Families & Kids

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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Jan 28th, 2014

Garden Partners with Blue Sky Fund to Provide Programming to 5th-7th Graders

by guest blogger Amanda Godbold Payne, Blue Sky Fund  Editor’s Note:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  was honored to be a part of Blue Sky’s pilot program for 7th grade Explorers program, the students participated as part of the Grow Works program that includes education and service. The volunteer component allow the Garden to waive the admission fee for these participants. […]

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Dec 18th, 2013

Vocational Program Expands into Food Service Training at the Garden Café

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Job training for special needs youth has been expanding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through our Youth Vocational Program. The Vocational Program offers work experiences for special needs middle school and high school students who have vocational goals. Most of the young people participating in the […]

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Dec 11th, 2013

Are You Crafty? Join us for Crafty Wednesdays!

by Katelyn Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last year’s  Dominion GardenFest of Lights incorporated a new tradition for Wednesday nights, Crafty Wednesdays! As an educator in the Children’s Garden, I was definitely excited to bring a few of the Children’s Garden’s favorite crafts to GardenFest visitors and families. We kicked off  last […]

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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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Oct 25th, 2013

Ginter in the Morning: the Garden at Work (& Play)

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have I  mentioned before that I love working at the Garden?  My assignment: find out what “Ginter in the Morning: the Garden at Work“  is all about. Sounds like fun. I scheduled a time to meet with Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Heather Veneziano, to find out. Heather will […]

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Oct 17th, 2013

Join us for October Oddities in the Children's Garden

By Jasmine Kent, PR and Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With all the rain and cold weather we’ve experienced this fall, I’m glad I soaked up the last bit of summer at the Garden’s first October Oddities event of the year. I took a break from my regularly scheduled Saturday morning programming of cereal and television reruns […]

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Sep 28th, 2013

Garden Youth Volunteers are Planting a Seed for the Future

by Nicki, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We added something new to this year’s Fall Plant Sale, did you notice?  The Service Learning Program volunteers had a booth and sold seeds that they had collected in the Children’s Garden throughout the summer with the help of the Youth Volunteer Program volunteers. The youth […]

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Aug 13th, 2013

Gardening + Reading = FUN!

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden At the Richmond Public Library “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading Finale this weekend, the Children’s Garden tent had a recipe for success.  Start with inspiration from nature-based children’s books. Take one part water. Add two parts shredded paper (recycled, of course). Invite about 80 enthusiastic children to […]

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Aug 8th, 2013

Dig In! at the Richmond Public Library Summer Reading Finale

Richmond Public Library is hosting a ‘Dig into Reading’ street party! Franklin St. will be closed off between First and Second St. for an outdoor party including a DJ, games, and activities hosted by partners including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Farm to Family, Books on Wheels, and the Fire Department. Inside the library will be […]

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Aug 2nd, 2013

Family Fun Times 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Michelle Burdiss, Member, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My family and I have so many memories that involve Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that it is really hard to pick and choose what to share. It all started when my (now) husband proposed. It was Christmas time and right after I said, “YES!” (actually it was […]

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Jul 12th, 2013

Garden Summer Camp: Greatest Hits

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer camp! Don’t those words just make you smile? Rest assured, the 4- and 5-year-olds in the Growing Minds and Wow Your Senses camps are smiling, too! And while it’s obvious they are having fun, the casual observer might not realize that they are also learning – learning […]

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Jun 25th, 2013

Cooters in the Tree House

by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Program Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I spied a female Eastern River Cooter traveling up the ramp toward the CWD Children’s Garden Tree House. Perhaps after emerging from the pond, she crossed the path and found an opening in the Children’s Garden gate and headed up the ramp. I surmised that she […]

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May 4th, 2013

Explore the Outdoors with the Children's Garden

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do you get when you take an empty field, add piles of twigs, branches, moss, cardboard boxes, stumps, seed pods, pine cones, raffia, magnolia leaves and fabric, and then add hundreds of children and their adults? A Loose Parts Party! That’s exactly what […]

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Apr 5th, 2013

The Tastiest Field Trip Ever

Photos & text by Kristin Mullen,  Early Childhood Program Developer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While teaching in the Children’s Garden, I always have an ear out for that moment when the children ‘get it.’  And I don’t mean checking the box when they can identify the parts of a plant, list the things that plants need to […]

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Apr 4th, 2013

Alberti Flea Circus & Strolling Street Organ Show Performs April 13-14

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do kids do better than any adult? Use their imagination, of course! That and have silly, uninhibited fun. The weekend will be ripe for both when on April 13-14 The Alberti Flea Circus and Strolling Street Organ Show performs Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Heritage […]

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Mar 21st, 2013

Our Big Children's Garden Secret!!!

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden volunteers and I have been keeping a secret, but we can’t keep it any more.  In December my Tuesday volunteer group and I planted 500 Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’  in the grassy area below the tree house.  

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Mar 20th, 2013

Children Plant Potatoes & Peas to Celebrate the First Day of Spring

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today we got to celebrate the first day of spring in the best way ever.  We kicked off the 2013 growing season for the Community Kitchen Garden by planting red potatoes, peas and radishes with  preschoolers from Capital Childcare. But do you want to know what’s […]

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Mar 5th, 2013

Reflections on Allison Kiesler

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The first time I really got to know Allison Kiesler, I was a parent on a field trip with my child here at Lewis Ginter in the Children’s Garden. Yes, I work here, but until I followed my 5-year-old’s kindergarten class around on a field trip, I […]

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Feb 23rd, 2013

Botanical Dye & Weaving at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden volunteer Judith Towers volunteering today educating about botanical dye and weaving. Can you believe that the eucalyptus plant dyes wool this rust color? One more thing Judith told me? You techies will love this. The idea for a computer, originally came from a loom. […]

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Feb 18th, 2013

Lindsay Cowles: Signature Artist for Cheers to Art

by Lindsay Cowles, guest blogger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden is Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Cheers to Art! is A chance to buy local art and support the Children’s Garden  at the same time. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music by Emme St. James and […]

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Feb 14th, 2013

Orchids Galore! is for Children & Families too!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When most people think of orchids,  they don’t think of something that’s kid-friendly. We’re about to change that!  We want to let Richmond Families know, it’s not just the Children’s Garden that is kid -friendly at Lewis Ginter. We’ve put a whole family-focus on Orchids Galore!,  […]

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Feb 9th, 2013

Cheers to Art Benefits Important Children's Garden Programming

by Scott Hornby, Development Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When Loreen Hitch dropped off her kindergarten-age son Ethan for his first day of Green Adventures Camp at the Garden, little did she realize that she was setting off a chain of events that would lead to an amazing awakening and the liberation of a plucky little […]

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Feb 7th, 2013

101 Things to Spot in the Garden Through Paper Binoculars

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever played “I Spy” in the Garden? Some of our youngest guests spent the winter ‘spying’ amazing animals, trees, blooms, habitats, and botanical treasures as part of our preschool Young Buds program. As diligent and thoughtful scientists, the enthusiastic 3- […]

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