More about the Garden

Jul 31st, 2016

Folklore in the Healing Garden

Every plant has a story. Long before any humans roamed the planet, the earth was covered with a magnificent variety of plant life. Fields grew wild with flowers and grasses in their native lands and climates. Only natural processes, such as wind or animals were around to help them spread to new places. Now, many […]

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Jul 29th, 2016

#Bflies Instagram Contest

Have you heard? Our Butterflies: LIVE! exhibit is back open for business! The exhibit was closed following storm damage to the Conservatory, where our butterflies live. Our amazing crew has worked hard to make the necessary repairs, and now the butterflies are fluttering about once again. #Bflies Instagram Contest With the reopening of our Butterflies: LIVE! exhibit, […]

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Jul 23rd, 2016

National Moth Week

  Today we begin a worldwide and week-long celebration of those somewhat elusive and undervalued insects known as moths. Possessors of natural beauty, their typical camouflage patterns and night-flying habits cause them to sometimes pass unnoticed. Though they are quite unlike the much showier butterflies, it is the oddities and quirks of moths that make them so fascinating. So […]

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Jun 24th, 2016

Conservatory in Miniature

The Garden in LEGO Bricks Courtesy of RVA LEGO User Group Editor’s Note: The Richmond LEGO User Group, RVA LUG, recently created a LEGO brick masterpiece. The 15,000-LEGO Central Garden and Conservatory, created entirely out of LEGO bricks, made its debut at our opening weekend of  Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks.  Dennis R., co-founder of RVA LUG, wrote about the […]

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Jun 23rd, 2016

Unearthing our Potential

Message from the Executive Director Grab a shovel. Walk over to a bare spot in a planting bed or a flagged corner of the lawn. With the handle leaning on your shoulder, pull your gloves out of a hip pocket and tug them over your hands. Plant the blade with a quick, slicing thrust, as […]

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Jun 7th, 2016

Bluebird Trail: Hidden Treasure

Can You Find Our Bluebird Boxes? Growing up in the countryside, I spent warm days running barefoot through the backyard, ducking beneath the weeping willow limbs that swayed wild in the breeze. I would always peek into the crook of the weeping willow as I passed, at the spot where all the branches grew out […]

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Jun 2nd, 2016

Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve: Meet the Gardeners

Meet the staff at Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve While Oscar Gamez and Wes Morgan are new to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s staff, the fun-loving pair are no strangers to Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve, the beautiful 79-acre estate in Hanover County, given to our Garden by the generous Cosby family. They have been tending to the Cosbys’ property for […]

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Jun 1st, 2016

Summer Hours at Lewis Ginter

2016 Summer hours: 8 a.m. opening, Thursdays, June 2-Sept. 8 This year, summer hours at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are going to change a bit, for the better of course. Memorial Day weekend and the opening of the Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit unofficially marked the beginning of summer. If you rise with the sun […]

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Apr 1st, 2016

Native Foe Turned Friend

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is excited to announce plans for its latest addition: a Poison Ivy Garden. The new garden will provide seasonal interest and great fall color. The addition of poison ivy is part of the Garden’s educational mission. Signage will help guests learn valuable information about the toxic plant, such as “Leaves of […]

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Mar 23rd, 2016

We’re Nominated as a Best Botanical Garden

Spring is here, and just in time!  If you haven’t heard, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is in the running for USA Today’s contest for the country’s Best Botanical Garden. You may remember that in 2014, with your help, we were voted the 2nd Best Public Garden in North America in a similar USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice […]

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Mar 18th, 2016

The Lora Robins Daffodil

If you are from Richmond, than you probably know the Robins name. Lora M. Robins was matriarch of a Richmond family who generously dedicated their personal time and hundreds of millions of dollars in support of many Virginia organizations. One of her favorite projects was Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where the Robins’ legacy includes the Robins […]

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Mar 17th, 2016

Gratitude

We may be thankful for many things in a garden, but not everything. Under the “thankful for” heading: the blazing color of spring bloom, the annual return of flirty butterflies and the shift of seasons from gentle spring to sultry summer. “Not thankful for”: boxwood blight and periodic drought. Benedictine monk and author David Steindl-Rast […]

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Dec 31st, 2015

2015: A Stellar Year!

Trying to encapsulate a year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in a blog post is impossible. How can you capture this dynamic, multi-dimensional entity? Is it with beautiful photos of the blooms throughout the year? Or stories of the people who tend the Garden in so many ways? Perhaps it is through our visitors’ eyes […]

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Dec 20th, 2015

Bananas Growing in RVA?

Every week or two, depending on the season, and how much the blooms at the Garden are changing, we publish Bright Spots, a listing of many of the highlights you’ll want to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on your visit.  Each Bright Spots also features a “Did You Know” section highlighting something interesting about one […]

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Dec 11th, 2015

A Lover of Roses

Richmond lost an outstanding community member and supporter this week. Mrs. J. Harwood (Louise B.) Cochrane was a vibrant and vital force who supported many nonprofits and made our community a better place. Our hearts are with her husband of 80 years, Mr. J. Harwood Cochrane, and the entire Cochrane family upon her passing. The […]

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Dec 8th, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

Have you made your list? Checked it twice? Already found out who’s naughty and nice? We’ve made a list of holiday gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Each one was hand-picked by Garden Shop staff who know better than anyone how to delight an amateur horticulturist or garden lover. Let the holiday shopping begin! […]

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Nov 22nd, 2015

Ruler of the Ginkgo

In front of Bloemendaal House, a botanical oddity grows on the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Ginkgo biloba happens to be the one female, besides Grace Arents, that seems to get all the attention at our Garden. This specimen was believed to have been planted by our founder herself. The Ginkgo biloba species has […]

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Oct 7th, 2015

Meet Roxana “Roxy’ Hojat

The Garden welcomes Roxana “Roxy” Hojat, our new Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Assistant/Exhibit Coordinator, a two-year appointment during which she will curate the exhibit program in Ginter Gallery II (located in the Kelly Education Center hallway, outside of the Robins Library.  Roxy is pursuing her MFA in photography and film at VCU, and holds a BFA […]

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Oct 3rd, 2015

Dot’s Garden

Like footprints in the snow, each of us leaves our mark on this world when we pass through it. We touch people’s lives, sometimes in ways that last only a moment, and other times in ways that are more permanent. If you shopped in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during the past two […]

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Sep 26th, 2015

Top 5 Summer Plant Displays

Fall is here and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is preparing to change out annual beds this coming week. I like to take photos of the displays for my own inspiration for next summer, but often forget until it’s too late. You may like to do the same thing but (like me) don’t always get around […]

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Sep 5th, 2015

Recipes from The Garden Cafe

Yesterday on the blog, you got to meet the Garden Cafe’s Chef, Anne Maury Haapala. Today, you get to see the recipes she shared with me!  We get many, many requests for recipes from the Garden Cafe each year. I’d say these two are the most frequently asked for. Enjoy! Meriwether Godsey Pimento Cheese Ingredients: 1 Cup […]

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Sep 4th, 2015

Meet Chef Anne Maury Haapala

Meet Anne Maury Haapala, Café Lead at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden Café by Meriwether Godsey.  Meriwether Godsey is the exclusive caterer for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and also operates both the Garden Café and the Robins Tea House. Take it away Anne Maury! Q: Tell us about your job,  what do you do? A: I oversee the Garden […]

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Jul 1st, 2015

New in the Kid’s Garden…

We’d like to welcome Mitra Bryant and Kevin Ratliff, new educators in the Children’s Garden. Since our Children’s Garden staff sometimes develop a bit of celebrity-status with you guys, I wanted to introduce you to them. Please stop and say “Hi” to them next time you are splashing in WaterPlay or hula hooping in front of the Carriage […]

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Jun 3rd, 2015

Proboscis: Zipping it Together

I find myself fascinated by butterfly anatomy more and more each day as I work with and learn about these remarkable creatures. Even though I have only been with Butterflies LIVE! for a few weeks, I have already witnessed and captured some seemingly small but profound events. On one such occurrence I was able to capture […]

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