Education & Classes

May 5th, 2014

Weighing in on the Monarchs

by Katelyn “Katie” Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden has always worked to provide a rich environment that sustains local wildlife. This year, we are taking things a step further and registered ourselves as an official Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch. Visitors to the Children’s Garden have always been able to find milkweed scattered […]

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May 2nd, 2014

The Sweet Sounds of Creating & Playing with Music

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw  approached the Garden last fall to see if we had any bamboo we could spare, we were thrilled.  Bamboo, as you may know, is highly invasive, and without people or pandas to eat the young shoots here at the Garden, […]

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Apr 23rd, 2014

Mark Catesby Visits the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden More precisely, Catesby prints are visiting. Mark Catesby was a British naturalist who lived from 1682 (or 3) to 1749.  He came to Virginia in 1712 and stayed with his sister in Williamsburg.  He was sent by friends to collect botanical specimens and return them to London, […]

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Apr 20th, 2014

An Ancient Conversation: Creating Ukrainian Pysanky

by Georgine Muc, Project Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden How does one join in on an ancient conversation? Settling down with a candle, a crude wooden writing device, and the mystifying smell of melting beeswax, is how my journey begins. Like many endeavors, it is good to pause before you decide on that first stroke that commits […]

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Apr 18th, 2014

Yummy Cauliflorous Inflorescence

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Cauliflorous” or “cauliflory” is the term describing the production of flowers on the trunk and branches of woody plants, as opposed to the ends of the twigs. In this case, we’re looking at the ubiquitous eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) – which happens […]

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Apr 18th, 2014

Butterflies LIVE! Returns May 2, 2014

Can you believe Butterflies LIVE! starts in just 2 short weeks? We can’t wait! And guess what? We receive our first chrysalids today too!  Stay tuned for more info on what’s new this year in the exhibit.

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Apr 16th, 2014

The Power of Good: Shrinky Dink Edition

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Check out Daniel Alonso’s Shrinky Dink portrait at the HandsOn Greater Richmond Power of Good art show!  The art show celebrates local volunteers and portraits were done by Tiffany Glass Ferreira‘s Shrinky Dink Selfie Campaign. We are so proud of Daniel and all that he has done for […]

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Apr 15th, 2014

Global Youth Service Day comes to the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This weekend we celebrated Global Youth Service Day by planting kale and lettuce transplants that we started in the Children’s Garden greenhouse earlier this year.  Our Service Learning Program volunteers  helped us plant the vegetables  in our newly established Youth Volunteer Display Garden. This garden consists of hollow log […]

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Apr 12th, 2014

Spring Secrets Along the Woodland Walk

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tulips tend to be the rock stars of the Garden. Colorful and showy, they stand out and we adore them. Tulips are in bloom now at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and people are busy photographing them like paparazzi stalking the latest celebrity. I […]

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Apr 10th, 2014

“Wait — That’s a Daffodil?!”

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Wait—that’s a daffodil?!” Variations on that remark were heard many times this weekend at the 21st annual Virginia Daffodil Show as Garden visitors wandered through more than 1,264 blooms on view in the Education and Library Complex. Why were people saying that?   We all know that […]

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Apr 8th, 2014

Shhh, the Librarians are Coming!

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries celebrates Moonlight and Magnolias at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is hosting 50 librarians from all over the United States and Canada for the annual meeting of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. The conference dates are […]

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Apr 6th, 2014

Has April Become the Unofficial Botanical Art Month in Richmond?

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It seems that botanical art is everywhere this very welcome spring.  Right now at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have two exhibits that explore the ways that artists connect with the natural world:  in Ginter Gallery II in the Education and Library Complex, we are hosting […]

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Mar 26th, 2014

Ginter 'Spicy White’ Could be Arriving Soon in Your Mailbox

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  You’ve been hearing about the fabulous Magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’ for a few years now. It’s a wonderful tree, created by one of our volunteers, Bill Smith, our resident magnolia hybridist. Described as a cross between Magnolia Tripetala ‘Bloomfield’ and Magnolia ‘R20-1′ (Magnolia sieboldii x M. ashei)  the blooms […]

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Mar 23rd, 2014

Art & the Garden: A Celebration of Instructors & Students

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is more than flowers – much more. If you are planning to visit this spring, be sure to stop into the Ginter Gallery II in the Education and Library Complex for the Joint Invitational Exhibit: Recent Work by Instructors and Students. This year’s exhibit […]

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Mar 20th, 2014

The No. 1 Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Life? Spend Time in Nature

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  This week, Time Magazine named spending time in nature as the No. 1 thing you can do to improve your life.  If you read this blog regularly, this information may not come as a surprise to you. You probably have learned by listening to […]

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Mar 18th, 2014

Mementos of Change

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   By now you’ve heard about our new Cherry Tree Walk, but did you ever wonder what we do with the wood when we have to cut down a tree that is diseased or damaged? For a few years now, my 9-year-old son has been a […]

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Mar 14th, 2014

Happy 30th Anniversary to Us

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we received a wonderful 30th anniversary gift from local author and cycling enthusiast Tom Houff.  His book “On Richmond’s Wheel” tells the story of our city’s bicycling history. A week ago I asked Tom if he knew where we could find an 1895 bicycle for exhibit […]

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Mar 13th, 2014

Gardening: Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch “I’m a gardener,” 6-year-old Morgan Veneziano boasted with a big-girl smile. Morgan earned the prestigious title by helping in her family’s Louisa County vegetable garden from the time she learned to walk. In recent years, she earned something else: her […]

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Feb 23rd, 2014

‘New Homestead’ Connects Sustainability with Style

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Editors Note: Earlier this week we wrote about July Moir Messervy’s appearance at the Winter Symposium & CVNLA Short Course: Sublime + Sustainable.  Here’s Messervy’s take on green design solutions and creating a “New Homestead.” The size and sheen of […]

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Feb 13th, 2014

Winter Symposium & CVNLA Short Course: Sublime + Sustainable with Julie Moir Messervy

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  This morning I spent a few minutes listening to a horticultural rock star of our time.  Julie Moir Messervy spoke to a full house of green business owners and their staffs, landscape architects and designers, Master Gardeners, seasoned home gardeners, and horticulturists (including most […]

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Jan 28th, 2014

Garden Partners with Blue Sky Fund to Provide Programming to 5th-7th Graders

by guest blogger Amanda Godbold Payne, Blue Sky Fund  Editor’s Note:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  was honored to be a part of Blue Sky’s pilot program for 7th grade Explorers program, the students participated as part of the Grow Works program that includes education and service. The volunteer component allow the Garden to waive the admission fee for these participants. […]

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Jan 23rd, 2014

Garden’s E-news – Sign Up

Did you know that you can sign up for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s enews to get updates on what’s happening at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?  In our e-newsletter, we highlight what’s in bloom,  special events like A Million Blooms, Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration, Flowers After 5, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO brick exhibit and more. We’ll send […]

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Jan 13th, 2014

Gardening: Growing Trends for 2014

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Welcome to another year, another opportunity for gardening! Whatever your gardening interests and goals, perhaps you’ll discover inspiration from these 2014 trends, shared by Eva Monheim, a published writer and horticulture professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. Fruits and nuts […]

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Dec 18th, 2013

Vocational Program Expands into Food Service Training at the Garden Café

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Job training for special needs youth has been expanding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through our Youth Vocational Program. The Vocational Program offers work experiences for special needs middle school and high school students who have vocational goals. Most of the young people participating in the […]

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Dec 13th, 2013

Gardening: Natural Decorations Bring the Outdoors In

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch This year as you deck your halls, why not opt for real boughs of holly? With natural decorations instead of synthetic reproductions, the holidays become another opportunity to “go green.” Repurposing nature’s bounty into holiday wreaths, garlands and centerpieces showcases […]

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