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.

Jan 21st, 2016

Preparing Plants for Snow

Got your bread and milk? Now it’s time to prepare your plants for the snow storm. Here are some tips from our horticulturists: If you have a tree or plant that is prone to breaking under the snow, you can gently knock snow off the branches with a broom as the snow accumulates. It’s not […]

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Dec 30th, 2015

Trees Blooming in December?

I spent my Christmas this year in shorts and a T-shirt, sweating, and wishing it felt more like the cold Christmas weather I’m used to. Granted I was in Savannah, GA. but word on the street is that we had similar weather here in Richmond.  In fact, when I came home, for the first few […]

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Dec 22nd, 2015

Happy Winter Solstice

Today we mark the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time of celebration and reflection for many. With the shortest day also comes the longest night. In darkness we cherish the light, be it sunshine or half a million twinkling lights. We hope you can feel the love and light and celebrate […]

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Dec 20th, 2015

Bananas Growing in RVA?

Every week or two, depending on the season, and how much the blooms at the Garden are changing, we publish Bright Spots, a listing of many of the highlights you’ll want to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on your visit.  Each Bright Spots also features a “Did You Know” section highlighting something interesting about one […]

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Dec 16th, 2015

Love + Hard Work = Inspiration

Inspiration: The vital life force that adds meaning to everything we do. It sneaks up on us sometimes in unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I found it in a total stranger. I got an email from a Garden visitor, Ashley Gordon, who was looking for race photos of her group. She explained she and her coworkers had […]

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Dec 7th, 2015

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

‘Tis the season! Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights in full swing now. We’ve been sharing photos like crazy on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been by for a visit yet? We’d love to hear what you think about this year’s show (just leave a comment). My family has three light features they always look for […]

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Dec 3rd, 2015

H2Whoa! Fish Facts

You know the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is H2Whoa!, but did you know that the Garden uses rainwater for most of its irrigation needs? We love how this year’s water theme allows us to talk about important environmental issues, like how you can make a difference in water conservation at your […]

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Nov 25th, 2015

Preview Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!

This year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest H2Whoa! is turning out to be quite a show. Holiday lights are only part of the fun. Here’s a few sneak peek photos, courtesy of  Garden Member and photographer Harlow Chandler.  But trust us, the holiday lights are even better in person! GardenFest opens this Friday, Nov. 27th.

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Nov 20th, 2015

Nighttime Light Painting

When my coworker, horticulturist Laurie McMinn, came up to me raving about a “Light Painting class” she took here at the Garden, at first I thought she was talking about an art class with paintbrushes and paint, exploring the subject of light.  Then, she pulled out her camera and showed me this: I was blown […]

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Nov 17th, 2015

A Timeless Botanical Garden

How do you know you are a truly timeless botanical garden? That’s easy: when a 10-year-old chooses you for her time capsule project, of course! Gretchen Gregor, age 10, a 5th grader at Henrico County Schools’  Shady Grove Elementary School did just that. “I chose Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because this place stands out to […]

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Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is “How do you make those creative decorations?” It’s no secret that we are rich in talented staff and dedicated volunteers, both of whom have creative imaginations. We add in some hard work and a few ingenious ideas, and try to come out […]

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Nov 9th, 2015

Congratulations #Bflies Instagram Contest Winners

The results are in! Congratulations to our Butterflies LIVE! #Bflies Instagram Contest finalists and winners. This year we segmented our contest into three categories, a grand prize winner, a People’s Choice Award and a Butterflies Choice award. The Grand Prize winner, chosen based on creativity, fun and photographic composition, is Philippa Berch, who took a magnificent macro photo […]

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Oct 23rd, 2015

Butterfly Kisses

Do you know what a butterfly kiss is? Butterfly kisses are when you gently flutter your eyelids against another person’s check or arm. It tickles, and feels a bit like butterfly wings on your skin.  As you can see, it’s not something you can explain easily to a child. You just have to show them.  And […]

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Oct 21st, 2015

My Life Lesson from Butterflies

Zahra Khojastehpour has been volunteering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for over 4 years. This summer she spent time helping out in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Her time here inspired her to write the following blog post.  I asked Khojastehpour how she ended up as a Garden volunteer. She explained, “I am too small to be of a positive […]

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