Families & Kids

Nov 25th, 2014

Faison School Students Get Work Experience & Help the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has had an established recycling program for years, but one area we needed help with was our Children’s Garden recycling.  Hundreds of school groups come each year to the Garden on field trips, and many bring cans and other items that can be […]

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Nov 2nd, 2014

Blue Sky Partners with Ginter to Make Hands-On Science Education Fun

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We were delighted to have Blue Sky Fund and Richmond Public Schools‘ Bellevue Elementary School  5th graders back at the Garden this week continuing their outdoor science learning. (We wrote about their first visit to the Garden a few weeks ago.) The visit had three components: service […]

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Oct 11th, 2014

Digging in the Dirt with Fairies at the State Fair

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden After the Garden was contacted by the State Fair of Virginia to provide a fairy garden demonstration, intrepid volunteer Barb Sawyer and her Hanover Master Gardener cohorts leapt into action.  Last week, with containers made by the Ginter Geezers, potting soil, small plants, tiny furniture, rocks […]

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Oct 9th, 2014

2014: The Year of the Clementine Crate

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s not uncommon for the Children’s Garden to request donations for items that might otherwise get tossed in the trash – toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and hot chocolate containers are some of our staples. Our young guests transform these under-appreciated items into treasures such as fanciful works […]

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Sep 26th, 2014

Kids Learning Science & Math Outdoors in Nature

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As part of a partnership with Blue Sky Fund, 5th graders from Richmond Public Schools’ George Mason Elementary School learned hands-on math and science in the Garden. Working collaboratively, students measured air and soil temperature under the tree leaf canopy and outside the tree canopy to […]

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Sep 16th, 2014

Children's Garden Volunteer Creates Mason Bee House to Help Pollinators

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Drew Kobus is a long-standing participant in the Service Learning Program, a volunteer program for youth (ages 13-18) offered through the Children’s Garden.  This is Drew’s fourth year of volunteering at the Garden and he has moved up to the highest level of responsibilities within the Service […]

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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 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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Aug 21st, 2014

A Little Love From Our Visitors….

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Garden visitor Natalie Robinson Dean sent us the best Facebook message with these photos: My 2-year-old and I visited yesterday for the first time and had an absolute blast. Thank you so much for the excellent hospitality and I guess it goes without saying, my […]

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Aug 12th, 2014

Caring for Magical Creatures

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the great joys of working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is being able to experience it through the eyes of my children. This summer my daughter, Lilah, participated in Green Adventures Summer Camp for the very first time. The week-long day […]

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Jul 11th, 2014

Drop in and Dig: The Enormous Turnip

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  It was a great day! First Children’s Garden Educator Ms. Dawn read The Great Big Enormous Turnip, based on a Russian folk tale about a turnip soooo big the whole family had to work together to pull it.  As each member of the family helped […]

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Jun 16th, 2014

Celebrate National Pollinator Week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  We’re joining The Pollinator Partnership to celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 16–23, 2014. Did you know that one of every three bites of food we eat is the direct result of pollination? This week in the Children’s Garden do the bee dance or enjoy a […]

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Jun 7th, 2014

Happy Butterfly Education Awareness Day

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that Butterfly Education Awareness Day is  today, June 7, 2014? We’re celebrating by sharing some butterfly fast facts with you. Did you know that: Butterflies breathe through pores on their sides Their wings’ color patterns result from tiny, modified hairs (scales) Butterflies tend […]

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Jun 6th, 2014

Spiderwort: Why's it Called That Anyway?

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you read this blog often then you know one of the reasons I love working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is because I’m always learning something.  Today I learned that the reason that  Tradescantia virginiana  aka spiderwort is called “spider” wort or spider lily is because when 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 28th, 2014

Caught Red-Handed: Mulberries!

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I love this time of year — our 100-year-old  red mulberry tree (Morus rubra) in the Children’s Garden is filled with kids, birds and even adults, searching for the blackest, sweetest berries. One little girl just came up to me as I was shooting this […]

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May 21st, 2014

Mother’s Day Revisited, the Year of Exploration

by Megan Compton, Education Assistant,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden     Having brought our families to Mother’s Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for the past six years, my best friend and I generally know what to expect. Each of the previous years, we sat at the tables, enjoyed our lunch, and watched our girls dance […]

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May 7th, 2014

Explore the Outdoors: When Everyone Slows Down, Amazing Things Happen

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden For two years in a row, we’ve arrived at Explore the Outdoors with a van full of familiar, readily-available natural materials (sticks, stumps, moss, gum balls, grapevine, pine cones, etc.) and watched the creativity unfold as families spend un-structured time creating masterpieces of art and engineering out […]

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May 5th, 2014

Weighing in on the Monarchs

by Katelyn “Katie” Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden has always worked to provide a rich environment that sustains local wildlife. This year, we are taking things a step further and registered ourselves as an official Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch. Visitors to the Children’s Garden have always been able to find milkweed scattered […]

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Apr 16th, 2014

The Power of Good: Shrinky Dink Edition

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Check out Daniel Alonso’s Shrinky Dink portrait at the HandsOn Greater Richmond Power of Good art show!  The art show celebrates local volunteers and portraits were done by Tiffany Glass Ferreira‘s Shrinky Dink Selfie Campaign. We are so proud of Daniel and all that he has done for […]

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Apr 15th, 2014

Global Youth Service Day comes to the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This weekend we celebrated Global Youth Service Day by planting kale and lettuce transplants that we started in the Children’s Garden greenhouse earlier this year.  Our Service Learning Program volunteers  helped us plant the vegetables  in our newly established Youth Volunteer Display Garden. This garden consists of hollow log […]

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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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Mar 13th, 2014

Gardening: Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch “I’m a gardener,” 6-year-old Morgan Veneziano boasted with a big-girl smile. Morgan earned the prestigious title by helping in her family’s Louisa County vegetable garden from the time she learned to walk. In recent years, she earned something else: her […]

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Mar 10th, 2014

Coming Away Inspired……

by Madelyn Phillips, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I got to spend a week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a mini-mester-intern experience. I’m a student at Trinity Episcopal School, which requires that each year, every member of the junior class finds and obtains a job in a career or field of interest. […]

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