Gardening & Horticulture

Jul 17th, 2013

Did you know Pomegranates can Grow in Virginia?

By Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recognize this fruit? It’s a pomegranate from a tree that’s been with the Garden for more than a decade! Horticulturalist Shannon Smith says, it was originally bought as a bonsai for a beverage-themed container garden, but has since been moved to its current location in […]

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Jul 16th, 2013

Gardening: Pitcher Plants are a Wetland Wonder

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Photos Don Williamson Photography 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 […]

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Jul 8th, 2013

Savoring Fine Vines

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch  Twisting, turning, twining and twirling – vines navigate the landscape in creative ways. While some cover and camouflage horizontal surfaces, others scale vertical walls, trellises and fences. Their handsome foliage provides visual interest as it forms living screens, softens hardscapes, reduces […]

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Jul 5th, 2013

Diggin' Potatoes

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  This week we harvested 204 lbs. of turnips, zucchini, red potatoes, beets, celery, and cherry tomatoes from the Community Kitchen Garden for FeedMore. 2013 year-to-date produce donated: 1,273 lbs. Also this week the Lewis Ginter Youth Volunteer Program (YVP), led by the […]

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Jul 3rd, 2013

Eden Woods: Adventures in Moss Gardening

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A couple of weeks ago, the Horticulture staff from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden went on a wonderful field trip to Norie Burnet’s moss garden, Eden Woods.  After finding that her 4-acre wooded lot in Bon Air was too shady to grow grass, Norie decided to nurture […]

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Jul 2nd, 2013

Genworth Generates Progress in the Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In June the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received a great push forward into the 2013 growing season. Twenty-two Genworth Financial associates contributed a combined total of 73 hours of gardening labor during one beautiful late spring morning. The array of tasks […]

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Jun 26th, 2013

Testing Our Limits with Celery

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we delivered 236 lbs. of produce of  red potatoes,  zucchini,  gherkins and celery to FeedMore from the Community Kitchen Garden.    The celery was a trial, since the Virginia Cooperative Extension  does not recommend celery for central Virginia. Although overall the […]

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Jun 24th, 2013

It's a Bloomin' Onion

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our yellow onion bulbs didn’t get very large in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, but the flower heads were dramatically beautiful during June. The tall flower stalks were amazingly sturdy, and cuttings have lasted for days in a bucket of water. […]

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Jun 20th, 2013

My Favorite Bloom: Sacred Lotus

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It probably seems like I say each bloom here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is my favorite. And it is true, for each season, each month, each moment, I do have a favorite flower.  The sacred lotus is one that I look forward to each […]

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Jun 19th, 2013

A Rainbow of Chard

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today staff and volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden harvested 32 lbs. of rainbow chard and 10 lbs. of beets and delivered it to FeedMore’s kitchen. That makes 40 lbs. of Swiss chard this week! Year to date produce donations: 282 lbs.  

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Jun 19th, 2013

How Blue is Blue?

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Last week, the hydrangea collection at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was used for a research project by Dr. Henry Schreiber, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Military Institute.  Dr. Schreiber is testing the color intensity of hydrangea sepals in different locations, to see if climate affects them.  In […]

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Jun 14th, 2013

Heavenly Hydrangeas: Highlights of the Summer Garden

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, photos by Janet Woody, Librarian, & Rich Waiton, volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginians love hydrangeas, in part because hydrangeas love Virginia. Several species of this woody ornamental thrive in our zone 7, adorning the summer landscape with voluptuous flowers and breathtaking beauty. […]

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Jun 13th, 2013

Brazilian Orchid Blooms in Conservatory

Text & photo by Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturalist/Orchid Grower, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.” – Georgia O’Keeffe This gorgeous corsage orchid, Cattleya tenebrosa (formerly Laelia tenebrosa), has just been put on display in the Conservatory. This species is native to […]

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Jun 10th, 2013

The Color of Goodness

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden There’s just something extra special about the color palette with fresh vegetables — fresh as in minutes after harvest, and in this case chilled to preserve the freshness. This week Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden staff delivered 102 lbs. of beets and […]

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May 31st, 2013

We Love Paris in the Springtime

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we made our first 2013 delivery of fresh produce from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore, 50 lbs. of romaine lettuce, 2 lbs. of  parsley, and  2 lbs. of  cilantro. The lettuce has a nice backstory: the seed was obtained from the Thomas Jefferson […]

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May 30th, 2013

Kroger Cares

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Earlier this month, we had our first visit from local Kroger associates to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Led by Shawn Embrose, the team mulched pathways, weeded, tested soaker hoses and planted tomatoes and eggplant. The Community Kitchen Garden is […]

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May 28th, 2013

Orchid Evolution Entertainment in the Conservatory

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Back in March, we told you  about award-winning illustrator Tyler Rhodes and his artistic orchid evolution project. Tyler was here each Saturday during Orchids Galore!  to engage children (and interested adults)  in a interactive drawing game while they visited. We drew quite a few orchids!  The […]

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May 27th, 2013

Lobster Claw Flower

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Don Williamson Photography If you are coming to visit Butterflies LIVE! make sure you stop to enjoy the Conservatory too! Check out these fabulous lobster claw flowers (Heliconias) blooms! You’ll find them in the East Wing of the Conservatory along with […]

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May 26th, 2013

A Capital Idea

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The  Community Kitchen Garden enjoyed a productive visit from 20 volunteers from Capital One’s Merchant Disputes department. Led by Wilma Rooney, the team accomplished a great deal of labor for the Garden, despite the surprisingly sweltering heat for early May.  During the past two […]

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May 24th, 2013

Pitcher Perfect

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This is for Claire and Peggy, bog plant experts at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) flowers have been harvested for drying. A shot from the rear, equally beautiful as the frontal view. The puffy center shields the anthers. […]

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May 22nd, 2013

"I thought all Echinacea was Purple…"

by Jay Austin, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever wondered where all these new Echinacea culitivars came from? With all the new red, orange, and yellow varieties out there now you may find yourself wondering, “Where do all these colors come from? I thought all Echinacea was purple!” Well, you would be 88.9 percent correct. […]

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May 21st, 2013

Magnolia Mania Is Alive and Growing

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator   The moniker “Magnolia Man” suits Bill Smith just fine. After all, he has devoted the last 15 years to creating, evaluating and distributing new and improved magnolia species for Virginia gardens. The […]

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May 19th, 2013

Floating Wetland Finds a Home at Lewis Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Jeannie Waltman & Jonah Holland A crew of Garden volunteers and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation planted  and installed a ‘floating wetland’ right here in Lake Sydnor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this week.  The floating garden is believed to […]

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May 5th, 2013

'Livin' Easy' in the Rose Garden this Spring

Photos & text by Jay Austin, Rose Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Rose season is officially upon us!  This is one of the first blooms to open this year, Rosa ‘Livin’ Easy’. Over the course of the next week, there will be tens of thousands of additional blooms of all shapes, sizes, and fragrances […]

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May 2nd, 2013

Evolve With Your Garden

By Frank Robinson, President & CEO, & Lynn Kirk, PR Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Accept it, gardeners — change is the norm for gardens and landscapes. Nature alters growing conditions through ever-changing weather and seasons, as does the interaction of plants, insects and wildlife. Man creates modifications each time he […]

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