Blooms & Gardens

Sep 13th, 2013

All About Solutions

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Cullen Wallace brought his Dominion teammates to the Community Kitchen Garden  for a full morning of work. The team works in the Customer Solutions – New Technology division and yes, they drove cool electric vehicles to the Garden! Cullen and his group […]

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Sep 7th, 2013

What Does 80,000 Cherry Tomatoes Look Like?

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   80,000 cherry tomatoes? That’s no hyperbole. Well, it’s only minimal hyperbole, because 79,800 is the actual estimated count of cherry tomatoes harvested in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden so far this summer.  As of September 4th, we’ve delivered 665 lbs. […]

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Aug 18th, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are now starting into our third month of harvesting here at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We have delivered a large variety of vegetables to FeedMore, totaling 3,600 pounds of fresh produce as of August 9. This is over 1/3 of […]

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Aug 12th, 2013

Bringing People & Plants Together to Improve Communities

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in summer means you’ll hear the sounds of teenagers chatting between rows of Swiss chard and beets, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.  Each week, a dedicated handful of area teens leave the comforts of air conditioning  or […]

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Jul 31st, 2013

King Aubergine

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Eggplant – or aubergine – (Solanum melongena L., family Solanaceae) is native to a vast area stretching from northeast India and Burma, to Northern Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam and Southwest China. Why do we call a purple fruit eggplant… is it because […]

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Jul 30th, 2013

Take 5 with Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Acting as the Garden’s reporter, as I was recently referred to, is a really fun job. It gives me a reason to ask questions, be curious, and find out what’s going on in all different parts of the Garden.  When we the Garden hires someone […]

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Jul 24th, 2013

Handiwork

  Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you have 42 cherry tomato plants it takes a lot of hands, and often,  to effectively harvest the ripening fruit. Our variety in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is Jasper (Solanum lycopersicum), a disease -resistant F1 hybrid grown in […]

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Jul 19th, 2013

Knockout Bloom: Blackberry lily; Belamcanda chinensis

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I always thought that the blackberry lily, Belamcanda chinensis, got its name from the blackberry colored-specks on the  flower petals. But one day I was strolling through the Asian Valley and as I walked by the blackberry lilies, I saw what looked like a blackberry […]

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Jul 18th, 2013

Beneficial Buckwheat

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Common buckwheat is sometimes used as a “honey crop,” because bees love it, especially in September when other nectar sources are dwindling. Have you ever heard of a “smother crop”? Buckwheat is a good competitor to weeds because it germinates rapidly, and […]

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Jul 8th, 2013

Savoring Fine Vines

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch  Twisting, turning, twining and twirling – vines navigate the landscape in creative ways. While some cover and camouflage horizontal surfaces, others scale vertical walls, trellises and fences. Their handsome foliage provides visual interest as it forms living screens, softens hardscapes, reduces […]

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Jul 5th, 2013

Diggin' Potatoes

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  This week we harvested 204 lbs. of turnips, zucchini, red potatoes, beets, celery, and cherry tomatoes from the Community Kitchen Garden for FeedMore. 2013 year-to-date produce donated: 1,273 lbs. Also this week the Lewis Ginter Youth Volunteer Program (YVP), led by the […]

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Jul 2nd, 2013

Genworth Generates Progress in the Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In June the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received a great push forward into the 2013 growing season. Twenty-two Genworth Financial associates contributed a combined total of 73 hours of gardening labor during one beautiful late spring morning. The array of tasks […]

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Jun 26th, 2013

Testing Our Limits with Celery

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we delivered 236 lbs. of produce of  red potatoes,  zucchini,  gherkins and celery to FeedMore from the Community Kitchen Garden.    The celery was a trial, since the Virginia Cooperative Extension  does not recommend celery for central Virginia. Although overall the […]

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Jun 24th, 2013

It's a Bloomin' Onion

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our yellow onion bulbs didn’t get very large in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, but the flower heads were dramatically beautiful during June. The tall flower stalks were amazingly sturdy, and cuttings have lasted for days in a bucket of water. […]

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Jun 20th, 2013

My Favorite Bloom: Sacred Lotus

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It probably seems like I say each bloom here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is my favorite. And it is true, for each season, each month, each moment, I do have a favorite flower.  The sacred lotus is one that I look forward to each […]

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Jun 19th, 2013

A Rainbow of Chard

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today staff and volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden harvested 32 lbs. of rainbow chard and 10 lbs. of beets and delivered it to FeedMore’s kitchen. That makes 40 lbs. of Swiss chard this week! Year to date produce donations: 282 lbs.  

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Jun 14th, 2013

Heavenly Hydrangeas: Highlights of the Summer Garden

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, photos by Janet Woody, Librarian, & Rich Waiton, volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginians love hydrangeas, in part because hydrangeas love Virginia. Several species of this woody ornamental thrive in our zone 7, adorning the summer landscape with voluptuous flowers and breathtaking beauty. […]

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Jun 10th, 2013

The Color of Goodness

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden There’s just something extra special about the color palette with fresh vegetables — fresh as in minutes after harvest, and in this case chilled to preserve the freshness. This week Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden staff delivered 102 lbs. of beets and […]

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May 31st, 2013

We Love Paris in the Springtime

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we made our first 2013 delivery of fresh produce from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore, 50 lbs. of romaine lettuce, 2 lbs. of  parsley, and  2 lbs. of  cilantro. The lettuce has a nice backstory: the seed was obtained from the Thomas Jefferson […]

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May 30th, 2013

Kroger Cares

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Earlier this month, we had our first visit from local Kroger associates to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Led by Shawn Embrose, the team mulched pathways, weeded, tested soaker hoses and planted tomatoes and eggplant. The Community Kitchen Garden is […]

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May 27th, 2013

Lobster Claw Flower

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Don Williamson Photography If you are coming to visit Butterflies LIVE! make sure you stop to enjoy the Conservatory too! Check out these fabulous lobster claw flowers (Heliconias) blooms! You’ll find them in the East Wing of the Conservatory along with […]

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