Education & Classes

Dec 3rd, 2016

Botanical Art: Drawing a Garden

Lynne Munden Frailing & Botanical Art Grow your art as you grow your garden Botanical art student Lynne Frailing enrolled in the Botanical Illustration Certificate program so that she could draw her own garden. Commuting from her home in Virginia Beach to take classes at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Frailing, a real-estate agent by profession, […]

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Oct 24th, 2016

Carnivorous Plant LOVE

Native Carnivorous Plants I’ve made a few jokes about how carnivorous plants have so many fans — especially tween boys. They even have paparazzi! So, I wasn’t surprised when a saw a post on our Facebook page from a mom who said her son was crazy about them. “Back in March, we promised Ethan to take him to Lewis […]

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Aug 9th, 2016

Nature Books & Literature

We’ve been writing about our experiences in nature for as long as our story-telling tradition can remember. Some stories take place in nature, the plot driven by elements of our natural world. In other stories, nature is the spirit that finds and fills us with a deep understanding, a connection to people we’ve never met […]

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Aug 5th, 2016

Namaste: Yoga in the Garden

The Garden has its own spirit and if you listen, you’ll hear it calling you to your yoga mat. Back pressed into the sun-warmed concrete or the soft grass, you can find your center, confident that you are on solid ground. You can be free to rock your hips from side to side feeling as […]

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Jul 14th, 2016

Nature Camp Fun at the Garden

Every summer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts several different day nature camps for all age groups. Campers can go on a Garden Safari, a Wild about Bugs adventure, Nature Expeditions, or to see what’s growing in Mr. McGregor’s Garden. New this summer for our Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit, we have Stop Motion […]

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Jun 19th, 2016

Our Apiary is for Beelovers

A new apiary is open for visitors to learn about bees. The Bob Stapleton & Keith Tignor Apiary, adjacent to the Community Kitchen Garden, will definitely add some sweetness to your visit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this summer. The apiary will feature a 10-frame observation hive, traditional Langstroth-style hives, and a top-bar hive, which, by its design, is wheelchair […]

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Apr 23rd, 2016

The Prince’s Florilegium

Highgrove Florilegium Comes to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Prince of Wales is an organic gardener. He practices organic, sustainable methods at his comfortable country home, Highgrove House, Gloucestershire, UK.  Charles made the property his home in 1980 and has created a “centre of excellence for organic farming and gardening, as well as an acknowledged […]

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Apr 8th, 2016

Garden Explorer Website Brings the Garden to You Online

With the newly introduced Garden Explorer website, you can explore the Garden in depth — on-site or virtually from anywhere in the world! Using a web browser on a PC, tablet computer or smartphone, a virtual visitor can access: • Satellite maps of the property • A database of detailed information about our plants and collections • […]

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Mar 9th, 2016

Real World Horticulture Education for Youth

Imagine you’re an inner city high school student offered a job working in your neighborhood, learning new skills that you’ll be able to turn into a career. That’s exactly what the Groundwork RVA Green Workforce team is all about — that and more. The objectives are multifaceted:  urban youth holding a real job, walking to work […]

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Mar 2nd, 2016

Technology in the Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden welcomed more than 386,000 visitors last year — plus many more who never left home. Virtual visitation continues to grow in remarkable ways, and along with it grows horticulture education and gardening interest. So rather than trying to keep nature separated from technology, we embrace the fusion. Last summer we ramped up technology another […]

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Feb 11th, 2016

Winter Interest

As a volunteer Garden Guide, I give tours of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to groups who are visiting, but if you visit on your own, there is another sort of tour you can take. Every few weeks, we put together a Bright Spots listing, which is a collection of some of the Garden’s highlights. Sometimes, when there are […]

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Feb 9th, 2016

Inspiration: Education & Nature

You never know who you are going to inspire or how. Recently, we received a thank you note (with beautiful illustrations no less!) from a teacher who has participated in several of our educator workshops.  It’s not unusual for us to get positive feedback from teachers thanking us for the professional development opportunities we offer. We find that educators […]

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Jan 29th, 2016

Student & Teacher Art Show

As I walk through the Botanical Illustration & Art: Student and Teacher Exhibition at Ginter Gallery II, I see a contrast to the blanket of white snow just outside the windows of the gallery — a spectrum of color and intricate, yet delicate textures. I can’t help but feel as if I am walking through the seasons and […]

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Dec 3rd, 2015

H2Whoa! Fish Facts

You know the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is H2Whoa!, but did you know that the Garden uses rainwater for most of its irrigation needs? We love how this year’s water theme allows us to talk about important environmental issues, like how you can make a difference in water conservation at your […]

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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 20th, 2015

Nighttime Light Painting

When my coworker, horticulturist Laurie McMinn, came up to me raving about a “Light Painting class” she took here at the Garden, at first I thought she was talking about an art class with paintbrushes and paint, exploring the subject of light.  Then, she pulled out her camera and showed me this: I was blown […]

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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 9th, 2015

Tweens in the Garden

You can imagine how thrilled I was when my son’s middle school English teacher told me they were coming to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a field trip that would combine reading and science.  I decided to tag along for the morning to see how “tweens” experience our Garden.  The students’ summer reading project was “Surviving […]

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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 10th, 2015

What’s Cooking in The Community Kitchen Garden?

If 1,200 pounds of fresh-picked summer squash appeared on your doorstep one summer day, what would you cook? Amory James knows. He is the Food Production Manager at FeedMore’s Community Kitchen, where we’ve delivered 5,297 pounds of fresh produce harvested from the Community Kitchen Garden so far this summer. James and his staff use the vegetables to prepare between […]

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Sep 1st, 2015

Read Botanical Books with Us

They say the Internet and e-readers will kill printed books — and libraries — but it turns out neither is true.   The Garden has a thriving book group centered in the library. Every two months, a group of book lovers get together in the reading room of the Lora Robins Library and discuss the latest title on […]

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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 25th, 2015

Meet Intern Will Eichenberger

On his first day of work as an intern, Will Eichenberger helped water a honeybee hive — something many high-schoolers would find daunting. But Will, though visually impaired, went about the task with aplomb. Will, a rising junior from Charlottesville, Va., joined the Garden as an intern in a partnership with the Virginia Rehabilitation Center […]

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