Education & Classes

Aug 10th, 2014

Coming Soon: Ornamental Grass Garden at the Conservatory

  Between now and September we’ll be building a new Ornamental Grass Garden in front of the Conservatory. • This garden will replace 9,200 sq. feet of existing traditional turf with attractive, low maintenance ornamental grasses, and will showcase sustainable best-practices in one of the most prominent sites on our property. • Once established, these […]

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Aug 6th, 2014

15 Minutes in Grace Arents Garden: Flashback to Victorian Times

by Hannah Lindquist, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Sunny, breezy, and temperatures in the mid-80s made for a very enjoyable “15 Minutes in the Garden”  last week.  A group of volunteers and staff took a break from our work to gather under a shady tree to listen to Horticulturist, Elizabeth Fogel  teach us a […]

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Jul 28th, 2014

Plants Can Help Keep Mosquitoes at Bay — Beat the Bugs Outside with Natural Repellents

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Summer is a delightful time to be outdoors — until you hear that all-too-familiar, high-pitched whine circling your head. Soon you feel tiny blood-sucking bites, and before you can flee, itchy whelps begin appearing on your neck, arms and legs. […]

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Jul 23rd, 2014

3 Tips for Water Conservation

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know that the irrigation water we use at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden comes from lakes built specifically to collect rainwater and recycle it into water we can use to sustain our plants during dry spells?  That’s the plan anyway. We collect the water […]

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Jul 22nd, 2014

DIY Vole Cages, aka Hosta Cages

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Flagler Garden Horticulturist George Cowart has been fighting a battle.  A battle of the voles.  The truth is, I never met a gardener who didn’t hate voles. They are known for wreaking havoc in a garden, destroying an array of plant-life, […]

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Jul 19th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Cardoon 'Rouge d'Alger'

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  After spotting this artichoke-like bud on the cardoon in the Children’s Garden, I was excited to see what it would look like when it opened up into a flower. Quite a beauty! …And yes, it is related to the more widely-known globe artichoke that many folks […]

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Jul 15th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Sneezeweed or Helenium flexuosum 'Tiny Dancer'

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Sneezeweed or Helenium flexuosum ‘Tiny Dancer‘ is a great example of a beautiful native that can add alot of texture and movement to your garden (the blooms tend to dance in the wind, on its leggy stems).

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Jul 11th, 2014

Drop in and Dig: The Enormous Turnip

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  It was a great day! First Children’s Garden Educator Ms. Dawn read The Great Big Enormous Turnip, based on a Russian folk tale about a turnip soooo big the whole family had to work together to pull it.  As each member of the family helped […]

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Jul 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Verbena Hastata Loves the Swamp

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  At today’s “15 minutes in the Garden” with Horticulturist Jay Austin, one bloom stole the show —  Verbena hastata or swamp verbena. It loves the boggy area around the West Island Garden, and has an unusual pointed form that caught our eye.  It’s certainly pretty […]

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Jul 2nd, 2014

Hatching Bluebirds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Buz Sawyer, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   We are well into the 2014 nesting season and have seen a lot of activity so far. The season began a little late this year with many Carolina chickadee nests and way too many house sparrow nests. Happily, we saw our first bluebird nest in mid-May. The […]

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Jun 29th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Thalia Dealbata

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This beauty  — Thalia dealbata — likes to get its feet wet! You’ll find this hardy water canna in the creek off of Lake Sydnor near the West Island Garden, you can also view it from the Lotus Bridge.

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Jun 27th, 2014

Daylilies: Gifts of Love & A Great Reason to Seize the Day

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Daylilies blooming pretty much everywhere  is a sure sign that summer is in full swing at the Garden. Thousands of cultivars of day lilies exist, and here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we are lucky to have quite an extensive collection. Many of our daylilies or Hemerocallis […]

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Jun 24th, 2014

DIY Pallet Garden

Photos & text by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Editor’s Note: Jay Austin is Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden Horticulturist. He also moonlights as the owner of RVAScapes LLC a Richmond-based landscaping business. This blog post first appeared on his RVAScapes blog. Jay is also a Virginia Certified Horticulturist  and ISA Certified Arborist. […]

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Jun 21st, 2014

Gardening: Hybrid Technology Leads to New Sunflower Varieties

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch   Mention “smiley-face flower” and what comes to mind? Probably the sunflower, a towering native plant of the Americas. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is more than a single-stem beauty with a golden flower head. Its history spans thousands of years, […]

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Jun 19th, 2014

Keeping Track of the Old Tracks

By Hannah Lindquist, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Starting my journey here at the Garden, I was open to learning anything.  I grew up in Richmond  and knew of its rich history and stories, the Garden being one of those stories.  On my first day as PR & Marketing Intern I got my first assignment the […]

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Jun 16th, 2014

Celebrate National Pollinator Week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  We’re joining The Pollinator Partnership to celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 16–23, 2014. Did you know that one of every three bites of food we eat is the direct result of pollination? This week in the Children’s Garden do the bee dance or enjoy a […]

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Jun 13th, 2014

Love Hydrangeas? Don’t miss this Walk & Talk

Have we got a treat for you! One of our longtime volunteers, Rich Waiton, is leading a series of  walks and talks on hydrangeas, our favorite summer shrub. Tours are timed throughout peak successive bloom time, so take more than one if you can.  Registration is required, but free for Garden Members. On this tour, […]

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Jun 12th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Iris Ensata

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One question we get asked a lot here at the Garden is, “What’s in bloom?”  We don’t want you to miss any of your favorite blooms, so we are constantly updating our Twitter feed, Instagram, Facebook page and of course our blog. […]

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Jun 11th, 2014

Pitcher Plants in the West Island Garden are Thriving

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A cunning carnivore with an inescapable death trap silently waits for prey in some southeastern wetlands. Its exotic markings and distinctive beauty are enhanced by sugary secretions and sometimes enticing odors that lure unsuspecting victims to draw near. While exploring its sweet, […]

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Jun 7th, 2014

Happy Butterfly Education Awareness Day

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that Butterfly Education Awareness Day is  today, June 7, 2014? We’re celebrating by sharing some butterfly fast facts with you. Did you know that: Butterflies breathe through pores on their sides Their wings’ color patterns result from tiny, modified hairs (scales) Butterflies tend […]

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Jun 6th, 2014

Spiderwort: Why's it Called That Anyway?

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you read this blog often then you know one of the reasons I love working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is because I’m always learning something.  Today I learned that the reason that  Tradescantia virginiana  aka spiderwort is called “spider” wort or spider lily is because when the […]

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Jun 4th, 2014

Hands-on Learning with Plants

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden had the pleasure of hosting Vivien Fergusson of Collegiate School for her senior final project. Vivien approached me for guidance with her interest in medicinal uses of plants as well as Virginia natives and wildflowers. The Children’s Garden agreed to support her throughout her […]

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May 28th, 2014

Caught Red-Handed: Mulberries!

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I love this time of year — our 100-year-old  red mulberry tree (Morus rubra) in the Children’s Garden is filled with kids, birds and even adults, searching for the blackest, sweetest berries. One little girl just came up to me as I was shooting this […]

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May 26th, 2014

Message from the Executive Director: Fan Mail

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden     Thank You for Showing Us the Garden! Love, Meagan Kelly Riley is the children’s education manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. A Richmond native, Kelly worked in a number of jobs after completing business school, including a position that allowed her to watch urban residents move into newly […]

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May 15th, 2014

Blue Sky Fund… Nothing but Blue Skies

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Blue Sky Fund organization exists to get inner-city kids out into the great outdoors for various types of experiential education. The organization’s core values include “Discovery through learning about nature, spirit, and self, Unity through working together with our team, neighbors, and diverse communities, Respect by […]

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