Education & Classes

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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Jan 14th, 2011

The Winter King

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hawthorne trees have something to offer all year round, but right now, the ‘Winter King’ is one of the showiest trees in the garden. We have three planted together in a striking display on the edge of the west parking lot (outside of the Garden Shop/westside Visitor […]

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Jan 11th, 2011

January Home Gardening Opportunities

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This is the first 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 […]

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Sep 19th, 2010

Dawn Redwoods Draw Attention on Monument Avenue

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our wonderful volunteers, Linda Miller, was talking about the dawn redwoods planted on Monument Avenue in the median strip near her home.  She had enjoyed watching the young trees grow and develop their graceful feathery foliage. But towards late October the leaves […]

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Aug 26th, 2010

The Legacy of Lora Robins

The passionate philanthropy of  Lora M. Robins shines in a multitude of ways at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  She leaves a legacy at the Garden with contributions far and wide, spanning a lifetime.  Some of her many contributions are tangible — we walk across them, find a moment of reflection, or admire a work of art […]

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Aug 23rd, 2010

Meet Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's New Librarian

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s me!  I’m the new librarian.  Janet Woody reporting for duty. I’ve worked in many kinds of libraries over the years, but not a special one.  And Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is very special.  I don’t know how people get any work done here, surrounded by beautiful […]

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Aug 20th, 2010

Demystifying Descubes at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Maggie Southwick, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note: this article was originally published earlier this summer in the American Society of Botanical Artists magazine.  Thanks to Robin Jess, Executive Director of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and Libby Kyer, editor of The Botanical Artist Journal of the ASBA, for allowing us to reprint […]

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Aug 17th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Hot time for the Garden

by Jane Hockaday, library volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Mother Nature seems to have opened a spa in Richmond this summer, and a glance at a weather map suggests she has extended it to most of the country. Every few days she throws another dipper or two of water on the stones to add extra […]

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Aug 6th, 2010

Lewis Ginter to Host Local Glass Artist Brad Pearson for Flame Work Glass Demos

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you love the  Hans Godo Frabel’s Glorious Glass in the Garden exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — you may be interested in seeing some of the glass-working process actually take place here at the Garden. Local glass artist, Brad Pearson, will be […]

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Aug 3rd, 2010

Virginia Home Grown Comes to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week, Richard Nunnally and Virginia Home Grown on PBS broadcast some interesting videos about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  The first video, on sacred lotus, really gives homeowners who want to start a lotus garden some  basic information on how to do it.   As […]

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Jul 29th, 2010

High-Tech Botany!

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I recently had the privilege of visiting the Botanical Garden and the Technical University at Delft, (TU for short), in the Netherlands.  TU has one of the world’s leading initiatives in applied botanical research with a focus on solving modern-day problems. The Delft Botanical Garden has […]

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Jul 20th, 2010

A Dry Summer Means the Botanical Garden Team Pulls Together

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I write the following to document and interpret the impact of our weather on the Garden, but more so to commend the horticultural, operations, maintenance and volunteer staff for the superb job you have done under really difficult conditions in recent weeks, with special thanks to […]

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Jul 9th, 2010

Christmas in July Means Botanical Decorations for GardenFest & a Class to Teach You How!

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Every Wednesday morning, I see volunteers carrying trays of freshly-cut flowers and other plant material into the GardenFest of Lights decoration workshop—signaling the first stage of the imaginative, hand-made holiday decorations that delight annual GardenFest visitors starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. In most inside spaces, […]

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Jun 9th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: a Garden Haven

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer seems to have moved into the Garden, but it is June after all. There are many shady spots to get out of the sun, but if you need to cool off come see us in the Garden’s  Library where it is cool, quite, and lovely. […]

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May 27th, 2010

Lewis Ginter Recycles Garden Plastics

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recycles garden plastics? We send our plastic garden pots and trays to Four Seasons Recycling who returns them to the supply stream oversees. Home gardeners can also now recycle their garden pots! Pots with resin codes […]

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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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May 20th, 2010

A Social Network for Nature Teachers & All Kinds of Stick Sculptures

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you probably know, here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we love education. And in turn that means we love teachers too! I’ve written about it before. But I keep coming back to it, because our mission in everything we do here at the […]

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Apr 23rd, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Communing with the Glass

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I decided to take a short stroll to look at some of my favorite pieces in the Hans Godo Frabel‘s Glorious Glass in the Garden exhibit. In the Library, the installations are situated on top of the book shelves. I took a close look […]

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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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Mar 2nd, 2010

Floral Arranging at Lewis Ginter Brightens Winter Days

By Maggie Southwick, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Laura Anne Brooks of Designs From Dunluce taught a seasonal Ikebana flower arranging workshop at the Garden this morning – “Winter into Spring.” Here is an example of an arrangement from the class.  It can be viewed along with three others in the library for the next […]

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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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