Education & Classes

Jan 8th, 2015

Highlights of The Year in Review

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   2014 has been a remarkable year for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. In many ways, 2014 is the year we’ve come full circle.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors announced this week that President and CEO Frank Robinson will retire on March 31, 2015, after […]

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Dec 29th, 2014

An Unexpected Treat During Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Orchids

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our dedicated volunteers, Tom Driscoll, mentioned that one of his favorite parts of volunteering in the Conservatory during Dominion GardenFest of Lights is he gets to spend time around the most wonderful fragrances: orchids! Did you know that many types of orchids only […]

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Dec 23rd, 2014

Crafts from the Past: The Beauty of Victorian Ornaments

by Megan Compton, Adult Education Assistant,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   As member of the staff at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, it has been so exciting to see what happens behind the scenes during preparations for Dominion’s GardenFest of Lights.  Each year, I look forward to hearing about the next theme and what Garden staff members […]

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Dec 21st, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time of reflection and celebration for many. With the shortest day also comes the longest night. And in darkness many celebrate the light, be it the sun, candles, or half a million twinkling lights. […]

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Dec 16th, 2014

Conservatory Tree Takes a Stroll Down Memory Lane

The Conservatory Tree in the North Wing is one of our most elaborate holiday trees ever at Dominion GardenFest of Lights. This year, in an effort to commemorate the Garden’s 30th Anniversary and reflect on our rich history the Conservatory Tree is filled with symbolic ornaments and icons that take visitors on a tour through the […]

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Dec 9th, 2014

A Student Pursuing His Dream: Christmas Tree Farming

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Ethan Lindsey is a youth volunteer who comes with The Founders Center of Commonwealth Autism (formerly Dominion School for Autism) to participate in the Garden’s Vocational Program, a program that offers community youth the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and vocational training. As part of […]

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Nov 27th, 2014

Showing Thanks to our Volunteers  & Community Partners

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist Laura Schumm just sent the end-of-the-year update on our Community Kitchen Garden benefiting FeedMore. The timing is perfect, because it reminds me of all the wonderful things I am thankful for today on this day of Thanksgiving. Last week six volunteers from the […]

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Nov 25th, 2014

Faison School Students Get Work Experience & Help the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has had an established recycling program for years, but one area we needed help with was our Children’s Garden recycling.  Hundreds of school groups come each year to the Garden on field trips, and many bring cans and other items that can be […]

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Nov 16th, 2014

VCU Service Learning Students Find A Love of Gardening & Giving Back

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Earlier this fall I ran into three young people just ending their shift at the Community Kitchen Garden.  They were younger than our typical Community Kitchen Garden volunteers and I immediately noticed them because they were all wearing VCU  shirts, my alma mater. Typically, we see […]

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Nov 15th, 2014

Masters Class: Pen & Ink with Alice Tangerini

Text & photos by Judy Thomas, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden There are many delights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: the stunning flowers, landscape plants, trees; the jewel-like tropical plants in the Conservatory and; the many educational programs the garden offers. The most profound delight for me in the years I have visited the garden […]

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Nov 4th, 2014

Native Plants are Nature’s Intended

“Go native!” sounds like a tropical chant, but actually it’s a “go green” reminder for  landscape designs. Native plants are the species of perennials, shrubs and trees that occur in the region where they evolved. They’re the flora that nature intended for the area, and what native insects, birds and wildlife rely on for survival. “If we […]

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Nov 2nd, 2014

Blue Sky Partners with Ginter to Make Hands-On Science Education Fun

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We were delighted to have Blue Sky Fund and Richmond Public Schools‘ Bellevue Elementary School  5th graders back at the Garden this week continuing their outdoor science learning. (We wrote about their first visit to the Garden a few weeks ago.) The visit had three components: service […]

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Oct 31st, 2014

Making Beauty Sustainable: Landscape Design That's Pleasing & Functional

By Kate Pyle, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Making Beauty Sustainable Gillette Forum on Landscape Design at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This was a new experience for me — I don’t have a background in gardening or landscape design, but I was excited and curious […]

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Oct 27th, 2014

The Significant Contributions of Bees

Editor’s Note:  Children’s Garden Educator, Kristi Orcutt launched the first Lunch & Learn program for Garden volunteers in September – it got great reviews — and the volunteers said it was  fascinating. Kristi’s topic, The Significant Contributions of Bees, is very relevant today, so we thought we’d share Kristi’s recap with you. by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Educator, […]

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Oct 26th, 2014

Living History: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Ginkgos

by Alex Arzt, Exhibit Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Garden’s outstanding specimen is a female Ginkgo biloba in Grace Arents Garden believed to be 100 years old. It stands tall next to the historic Bloemendaal house. The garden also has a row of male ginkgos, cultivar ‘Magyar’, along the path between the Asian Valley […]

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Oct 25th, 2014

Brains? No just Bryozoans!

Karin Stretchko, Conservatory Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Look what we found in Sydnor Lake! These are bryozoa — harmless aquatic invertebrate animals. Sometimes they are called moss animals. We believed these were Pectinatella magnifica, and Eugene G. Maurakis, Ph.D., Museum Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, confirmed that we were right. The biology department […]

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Oct 24th, 2014

Our Butterflies Arrived Safely in Tucson!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week we told you about our butterfly round-up.  At the close of Butterflies LIVE we sent 194 butterflies from the exhibit to Tucson Botanical Gardens. Tucson just sent this note with these pictures, “There were three families in the exhibit when the package arrived so those children […]

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Oct 17th, 2014

Sustainable Design for the 21st Century: The Gillette Forum

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Next week’s Making Beauty Sustainable: The Charles F. Gillette Forum  opens up some great questions about how, as a community, we will design our gardens for the future. As part of this discussion, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is  bringing in four experts, with different ideas about how to […]

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Oct 17th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Fothergilla 'Suzanne'

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fothergilla gardenii ‘Suzanne’ is a native with a very interesting bloom. In fall, the green leaves turn orange-red. It’s a beauty for sure. You’ll find these along the edge of Lake Sydnor, just down from the Rose Garden.

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Oct 16th, 2014

Guerrilla Garden Art — Ephemeral Art, Enjoy it While You Can

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you noticed “fairy art” around the Garden recently? We’re feeling a bit whimsical and inspired by our blooms these days. Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman explains, “A few months ago, I challenged the staff to ‘play’ in their gardens. I wanted them to have […]

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Oct 15th, 2014

Tropical Butterflies Take a Trip to Tucson

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the most common questions we get is what do we do with the butterflies after the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit ends. Monday we had a “butterfly round-up” in the Conservatory as we chased down butterflies in butterfly nets & got them ready for their trip […]

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Oct 12th, 2014

Bye-bye Butterfly!

Bye-bye Butterfly! Today is the last chance to see these guys ’til next year . Look for Butterflies LIVE! to return in April of 2015. Photo by Don Williamson Photography

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Oct 11th, 2014

Digging in the Dirt with Fairies at the State Fair

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden After the Garden was contacted by the State Fair of Virginia to provide a fairy garden demonstration, intrepid volunteer Barb Sawyer and her Hanover Master Gardener cohorts leapt into action.  Last week, with containers made by the Ginter Geezers, potting soil, small plants, tiny furniture, rocks […]

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Oct 9th, 2014

2014: The Year of the Clementine Crate

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s not uncommon for the Children’s Garden to request donations for items that might otherwise get tossed in the trash – toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and hot chocolate containers are some of our staples. Our young guests transform these under-appreciated items into treasures such as fanciful works […]

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