Education & Classes

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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Aug 21st, 2015

Mother Nature to the Rescue

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But last week in the Children’s Garden an entire river town was created, destroyed by pollution and erosion and then rebuilt to withstand those same destructive forces. It took less than an hour. The architects, city planners and construction crews were part of Green Adventure Summer Camp: Nature Expeditions, […]

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Aug 17th, 2015

Meet Mayor’s Youth Academy Intern Mia Washington

Mia Washington is the Children’s Garden Mayor’s Youth Academy intern for the summer of 2015. She assists with daily operations, horticulture and helps support our various educational programs. Mia has participated in the Mayor’s Youth Academy for many years and we are thankful she shared her finishing year with us. Take it away Mia… My […]

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Aug 15th, 2015

Growing Mr. McGregor’s Garden

What do you get when you cross a classic children’s tale with the imaginations of fifteen 4- and 5-year-olds in a lush garden setting? A week-long camp chock-full of veggie-tastic fun! Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” campers planted Mr. McGregor’s vegetable seeds (radishes, carrots, and lettuce) and ate blackberries like Flopsy, Mopsy […]

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Aug 7th, 2015

The Original Marshmallow

Ever wonder where marshmallows came from?  Here’s the plant that started it all: Althaea officinalis.  It grows right here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in our new Edible Display Garden!  Egyptians first discovered its healing properties over 2,000 years ago. Most commonly the plant sap was combined with honey and  it was used to treat sore […]

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Aug 3rd, 2015

Cycling in Richmond in 1898

Ever wonder what cycling was like in Richmond in 1898? In preparation for hosting 2015 UCI Road World Championships​ we made this video to give you an idea of what it was like when cyclists rode from the Jefferson Hotel out to the Lakeside Wheel Club (now called Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden). Built in […]

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Jul 29th, 2015

Hula Hoops & Pancakes

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ― “The Little Prince,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I hope my friends of Henderson Middle School are not too exhausted from all the explaining. I surely tried to allow them to have some time in the Garden […]

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Jul 27th, 2015

Butterfly Scales = Pixie Dust

When butterflies pass away in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, it can be a sad and difficult situation to explain to guests. So I try to use that opportunity to explain to guests how fragile and delicate these creatures are. Typically, I will allow guests to touch and feel a butterfly’s wings after they have “ended […]

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Jul 25th, 2015

A Partnership for the Future

My name is Lia Bazemore and I am interning here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through an organization called Partnership for the Future. Partnership for the Future is an organization that provides high schools students in Richmond with college prep courses, personal development workshops, and saving incentives. With the help of business partners, they also […]

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Jul 18th, 2015

Let’s Celebrate Moths

This year’s National Moth Week is July 18 – 26 , 2015, and we would like you to join in the celebration! To help, we’re sharing some key characteristics to help you tell the differences between moths and butterflies. But first, what do they have in common? They both are insects belonging to the Lepidoptera order. In Greek, lepido translates […]

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Jul 14th, 2015

Garden Times Online

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve our community. We hope that Garden Times does just that — teaching you something, connecting you to plants, and inspiring you to visit us. As a non-profit working toward more sustainable practices — we’ve uploaded a digital […]

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Jul 5th, 2015

Rose Rosette Disease

Rose rosette disease is a funny thing.  At first it doesn’t look like there’s a problem with your roses, it just looks like there is alot of new growth, and the foliage is more pliant, more red, and almost furry, instead of prickley.  (Did you know that roses have prickles, not thorns? Botanically speaking, thorns […]

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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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