Making a Difference in the Community

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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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 2nd, 2013

Family Fun Times 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Michelle Burdiss, Member, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My family and I have so many memories that involve Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that it is really hard to pick and choose what to share. It all started when my (now) husband proposed. It was Christmas time and right after I said, “YES!” (actually it was […]

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Jun 11th, 2013

Redskins Training Center Brings Beauty & Fitness to the Neighborhood

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond is all abuzz about Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center opening behind the Science Museum of Virginia next month. Can you blame us?! This is big news. Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we’re excited too. We’ve been thinking alot about how beautiful Richmond […]

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Jun 3rd, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies Comes to the IMAX at the Science Museum

Text & photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you probably know, we’re a bit crazy about butterflies right now.  Butterflies LIVE! is in full swing at the Garden…..and all over Richmond.   Here at the Garden you’ll find native butterflies outside everywhere. We’ve planted  butterfly-attracting plants not just in […]

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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 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 4th, 2013

Explore the Outdoors with the Children's Garden

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do you get when you take an empty field, add piles of twigs, branches, moss, cardboard boxes, stumps, seed pods, pine cones, raffia, magnolia leaves and fabric, and then add hundreds of children and their adults? A Loose Parts Party! That’s exactly what […]

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Apr 20th, 2013

What's Your Favorite Spot?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photographer Tyler Darden captured a sweet moment the other morning of a mother and child in the Flagler Perennial Garden.  It got me thinking, there are so many special places here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. What’s your favorite?

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Mar 29th, 2013

Bringing Gardens to Bloom for the Blind: VCU School of Engineering Makes it Real

by guest bloggers  Ruth Intress and Nan Johnson, originally published on WCVE’s Science Matters blog The colors, textures and landscaping at Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is all but hidden from people who are blind and visually impaired. But not for long. Christina Walinski, a Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering student and her professor, Dianne T.V. Pawluk, Ph.D., are creating a wireless device that could aid […]

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Feb 13th, 2013

The Greening of Urban Places & Spaces

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “It’s not about more pretty flowers. It’s about quality of life, tourism, economy, prosperity.” That’s how Frank Robinson, president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, introduced his collaboration with Lynden Miller at a recent seminar hosted by the Garden. Miller, who is an internationally renowned […]

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Jan 19th, 2013

Bending Sticks & Mother Nature's Child Featured at RVA Environmental Film Festival

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Boy is Richmond in for a treat! This year the  RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown, will feature a selection of incredible movies, including two that are sponsored by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The event is FREE and totally open to the community.   Let […]

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Sep 29th, 2012

Cole Crop Capstone

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Planting is now complete for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden cole crops. A diverse and energetic group of volunteers came to the garden on Saturday, September 22 and completed the planting of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. September 1 […]

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Aug 12th, 2012

The “Wow” Factor

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is all about the photograph. Well, not really the photograph but the subjects. The photographer forgot to remove the fingerprint-smeared protective lens filter, but the strong spirit of the subjects shines through the haze. What a great group […]

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Jun 9th, 2012

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — A Trip Down Memory Lane

Photos & text by guest blogger Kelly Eastman Combs I’m never surprised when my kids ask me to take them to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. I’ve been taking them since they were in a stroller. We’ve picnicked and picked vegetables in the Children’s Garden. We’ve had field trips and day trips. We’ve seen the butterflies and […]

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May 23rd, 2012

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Partners with Greater Richmond ARC

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Greater Richmond ARC‘s effort to facilitate people with developmental disabilities volunteering in meaningful work is growing, and now includes weekly visits to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to work on gardening projects. Groups of 10 adults with special needs travel with ARC staffers to Lewis Ginter […]

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May 21st, 2012

Altria Day of Sharing in the Community Kitchen Garden

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator On Friday, May 4, 21 members of Altria’s PMUSA Brand Management team came to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden to participate in a Day of Sharing. Led by Michael P. Goldman, the group split into three teams addressing the needs […]

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Apr 26th, 2012

Institute of Museum & Library Services Video with Frank Robinson, Lisa Watts & Chris Corsello

by Jonah Holland,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, PR & Marketing Coordinator  The Institute for Museum & Library Services  released a video last week featuring the 2011 National medal winners.  We thought you’d like to see the Garden’s video featuring our CEO, Frank Robinson, Garden volunteer Chris Corsello and his aide, Lisa Watts,  discussing the meaningful contribution Chris […]

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Apr 15th, 2012

Lewis Ginter Library Volunteer Has Big Plans to Help RVA Enjoy Nature

 by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Paul Keefer is a man in a hurry to take a walk.  A long walk from Rockett’s Landing to the western tip of Belle Isle to be specific.  Paul grew to love waterside recreation during his years living in Switzerland from 1995 to 2000.  He believes the James […]

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Feb 9th, 2012

Why Gardening Makes Me Happy

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Before I had kids, It used to be that whenever I felt grumpy, regardless of the season, I started work on my garden. In no time, my grumpiness floated away into the sky or down into the soil, I’m not sure. Hours passed.  I’d […]

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Jul 24th, 2011

Lewis Ginter’s Youth Volunteer Program Offers Meaningful Volunteer Experiences

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden has many fans. But some of its biggest supporters don’t know about everything that happens in the Children’s Garden. When you think of the Children’s Garden, you might think of the accessible-to-all tree house, festivals, art projects, or toddlers watering plants with […]

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Jul 5th, 2011

They’re Here

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Brian Vick, has volunteered at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.  He’s done such a fabulous job, that this week, the Garden hired him as the Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator.  He’ll be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater  Richmond, […]

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Dec 6th, 2010

HandsOn Greater Richmond Helps Lewis Ginter Prepare for Stickwork Sculpture

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With Dominion GardenFest of Lights in full swing, sometimes it’s hard to look ahead to the next season. But here at the Garden we are always planning the next big thing….and this year is no different.  In fact, it was earlier this fall  during […]

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