Families & Kids

Apr 18th, 2011

Go Green Tips for Children

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In honor of  Earth Day on (which is April 22 this year) Kristin Mullen, Early Childhood Program Developer from our Children’s Garden, pulled together a few green tips — fun activities you can do with you kids, that are earth-friendly & educational.   I […]

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Dec 17th, 2010

Kristin Mullen Thoroman Joins Staff

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We recently added a staff member to the Children’s Garden, her name is Kristin Mullen.  (Update, Kristin was married in 2015, and now goes by Kristin Thoroman.)  Kristin started as Early Childhood Program Developer earlier this month, after relocating to Richmond.  Since our Children’s […]

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Sep 7th, 2010

Voices from the Children's Garden: Intern Kayla Keplinger

I learned a bit about the plants, vegetables, and joys of dirt. I learned what truly has to go into maintaining a garden of this size and that the team of experts that put there efforts into this garden daily, are normal people who have a passion for bringing this to the public. I learned that hard work is good work and is always worth it in the end. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

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Jul 14th, 2010

A Giving Tree

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Trees often have a special place in childhood memories. For me, it was a dogwood I loved to climb in my parents’ backyard. About five feet up, the branches made a “V” providing a perfect perch to view the world. Hopefully the mulberry in […]

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May 26th, 2010

Lewis Ginter Children's Garden Adds New Compost System

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator & Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My favorite recent addition to the Children’s Garden is our three bin compost system.  Not only is composting an easy way to keep useful organic material out of the landfill, it results in the best soil amendment a gardener could wish for.  Our […]

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Apr 8th, 2010

Springtime in the Children's Garden is Full of Activities

 by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Everything changes in the spring.  Suddenly, the garden is a riot of color and activity.  The birds are building nests, the turtles come out of hibernation, and the bees seem so relieved to find flowers again.  The entire garden is bursting with blossoms, and the […]

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Feb 24th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Trees that Capture the Love of Children

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest,  Joan Maloof, asks us to reflect on our childhood memories of trees. “It turns out that many people have a very specific memory of a particular plant species, a memory of wonder….” she says. I was born and […]

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Feb 23rd, 2010

Young Buds Program Brings Children to Nature

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The other day, I was walking through the Garden and I saw the longest, cutest, snake of a line of children who were wide eyed as they followed Krissi, one of our educators, through the Garden. The Garden wasn’t in full bloom of course, […]

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Feb 19th, 2010

“Cheers to Art!” Popping up in April

By Melissa Miller, Stewardship Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.” Sir Walter Scott A Garden is a not only a work of art itself but a canvas. This spring the Garden’s canvas will bloom with the beauty of Fräbel’s glass and works by local artists. Planning is […]

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Feb 16th, 2010

Gallery 1 at Lewis Ginter Offers an Opportunity for Young Artists

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden For eight years, the Children’s  Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has partnered with Henrico County Public Schools to bring a year- round, rotating student art show into the Robins Visitor’s Center.  The art teachers in the schools choose the work for the show, and […]

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Jan 28th, 2010

Winter Entertainment in the Children's Garden: The Birds

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the favorite wintertime activities of the Children’s Garden staff is bird watching. We hang feeders outside of our office windows, and keep them well stocked. The most popular feeder is outside of the kitchen window of the Children’s Garden Carriage House, where we […]

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Nov 16th, 2009

What's "Happening Now" in the Children's Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator & Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here is the inside scoop on  what’s “Happening Now” in the Children’s Garden right now! Persimmon fruit in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The persimmons are still on the tree here in the Children’s Garden. The persimmon is one of my […]

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Nov 4th, 2009

Come Visit our Human Sundial in the Children's Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator and Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Working in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is always a lot of fun — the staff here loves learning about nature as much as we like teaching kids about it.  Krissi, one of the Program Developers in the Children’s Garden,  […]

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Apr 1st, 2009

No "Dirt Babies" Left Inside

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My 8-year-old daughter came home from school this week incredibly excited about a dirt-baby she created.  After imagining her sneaking off during recess to the mud  pile behind the playground and creating some kind of snowman-like creature out of mud, I realized she was talking […]

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Nov 26th, 2008

The Age-old Practice of Gleaning is Finally Finding the Limelight

I’ve got to credit the ladies over at GardenRant for bringing this to my attention.  This week the New York Times wrote a short (but amazing) story about how a farm in Colorado opened up their fields for gleaning, a practice of harvesting the leftovers after the workers or machines have harvested what they could […]

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