Media Room

PLANTING DAY: THURSDAY, MAY 14; 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

WHAT: Children will be part of a group planting a new garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to help feed the hungry. Produce from this “Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter” will be donated to FeedMore, the umbrella organization for the Central Virginia Foodbank and Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia.

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, May 14; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

DETAILS: The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a brief welcome by Garden executive director Frank Robinson and FeedMore President/CEO Fay Lohr. There is no formal agenda. The focus is on people coming together to help others. We invite you to “drop in” to see the activity between 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Planting will continue throughout the morning as staff and volunteers from both organizations are joined by others from the community including a group of schoolchildren. Dignitaries will also be invited.

BACKGROUND: Food banks around the country and in our local area are experiencing unprecedented demand. The Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden covers one fifth of an acre and has a goal to collect more than 10,000 pounds of fresh produce by the end of the growing season. Progress including photos can be tracked at It complements the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” initiative started by the national Garden Writers Association in 1995. “Plant a Row” supplies fresh produce to food banks by encouraging gardeners to plant extra rows of crops and donate the harvest.

TIMELINESS: The recent attention of the White House vegetable garden underscores public interest in gardening and feeding the hungry. As we enter the spring planting season this is the time to encourage homeowners to “plant a row” for the hungry.

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