Jonah Holland

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden managing social media, the blog, and website. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

Aug 26th, 2016

Instagram Highlights

Are we friends on Instagram? We should be! As one of the readers of our blog, you are likely one of our biggest fans. You deserve to be among the first to see new blooms at the Garden too! We also post highlights of the day, sweet moments, videos and even Instagram Stories, all in real time. Plus you […]

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May 27th, 2016

Behind the Scenes at Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

Preview Photos of  Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Today is the start of opening weekend for Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit! We’ve got some really engaging activities planned (scroll to the bottom for a full listing) but we figured what better way to introduce this exhibit to you than to give you […]

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May 23rd, 2016

Black Bat Flower Inspiration

The Mysterious Black Bat Flower Inspires Visitors & Artists A few days ago, Conservatory Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey sent me an excited email that our Tacca chantrieri or black bat flower was blooming. When I posted the photo of the flower on Facebook  people became really excited.  We had several questions from fans about how to grow them, and sweetly, one […]

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Apr 19th, 2016

Amazing Pink Lady’s Slipper

Pink Lady’s Slippers are a native wildflower.  But this fascinating plant attracts quite a bit of attention, more so than most wildflowers. In addition to its striking appearance, it is endangered in some areas of the country.  So this is a special plant indeed.  If the appearance of this beauty doesn’t convince you of nature’s amazing feat, […]

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Apr 2nd, 2016

The 10 Best Botanical Gardens

Thanks to YOU we were voted the one of the nations best botanical gardens by USATODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden came in at No. 4 , just behind No. 1 Longwood Gardens, No. 2 New York Botanical Garden and No. 3 Missouri Botanical Garden. Wow, what great company to be in! Experts picked the initial […]

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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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Mar 23rd, 2016

We’re Nominated as a Best Botanical Garden

Spring is here, and just in time!  If you haven’t heard, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is in the running for USA Today’s contest for the country’s Best Botanical Garden. You may remember that in 2014, with your help, we were voted the 2nd Best Public Garden in North America in a similar USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice […]

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Mar 19th, 2016

Time for Cherry Blossoms!

One of the wonderful things about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Cherry Tree Walk is that we designed it for an extended bloom time. That means that while our Japanese flowering apricot trees (Prunus mume) may have bloomed, and our Prunus sargentii ‘Columnaris’ and Prunus incam ‘Okamé’  trees are blooming now, the biggest flush of blooms is yet […]

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Mar 9th, 2016

Real World Horticulture Education for Youth

Imagine you’re an inner city high school student offered a job working in your neighborhood, learning new skills that you’ll be able to turn into a career. That’s exactly what the Groundwork RVA Green Workforce team is all about — that and more. The objectives are multifaceted:  urban youth holding a real job, walking to work […]

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Feb 22nd, 2016

Spring Plant Sale = PlantFest

GardenFest, Rose Fest and now PlantFest! We know you like a festive atmosphere, and we love creating one. This year we’ve renamed what has traditionally been known as the Spring Plant Sale, PlantFest, to reflect newly added activities and events. We’re creating a fun day that will encourage you to come select your garden finds from the best […]

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Feb 14th, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day

Yesterday we told you all about what’s blooming inside the Conservatory. Today, we celebrate the beauty of the blooms outside. Yes, it’s cold, but a walk in the brisk air gives you more of a reason to cuddle up with your love. As you stroll the Garden, see if you can find more treasures like this one — […]

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Feb 9th, 2016

Inspiration: Education & Nature

You never know who you are going to inspire or how. Recently, we received a thank you note (with beautiful illustrations no less!) from a teacher who has participated in several of our educator workshops.  It’s not unusual for us to get positive feedback from teachers thanking us for the professional development opportunities we offer. We find that educators […]

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Feb 2nd, 2016

De-Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Ever wonder how we get all those holiday lights up (and then down again) for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights? Here’s how!  GardenFest Arborists Matt Lee and Thomas Dunlap climb the trees before Dominion GardenFest of Lights carefully stringing trees with thousands of holiday lights. Then, each January, when GardenFest ends, Lee and Dunlap climb […]

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Feb 1st, 2016

Spring-like Day & Blooms

We lucked out on this first day of February with a not very winter-like day. I went for a walk to see what was in bloom. Not only were there blooms, but there were plenty of honeybees too. That didn’t surprise me as much as the fact that I got warm on my walk even though […]

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Jan 23rd, 2016

GardenFest Instagram Winners

Congratulations to this year’s ‪#‎GardenFest‬ Instagram contest finalists! We had hundreds of photo submissions, and as usual, competition was fierce. We love to see Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights through your eyes. From the Conservatory at sunset with crystal clear reflections, to GardenFest Dinners with Santa, to our giant unicorn through the eyes of a child, […]

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