Oct 12th, 2015

Butterfly Roundup

Now that Butterflies LIVE! is over, for this year anyway,  butterfly curators are working hard to roundup all the butterflies in the exhibit. Many visitors ask us how we accomplish such a daunting task. Well, it involves the lowering of temperatures in the exhibit, lots of patience, a keen eye and some acrobatic skills! Here’s […]

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Sep 21st, 2015

Evenings at the Garden & FREE Admission for VCU Students & Staff

    We’re super-excited to continue celebrating the UCI Road World Championships and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s cycling history all-week-long! And with VCU students out of class all week, we’ve got a special treat for them too! First, the Garden will be open late — ’til 8 p.m. Monday through Friday “Flowers After 5-style,” as we enjoy the […]

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Sep 14th, 2015

Meet our Clearwing Butterfly

The Costa Rican clearwing (Greta oto) is one our favorite butterflies because its wings are clear! Their wings lack scales, so the clear chitinous membrane between the visible veins appears see-through. In Costa Rica, this butterfly is often referred to as ‘mariposa espejitos’ meaning the butterfly with little mirrors in Spanish.  

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Sep 6th, 2015

Butterflies On Bikes!

Butterflies and bikes are two great reasons to visit the garden during September. But what about butterflies ON bikes? That’s right! We have set up tiny bikes in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit to celebrate the highly anticipated 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. The butterflies are loving it! We also have tons of other great UCI […]

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Aug 5th, 2015

Up-Cycled Bikes & Other Gifts

When is a bottle cap not a bottle cap? When it’s up-cycled into a tiny wheel for a miniature bicycle, available in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop as part of our celebration of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. We’re all geared for September 20, 2015, when the elite men’s and elite women’s team time […]

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Jul 27th, 2015

Butterfly Scales = Pixie Dust

When butterflies pass away in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, it can be a sad and difficult situation to explain to guests. So I try to use that opportunity to explain to guests how fragile and delicate these creatures are. Typically, I will allow guests to touch and feel a butterfly’s wings after they have “ended […]

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Jul 18th, 2015

Let’s Celebrate Moths

This year’s National Moth Week is July 18 – 26 , 2015, and we would like you to join in the celebration! To help, we’re sharing some key characteristics to help you tell the differences between moths and butterflies. But first, what do they have in common? They both are insects belonging to the Lepidoptera order. In Greek, lepido translates […]

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Jul 14th, 2015

Garden Times Online

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve our community. We hope that Garden Times does just that — teaching you something, connecting you to plants, and inspiring you to visit us. As a non-profit working toward more sustainable practices — we’ve uploaded a digital […]

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Jul 2nd, 2015

CarMax FREE Fourth of July

Once a year we open our gates to the public for a free admission day: CarMax Free Fourth of July. This is one of our favorite events because we get to see so many people enjoying our garden, many who haven’t visited us before.  It’s safe to say that this is our busiest day of […]

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Jun 18th, 2015

Thank You Butterflies!

This week, June 15 – 21, is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are essential to our food supply and natural environment. Did you know that one in three bites of everything we eat is thanks to a pollinator?  One way you can help pollinators is by planting host and nectar plants for native butterflies and bees! Other pollinators […]

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Jun 13th, 2015

Reflections on Mother’s Day

Last Mother’s Day was our seventh Mother’s Day spent enjoying Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with my family and my best friend’s family.  You’ve likely read about some of our other adventures on this blog before. As usual, we had a wonderful time, but every year brings something new. New additions – My son is now 21 months […]

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Jun 9th, 2015

“Steller” Butterflies

This week we posted our first Steller story!  This is the first time I’ve been excited about a new social media platform in a while and think it’s a perfect venue for the Garden to showcase not just Butterflies LIVE!, but blooms too. We though you might like to see our first Steller story, so here […]

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Jun 6th, 2015

Butterflies: Masters of Disguise

Butterflies have mastered of the art of disguise. With so many natural predators, including birds, spiders, reptiles, insects (wasps, flies, mites), and small mammals, they have disguise themselves in order to survive. From their early larva stage to the fully emerged adult butterfly, these Lepidoptera have some extraordinary abilities to mask themselves from the rest […]

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Jun 5th, 2015

Instagram Contest Finalists

We’ve had so much fun with our #MillionBlooms Instagram contest this year. We’ve had nearly 800 submissions! A few weeks ago we featured some of our favorite #MillionBlooms contest submissions, and here are a few more finalists. Stay tuned, we’ll announce the winner later this week. Be sure to check your Instagram inbox if you are a finalist. […]

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May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day FREE for Military

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. This includes veterans too (with ID).  Anyone else in your party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission.  We hope you enjoy our Gardens, and Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. If you are bringing the […]

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May 7th, 2015

5 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is THE day to show appreciation, whether it’s for your mom or another nurturing caregiver. I always want to find a special gift, but end up procrastinating. Now here we are, the week before Mother’s Day. If you’re like me and need help, here are 5 gift ideas from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s […]

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Apr 30th, 2015

A Million Blooms via Instagram

Have you entered our A Million Blooms Instagram contest? You still have time! We have a great prize package from VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Blooms at the Jefferson Hotel, and passes to come see Butterflies LIVE! at Lewis Ginter. Here are a few of our favorite submissions so far. Best of all, follow […]

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Apr 28th, 2015

Spring Plant Sale is May 1-2

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Spring Plant Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 1-2,  and we’ve got some wonderful new treats for you this year. Of course we’ll be featuring staff favorites, butterfly kits, and seasonal selections (see photos of : cherry sage (Salvia greggii) ‘Maraschino.’ and Phlox stolonifera […]

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Apr 25th, 2015

Meet the Butterflies LIVE! Staff

by Hilaire Ashworth, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are so excited that the time has finally come for the opening of Butterflies LIVE! On behalf of all of the curators, we say hello and want to officially introduce ourselves. Each butterfly curator was asked a series of questions and we picked some of […]

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Apr 11th, 2015

Albert Tanner: A Bicycle Story

by  Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thousands of visitors enjoyed Dominion GardenFest of Lights this year, and many of those visitors stepped into the library and back to 1895 as they viewed our exhibit on the Lakeside Wheel Club. However, it is likely that only one visitor had a unique connection to the […]

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Apr 10th, 2015

How will Richmond Show its Spirit for Richmond 2015?

Editor’s note: What started as a nice email from Garden visitor Donna Copley after she enjoyed the Garden’s bicycle theme at this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights, A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden turned into a guest blog post. We enjoyed the photos and comments so much, we decided to share them with you. It’s exciting to see how […]

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Apr 7th, 2015

A Million Blooms on a Rainy Day

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A Million Blooms are still just as beautiful with a bit of drizzle.

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Mar 12th, 2015

Cherry Blossoms Make Debut on New Cherry Tree Walk

Text and photos by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever been issued a “save the date” card without an actual date? Seems silly I suppose, but with our new Cherry Tree Walk blooming for the first time this year, we are gearing up for a very exciting spring. Trouble […]

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