Gardening & Horticulture

Jul 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Verbena Hastata Loves the Swamp

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  At today’s “15 minutes in the Garden” with Horticulturist Jay Austin, one bloom stole the show —  Verbena hastata or swamp verbena. It loves the boggy area around the West Island Garden, and has an unusual pointed form that caught our eye.  It’s certainly pretty […]

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Jun 29th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Thalia Dealbata

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This beauty  — Thalia dealbata — likes to get its feet wet! You’ll find this hardy water canna in the creek off of Lake Sydnor near the West Island Garden, you can also view it from the Lotus Bridge.

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Jun 27th, 2014

Daylilies: Gifts of Love & A Great Reason to Seize the Day

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Daylilies blooming pretty much everywhere  is a sure sign that summer is in full swing at the Garden. Thousands of cultivars of day lilies exist, and here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we are lucky to have quite an extensive collection. Many of our daylilies or Hemerocallis […]

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Jun 13th, 2014

Love Hydrangeas? Don’t miss this Walk & Talk

Have we got a treat for you! One of our longtime volunteers, Rich Waiton, is leading a series of  walks and talks on hydrangeas, our favorite summer shrub. Tours are timed throughout peak successive bloom time, so take more than one if you can.  Registration is required, but free for Garden Members. On this tour, […]

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Jun 12th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Iris Ensata

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One question we get asked a lot here at the Garden is, “What’s in bloom?”  We don’t want you to miss any of your favorite blooms, so we are constantly updating our Twitter feed, Instagram, Facebook page and of course our blog. […]

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Jun 11th, 2014

Pitcher Plants in the West Island Garden are Thriving

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A cunning carnivore with an inescapable death trap silently waits for prey in some southeastern wetlands. Its exotic markings and distinctive beauty are enhanced by sugary secretions and sometimes enticing odors that lure unsuspecting victims to draw near. While exploring its sweet, […]

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Jun 7th, 2014

Dirt? NOPE! It's Just Compost

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We love recycling at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We also love partnering with like-minded organizations. That’s why Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proud to partner with the MeadWestvaco Foundation,  supporting sponsor of  Butterflies LIVE!  and also our composting partner.   The […]

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May 15th, 2014

Blue Sky Fund… Nothing but Blue Skies

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Blue Sky Fund organization exists to get inner-city kids out into the great outdoors for various types of experiential education. The organization’s core values include “Discovery through learning about nature, spirit, and self, Unity through working together with our team, neighbors, and diverse communities, Respect by […]

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May 13th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Peonies

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With A Million Blooms, it’s hard to keep up with them all! I have to tell you though when I walked through the Asian Valley this morning, the light was perfect, and the blooms looked better than I’d ever seen them. ….something I just had […]

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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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