Sep 23rd, 2013

Sunny or Cloudy… Either Way, Butterflies Delight!

by Jane Cramer, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Visiting Butterflies LIVE! is a  delightful experience whether you visit on a sunny or cloudy day. Each kind of day has its advantages: SUNNY                                             […]

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Sep 19th, 2013

Ginter's Gem — a Daffodil Named for Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Aren’t friends great?!  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has so many wonderful friends.  We have friends who are great corporate partners, friends who are members and generous donors, we have over 500 friends who volunteer here at the Garden. But today, I want to talk about […]

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Sep 12th, 2013

Find Out What Treasures We'll Have at the Fall Plant Sale!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s that time of year  that I look forward to every year — our annual Fall Plant Sale is next week, September 20 – 21st. The Fall Plant sale is great opportunity to get some wonderful bargains. But what’s really special is you can buy plants […]

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Sep 3rd, 2013

Butterfly of the Month: Paper Kites

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Butterfly of the Month for September is the Paper Kite Butterfly (Idea leuconoe). If you have seen Paper Kites at Butterflies LIVE!  in the Conservatory, there are a few things that you  might have noticed: we have a lot of Paper Kites in the exhibit, they really […]

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Aug 28th, 2013

What's Your Favorite Butterfly?

by Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit my favorite butterfly changes like the weather changes. This week the Philaethria dido or Scarce Bamboo Page butterfly has caught my heart. Green is an uncommon color in the butterfly word so it stands out among its peers. This butterfly […]

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Aug 21st, 2013

A Crown Jewel

By Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Ever wonder what the butterflies in our Butterflies LIVE! exhibit think of people gawking at them? Some days they decide to gawk back–and even choose a guest of the day. It was a difficult decision, but they decided to crown this young lady Miss […]

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Aug 3rd, 2013

The Gift of Luna

by Jane Cramer, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you enjoy National Moth Week?   At  Butterflies LIVE! we love moths.  You may have  read about our Luna moth caterpillars in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit or seen them, but did you know there is a story behind them?  The Garden’s naturalist friend, Linda McBride, […]

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Aug 1st, 2013

An Insider's View of Butterflies LIVE!

by Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As an assistant butterfly curator in the house of butterflies aka  Butterflies LIVE!  I wear many hats. Sometimes I am a  gardener, teacher or butterfly body guard. The variety in my job lends to many interesting observations.  The hot, humid conditions are designed with the […]

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Jul 26th, 2013

A Perfect Garden Wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Editor’s Note: One thing we haven’t written much about on this blog is weddings. But, we love to host weddings! And for some, especially out-of-town guests, it’s a visitors first introduction to the Garden, so we want to make a good impression. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was named, a “Best of Weddings 2010 Winner” by The […]

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Jul 12th, 2013

Butterflies have Scales? Really!

by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Butterfly Team  Butterfly wings are covered in many tiny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. Scales come in many different shapes and in the past, have been used to classify butterflies. The different colors are either produced by the pigments contained in the caterpillar’s diet or by the […]

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Jul 11th, 2013

A Tale of Two Butterflies — Totally the Same, Yet Completely Different!

By Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Identifying butterflies can be a challenge when so many look similar, but the differences can make it tricky, too. Some butterflies are dimorphic, which means the male and female look very different. Take this pair of great yellow Mormons (Papilio lowii) – they look nothing […]

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Jul 4th, 2013

Happy July 4th!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you haven’t heard, admission to the Garden and to Butterflies LIVE! is free on July 4, so come on over for a visit!  We hope you will join us for our All-American Celebration, featuring the Happy Lucky Combo, and guests are invited to wear red, […]

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May 11th, 2013

Getting Ready for Butterflies

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Guess what!?!  Here at Lewis Ginter we are counting down the days ’til Butterflies LIVE!   In fact, it starts less than 2 weeks from today!  Chrysalides are already arriving at the Conservatory and we are setting them up in our emergence room. What’s new this […]

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Apr 19th, 2013

The Best of Richmond….

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s that time of year again when Richmond Magazine helps RVA decide the Best and Worst of Richmond. Last year, The Garden Shop was voted “The Best Place for Unusual Garden Ornaments”  — but did you know, we have so much more than that!  Why […]

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Feb 18th, 2013

Lindsay Cowles: Signature Artist for Cheers to Art

by Lindsay Cowles, guest blogger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden is Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Cheers to Art! is A chance to buy local art and support the Children’s Garden  at the same time. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music by Emme St. James and […]

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Feb 9th, 2013

Cheers to Art Benefits Important Children's Garden Programming

by Scott Hornby, Development Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When Loreen Hitch dropped off her kindergarten-age son Ethan for his first day of Green Adventures Camp at the Garden, little did she realize that she was setting off a chain of events that would lead to an amazing awakening and the liberation of a plucky little […]

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Jan 8th, 2013

Getting Ready for Orchids Galore with Fabric Plant Pockets

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Updated Jan 24, 2013 — see notes at the bottom.  This year for our Orchids Galore! exhibition at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, we are focusing on a rainbow of colors.  The exhibition opens on February 14th, so I won’t give away all of the secrets just yet, […]

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Dec 12th, 2012

Field Trip: Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although the weather is getting chilly in Richmond, VA, I want to highlight a recent trip to a warmer place.  A couple of months ago, I was down in Florida to watch the UF vs. South Carolina game (Go Gators!).  While I was there, I […]

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Dec 7th, 2012

Doll Houses Galore in the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Now here’s something fun! Take a virtual tour of the doll houses in the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!  During Dominion GardenFest of Lights, we have 17 doll houses on display. They range from a one-room greenhouse, to a diner, to […]

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Nov 28th, 2012

Raising Richmond: East + West = Magic

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on Raising Richmond a parenting blog  on   by Valerie Catrow, guest blogger,  via Raising Richmond I tend to get a bit weepy when I think about Lewis Ginter this time of year–the garden, not the guy. Now you might find it odd for a grown woman to tear up at the […]

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Nov 15th, 2012

This Year's Dominion GardenFest of Lights Map Features Botanical Interests

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our mission here at the Garden is education,  so over the past few years, we’ve tried to incorporate more and more botanical education and interest into Dominion GardenFest of Lights.  Hey, just ’cause it’s dark out doesn’t mean you can’t learn about nature, right!?  Last year, we […]

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Nov 11th, 2012

Origami Cranes for Beauty & Luck

by Victoria Waiton, Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The sight of an enormous rainbow chandelier dripping with strands upon strands of bright paper cranes does something to a person. Staring up at those 2,500 carefully folded works of art, I think, I want to make one. This year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights theme, “East Meets […]

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Nov 11th, 2012

Holiday Preview

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator It’s almost mid-November, and the Dominion GardenFest  of Lights preparations at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are nearing completion.  Here’s a sneak peek at a few of our Asian-themed ornaments and  floral displays on the Holiday Tree. This year’s theme is East Meets West.  Less […]

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Oct 22nd, 2012

Garden Keeper's Choice: The Empty Pot

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s nearly time for Dominion GardenFest of Lights and Merry Mondays with the Garden Keeper. GardenFest (or GF as we call it around here) is fast approaching and we better remind the GK that she needs to have a terrific book selected for reading aloud. Let’s go to […]

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Oct 4th, 2012

The Butterfly: A Study of the Ephemeral

Photos and text by John Laslett, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern  Butterflies are some of the most delicate creatures in the world. The butterfly, of all creatures, is most robbed of the power to destroy. Thousands may descend and produce little more than a fragile breeze,  the likes of which delights […]

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