across the state of Virginia. So the […]

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Aug 7th, 2015

The Original Marshmallow

Ever wonder where marshmallows came from?  Here’s the plant that started it all: Althaea officinalis.  It grows right here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in our new Edible Display Garden!  Egyptians first discovered its healing properties over 2,000 years ago. Most commonly the plant sap was combined with honey and  it was used to treat sore […]

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Jul 23rd, 2015

A Hippopotamus-sized Harvest!

This is turning out to be a very successful season in the the Community Kitchen Garden.  It’s the second week of July, and this week we delivered 518 lbs. of fresh vegetables to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen.  This brings our total for the season to just over 3,000 lbs. To put that into perspective, here are […]

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Jul 14th, 2015

Garden Times Online

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve our community. We hope that Garden Times does just that — teaching you something, connecting you to plants, and inspiring you to visit us. As a non-profit working toward more sustainable practices — we’ve uploaded a digital […]

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Jun 27th, 2015

Food for Those in Need

It’s been another hot but productive week in the Community Kitchen Garden.  We hit our first 1,000 lbs. of produce this week with help from a group from Forest City Enterprises on Monday and young volunteers participating in the Youth Volunteer Program, which kicked off this week.  The YVP is a summer program for youth […]

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Jun 26th, 2015

Southern Icon’s Ancient Secret

A southern summer wouldn’t be complete without the sweet smell of the southern magnolia blossom. Magnolia grandiflora, an icon of the South, is such a marvelous tree. Its large shiny evergreen leaves and large, showy, fragrant blossoms are a splendid addition to any southern garden. Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have several wonderful […]

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Jun 24th, 2015

From the Executive Director

My favorite moment from the Spring at Lewis Ginter: A young mother and three little girls are walking through the Central Garden. Mom is telling a fairytale in a breathless voice. Daughters are bounding about her like butterflies around a bloom, listening attentively while dancing in their own orbits. Mom finishes the story. All three children are looking down […]

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Jun 22nd, 2015

Helping Hands in the Garden

It’s been a great, but hot, week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This week we took two deliveries to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen for a combined total of 478 lbs. This one week’s deliveries exceeded our year-to-date donations. Welcome summer! Here’s what we delivered: beets: 73 lbs., squash/zucchini: 324 lbs., celery: 38 lbs., kale: 10 lbs., eggplant: […]

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Jun 16th, 2015

Unearthly Delights: Sci-Fi Plants for Your Garden

Ok. I’m a nerd. A science fiction nerd. Plants, trees and vegetation have figured prominently in science fiction literature and movies for decades. As an avid garden nerd as well, I delight in striking and unusual plants. Take for instance, the pods from “The Body Snatchers,” the red weed from “War of the Worlds“, and the Ents […]

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Jun 14th, 2015

Volunteer’s Bountiful Harvest

This week Genworth Financial sent another great group of volunteers to work in the Community Kitchen Garden.  The volunteers helped harvest 159 lbs. of fresh vegetables to take to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen, our largest donation of the season so far.   This donation brings our year-to-date total to 461 lbs. The harvest included spring crops like kale and […]

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Jun 9th, 2015

“Steller” Butterflies

This week we posted our first Steller story!  This is the first time I’ve been excited about a new social media platform in a while and think it’s a perfect venue for the Garden to showcase not just Butterflies LIVE!, but blooms too. We though you might like to see our first Steller story, so here […]

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Jun 8th, 2015

And the Winner is….

The winner of our A Million Blooms Instagram Contest is Casie S. Davis you can follow her on Instagram at @casiesdavis. Congratulations Casie! Casie submitted quite a few strong photos and more than one of hers made it to the finals. “I am a member of the Garden, and have been for a few years. My family’s […]

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Jun 7th, 2015

A Rainbow of Nutrients

Lewis Ginter Botanidal Garden is usually a pretty colorful place, but in the Community Kitchen Garden those colors equate to a wide variety of nutrients! Red vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon are high in lycopene, which helps the body fight off free radicals. Orange fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash are […]

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Jun 6th, 2015

Butterflies: Masters of Disguise

Butterflies have mastered of the art of disguise. With so many natural predators, including birds, spiders, reptiles, insects (wasps, flies, mites), and small mammals, they have disguise themselves in order to survive. From their early larva stage to the fully emerged adult butterfly, these Lepidoptera have some extraordinary abilities to mask themselves from the rest […]

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