Families & Kids

Jun 28th, 2016

My Family Garden Adventure

Over the weekend, my mom, Bonnie, had the brilliant idea of going to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a family garden adventure. She hadn’t been to the Garden during the summer blooming season in many years, usually opting to visit during the Dominion GardenFest of Lights in winter. But now that I’m interning with the […]

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Jun 24th, 2016

Conservatory in Miniature

The Garden in LEGO Bricks Courtesy of RVA LEGO User Group Editor’s Note: The Richmond LEGO User Group, RVA LUG, recently created a LEGO brick masterpiece. The 15,000-LEGO Central Garden and Conservatory, created entirely out of LEGO bricks, made its debut at our opening weekend of  Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks.  Dennis R., co-founder of RVA LUG, wrote about the […]

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Jun 21st, 2016

Mother’s Day Traditions

Reflections on Mother’s Day 2016: A Family Affair This year was our eighth Mother’s Day celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and I really cannot imagine spending my Mother’s Day anywhere else.  My daughter is now 8-year’s old, so you can do the math, we’ve spent every Mother’s Day at the Garden since she was born.  What […]

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Jun 16th, 2016

Million Blooms Contest Winner

And the 2016 A Million Blooms Winner is … I am delighted to announce that the 2016 Million Blooms Instagram Contest winner is Meg Sneed.  Sneed drove all the way from Fredericksburg, Va. to visit our Garden for the first time the day she took this photo. It was a field trip for her home-school kids […]

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Jun 15th, 2016

A Peace Offering

Peace Essays: Seeing Nature’s Lessons about Peace Through the Eyes of a Child This week, maybe more than ever, nature’s lessons about living together in peace seem imperative. The Richmond Peace Education Center asked students to write about “Learning Peacemaking from Nature” for the theme of their annual peace essay contest this year. The essays distilled some powerful lessons from nature’s diversity. The […]

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Jun 10th, 2016

Thank Dad with Father’s Day Gifts from the Garden Shop

Make him feel like a king with a gift from the Garden Shop. Dad. He’s your hero, your mentor, your role model, your friend. How can you ever thank him? Well, probably you can’t repay him for all he’s done for you, but why not try? Treat him to Father’s Day Weekend at the Garden with just […]

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Jun 9th, 2016

Full STEAM Ahead: Garden Art!

Garden Art is the perfect way to let kids have fun and learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) concepts. As we roll into the summer season of programming in the Children’s Garden, many of our activities and topics this year are inspired by Nature Connects® the awe-inspiring exhibition of sculptures throughout the Garden that are built […]

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May 27th, 2016

Behind the Scenes at Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

Preview Photos of  Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Today is the start of opening weekend for Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit! We’ve got some really engaging activities planned (scroll to the bottom for a full listing) but we figured what better way to introduce this exhibit to you than to give you […]

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Apr 28th, 2016

Spring PlantFest

Mother’s Day was not on Nancy Penick’s mind when she cut up a jumble of fabric scraps and sewed them into a gardening apron. As the Volunteer Coordinator of PlantFest, she was searching for something new for her team of talented volunteers to make and sell in the Bloemendaal’s Best tent at Spring PlantFest this […]

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Mar 17th, 2016

Easter in the Garden Shop

Suddenly it’s spring! Nature is celebrating in all her splendor as the Garden bursts into bloom. And you’ll find just as much to love inside the Garden Shop as out. We’ve curated a collection of and gifts and goods to help you throw your own seasonal celebration.

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Jan 6th, 2016

Through the Eyes of a Child

Last week, at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights,  the little people in my life taught me a lesson: children experience the wonder of the world with all five of their senses. As the Lewis Ginter lights cast their spell over us, we watched glimmering wolves run wild along Sydnor Lake. We felt the warm glow […]

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Nov 30th, 2015

Recycle Nature’s Bounty by Making Distinctive Papers

Homemade paper: the ancient Egyptians and Chinese made it, and now you can, too! Using a few household items and nature’s treasures — dried leaves, spent flowers, pine tags, even plant seeds and berries — you can create specialty papers that are unique and usable. “Homemade paper is not for production, but for art,” said […]

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Nov 17th, 2015

A Timeless Botanical Garden

How do you know you are a truly timeless botanical garden? That’s easy: when a 10-year-old chooses you for her time capsule project, of course! Gretchen Gregor, age 10, a 5th grader at Henrico County Schools’  Shady Grove Elementary School did just that. “I chose Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because this place stands out to […]

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Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is “How do you make those creative decorations?” It’s no secret that we are rich in talented staff and dedicated volunteers, both of whom have creative imaginations. We add in some hard work and a few ingenious ideas, and try to come out […]

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Oct 30th, 2015

DIY Monarch Butterfly Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner and maybe you’re scrambling for an awesome, yet easy last-minute costume. Well put your Halloween worries aside, because this monarch butterfly costume is just what you need. You will love this costume — it’s quick and super easy, recyclable (mostly), and while it’s a butterfly, it can also be used […]

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Oct 24th, 2015

Autumn Apple S’mores

Who doesn’t love s’mores? The campfire staple traditionally consists of a toasted marshmallow paired with chocolate and sandwiched between graham crackers. The very name is proof of its popularity; s’more is a contraction of the phrase “some more” because you can never get enough! If you’d like to try s’more variations of the popular treat, […]

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Oct 17th, 2015

Tricks & Treats

Pumpkins on a stick, bumpy gourds and alien-looking plants – you never know what you’ll find in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in October. Last Sunday I came as a visitor with my 11-year-old daughter and her friends and we discovered a whole world of weird and wacky. The Children’s Garden plans […]

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Oct 12th, 2015

Butterfly Roundup

Now that Butterflies LIVE! is over, for this year anyway,  butterfly curators are working hard to roundup all the butterflies in the exhibit. Many visitors ask us how we accomplish such a daunting task. Well, it involves the lowering of temperatures in the exhibit, lots of patience, a keen eye and some acrobatic skills! Here’s […]

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Oct 5th, 2015

10 Favorite Butterfly Facts

We are lepidopterists (butterfly enthusiasts) at Butterflies LIVE! and we want to share some of our favorite facts about butterflies with you! Here are our top 10 favorite facts: Butterflies help our food grow. Butterflies are pollinators, just like bees, birds and bats! Pollinators are actually responsible for every 1 in 3 bites of our food. […]

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Sep 30th, 2015

Butterflies: Warming Up

It can get pretty toasty in the Butterflies Live! exhibit, especially on those hot summer days. While we (humans) might think it’s too hot, the butterflies love it and actually need it. In fact, butterflies can’t even fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees Fahrenheit! Butterflies are cold blooded (ectothermic) and have no […]

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Sep 14th, 2015

Meet our Clearwing Butterfly

The Costa Rican clearwing (Greta oto) is one our favorite butterflies because its wings are clear! Their wings lack scales, so the clear chitinous membrane between the visible veins appears see-through. In Costa Rica, this butterfly is often referred to as ‘mariposa espejitos’ meaning the butterfly with little mirrors in Spanish.  

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Sep 6th, 2015

Butterflies On Bikes!

Butterflies and bikes are two great reasons to visit the garden during September. But what about butterflies ON bikes? That’s right! We have set up tiny bikes in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit to celebrate the highly anticipated 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. The butterflies are loving it! We also have tons of other great UCI […]

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Sep 2nd, 2015

Painting with Petals

One thing you can bet on during late summer is that we will have a riot of color in the Children’s Garden.  Another thing you can bet on is that we will have a gaggle of kids in WaterPlay trying to cool off! With cooler temperatures and lower humidity this summer it has been exciting to […]

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Aug 28th, 2015

On Becoming A Butterfly

Butterflies go through several stages of metamorphosis before becoming the adult butterfly that we all know and love. Since we currently have a special nursery for monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies located in the back of the exhibit, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about their development. There are four main […]

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Aug 21st, 2015

Mother Nature to the Rescue

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But last week in the Children’s Garden an entire river town was created, destroyed by pollution and erosion and then rebuilt to withstand those same destructive forces. It took less than an hour. The architects, city planners and construction crews were part of Green Adventure Summer Camp: Nature Expeditions, […]

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