Gardens Through the Seasons

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?

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 to California or Canada, or even trombone lessons.  Inside I […]

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Nov 19th, 2014

Gingko Lends Itself to Ephemeral Art

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 botanicals in the train display in the Conservatory. (That’s a […]

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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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Nov 1st, 2014

Last Hurrah for Roses

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This year we have lucked out with no hard frost as of yet. What this means is that the Rose Garden has had a chance for a second strong bloom. Enjoy these beauties today and tomorrow though, Sunday night temperatures will fall into the upper […]

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Oct 29th, 2014

Autumn Foliage From a New Perspective

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fall foliage has never looked so fine! The views from the newly opened floating dock on Lake Sydnor offer a new perspective, and a closer look at autumn’s best colors.

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Oct 26th, 2014

Living History: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Ginkgos

by Alex Arzt, Exhibit Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Garden’s outstanding specimen is a female Ginkgo biloba in Grace Arents Garden believed to be 100 years old. It stands tall next to the historic Bloemendaal house. The garden also has a row of male ginkgos, cultivar ‘Magyar’, along the path between the Asian Valley […]

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Oct 21st, 2014

Fall-Blooming Camellias Burst onto the Scene

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’ve had many fall blooms popping up like crazy in the past few weeks, but these are a few of my favorites! Enjoy.

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Sep 18th, 2014

Fall Plant Sale Features Ornamental Grasses

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This Friday and Saturday, September 19 – 20,  is our annual Fall Plant Sale. The Fall Plant Sale features regional vendors selling rare and interesting plants, unique landscape objects and exciting items for your garden. Of particular interest this year are the ornamental grasses that […]

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Aug 7th, 2014

Knockout Blooms! Summer Blooms Lighting up the Garden

Photos & text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Part of my job is going out in the Garden to capture the beauty as it happens. Sometimes, like spring, I can’t keep up with all the blooms and the daily changes. Other times, when I least expect it the Garden changes overnight […]

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Jun 12th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Iris Ensata

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One question we get asked a lot here at the Garden is, “What’s in bloom?”  We don’t want you to miss any of your favorite blooms, so we are constantly updating our Twitter feed, Instagram, Facebook page and of course our blog. […]

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Apr 12th, 2014

Spring Secrets Along the Woodland Walk

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tulips tend to be the rock stars of the Garden. Colorful and showy, they stand out and we adore them. Tulips are in bloom now at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and people are busy photographing them like paparazzi stalking the latest celebrity. I […]

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Feb 6th, 2014

Give Her a Whole Garden of Flowers!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Thinking about what to get your true love for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a bouquet of flowers, why not get her a whole garden of flowers! A gift-box membership will give your sweetie a whole year of blooms, activities and special exhibits like Butterflies […]

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