Blooms & Gardens

Apr 19th, 2014

Riding the Weather Roller Coaster

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We started our formal schedule of Saturday and Monday morning volunteer sessions in the Community Kitchen Garden on April 12, and we’ve had a wild ride on the Central Virginia weather roller coaster (snow, heat, then frost). At this point we’ve planted red […]

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Apr 18th, 2014

Yummy Cauliflorous Inflorescence

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Cauliflorous” or “cauliflory” is the term describing the production of flowers on the trunk and branches of woody plants, as opposed to the ends of the twigs. In this case, we’re looking at the ubiquitous eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) – which happens […]

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Apr 12th, 2014

Spring Secrets Along the Woodland Walk

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tulips tend to be the rock stars of the Garden. Colorful and showy, they stand out and we adore them. Tulips are in bloom now at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and people are busy photographing them like paparazzi stalking the latest celebrity. I […]

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Apr 11th, 2014

Need a Reason to Visit the Garden This Weekend?

Here’s one reason. Now go find the 999,999 others! Plus, this is  Heritage Weekend at Historic Bloemendaal — full of music and activities highlighting the Garden’s past, as we celebrate the Garden’s 30th anniversary.

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Apr 5th, 2014

Growing a Love of Daffodils

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Margaret Ford is on a mission. She wants to insure future generations love daffodils as much as she does. A long-time, active member of the Virginia Daffodil Society, Margaret is a driving force behind the Junior Artistic Arrangement Show. As part of that […]

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Apr 2nd, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Named 2nd Best Garden in North America

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Wow! With your help we were just named USAToday Travel’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2nd Best Public Garden in North America. Thank you! Libby McMillan, Content Manager and Senior Editor for USA Today, wouldn’t reveal the number of votes the Garden received, but says: “I will tell […]

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Mar 22nd, 2014

Community Kitchen Garden: Look Back, Spring Forward

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden For many weather-related reasons, 2013 was a challenging year for all vegetable growers in Central Virginia, but that’s behind us now and we’re excited about beginning our 2014 growing season. To help balance our challenges, 2013 brought several very positive factors: our […]

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Mar 19th, 2014

Spring is Trying so Hard!

Photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   With tomorrow, March 20, being the  the vernal equinox and official start of spring, I thought you might enjoy some photos of the Garden in bloom.  This has been a long and snowy winter, but our blooms are hardy and still look lovely despite the harsh […]

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Mar 8th, 2014

These Blooms will Transport You to the Tropics!

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, and  Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When polar temperatures put Central Virginia in a deep freeze, there’s one plant that can reliably transport you to the tropics: orchids! March is orchid month at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and we’ve upped the WOW factor by featuring orchids in […]

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Feb 6th, 2014

Give Her a Whole Garden of Flowers!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Thinking about what to get your true love for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a bouquet of flowers, why not get her a whole garden of flowers! A gift-box membership will give your sweetie a whole year of blooms, activities and special exhibits like Butterflies […]

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Nov 15th, 2013

Ice is Nice

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden … except maybe if you’re a citrus grower, and if you don’t have to walk or drive on it. It may seem extremely early to see this much ice in Richmond, Virginia, during November, but it’s all just a minor mishap. A […]

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Nov 12th, 2013

What's Farm to Schools Week All About?

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden All over the Commonwealth, schools are celebrating Farm to School Week (November 11th -15th). The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) designated this week to encourage schools from kindergarten through college to use Virginia Grown foods in their cafeterias.  Local Food Hub, a […]

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Nov 7th, 2013

The Beauty of Seasons Changing

By Jasmine Kent, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I applied for the PR & Marketing internship at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in early September, the weather was still peaking  at 90 degrees many days.  I thought, “Hey, this may be cool. I’ll be outside in the sun all day, enjoying the […]

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Oct 23rd, 2013

Gardening: Up-close Photos Bring Nature into Focus — High-tech Photography Reveals Hidden Wonders of Seeds

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch “It’s right in front of you, but you never see it,” said professional photographer Robert Llewellyn of Earlysville. He discovered that the natural world is fascinating — and sometimes surreal — if you pause long enough to really see it. […]

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Oct 21st, 2013

Here's to Welcoming Autumn

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photographer Michelle Burdiss, has an eye for catching magic moments here at the Garden. Perhaps is because she’s been coming her for years, or perhaps it’s because she always carries her camera with her, wherever she goes in the Garden.  As we welcome autumn and the […]

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Oct 4th, 2013

Just Another Beautiful Day in the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that food could be so beautiful? The tuber of the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) are eaten somewhat like a potato and are also called sunchokes. They do taste a bit like artichokes. You can find these beauties in the Children’s Garden.

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Sep 26th, 2013

Altria: Altogether Awesome

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The beginning of the fall planting season in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is almost more challenging than spring. Fall offers a more compressed window of opportunity for success, so it’s important to get the crops started at the right time […]

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