Blooms & Gardens

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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Jun 5th, 2015

Instagram Contest Finalists

We’ve had so much fun with our #MillionBlooms Instagram contest this year. We’ve had nearly 800 submissions! A few weeks ago we featured some of our favorite #MillionBlooms contest submissions, and here are a few more finalists. Stay tuned, we’ll announce the winner later this week. Be sure to check your Instagram inbox if you are a finalist. […]

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May 30th, 2015

Pink Poppies, Oh My!

Being a volunteer at the Garden means you sometimes get the best view of the blooms.  Plus, you have an insider’s perspective on the Garden. When horticulture volunteer Hillary Liddick emailed me earlier this week she was so cute. “My husband got me a way-too-fancy camera for my birthday this month, so I’m trying to put […]

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May 29th, 2015

Cecropia Silkmoth Makes a Big Impression

This Cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) is beautiful enough to be in our Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, but actually, it’s not from the exhibit at all. Horticulturist Leah Purdy found this beauty outside on a winter Daphne on the North Terrace, just outside the Robins Visitor Center.  Believe it or not, the wingspan can be over 6 inches across. […]

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May 28th, 2015

Spiderwort: Nature’s Geiger Counter

It seems like nearly every garden in Central Virginia has them, and they are plentiful here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden too — in Flagler and Grace Arents Garden.  But did you know that Spiderwort, or Tradescantia virginiana, the plant with the odd name, is a detector of radiation?  In response to low levels of nuclear radiation, the filament hairs […]

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May 22nd, 2015

The Dr. Seuss of Flowers

Ornamental onions like Allium ‘Ambassador’ are great late-spring to early-summer flowers.   Both kids and adults love them, and we often hear visitors say they look like “Dr. Seuss flowers.”   There are many different types and sizes of ornamental onions — white, yellow, lilac, and blue. So if you plant a variety of colors and sizes, your […]

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May 18th, 2015

Beauty Break: Roses

I’ve seen our Rose Garden bloom more than a few times in my 8 years here. It has a flush if blooms in spring, blooms all summer (granted, with a slow down) and has another large flourish of blooms in the fall.  In fact, our annual rose festival,  Rose Fest, is in fall. But this year’s spring display may […]

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May 15th, 2015

Celebrating our First Harvest

Last week was an important week in the Community Kitchen Garden: we made our first harvest of the season! On Monday morning I had the pleasure of working with Lewis Ginter volunteer Diane Kerns and HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteer Becky Potter, and we harvested 81 pounds of lettuce and kale. That’s nowhere near the largest […]

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May 14th, 2015

Peony Parade!

A Million Blooms continues through June 1st. That means we have about 3 more weeks for a wonderful parade of flowers: peonies, iris, roses and more. Stay tuned for more posts with photos of these beauties! Photos by Shannon Smith, Senior Horticulturist.

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Apr 25th, 2015

Meet the Butterflies LIVE! Staff

by Hilaire Ashworth, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are so excited that the time has finally come for the opening of Butterflies LIVE! On behalf of all of the curators, we say hello and want to officially introduce ourselves. Each butterfly curator was asked a series of questions and we picked some of […]

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Apr 24th, 2015

There Was a Crooked Stick…

by M. Christine Watson, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you ever wonder how Corylus avellana ‘Contorta,’ got its common name — “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick?” Sir Henry “Harry” Lauder, a Scottish vaudeville theater singer and comedian, was a rockstar in his day, one of the highest paid performer in the world at the time. […]

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Apr 22nd, 2015

“Feed me Seymour!” & the Garden’s Carnivorous Plants

by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If “Feed me Seymour!” is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “carnivorous plants” you are probably not alone. Have you ever seen a carnivorous plant?  Did you there really is such a thing — it’s not just  someone’s imagination gone wild. Some carnivorous […]

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Apr 17th, 2015

Vegetable Gardening Help: Harlequin Bugs

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horiculturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A recent Tweet from the folks over at Kersey Creek Elementary School in Hanover County got us thinking about Harlequin bugs and how we can help provide suggestions for combating them organically. There are many pesky insects pest that you will most likely run into sooner or […]

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Apr 7th, 2015

A Million Blooms on a Rainy Day

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A Million Blooms are still just as beautiful with a bit of drizzle.

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Apr 3rd, 2015

It’s Time! Cherry Blossoms Peak this Weekend

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Guess what?! This weekend is peak bloom time for the cherry blossoms! Be sure to check out our new Cherry Tree Walk too. See you soon.

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Mar 28th, 2015

Spring is Hopping in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring is here, and it has  been a very busy week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This past Saturday, a group of student volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University and several Lewis Ginter volunteers worked cutting back ornamental grasses around the Conservatory, planting early spring vegetables, […]

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Mar 26th, 2015

Eye Candy: Cherry Blossoms are Starting to Pop!

 by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We promised you we’d let you know when the Cherry Tree Walk was budding up and starting to bloom and it’s well on its way! As we mentioned earlier, it’s really a guess as to when the peak bloom time will be but some varieties […]

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Mar 17th, 2015

On Being Second

by Executive Director, Shane Tippett, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This time last year, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was fortunate to be included in a month-long, on-line “10 Best Public Garden” survey sponsored by USA Today and 10Best. Our friends and neighbors who participated in the polling checked in when it was all said and done, […]

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Mar 12th, 2015

Cherry Blossoms Make Debut on New Cherry Tree Walk

Have you ever been issued a “save the date” card without an actual date? Seems silly I suppose, but with our new Cherry Tree Walk blooming for the first time this year, we are gearing up for a very exciting spring. Trouble is, no one can predict exactly when they will bloom. Predicting the bloom […]

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