Events

Nov 26th, 2014

More Sneak Peek Photos of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  We’ve been telling you how excited we are about this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights for weeks now. Finally, opening day — GardenFest Illumination is nearly here. On Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, the day after Thanksgiving, we’ll illuminate the Garden kicking off the season with a trick […]

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Nov 24th, 2014

New Sculpture Graces Rose Garden During Dominion GardenFest

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Local artist John Meola crafted this pyramid-shaped sculpture out of recycled bikes and bike parts in the Rose Garden. In fact, he’s just putting the final touches on it now. The airplane on top is a pedal-powered bike too. I can’t wait to see it […]

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Nov 23rd, 2014

See Historic Richmond Landmarks in Miniature at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

Shannon Smith is a woman with a vision.  As senior horticulturist and GardenFest coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, she gets to creatively envision how our 40-acre botanical garden will look with half a million LED lights, embodying a new theme. Each year, Dominion GardenFest of Lights is different. And each year, Smith, along with her GardenFest team, […]

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Nov 22nd, 2014

Top Holiday Illumination Events in Richmond for 2014

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond is known for its tacky lights. We’re also known for our classy lights too. Here’s a roundup of the top illumination events in Richmond this holiday season. If you really love the holidays, you’ll want attend them all! Mark your calendar, these are just […]

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Nov 21st, 2014

Bikes in Trees! ….With a Little Help From our Friends

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Davey Tree Expert Company, Inc.  volunteered their time to help us install bikes in our ginkgo tree in front of historic Bloemendaal House last week. The bikes are wrapped in lights and will be an exciting surprise for our Dominion GardenFest of Lights visitors. We […]

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Nov 19th, 2014

Gingko Lends Itself to Ephemeral Art

We’ve been having fun at the Garden this week. Maybe a little too much fun! There are bikes hanging in trees, bike sculptures on their way, bikes in garlands and on holiday trees. There’s even a miniature version of historic Richmond landmarks made out of botanicals in the train display in the Conservatory. (That’s a […]

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Nov 18th, 2014

A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  As you may have heard, the theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights  is all about bikes — a nod to the Garden’s history as the hub of Richmond cycling in the late 1800s. But we also choose the bike theme to share our excitement about […]

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Nov 11th, 2014

Legacy: Bicycle "Craze" Hits Richmond Again

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   120 years ago, Richmond was swept up in a national “bicycle craze.” The popularity of cycling soared with the arrival of safe, affordable bicycles, available to all ages and genders. The fervor of the times prompted changes in the activities of women and their fashions, spurred communities to […]

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Nov 8th, 2014

Shopping to Support Local Businesses & Nonprofits

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of my favorite ways to support local businesses and non-profits is by shopping for Christmas presents right here in Richmond. I like that my  money stays in the Richmond community, or better yet stays in Richmond AND  helps a local nonprofit. Plus, my family […]

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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 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 10th, 2014

Dance & Sing the Day Away in the Rose Garden at Rose Fest

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The roses are going crazy with blooms, just in time for this weekend’s Rose Fest. We hope you can join us!  Aside from thousands of blooming roses, we also will have some great special activities. Saturday join Capitol Opera Richmond in the Rose Garden Performances will be […]

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Oct 8th, 2014

Leopard Lacewing: 2 Beauties in 1

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Which side do you like best? Don’t forget — last chance to see Butterflies LIVE!  The exhibit closes on Sunday (Oct. 12, 2014).  

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Oct 5th, 2014

Enter our #TREEStory Instagram Contest!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the things I love most about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are the memories that I connect with certain plants and people. Walking around the Garden and seeing those particular plants makes me think of people I love.  Always and forever, I will associate […]

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Sep 28th, 2014

A Leaf? or a Butterfly?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Just one more reason that nature is amazing: here’s the Orange Dead Leaf butterfly (Kallima inachus). Perfect mimic for a dead leaf. Wish I could catch this one with his wings open — then you’d see bright orange and purple-blue. Don’t forget, Butterflies LIVE! closes […]

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Sep 19th, 2014

Divisions from the Garden — A Few of our Favorites!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden So you already know the Fall Plant Sale is today, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. But did you know that this year, we are highlighting plant divisions from our favorite perennials right here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden? Come on […]

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Sep 14th, 2014

Artist Talk: Woody Woodroof on Botanical Cyanotypes Show 'Invasives'

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Organic farmer, community organizer, and artist Woody Woodroof  creates large scale botanical cyanotypes on fabric using the power of the sun. His work combines farming, the environment, and art, and asks viewers to slow down and notice the intricacy and beauty of the everyday plants and […]

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Sep 2nd, 2014

Save the Date: Making Beauty Sustainable The Gillette Forum

By examining the critical processes of plant ecology and applying them to landscape and planting design, we inspire a dialogue about how to responsibly design, install, and manage the environment to mitigate and slow down climate change. Over an evening and a day, four prominent landscape designers and garden writers approach the modern expression of […]

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Aug 21st, 2014

A Little Love From Our Visitors….

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Garden visitor Natalie Robinson Dean sent us the best Facebook message with these photos: My 2-year-old and I visited yesterday for the first time and had an absolute blast. Thank you so much for the excellent hospitality and I guess it goes without saying, my […]

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Aug 16th, 2014

Announcing the Winners: Instagram #Bflies Contest

Photos & text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Congratulations to @sarabeejensen our Butterflies LIVE! Instagram contest Grand Prize winner. Sara wins a prize package valued at $500 including a night at the Jefferson Hotel Richmond and passes to come back to enjoy Butterflies LIVE! with 11 friends. Judging this contest was very […]

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May 21st, 2014

Mother’s Day Revisited, the Year of Exploration

by Megan Compton, Education Assistant,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden     Having brought our families to Mother’s Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for the past six years, my best friend and I generally know what to expect. Each of the previous years, we sat at the tables, enjoyed our lunch, and watched our girls dance […]

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May 12th, 2014

Growing the Spring Plant Sale: Thank you Volunteers!

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Spring Plant Sale was a huge success! Thanks to many, many Garden volunteers, we raised just over $33,000 at this year’s sale. The total includs $422 earned by the Geezers for their potting bench, commissions paid by vendors who had booths at the sale, $1,480 in […]

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May 7th, 2014

Explore the Outdoors: When Everyone Slows Down, Amazing Things Happen

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden For two years in a row, we’ve arrived at Explore the Outdoors with a van full of familiar, readily-available natural materials (sticks, stumps, moss, gum balls, grapevine, pine cones, etc.) and watched the creativity unfold as families spend un-structured time creating masterpieces of art and engineering out […]

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Apr 30th, 2014

Treasures at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Spring Plant Sale, May 1-3

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  The Spring Plant Sale is May 1, 2 & 3, 2014. Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden If you’ve been coming to our […]

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