Gardening & Horticulture

May 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Siberian Iris 'Blue Moon'

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With A Million Blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  it’s so hard to choose favorites, but the Siberian iris ‘Blue Moon’ are looking oh-so-lovely this week. Don’t miss them!

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Apr 19th, 2014

Riding the Weather Roller Coaster

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We started our formal schedule of Saturday and Monday morning volunteer sessions in the Community Kitchen Garden on April 12, and we’ve had a wild ride on the Central Virginia weather roller coaster (snow, heat, then frost). At this point we’ve planted red […]

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Apr 15th, 2014

Global Youth Service Day comes to the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This weekend we celebrated Global Youth Service Day by planting kale and lettuce transplants that we started in the Children’s Garden greenhouse earlier this year.  Our Service Learning Program volunteers  helped us plant the vegetables  in our newly established Youth Volunteer Display Garden. This garden consists of hollow log […]

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Mar 26th, 2014

Ginter 'Spicy White’ Could be Arriving Soon in Your Mailbox

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  You’ve been hearing about the fabulous Magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’ for a few years now. It’s a wonderful tree, created by one of our volunteers, Bill Smith, our resident magnolia hybridist. Described as a cross between Magnolia Tripetala ‘Bloomfield’ and Magnolia ‘R20-1′ (Magnolia sieboldii x M. ashei)  the blooms […]

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Mar 11th, 2014

Cherry Tree Walk & Peak Bloom Times for Cherry Trees

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator and Beth Monroe, Director of PR,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   If you are a fan of the Garden on Facebook, you may have heard about an exciting new  project at the Garden:  the Cherry Tree Walk. The “Cherry Tree Walk” is the working title of the project currently underway around […]

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Mar 8th, 2014

These Blooms will Transport You to the Tropics!

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, and  Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When polar temperatures put Central Virginia in a deep freeze, there’s one plant that can reliably transport you to the tropics: orchids! March is orchid month at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and we’ve upped the WOW factor by featuring orchids in […]

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Mar 4th, 2014

Queen Sago Has Babies 2 Ways

by Diane Carpenter, Public Relations Volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  This Queen Sago palm (Cycas circinalis), growing in our Conservatory, was derived from seeds collected on a U.S. exploring expedition between 1838-1842, and was given to us from the United States Botanic Garden. They are dioecious so have separate male and female plants. Although the […]

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Feb 23rd, 2014

‘New Homestead’ Connects Sustainability with Style

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Editors Note: Earlier this week we wrote about July Moir Messervy’s appearance at the Winter Symposium & CVNLA Short Course: Sublime + Sustainable.  Here’s Messervy’s take on green design solutions and creating a “New Homestead.” The size and sheen of […]

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Jan 14th, 2014

FREE Admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden January 14-19, 2014

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Have we got a treat for you! Starting today, and running through the end of the weekend, admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is completely FREE! If you’ve never been to the Garden before, this is a perfect chance to come see what we are […]

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Jan 13th, 2014

Gardening: Growing Trends for 2014

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Welcome to another year, another opportunity for gardening! Whatever your gardening interests and goals, perhaps you’ll discover inspiration from these 2014 trends, shared by Eva Monheim, a published writer and horticulture professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. Fruits and nuts […]

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Nov 18th, 2013

Living Lightly on the Land

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Plants might be dormant this time of year, but gardeners don’t have to be. Now is the time to plan spring gardens and landscapes. It’s also an opportunity to pause for a reality check: How are you affecting the environment? […]

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Nov 6th, 2013

Capital One Partners with Venture Richmond & Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to Make a More Beautiful RVA

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few weeks ago, more than 250+ dedicated Capital One volunteers worked  over 2  days to plant  more than 1,200 botanicals  throughout 13 blocks of downtown Richmond.  Venture Richmond, a non-profit organization focused on community enhancement, in partnership with the City of Richmond and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden were inspired to […]

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Oct 23rd, 2013

Gardening: Up-close Photos Bring Nature into Focus — High-tech Photography Reveals Hidden Wonders of Seeds

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch “It’s right in front of you, but you never see it,” said professional photographer Robert Llewellyn of Earlysville. He discovered that the natural world is fascinating — and sometimes surreal — if you pause long enough to really see it. […]

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Oct 21st, 2013

Here's to Welcoming Autumn

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photographer Michelle Burdiss, has an eye for catching magic moments here at the Garden. Perhaps is because she’s been coming her for years, or perhaps it’s because she always carries her camera with her, wherever she goes in the Garden.  As we welcome autumn and the […]

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Oct 20th, 2013

You May Have a Budding Horticulturist in the House

by David Pippin, Course Instructor, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The question often arises, “How and why did you become involved in horticulture?” As I stop to ponder my response, I realize my interest started when I was very young, probably 4- or 5-years-old. How could I remember such things? It was because they made great […]

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Oct 12th, 2013

Fall Gardening Tips: Raking, Mulching & Planting While Going Easy on Your Body

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We have a wealth of knowledge at the Garden!  And boy do we like to share it. Our mission, after all is education.  One way that we share our knowledge is by teaching  staff and Garden volunteers  about interesting Garden-related topics in a series called “15 […]

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Oct 4th, 2013

Just Another Beautiful Day in the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that food could be so beautiful? The tuber of the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) are eaten somewhat like a potato and are also called sunchokes. They do taste a bit like artichokes. You can find these beauties in the Children’s Garden.

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Oct 3rd, 2013

Hearts Are 'a Bustin'

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden visitor and Facebook fan Dinah Foreman found this beautiful plant by a creek in western Henrico County. Isn’t it awesome? She messaged us because she was looking for some help identifying it.  Any guesses?  Would you believe that the common name for this is […]

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Sep 27th, 2013

Lotus Pods, 2 Ways

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This past weekend, when I was in New York City, I got to taste a plant I’ve often enjoyed looking at,  but never eaten — the lotus. Each May, Lake Sydnor is filled with the white-pink blooms of the famed lotus, Nelumbo nucifera ‘Mrs. Perry […]

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Sep 21st, 2013

Cattails: Friend or Foe?

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch,  Loved by some, despised by others, such is the fate of cattails. A common sight in our region, cattails stand at attention like soldiers in tight formation guarding perimeters of ponds, rivers and marshes. Whether they’re friend or foe depends […]

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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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