Gardens Through the Seasons

Jun 3rd, 2016

A Bed is Born

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Garden Design Give a gardener a new bed, full of fresh soil and unlimited possibility, and stand back. Twice a year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in early spring and again in early fall, horticulture staff and volunteers pull spent bulbs and weary annuals out of their beds and replace them with […]

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Apr 7th, 2016

Cracking the Code to Nature’s Calendar

Predicting the future can be tricky business. It’s the stuff of tea leaves and tarot cards, Magic 8 Balls and Ouija boards. And yet, for farmers, horticulturists and even home gardeners, it’s helpful to know ahead of time when a weed will go to seed, or a pest will pupate so that we can schedule […]

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Apr 6th, 2016

Azaleas Abloom in Spring

Walking around Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on this early day of spring is like getting lost in a fantasy world where everything is fair and lovely. One would easily be enchanted by sun-kissed daffodils in bright yellow and white, captured by blushing camellias in robust red and pink, and simply mesmerized by the sight of […]

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Mar 30th, 2016

Virginia Bluebells: Spring’s Gift

If ever there was a plant with a fandom in Virginia, it would be the Virginia bluebell. Mertensia virginica makes fast friends with anyone new she meets. A native wildflower, you are just as likely to find her at Pony Pasture in the James River Park System as you are to find her here at Lewis Ginter Botanical […]

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Feb 15th, 2016

10 Tips for Gardening in Winter

If autumn is nature’s grand finale, in winter the curtain falls. The annual performance finished, nature’s theater goes dark. Backstage, costumes are refreshed and actors rest. Players audition for new roles. And you, loyal fan, wait for spring when the drama will resume. But waiting can be the most difficult part when you’re a gardener. […]

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Oct 17th, 2015

Tricks & Treats

Pumpkins on a stick, bumpy gourds and alien-looking plants – you never know what you’ll find in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in October. Last Sunday I came as a visitor with my 11-year-old daughter and her friends and we discovered a whole world of weird and wacky. The Children’s Garden plans […]

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Sep 28th, 2015

Wildflowers: Heralds of Spring

Fall is the time to plan and plant spring wildflowers  “You anticipate them all winter long, but when you finally find them, they don’t last very long,” said Nancy Vehrs, Prince William County resident and president of the Virginia Native Plant Society. “They just bloom, pollinate and disappear, but it’s their fleeting moments of glory that […]

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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

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 is, no one can predict exactly when they will bloom. Predicting the bloom […]

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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 tomentosa (formerly 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 […]

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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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