Gardening & Horticulture

Jul 30th, 2012

The Secret Life of Bees

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern What do you fear?  For me it’s snakes and getting stung by a bee, which makes working in the Garden an ideal place to get over my fears.  I haven’t seen any snakes in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, but I have seen a few […]

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Jun 18th, 2012

Mystical Majesty

Photos  by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Text by  Albert Brian Vick & Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is blooming at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Mystical, majestic and magnificent with a magical fragrance. Apparently all parts are edible, but there’s more than […]

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May 7th, 2012

Happy International Compost Week!

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Erin Wright is passionate about food and plants. This  post was  originally published on Erin’s blog, the Richmond Food Collective. Whether you pile it, bury it or feed the worms with it, composting is easy and critical to the food system. Talking about waste is not […]

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Apr 27th, 2012

Spring Plant Sale Features Plants Grown with Love by Garden Volunteers

by Kristen Ablamsky, PR & Marketing Intern,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s impossible to miss the smiles that quickly emerge when you mention the Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Volunteers and staff are buzzing around the Garden preparing for next week’s sale and sharing stories from years past. Volunteer, Jane Hartough, is in charge of plant […]

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Apr 14th, 2012

By Hook or by Crook: The Plunder of Orchids from the New World

by Victoria Waiton, Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden      On my most recent trip to the Conservatory, I tried to remember what it was like to see a cascade of Oncidium orchids for the first time, and wondered what it would feel like to walk through a forest and suddenly come across the […]

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Apr 11th, 2012

Inchworms, and more….

By Frank Robinson, President & CEO, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Let me begin by saying that there are pockets of the region, specifically in Mechanicsville and Hanover County, where extreme populations of inchworms have emerged this spring. As with anything in the extreme, “too much” is a problem. If you are reading this post you are […]

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Apr 10th, 2012

Spring Break Road Trip & the Robin

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I was growing up, spring break family vacations were often built around road trips that my parents planned to places none of us had seen before.  A road trip was literally the experience of seeing new territory from the back seat of a diesel […]

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Apr 1st, 2012

Free Bees or Freebies?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw an NBC12 article via Facebook on the possibility that State of Virginia would help support Virginia beekeepers (and farmers) by offering a tax credit to those who purchased hives.  Knowing that many of our members and fans […]

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Mar 1st, 2012

Parsnips — I'm a Big Fan

 by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While cooking some parsnips this weekend, I thought about how nice it is to discover a new food that’s good for you and easy to cook.  Ahh, the lowly parsnip has come into my life.  If parsnips had a Facebook page, I would click on the “Like” button […]

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Feb 9th, 2012

Why Gardening Makes Me Happy

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Before I had kids, It used to be that whenever I felt grumpy, regardless of the season, I started work on my garden. In no time, my grumpiness floated away into the sky or down into the soil, I’m not sure. Hours passed.  I’d […]

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Jan 3rd, 2012

Growing Veggies with Food Stamps — it's a SNAP

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that you could buy plants and seeds with food stamps? Over 46 million Americans use food stamps —  nearly 15 percent of the population — but many don’t know they use food stamps to buy plants that will produce food for […]

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Nov 11th, 2011

Adventures in Moving… with Bees!

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note:  We recently welcomed Grace Chapman, our new director of horticulture, to the Garden. This blog post is about her transition to Richmond, it originally appeared on Grace Chapman’s personal blog, Sewn and Grown.   After a great six years in the Philly area, life […]

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Nov 4th, 2011

"The Old Tree" in a New Light – A GardenFest-ful

By Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I know what it means … saw through my telescope … woodsmen … sawing down trees … with Xs on them … like ours….  They’re going to cut down our tree! As both author and illustrator, Ruth Brown brings to life bustling, bickering […]

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Oct 12th, 2011

Mushrooms are Popping up all Over & Milk Thistle to the Rescue

by  Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Here at the Garden and across Virginia, we’ve had a lot of mushrooms popping up recently — probably because of all the rain we’ve had.  Last week, you may have heard about the Northern Virginia man who became ill from eating mushrooms from his back yard.  The Times-Dispatch ran […]

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Oct 7th, 2011

Wicked Bugs: A Book Talk with Amy Stewart

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On October 20th, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  will host  GardenRant author and New York Times best-selling author, Amy Stewart.  She’ll be presenting Wicked Bugs: A Book Talk with Amy Stewart, in tandem with the launch of her new book: Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and other […]

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Sep 20th, 2011

DIY Compost, Compost for Kids, & Soil 101

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the great things about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that as a staff we are always learning.  Our weekly staff meetings might be just as likely to include a PowerPoint presentation on LewisG Ginter & the Civil War,  how to use […]

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Sep 20th, 2011

It’s Getting Cole

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It’s time to plant the “cole” crops: Brassica (Cruciferae) family members like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Five intrepid volunteers joined us for Fall planting day at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. “Intrepid” because they had no idea of the task before us: […]

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Sep 8th, 2011

Attracting Native Pollinators (and Flies!)

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We received a new book in the library just in time for fall garden planning. Attracting Native Pollinators, by Eric Mader and colleagues at The Xerces Society, is the book you need as you get ready for next spring and summer’s growing seasons. And what could be more […]

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Aug 14th, 2011

Breakfast on a Stick, or the “Perfect” Weed?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve allowed this Amaranth plant to mature – so far –  in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, adjacent to the cucumber patch. We wanted to determine exactly which variety we had – a “grain” amaranth or just the “weedy” variety. In the U.S., […]

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Aug 11th, 2011

Yellow Tomatoes, Anyone?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator It almost seems counter-intuitive for the idea of growing tomatoes, but sunshine is a double-edged sword. Tomato fruits actually need to be shaded somewhat by foliage, otherwise the result is the yellowing shown here, or even outright sun-scald, which has a bruising, destructive […]

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Aug 9th, 2011

Top Ten

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Always a provocative title, but here’s the thing. You’ve seen the pie tins hung in gardens to keep birds away, right? Well, this is the modern version. It’s too long a story to describe where I first saw this idea, but it’s been […]

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Aug 7th, 2011

Entomology 102: Leaf Bugs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is course number “102″, following the Entomology 101 course recently experienced in-depth with the Squash Bugs. After the Squash Bug assault, to put it mildly I’ve become more attuned to the presence of insects in the vegetable garden. Normally I completely […]

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Jul 30th, 2011

All Kinds of Wingnuts

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A few months ago, a friend introduced me to a new tree. He showed me a painting that looked a bit like this photo below, and told me it was a wingnut. I must have looked at him like he was crazy. Indeed that seemed […]

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Jul 23rd, 2011

Tomato Nose

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator In 2008 the European Union relaxed its previously strict rules against the marketing of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables, but only on 26 varieties – not including tomatoes. At the time of the announcement, European Commission spokesman Michael Mann said “This is a happy […]

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Jul 19th, 2011

Garden Day Trip: James Madison's Montpelier

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden After reading about James Madison in Andrea Wulf’s book Founding Gardeners, I added a trip to his Montpelier to my to-do list. My husband and I recently spent a pleasant day touring his restored home and grounds, which both appear very similar to the way he left them […]

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