Blooms & Gardens

Sep 3rd, 2014

Luffa Teepees & Other Uses for Luffa

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The luffa teepee was constructed and planted by Youth Summer Program volunteers and the Service Learning Program volunteers. The teepee was made with invasive bamboo harvested from the Garden and is held together with a biodegradable twine. It is located in the Youth Display Garden in the Children’s […]

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Sep 1st, 2014

Member Monday: Julie Crews

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden Member Julie Crews inspires me. She wrote me a short note about a recent visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and it made me so happy I decide to start a new monthly feature here:  Member Monday, as a way to honor Garden Members. […]

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Aug 29th, 2014

Spiders in the Garden

by Brian Vick, Communications Specialist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On Saturday we had the good fortune of engaging 27  University of Richmond School of Law students in the Community Kitchen Garden. The timing was perfect, as we are just beginning to transition out of summer mode and into the fall. We plant hundreds of Brassicaceae transplants — broccoli, […]

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Aug 29th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Blackberry Lily

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden    This lovely blackberry lily (Iris domestica) along the Main Garden Path is one of my favorite flowers. I bought one for my own garden last year at the Garden’s Fall Plant Sale, and  I’ve featured it on this blog before. But here’s an interesting thing about it — […]

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Aug 7th, 2014

Knockout Blooms! Summer Blooms Lighting up the Garden

Photos & text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Part of my job is going out in the Garden to capture the beauty as it happens. Sometimes, like spring, I can’t keep up with all the blooms and the daily changes. Other times, when I least expect it the Garden changes overnight […]

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Jul 30th, 2014

Veggie Garden Gallery

by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is nearing the summer peak, and we thought you would enjoy seeing some examples of what we’re growing this year. Current yield: 2,100 lbs. (supporting 8,400 meals for FeedMore). And we couldn’t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers […]

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Jul 19th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Cardoon 'Rouge d'Alger'

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  After spotting this artichoke-like bud on the cardoon in the Children’s Garden, I was excited to see what it would look like when it opened up into a flower. Quite a beauty! …And yes, it is related to the more widely-known globe artichoke that many folks […]

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Jul 15th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Sneezeweed or Helenium flexuosum 'Tiny Dancer'

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Sneezeweed or Helenium flexuosum ‘Tiny Dancer‘ is a great example of a beautiful native that can add alot of texture and movement to your garden (the blooms tend to dance in the wind, on its leggy stems).

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Jul 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Verbena Hastata Loves the Swamp

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  At today’s “15 minutes in the Garden” with Horticulturist Jay Austin, one bloom stole the show —  Verbena hastata or swamp verbena. It loves the boggy area around the West Island Garden, and has an unusual pointed form that caught our eye.  It’s certainly pretty […]

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Jun 29th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Thalia Dealbata

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This beauty  — Thalia dealbata — likes to get its feet wet! You’ll find this hardy water canna in the creek off of Lake Sydnor near the West Island Garden, you can also view it from the Lotus Bridge.

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Jun 27th, 2014

Daylilies: Gifts of Love & A Great Reason to Seize the Day

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Daylilies blooming pretty much everywhere  is a sure sign that summer is in full swing at the Garden. Thousands of cultivars of day lilies exist, and here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we are lucky to have quite an extensive collection. Many of our daylilies or Hemerocallis […]

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Jun 17th, 2014

Lettuce Celebrate

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Earlier this week we harvested the last of the spring lettuce cropo in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We have cause to celebrate on several fronts: a) Our lettuce was beautiful, and tasted great. b) Even with so many days with temps […]

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Jun 15th, 2014

Capital One Invests Sweat Equity in the CKG

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In May the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden (CKG) received a significant investment of sweat equity from two separate teams of Capital One associates. On their first trip Capital One associates mulched pathways, prepped beds and planted peppers. Quite a few of these volunteers […]

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Jun 12th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Iris Ensata

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One question we get asked a lot here at the Garden is, “What’s in bloom?”  We don’t want you to miss any of your favorite blooms, so we are constantly updating our Twitter feed, Instagram, Facebook page and of course our blog. […]

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Jun 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Strawflowers

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever touched a strawflower? Next time you come to the Garden, gently touch the petal-like bracts. Strangely, they feel like plastic, or straw. Now you know why they are called strawflowers! Because of their low moisture content, they are also good for drying […]

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Jun 7th, 2014

Dirt? NOPE! It's Just Compost

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We love recycling at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We also love partnering with like-minded organizations. That’s why Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proud to partner with the MeadWestvaco Foundation,  supporting sponsor of  Butterflies LIVE!  and also our composting partner.   The […]

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May 29th, 2014

The Butterfly Tree is in Bloom

By Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Tree Arrives We recently received an unusual gift, a large, white tree. It was installed in the library last week and looks artsy and a little bit spooky. Then the butterflies found it. Now it looks warm and cheerful…… The Butterflies Have Arrived The butterflies are […]

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May 29th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: The Rose Garden!

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden To see more photos of the Rose Garden in bloom, visit our Facebook album.

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May 15th, 2014

Blue Sky Fund… Nothing but Blue Skies

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Blue Sky Fund organization exists to get inner-city kids out into the great outdoors for various types of experiential education. The organization’s core values include “Discovery through learning about nature, spirit, and self, Unity through working together with our team, neighbors, and diverse communities, Respect by […]

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May 13th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Peonies

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With A Million Blooms, it’s hard to keep up with them all! I have to tell you though when I walked through the Asian Valley this morning, the light was perfect, and the blooms looked better than I’d ever seen them. ….something I just had […]

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May 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Siberian Iris 'Blue Moon'

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With A Million Blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  it’s so hard to choose favorites, but the Siberian iris ‘Blue Moon’ are looking oh-so-lovely this week. Don’t miss them!

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May 4th, 2014

Banking on the Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thirty (30!) Bank of America volunteers worked in the Community Kitchen Garden on April 16. For the second year in a row the group was organized by Barrett Taylor, General Manager of the Short Pump Banking Center. (Barrett is the lovely wife of […]

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Apr 29th, 2014

America the Beautiful — Meet Beautiful RVA

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Did you know that April is Keep America Beautiful Month?  I didn’t either ’til the folks over at Dropcam reminded me.  Before April is over, I wanted to take a few moments to appreciate the beauty here in Richmond and specifically here at the Garden.  There’s […]

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