Making a Difference in the Community

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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Sep 25th, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Where Culinary Arts & Gardening Intersect

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Michelle Zhu is a long-time participant in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program, a volunteer opportunity for youth (ages 13-18). Participants in this program work a variety of areas including the Community Kitchen Garden, which harvests food for FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. Michelle participates every summer and comes every […]

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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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Mar 27th, 2014

Volunteers Honored; Julie Abbott Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  This week Garden staff gathered to honor our 500+ volunteers. Five-hundred PLUS! That’s alot of volunteers you say? Yes it is.  And our volunteers are some of the most hardworking, dedicated helpful people you’ll find.  This morning, as I walked through the Garden on […]

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Mar 10th, 2014

Coming Away Inspired……

by Madelyn Phillips, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I got to spend a week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a mini-mester-intern experience. I’m a student at Trinity Episcopal School, which requires that each year, every member of the junior class finds and obtains a job in a career or field of interest. […]

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Jan 23rd, 2014

Garden’s E-news – Sign Up

Did you know that you can sign up for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s enews to get updates on what’s happening at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?  In our e-newsletter, we highlight what’s in bloom,  special events like A Million Blooms, Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration, Flowers After 5, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO brick exhibit and more. We’ll send […]

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Nov 27th, 2013

Here's How You Can Be a Part of a More Beautiful RVA

Editors Note: Beautiful RVA  is a a regional coalition of public and private agencies and organizations invested in improving the quality of life in greater Richmond through public horticulture, urban greening and beautiful place-making initiatives. Meetings are held every other month and are open to anyone who would like to attend.  This is a recap of […]

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Nov 12th, 2013

What's Farm to Schools Week All About?

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden All over the Commonwealth, schools are celebrating Farm to School Week (November 11th -15th). The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) designated this week to encourage schools from kindergarten through college to use Virginia Grown foods in their cafeterias.  Local Food Hub, a […]

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Oct 24th, 2013

A Botanical Makeover in Richmond, Va.

If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you know the allure of the “makeover.” We love to see dramatic, positive change happen right before our eyes. I had the chance to witness such an event yesterday with a “botanical makeover” in Richmond, Va. Thirteen blocks of the RVA Arts District were transformed with 49 planters, 526 bags […]

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Oct 18th, 2013

My Adventures with the Yelp Small Business Advisory Council

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This summer I was selected to serve on Yelp’s Small Business Advisory Council (YSBAC), representing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. YSBAC is made up of a very diverse group of business owners from the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia.  The YSBAC members […]

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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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