Blooms & Gardens

Oct 18th, 2014

Every Tree Tells a Story: A Garden Grown Around a Sycamore Tree

by Alex Arzt, Exhibit Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In conjunction with Every Tree Tells a Story, the photography exhibit in the Kelly Education Center’s Ginter Gallery II, we’re  highlighting a few special trees in the Garden. One of my favorite trees here is the Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) in the Margaret Streb Conifer Garden. Mr. […]

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Oct 17th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Fothergilla 'Suzanne'

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fothergilla gardenii ‘Suzanne’ is a native with a very interesting bloom. In fall, the green leaves turn orange-red. It’s a beauty for sure. You’ll find these along the edge of Lake Sydnor, just down from the Rose Garden.

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Oct 6th, 2014

Genworth Employees Lend a Hand

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Huge thanks to Genworth employees who harvested 109 lbs. of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and butternut squash from the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter last week.  These fresh veggies will go to children and seniors in FeedMore’s Kid’s Cafe & Meals on Wheels programs. This […]

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Sep 27th, 2014

Osmanthus

  It’s hard to believe such a small, delicate flower can have such a heavenly fragrance. You’ll find the Osmanthus  in the Asian Valley or just across the Lotus Bridge between Bloemendaal House and the Children’s Garden, or you can just follow your nose!

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Sep 25th, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Where Culinary Arts & Gardening Intersect

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Michelle Zhu is a long-time participant in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program, a volunteer opportunity for youth (ages 13-18). Participants in this program work a variety of areas including the Community Kitchen Garden, which harvests food for FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. Michelle participates every summer and comes every […]

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Sep 8th, 2014

Love in a Puff: Volunteering in the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden     Volunteers in the Children’s Garden collect Cardiospermum halicacabum (also known as love-in-a-puff, balloon vine, or heartseed) and package for the Fall Plant Sale (coming up Sept. 19-20). The plant is an annual vine with small green puff balls that can be popped to collect the […]

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Sep 5th, 2014

All the Better To See you With, My Dear

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Yesterday & today we have been working on installing floating docks in Lake Sydnor. These docks will go in various spots on the lake so that visitors can get out on the water and enjoy it. Some of the floating docks even have clear glass […]

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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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