Making a Difference in the Community

May 15th, 2015

Celebrating our First Harvest

Last week was an important week in the Community Kitchen Garden: we made our first harvest of the season! On Monday morning I had the pleasure of working with Lewis Ginter volunteer Diane Kerns and HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteer Becky Potter, and we harvested 81 pounds of lettuce and kale. That’s nowhere near the largest […]

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May 8th, 2015

Garden Love Comes Full Circle

Yesterday I came across these two lovely women as they were exploring the Central Garden. Mother, Therese Wilson, and daughter, Caroline McLean, were going for a stroll on a beautiful morning. I noticed that they were taking much more interest in the cultivars of specimen than many of our guests – examining the botanical tags, smelling each […]

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Apr 17th, 2015

Vegetable Gardening Help: Harlequin Bugs

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horiculturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A recent Tweet from the folks over at Kersey Creek Elementary School in Hanover County got us thinking about Harlequin bugs and how we can help provide suggestions for combating them organically. There are many pesky insects pest that you will most likely run into sooner or […]

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Apr 10th, 2015

How will Richmond Show its Spirit for Richmond 2015?

Editor’s note: What started as a nice email from Garden visitor Donna Copley after she enjoyed the Garden’s bicycle theme at this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights, A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden turned into a guest blog post. We enjoyed the photos and comments so much, we decided to share them with you. It’s exciting to see how […]

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Apr 7th, 2015

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Since Richmond is going bike-crazy getting ready for Richmond 2015, we thought we’d join the fun and share this photo with you! Check it out: the baby is riding between the 2 adults and no one is wearing a helmet! I love how the […]

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Apr 4th, 2015

Did You Spot Something Beautiful on I-95?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Notice something beautiful on I-95 North this week? Yes, daffodils! Thanks to a partnership between Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Virginia Department of Transportation there’s a little more beauty on your commute. In fact, 5,000 times more daffodils than were here last year. Varieties include […]

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Apr 1st, 2015

Free Trees!

 by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Don’t miss this free tree seedling giveaway for Henrico County residents. They’ve got a few of our favorites — apple, Kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, redbud, white dogwood and more. Thank you to Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District for providing this […]

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Mar 8th, 2015

Arboreal: Recent Works by Hillary Waters

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Walking down the hall in the Kelly Education Center yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice a very lovely art exhibit going up at Ginter Gallery II. The first thing that struck me was the movement. My walking stirred the air and in turn rippled across […]

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Mar 2nd, 2015

Volunteers Get HandsOn in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Hilaire Ashworth, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Today volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond  helped Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden staff prepare for the spring growing season in the Community Kitchen Garden. Since the weather has been too cold to plant anything outside, volunteers assisted with repotting seedlings in the greenhouse. There are approximately 3,000 seedlings already started and […]

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Feb 6th, 2015

Richmond Cycling Corps, RABA + CVNLA Add Trees to Armstong High School Bike Park

Richmond Cycling Corps, Richmond Area Bicycling Association and the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association are making a difference in Richmond.  Richmond Cycling Corps created a place where teens can be fast, wild and free — on their bikes. They can make friends,  set goals, challenge their bodies in a ways that they never thought they could, set personal […]

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Jan 17th, 2015

Volunteers Who Give, and Give…..

We’d like to announce Gary McNutt as the January Volunteer of the Month. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has over 600 volunteers and each month we take time out to recognize one. The Volunteer of the Month gets the honor of parking in a special space in our parking lot, a gift certificate to the Garden […]

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Jan 13th, 2015

FREE Garden Admission Now through January 18, 2015

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden You know Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is beautiful year-round, right!? Pssssst.  Let me let you in on a little secret! We are offering FREE Garden admission through Jan. 18, 2015 (while the Garden Cafe is closed). Not only do we have blooms outside, but we also […]

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Jan 8th, 2015

Highlights of The Year in Review

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   2014 has been a remarkable year for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. In many ways, 2014 is the year we’ve come full circle.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors announced this week that President and CEO Frank Robinson will retire on March 31, 2015, after […]

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Nov 27th, 2014

Showing Thanks to our Volunteers  & Community Partners

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist Laura Schumm just sent the end-of-the-year update on our Community Kitchen Garden benefiting FeedMore. The timing is perfect, because it reminds me of all the wonderful things I am thankful for today on this day of Thanksgiving. Last week six volunteers from the […]

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Nov 25th, 2014

Faison School Students Get Work Experience & Help the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has had an established recycling program for years, but one area we needed help with was our Children’s Garden recycling.  Hundreds of school groups come each year to the Garden on field trips, and many bring cans and other items that can be […]

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Nov 16th, 2014

VCU Service Learning Students Find A Love of Gardening & Giving Back

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Earlier this fall I ran into three young people just ending their shift at the Community Kitchen Garden.  They were younger than our typical Community Kitchen Garden volunteers and I immediately noticed them because they were all wearing VCU  shirts, my alma mater. Typically, we see […]

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Nov 2nd, 2014

Blue Sky Partners with Ginter to Make Hands-On Science Education Fun

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We were delighted to have Blue Sky Fund and Richmond Public Schools‘ Bellevue Elementary School  5th graders back at the Garden this week continuing their outdoor science learning. (We wrote about their first visit to the Garden a few weeks ago.) The visit had three components: service […]

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Oct 27th, 2014

The Significant Contributions of Bees

Editor’s Note:  Children’s Garden Educator, Kristi Orcutt launched the first Lunch & Learn program for Garden volunteers in September – it got great reviews — and the volunteers said it was  fascinating. Kristi’s topic, The Significant Contributions of Bees, is very relevant today, so we thought we’d share Kristi’s recap with you. by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Educator, […]

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Oct 5th, 2014

Enter our #TREEStory Instagram Contest!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the things I love most about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are the memories that I connect with certain plants and people. Walking around the Garden and seeing those particular plants makes me think of people I love.  Always and forever, I will associate […]

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Oct 4th, 2014

Creating a More Beautiful RVA

by Randee Humphrey, Director of Education, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week, several dozen community influencers rallied at the Garden for a “roll up your sleeves” workshop that focused on developing components for a Community Greening ToolKit.  The ToolKit is an outcome of conversations over the past year about how to create an enabling environment in […]

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Aug 1st, 2014

The Porch Bunch: Meeting New & Old Friends at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Jane Kemper emailed me last week with a request I had never had. She wanted to SKYPE with a friend from France while here in the Garden Café.  Cool idea!  While we couldn’t make the logistics of that Skype conversation work, I did get to […]

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Jul 3rd, 2014

CarMax: Giving Back in the Community

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  During June, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was the fortunate recipient of 258 hours of volunteer service donated by 86 Richmond area CarMax Associates. They tackled nine Volunteer Team-Builders  projects here, making the Garden eligible for an additional $9,000 donation.  The CarMax Foundation had a record-breaking volunteer blitz in […]

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May 2nd, 2014

The Sweet Sounds of Creating & Playing with Music

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw  approached the Garden last fall to see if we had any bamboo we could spare, we were thrilled.  Bamboo, as you may know, is highly invasive, and without people or pandas to eat the young shoots here at the Garden, […]

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Apr 21st, 2014

Spring Plant Sale Round Up

 by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I bet you know about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale (May 1-3, 2014), and I bet you know about Maymont’s Herbs Galore (coming up this weekend), but did you know that Hermitage Technical Center has a Spring Plant Sale too!? Plant-lovers unite! Let’s […]

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Apr 9th, 2014

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Happy National Volunteer Week! Here at the Garden, we’re celebrating our volunteers as often as we can. After all, there would be no Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden without them.  Less than 2 weeks ago, you  may have read about our annual volunteer […]

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