Education & Classes

Aug 9th, 2012

Nature Journaling ….Not Just for Artists

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I signed up for the Nature Journaling class at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because I love to draw and I thought it would complement my classes in Botanical Illustration, also offered at the garden.  But as I learned from instructor Susie Kowalik, Nature Journaling is rewarding for […]

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Aug 8th, 2012

Dye Plants for Botanical Artists

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern A pivotal moment in the movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, is of the Scottish rushing into battle with their faces painted blue and white.  I always thought their face paint was a Hollywood move, with nothing to do with history, but I was […]

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Jul 25th, 2012

You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Catfacing and other deformities in tomatoes are a visual turnoff for most people. The reality is that while the catfacing will render part of the tomato unpalatable for most culinary uses, a substantial part of the tomato will be usable […]

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Jul 7th, 2012

Ecological Design equals Solutions for Our Future

by Lisa Taranto, co-founder of Tricycle Gardens, researcher, lecturer & instructor of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden‘s class:  Permaculture: How the World Works An ecological crisis. An environmental crisis. A jobs crisis. A climate crisis. A financial crisis. An education crisis. An obesity crisis. A population crisis.  Nature deficit disorder………What the hell is going on?  Somehow we […]

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Jun 8th, 2012

Reichenbachia: Conserving the Imperial Edition

Text & Photos by Erica Borey, VCU  Museum Studies Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been very fortunate in the intended donation of a rare and almost complete collection of 19th century orchid prints — the Reichenbachia.  As  you may have read about on our last orchid-related blog post, Frederick Sander, “The […]

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Apr 19th, 2012

Botanical Illustration and the "Slow Art" movement

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If the “slow food” movement is about being mindful of what you eat and appreciating it more, then botanical illustration might be considered part of the “slow art” movement. It doesn’t offer the instant gratification of digital photography, but rather the rewards of patience that come with truly […]

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Apr 11th, 2012

Inchworms, and more….

By Frank Robinson, President & CEO, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Let me begin by saying that there are pockets of the region, specifically in Mechanicsville and Hanover County, where extreme populations of inchworms have emerged this spring. As with anything in the extreme, “too much” is a problem. If you are reading this post you are […]

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Feb 9th, 2012

Why Gardening Makes Me Happy

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Before I had kids, It used to be that whenever I felt grumpy, regardless of the season, I started work on my garden. In no time, my grumpiness floated away into the sky or down into the soil, I’m not sure. Hours passed.  I’d […]

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Feb 5th, 2012

Photographing the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Plants and wildlife go together like peanut butter & jelly.  At  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, not only do we have great wildlife  like groundhogs, turtles and snakes and also plenty of  birds.  We have birdfeeders throughout the Garden, and also a bird trail.  Last year […]

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Feb 1st, 2012

Jewish Arbor Day in Richmond

by Kristen Ablamsky, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know there is a holiday, native to Israel, that celebrates a new year in honor of plants? It’s called Tu B’shevat (TOO-bish-VAHT).  It’s sometimes called Jewish Arbor Day. This agricultural holiday began in ancient times as a way to keep track of […]

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Dec 20th, 2011

Museums, Gardens & Libraries Enrich Lives Every Day

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few words published in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch from the Garden’s President & CEO, Frank Robinson, captured it better than anything else: It seemed an improbable uniting of people and place. A strikingly beautiful refugee from Southern Sudan, mother of 10, glowingly represented the Erie Art Museum […]

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Dec 9th, 2011

Exciting News for The Garden's Book Club

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex,” says author Charles Fishman. Wow, never really thought of it that way. It certainly does make you stop and think before you […]

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Oct 28th, 2011

Where's Stickman? On Saturday meet Cameron, the man Behind Stickman

by Dawn Lipscomb, Children’s Garden Program Instructor, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note:  “Stickman” is the Garden’s  ambassador for Patrick Dougherty’s Diamonds in the Rough stick sculpture at the Garden. Each week, the Children’s Garden staff moves Stickman to a new spot in the Garden — so our young visitors can search for him.  Dawn Lipscomb, […]

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Oct 7th, 2011

Wicked Bugs: A Book Talk with Amy Stewart

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On October 20th, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  will host  GardenRant author and New York Times best-selling author, Amy Stewart.  She’ll be presenting Wicked Bugs: A Book Talk with Amy Stewart, in tandem with the launch of her new book: Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and other […]

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Sep 21st, 2011

Farm Art

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  We had a great blend of volunteers Saturday morning in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. A college alumni group joined several individual volunteers who signed up via HandsOn Greater Richmond, and the finishing touches were applied to the Fall crop of broccoli, […]

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Sep 19th, 2011

“Fairy Houses" with Dried Natural Materials – A NEW CLASS

by Amy Clark, Assistant Education Registrar & Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The first year I worked at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, I had no idea what to expect of this “GardenFest” everyone was busy preparing for; there is no What to Expect When You’re Expecting: GardenFest guide! I’d never even  attended as a […]

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Sep 8th, 2011

Attracting Native Pollinators (and Flies!)

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We received a new book in the library just in time for fall garden planning. Attracting Native Pollinators, by Eric Mader and colleagues at The Xerces Society, is the book you need as you get ready for next spring and summer’s growing seasons. And what could be more […]

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May 23rd, 2011

Diamonds in the Rough Adorn Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  Note: Over the past 3 weeks, we have brought you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The work, entitled Diamonds in the Rough, is now complete!   The sculpture will be part of the Garden’s landscape as long as Nature allows, so look forward to enjoying […]

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May 19th, 2011

Sabot at Stony Point School: The Birds' Nests & the Meadowmorphosis

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note: Over the next few weeks, we will bring you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We are calling this 3 week transformation of the Anderson Meadow  a “Meadowmorphosis.” We will celebrate the completion of the […]

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May 3rd, 2011

Effortless Gardening Class, New at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Cathy Butler, guest blogger & instructor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Cathy Butler is a certified Feldenkrais Method® instructor, who will be teaching a class on Effortless Gardening™ at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on May 14th -15 (10 am – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.) We’ve asked her to share a bit about her […]

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Feb 14th, 2011

Help us Build a Water Management Demonstration Garden at Lewis Ginter!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever had a dream to do something that you knew was the right thing to do, but it took years of working toward that goal to make it a reality? It seems like many of life’s great accomplishments start out as dreams […]

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Feb 4th, 2011

Follow the Bird Trail from the Library at Lewis Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I think of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Lora M. Robins Library, I think of a great resource for books (both children’s and adults); I think of a dedicated volunteer staff of over 20 volunteers; I think of our warm and cozy reading room […]

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Feb 1st, 2011

February Home Gardening Opportunities

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This is the second in a monthly series of  things  to do in your home garden each month of the year. You might think of them as chores … but why not think of them as opportunities to get some fresh air and make your surroundings look better. This is […]

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Jan 18th, 2011

Mulch & Mulching in Winter

Is it Okay to Mulch in Winter? You may think the end of January is a strange time for a blog post on the topic of mulch, but we had a question on Facebook:  “Any thoughts on the wisdom (or lack there of) of putting down mulch at this time of year?” and that got me […]

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