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Dec 9th, 2012

A Pickle on Each Christmas Tree

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Does your family hide a pickle on your Christmas Tree? You don’t?  Maybe it’s time to start a new tradition! The person who finds it gets an extra present or a year of good fortune.  What a fun way to start out Christmas morning! […]

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Dec 7th, 2012

Asian-inspired Ornaments: Zodiac, Koi & Origami

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In my family we have a tradition: each year my children pick out ornaments for their grandmothers in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter.  (Spoiler alert — for any of my kid’s grandmothers who are reading along — you may want to avert your eyes now!) This year, […]

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Nov 7th, 2012

Instagram: My New Favorite Toy

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Recently, I’ve been having  fun playing with Instagram.  I’ve been using to for some time here at the Garden to post in-the-moment scenes of the Garden as I walk exploring  what’s new this week. But after hearing one of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s photographers, Cameron […]

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Oct 31st, 2012

GardenTimes Goes Online

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  What’s better than a newsletter all about Dominion GardenFest of Lights  highlighting what’s new at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this fall & winter?  That’s easy : a virtual copy of the GardenTimes that doesn’t use any tree products or paper to print!  Voila — here […]

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Sep 12th, 2012

Beloved Monkey Wallpaper Makes Way for Brighter Colors

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  It’s funny what memories people attach to when they visit the Garden.  For some, a visit to the Garden is all about the plants. For others, it’s about education or quiet meditation. Still others define a great visit by dining al fresco at the […]

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Sep 4th, 2012

Stocking Stuffers

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We have a test bed for Sugar Baby watermelons in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We haven’t tried melons before because melons are generally space hogs. The vines are sprawling and need elbow room to roam. Our test involves […]

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Aug 16th, 2012

Sharing the Load

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Load sharing is a relatively contemporary term, used to describe server processing distribution in information technology systems, and the term also describes voltage demand balancing in electrical power systems. In the case of the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden the […]

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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 17th, 2012

Laura Mulligan, Visitor Services Coordinator, Earns Tourism Award

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Congratulations to Laura Mulligan, Visitor Services Coordinator, for earning the 2012 Easy to Love Customer Service Award from the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau.   The award recognizes one Richmond Region employee who has shown exceptional commitment and consistently provides high-quality customer service beyond the normal […]

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May 10th, 2012

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Receives 4-star Rating from Charity Navigator

by Jonah Holland,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, PR & Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proud to announce that we have received a coveted 4-star rating from  Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.  Charity Navigator  is America’s largest and most influential charity rater. This is the second time that the Garden has received four out of […]

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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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Mar 4th, 2012

Honoring Frank Robinson for 20 Years of Leadership and His New Role as President & CEO

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On February 1, 2012, Frank Robinson celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s leader.  Such milestones in an extraordinarily successful career usually invite a series of “before and after” comparisons, but a couple years ago Frank himself edited a pictorial history of the Garden on […]

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Feb 6th, 2012

StoryCorps Submission Form is Open Through February 15

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week we told you about how excited we are to have StoryCorps come to the Garden in March to record our oral history.  But to truly tell the Garden’s story, we need your story.  The link is now open on our website and […]

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Feb 4th, 2012

The Case of the Vintage Fire Hydrant

by Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On my first day at the Garden, I passed what I thought then was a bonafide Cold War bomb shelter.  I recalled those black and white photos from high school textbooks of underground fortifications, and I envisioned tuna fish cans from 1957 stacked neatly […]

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Feb 1st, 2012

Jewish Arbor Day in Richmond

by Kristen Ablamsky, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know there is a holiday, native to Israel, that celebrates a new year in honor of plants? It’s called Tu B’shevat (TOO-bish-VAHT).  It’s sometimes called Jewish Arbor Day. This agricultural holiday began in ancient times as a way to keep track of […]

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Jan 30th, 2012

There's a Pig in the Garden

by Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few months ago, while on a mission to capture some fun photos for my Every Day is a Playday blog, I encountered a little friend.  He was so cute — set amidst the foliage and ornate shrubbery.  He was so completely out of place.  He […]

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Jan 25th, 2012

Tell Us Your StoryCorps

by  Scott Hornby, Development Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Has anyone ever said something to you that was so funny, so gripping, so moving or so powerful that you wished your mind had a big, red record button? It’s a sad comment on the state of my mind that I can recite, word-for-word, the dialogue to hundreds […]

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Dec 29th, 2011

The Year 2011 in Photos

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although we’re always focused on “what’s next” here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at the end of the year it’s fun to take a few minutes and look back at activities and accomplishments. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means — just a quick […]

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Nov 15th, 2011

Nerds for the Needy

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hey, I can call them nerds because a) that’s how they introduced themselves to me,  and b) I’m a nerd. A team from the DLA IT function came to the CKG on Saturday to WRK. Just having a little fun with the abbreviations. These folks […]

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Oct 18th, 2011

Welcoming LGBG's New Horticulture Director Grace Chapman

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is welcoming a new horticulture director today. Her name is Grace Chapman and she comes with strong public garden experience at premier gardens in the United States and United Kingdom. Most recently, she was horticulture supervisor at the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University […]

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Oct 11th, 2011

Exercise Your Right to Vote — for Your Favorite Scarecrow

by Beth Monroe, Director of Public Relations &  Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden That’s right everyone, it’s time to vote for your favorite scarecrow. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is participating in the  Lakeside Avenue Harvest Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association.   Take a minute to Vote for your favorite scarecrow and […]

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Oct 5th, 2011

Lewis Ginter Tree House Designers Given Barrier Free America Award

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are very proud that last week, our accessible-to-all CWD Kids Tree House in the Children’s Garden was recognized nationally, as tree house designers James BoFer Roth and John Connell of The Treehouse Guys  accepted the Barrier Free America award  by the Paralyzed Veterans of […]

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Sep 21st, 2011

Farm Art

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  We had a great blend of volunteers Saturday morning in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. A college alumni group joined several individual volunteers who signed up via HandsOn Greater Richmond, and the finishing touches were applied to the Fall crop of broccoli, […]

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