Gardens Through the Seasons

Jun 26th, 2015

Southern Icon’s Ancient Secret

A southern summer wouldn’t be complete without the sweet smell of the southern magnolia blossom. Magnolia grandiflora, an icon of the South, is such a marvelous tree. Its large shiny evergreen leaves and large, showy, fragrant blossoms are a splendid addition to any southern garden. Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have several wonderful […]

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Apr 3rd, 2015

It’s Time! Cherry Blossoms Peak this Weekend

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Guess what?! This weekend is peak bloom time for the cherry blossoms! Be sure to check out our new Cherry Tree Walk too. See you soon.

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Mar 26th, 2015

Eye Candy: Cherry Blossoms are Starting to Pop!

 by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We promised you we’d let you know when the Cherry Tree Walk was budding up and starting to bloom and it’s well on its way! As we mentioned earlier, it’s really a guess as to when the peak bloom time will be but some varieties […]

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Mar 12th, 2015

Cherry Blossoms Make Debut on New Cherry Tree Walk

Text and photos by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever been issued a “save the date” card without an actual date? Seems silly I suppose, but with our new Cherry Tree Walk blooming for the first time this year, we are gearing up for a very exciting spring. Trouble […]

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Mar 11th, 2015

Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ is our first daffodil to bloom each year. It made it through last week’s ice and snow storm just fine. Spring starts in 9 days, not that we are counting!

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Feb 26th, 2015

Snow Day — Take 2!

by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Here’s a first look at the Garden after the snow storm. The Garden remains closed today, Feb. 26, 2015, due to snow and ice.

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Feb 25th, 2015

Beautiful & Useful too — Paperbush is Getting Ready to Bloom

Hilaire Ashworth, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Whilst wondering around the Garden last week I came across this beauty, that is budding despite the chilly temperatures. Edgeworthia chrysantha, commonly known as oriental paperbush, Mitsumata, or simply paperbush comes from south western China, Nepal, and Japan. The plant has been incorporated into traditional Japanese […]

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Feb 17th, 2015

Happy Snow Day!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We got a bit of snow last night, considerably more than is in this photo.  Visitor Service staffer Laura Flournoy took this image just before the Garden closed, about 4:30 p.m.  Six to 8 inches later,  with temperatures around 20 degrees, and with the Garden and […]

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Jan 31st, 2015

A Winter Walk With Witch Hazel

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A winter walk in the Garden with our friends witch hazel and winter jasmine might just be the thing  you need to make this a great weekend. Half price admission continues through the end of February. See you soon!

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Jan 15th, 2015

Knockout Bloom: Cattleya White Spark 'Panda'

Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturist,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Garden has blogged about goats, butterflies, blooms and bees … but never a panda! See ours, Cattleya White Spark ‘Panda’, blooming in the Conservatory this week. Remember admission is free until January 18, 2015. Come see it this weekend!

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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 7th, 2015

We've Got Winter Blooms! Snow Drops Steal the Show

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Snow drops  or Galathus elwesii are a personal favorite, they bloom just when you need them most, and don’t seem to mind the cold.  See the inverted green heart?!

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Dec 31st, 2014

Winter Work: 30-degrees & Garden Tricks

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On my walk into the office this morning I was having trouble staying warm.  It was only 30 degrees — but for an office-dweller like me, it seemed frigid. My hands were so cold they wouldn’t work properly and I was having trouble taking photos […]

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Dec 30th, 2014

Simple Winter Beauty

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”  ― John Steinbeck

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Dec 29th, 2014

An Unexpected Treat During Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Orchids

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our dedicated volunteers, Tom Driscoll, mentioned that one of his favorite parts of volunteering in the Conservatory during Dominion GardenFest of Lights is he gets to spend time around the most wonderful fragrances: orchids! Did you know that many types of orchids only […]

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Dec 22nd, 2014

Winter's Subtle Beauty

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This time of year you have to look a little bit harder to find the beauty of nature especially on cold rainy days like today. This morning I found a subtle rainbow of colors in the bark of the Chamaecyparis obtusa. The red and green leaves of […]

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Dec 21st, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time of reflection and celebration for many. With the shortest day also comes the longest night. And in darkness many celebrate the light, be it the sun, candles, or half a million twinkling lights. […]

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Dec 18th, 2014

Can You Buy Happiness?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Can you buy happiness? That’s a great question. And timely too. It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays. Each year I tell my kids we’ll have a small Christmas and that we’ll save money for things that really matter — like a trip […]

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Nov 19th, 2014

Gingko Lends Itself to Ephemeral Art

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’ve been having fun at the Garden this week. Maybe a little too much fun! There are bikes hanging in trees, bike sculptures on their way, bikes in garlands and on holiday trees. There’s even a miniature version of historic Richmond landmarks made out of […]

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Nov 18th, 2014

A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  As you may have heard, the theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights  is all about bikes — a nod to the Garden’s history as the hub of Richmond cycling in the late 1800s. But we also choose the bike theme to share our excitement about […]

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