Gardening & Horticulture

May 3rd, 2011

Effortless Gardening Class, New at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Cathy Butler, guest blogger & instructor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Cathy Butler is a certified Feldenkrais Method® instructor, who will be teaching a class on Effortless Gardening™ at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on May 14th -15 (10 am – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.) We’ve asked her to share a bit about her […]

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Apr 30th, 2011

Meadowmorphosis: Where do these sticks come from?

Note: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is working in concert with the  Virginia Department of Forestry to harvest  young red maple saplings in Chesterfield County and sweet gum saplings  from Hanover County for “Meadowmorphosis” a stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that will be created May 2-22 and here to be enjoyed for years to […]

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Apr 21st, 2011

The Spring Plant Sale is Just Around the Corner

by Brenda Brown, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s never just another day at the Garden —  we’re always working on another way to help you enjoy plants.  Wondering what’s up next? Our annual Spring Plant Sale!  Our volunteers and staff have been preparing for months  growing the plants we’ll sell, organizing enriching […]

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Mar 23rd, 2011

Free Trees!

Henrico County residents can pick up a few free trees (up to 10) tomorrow or Friday at Dorey Park or Hermitage High School, respectively, courtesy of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District. Trees  are beautiful,   add shade, increase property values, help save energy, and protect our watershed.  Do your part and plant a tree! […]

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Mar 4th, 2011

There's A Lot of Pruning Going On in the Rose Garden!

by Brenda Brown, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Visit the Garden this week and you will most likely see rose beds that are being prepared for this spring. You might be wondering why roses are being pruned so early and you may be thinking that fluctuating weather should be a deterrent for […]

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Mar 1st, 2011

Time to Fertilize the Lawn — Or Is It?

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Those of us with lawns can’t wait for them to green up.  Winter has been dreary and we need a good dose of green right about now.  It so sad to look at a broad expanse of flattened, brown, dormant grass. If you’ve never had your soil […]

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Jan 14th, 2011

The Winter King

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hawthorne trees have something to offer all year round, but right now, the ‘Winter King’ is one of the showiest trees in the garden. We have three planted together in a striking display on the edge of the west parking lot (outside of the Garden Shop/westside Visitor […]

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Sep 19th, 2010

Dawn Redwoods Draw Attention on Monument Avenue

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our wonderful volunteers, Linda Miller, was talking about the dawn redwoods planted on Monument Avenue in the median strip near her home.  She had enjoyed watching the young trees grow and develop their graceful feathery foliage. But towards late October the leaves […]

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Jul 29th, 2010

High-Tech Botany!

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I recently had the privilege of visiting the Botanical Garden and the Technical University at Delft, (TU for short), in the Netherlands.  TU has one of the world’s leading initiatives in applied botanical research with a focus on solving modern-day problems. The Delft Botanical Garden has […]

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Jul 20th, 2010

A Dry Summer Means the Botanical Garden Team Pulls Together

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I write the following to document and interpret the impact of our weather on the Garden, but more so to commend the horticultural, operations, maintenance and volunteer staff for the superb job you have done under really difficult conditions in recent weeks, with special thanks to […]

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Jun 8th, 2010

Beautiful Surprises in the Conservatory

by Frankie Geouge, Conservatory Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Conservatory is full of botanical surprises, even for a seasoned gardener.  One of these is the delightful Jaboticaba Plinia Cauliflora, of the family Myrtaceae.  Also called the “Brazilian grape,” this slow-growing evergreen is widely cultivated in its native country.  What I find most […]

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Apr 21st, 2010

New at the Spring Plant Sale: Container Planting Demonstration

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter’s Spring Plant Sale is almost here! I just talked to the Garden’s Volunteer Coordinator, Darlene VanLaan,  and she reminded me — this is a hugely popular event! Plant enthusiasts line up long before the sale starts to be the first to get […]

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Nov 12th, 2009

The Gillette Forum: My Reframed Beauty

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I came away from the Gillette Forum completely in awe of the job that landscape architects who are committed to creating beautiful but sustainable landscapes have. The task of  convincing those with the power (the client) to do the right thing environmentally, seems daunting — […]

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Oct 24th, 2009

Gurglepots, Buddha Boards and More

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This year Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is hosting the Museum Stores of Richmond’s Holiday Shoppers Fair (Friday, Nov. 6 & Saturday, Nov. 7). Fifteen Richmond-area museum stores in one place for two days! Talk about interesting gift ideas. When I glanced through the […]

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Oct 8th, 2009

Timeless Design in a Sustainable World: The Charles Gillette Forum

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In just a few short weeks, we will be hosting internationally known landscape architects here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for the Gillette Forum.  Timeless Design in a Sustainable World: The Charles Gillette Forum,  will feature Thomas Woltz, ASLA, principal at Nelson Byrd Woltz, in […]

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Oct 7th, 2009

Bye Bye Butterfly

by Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last call! This is the final week of Butterflies LIVE! at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the butterflies are going out on a high note. Just last week a new shipment of chrysalides came in – including some species we’ve not yet had. […]

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Oct 2nd, 2009

Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness Podcast — Final Edition, Rachel Flynn & Leni Sorensen

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I’m pleased to release the last two podcasts featuring Rachel Flynn and Leni Sorensen, who spoke recently at our symposium:  Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness. Rachel Flynn, the City of Richmond’s Director of Community Development, spoke candidly about what’s working well in […]

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Sep 24th, 2009

Tulips: Wild, Willful, Ruination of an Economy? Find out October 6!

by Phyllis McLeod Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I love tulips in the spring.  I love them in vases and have never wanted to tame their twining, twirling habits as cut flowers.  Their bright, clear colors and elegant shapes are so satisfying.  I love watching . I love tulips in the spring.  […]

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Sep 17th, 2009

Fall is Great for Planting. Really.

by Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While most people think of spring as the best time for planting, avid gardeners know fall can actually be the best. First of all, it helps to know the difference between an annual and a perennial. Annuals typically only last one season, while perennials […]

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Sep 7th, 2009

Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness — A Podcast, Philadelphia Green

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few weeks ago, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosted Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness as part of our 25th anniversary celebration hosted by the Robins Foundation. Here is the first of several podcasts from that event from the Philadelphia Green panel, including: […]

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Sep 1st, 2009

Lewis Ginter's Artists Work Featured at American Horticulture Society's Headquarters

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter’s own, botanical illustration teacher, Juliet Kirby, has her art featured at River Farm, the American Horticulture Society’s headquarters, just outside of Alexandria, VA. The show, Eyes on Nature: Botanical Artist Bring Their Views to River Farm, will run though Jan. 4, 2010. In […]

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Jul 16th, 2009

Enjoy Lewis Ginter's Lotus Blooming Time Lapse Movie

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond Time Lapse, recently filmed this amazing time lapse movie, right here at Lewis Ginter! Time lapse is such a great tool because it shows progress over time — but in a very quick way. Our Lotus Blooming movie, was filmed over about a week […]

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Dec 3rd, 2008

Ode to Virginia's 1,000-year-old Tree

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I didn’t know that Virginia’s largest tree was 80 miles southeast of Richmond. And I didn’t know that the 123-foot-tall and 12-1/2 foot-wide tree was 1,000 years old or older.  But the Washington Post reported this week that the ancient bald cypress died recently after a year […]

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Oct 14th, 2008

Henrico Extension Office Offers Master Gardener Class

Want to learn more about gardening?    If you have Tuesday and Thursday mornings free, here’s the perfect way to become an expert: The Henrico County Extension Office is looking for gardeners interested in completeing the 2009 Master Gardener training program.  The Master Gardener training program is an extensive class that teaches in aspects of horticulture in detail.  Topics include  lawn care, […]

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