Education & Classes

Jun 29th, 2015

Thanks to the “RAIN” Makers

Thank you RAIN (Richmond Autism Integration Network) for volunteering in the Children’s Garden. This group is not afraid to get dirty and help out in the Garden. Today they mulched and weeded. Amazing! Thank you for the 60+ service hours! If you’re youth group is interested in volunteering at the Garden, please contact Nicki Apostolow, […]

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Jun 26th, 2015

Southern Icon’s Ancient Secret

A southern summer wouldn’t be complete without the sweet smell of the southern magnolia blossom. Magnolia grandiflora, an icon of the South, is such a marvelous tree. Its large shiny evergreen leaves and large, showy, fragrant blossoms are a splendid addition to any southern garden. Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have several wonderful […]

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Jun 18th, 2015

Thank You Butterflies!

This week, June 15 – 21, is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are essential to our food supply and natural environment. Did you know that one in three bites of everything we eat is thanks to a pollinator?  One way you can help pollinators is by planting host and nectar plants for native butterflies and bees! Other pollinators […]

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Jun 17th, 2015

Lunch with the First Lady

It’s been two weeks since Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sent Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe to help with the season’s first harvest in the White House Kitchen Garden — yet the two still can’t quite believe it. As Amina said: “It’s not every day you meet the First Lady!” Amina, a fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, […]

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Jun 12th, 2015

Volunteering as Learning

According to Richard Louv, “Childhood memories of contact with nature involve a deep sensory imprint of texture, smell, color, sound, and taste (Louv 2005).” Most of my childhood memories involve food, much of which was grown by my grandparents. I remember following my grandfather’s tractor, picking potatoes out of the ground, and I still find […]

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Jun 11th, 2015

1st Graders Volunteer in Children’s Garden

Recently the Richmond Waldorf  School reached out to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — our Children’s Garden in particular, as they sought to fulfill one of their 10 values: “That schools should awaken social responsibility, service to community and stewardship of the earth.” One of the parents from the 1st grade class, Katie Adams Parrish, explains, “One of the reasons that […]

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Jun 4th, 2015

Stitching Garden Memories

When Page Robinson sent me a photo of this wall hanging via email last week, all I could think was: This is a labor of love.  In the email she said, “My grandson Denver is 2 and we love all of the blooms and butterflies.  I took a picture of him which shows his pure joy seeing […]

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Jun 3rd, 2015

Proboscis: Zipping it Together

I find myself fascinated by butterfly anatomy more and more each day as I work with and learn about these remarkable creatures. Even though I have only been with Butterflies LIVE! for a few weeks, I have already witnessed and captured some seemingly small but profound events. On one such occurrence I was able to capture […]

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May 28th, 2015

Spiderwort: Nature’s Geiger Counter

It seems like nearly every garden in Central Virginia has them, and they are plentiful here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden too — in Flagler and Grace Arents Garden.  But did you know that Spiderwort, or Tradescantia virginiana, the plant with the odd name, is a detector of radiation?  In response to low levels of nuclear radiation, the filament hairs […]

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May 19th, 2015

Artist Pam Rogers: Field Investigations

Arlington-based artist Pam Rogers is innately drawn to the natural world. The paintings in her new show: Field Investigations, on display  at Ginter Gallery II, spring from that fascination. Rogers uses handmade plant and soil pigments, traditional inks, graphite, and water-based media. She collects materials for her paintings wherever she goes to use in her paintings […]

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May 16th, 2015

A Morning Away “en Plein Air”

The phone! The bills! The kids! When life’s stresses have you ready to lose it, why not take a moment to step away from it all and into an oasis of tranquility? Corny? Yes. True? Yes. Life can be overwhelming. What better than to take a few moments of the day to connect with beauty […]

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Apr 30th, 2015

We Have New Books in the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society,  a mission-related group that meet here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, recently gave the Lora Robins Library funding to purchase books about native plants and related topics. We were able to acquire five new titles you might be interested in. […]

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Apr 28th, 2015

Spring Plant Sale is May 1-2

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Spring Plant Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 1-2,  and we’ve got some wonderful new treats for you this year. Of course we’ll be featuring staff favorites, butterfly kits, and seasonal selections (see photos of : cherry sage (Salvia greggii) ‘Maraschino.’ and Phlox stolonifera […]

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Apr 25th, 2015

Meet the Butterflies LIVE! Staff

by Hilaire Ashworth, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are so excited that the time has finally come for the opening of Butterflies LIVE! On behalf of all of the curators, we say hello and want to officially introduce ourselves. Each butterfly curator was asked a series of questions and we picked some of […]

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Apr 24th, 2015

There Was a Crooked Stick…

by M. Christine Watson, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you ever wonder how Corylus avellana ‘Contorta,’ got its common name — “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick?” Sir Henry “Harry” Lauder, a Scottish vaudeville theater singer and comedian, was a rockstar in his day, one of the highest paid performer in the world at the time. […]

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Apr 22nd, 2015

“Feed me Seymour!” & the Garden’s Carnivorous Plants

by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If “Feed me Seymour!” is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “carnivorous plants” you are probably not alone. Have you ever seen a carnivorous plant?  Did you there really is such a thing — it’s not just  someone’s imagination gone wild. Some carnivorous […]

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Apr 17th, 2015

Vegetable Gardening Help: Harlequin Bugs

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horiculturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A recent Tweet from the folks over at Kersey Creek Elementary School in Hanover County got us thinking about Harlequin bugs and how we can help provide suggestions for combating them organically. There are many pesky insects pest that you will most likely run into sooner or […]

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Apr 11th, 2015

Albert Tanner: A Bicycle Story

by  Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thousands of visitors enjoyed Dominion GardenFest of Lights this year, and many of those visitors stepped into the library and back to 1895 as they viewed our exhibit on the Lakeside Wheel Club. However, it is likely that only one visitor had a unique connection to the […]

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Apr 7th, 2015

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Since Richmond is going bike-crazy getting ready for Richmond 2015, we thought we’d join the fun and share this photo with you! Check it out: the baby is riding between the 2 adults and no one is wearing a helmet! I love how the […]

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Apr 6th, 2015

Towers in the Garden

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   In the Children’s Garden we’re always trying to find ways to plant more vegetables. This we year we thought we would try potato towers. We planted a different cultivar in each tower, Solanum tuberosum ‘Russian Banana’ and Solanum tuberosum ‘Dark Red Norland.’ Come by and take […]

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Apr 5th, 2015

Stranded Dolphins in the Garden? Only for the Sake of Education!

Text & Photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Earlier this month we hosted some of our favorite people — educators — for our Natural Connections symposium. This three-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for Pre-K – 6th grade educators, administrators and pre-service teachers. Natural Connections is a chance for […]

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Apr 2nd, 2015

Collaborative Learning for and by Teachers

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Photos by Jonah Holland and Laurel Matthew Did you know that Thomas Jefferson held a contest with his neighbors every spring: Who can get the first peas from the garden to the table? Earlier this month, we used this same contest to help teachers learn […]

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Mar 8th, 2015

Arboreal: Recent Works by Hillary Waters

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Walking down the hall in the Kelly Education Center yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice a very lovely art exhibit going up at Ginter Gallery II. The first thing that struck me was the movement. My walking stirred the air and in turn rippled across […]

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Jan 31st, 2015

Educators' Conference: Natural Connections Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Do you think students learn best when teachers blend science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics standards for authentic learning experiences?  If you are an educator you can learn how to further integrate these best practices into your curriculum at our 2015 Educators’ Conference: Natural Connections […]

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Jan 24th, 2015

Fieldtrip! Seeking Creatures, Flying Like Birds & Pretty Treasures Like Leaves

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I had an amazing time in the Garden last month with these fine young folks from Richmond Public Schools’ Chimborazo Elementary School‘s 3-year-old Head Start  class. We read a story about animals and then looked for birds and other creatures in the Garden with our “binoculars.”  As […]

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