Gardening & Horticulture

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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Sep 18th, 2013

Cultivars & Nativars, Oh My!

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know….. That the word “cultivar” is an abbreviation of “cultivated variety”?  It means that from the straight species , either (1) natural cross pollination, (2) natural mutation, (3) humans cross pollinating, or (4) humans genetically modifying plants, resulted in a plant looking different in […]

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Sep 9th, 2013

Jewelweed to the Rescue!

by Katelyn “Katie” Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I found out about jewelweed soap when I was doing research on medicinal plants for a family workshop I held in July called “Pick Your Poison.”  The workshop talked about identifying harmful plants such as poison ivy, and finding common backyard plants that could […]

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Sep 7th, 2013

Hostas Make an Interesting Addition to Any Garden

by Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hostas are a popular choice for gardeners because of their beautiful foliage and shade tolerance. In fact, the color of the leaves can help determine how much shade is appropriate. In general, blue-leafed hostas require the most shade, while hostas with gold, yellow or white […]

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Sep 5th, 2013

Bamboo Harvest Sweet Sound to Garden's Ears

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw contacted Horticulture Director Grace Chapman to see if his students could harvest bamboo at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, it was music to Chapman’s ears. Bamboo is considered a “nuisance plant” by many due to its […]

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Aug 31st, 2013

5 Easy Tips for an End-of-Summer Garden Makeover

by Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director, and Grace Chapman, Horticulture Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer’s end can be a challenging time for gardens. Some plants may not have fared so well, yet in our mid-Atlantic region, we still have a couple more months of the growing season. What’s a gardener to do? […]

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Aug 18th, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are now starting into our third month of harvesting here at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We have delivered a large variety of vegetables to FeedMore, totaling 3,600 pounds of fresh produce as of August 9. This is over 1/3 of […]

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Aug 16th, 2013

Joe Pye in the Sky

Text and photos by Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s hard to miss the stands of Joe Pye weed while passing through West Island Garden. These towering pink-purple plants cover the banks on both sides of the pond, some of them more than 6 feet high. But if you really […]

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Aug 12th, 2013

Bringing People & Plants Together to Improve Communities

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in summer means you’ll hear the sounds of teenagers chatting between rows of Swiss chard and beets, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.  Each week, a dedicated handful of area teens leave the comforts of air conditioning  or […]

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Jul 30th, 2013

Take 5 with Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Acting as the Garden’s reporter, as I was recently referred to, is a really fun job. It gives me a reason to ask questions, be curious, and find out what’s going on in all different parts of the Garden.  When we the Garden hires someone […]

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Jul 24th, 2013

Handiwork

  Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you have 42 cherry tomato plants it takes a lot of hands, and often,  to effectively harvest the ripening fruit. Our variety in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is Jasper (Solanum lycopersicum), a disease -resistant F1 hybrid grown in […]

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Jul 21st, 2013

Did you know?

by Sue Key,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Volunteer Garden Guide …..That the small blue flowering tree on the side of the Healing Garden opposite the Fountain Garden is called a chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)?  This aromatic shrubby tree can also be seen blooming in the Flagler Garden, as well as in Richmond along Broad Street, […]

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Jul 19th, 2013

Knockout Bloom: Blackberry lily; Belamcanda chinensis

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I always thought that the blackberry lily, Belamcanda chinensis, got its name from the blackberry colored-specks on the  flower petals. But one day I was strolling through the Asian Valley and as I walked by the blackberry lilies, I saw what looked like a blackberry […]

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Jul 18th, 2013

Beneficial Buckwheat

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Common buckwheat is sometimes used as a “honey crop,” because bees love it, especially in September when other nectar sources are dwindling. Have you ever heard of a “smother crop”? Buckwheat is a good competitor to weeds because it germinates rapidly, and […]

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