Jonah Holland

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

Sep 5th, 2015

Recipes from The Garden Cafe

Yesterday on the blog, you got to meet the Garden Cafe’s Chef, Anne Maury Haapala. Today, you get to see the recipes she shared with me!  We get many, many requests for recipes from the Garden Cafe each year. I’d say these two are the most frequently asked for. Enjoy! Meriwether Godsey Pimento Cheese Ingredients: 1 Cup […]

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Sep 4th, 2015

Meet Chef Anne Maury Haapala

Meet Anne Maury Haapala, Café Lead at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden Café by Meriwether Godsey.  Meriwether Godsey is the exclusive caterer for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and also operates both the Garden Café and the Robins Tea House. Take it away Anne Maury! Q: Tell us about your job,  what do you do? A: I oversee the Garden […]

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Aug 23rd, 2015

Butterfly & “Rockstar” Mina

Sometimes, you just get lucky with the camera. That’s what happened earlier this week when we had our staff “huddle” (a weekly 15-minute stand-up staff meeting) next to the Community Kitchen Garden. My colleague Lucy Coggin and I were geeking out about the Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata). I was giddy at what she was whispering to […]

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Aug 19th, 2015

A Rare Tree Blooms at Ginter

Emmenopterys henryi is a tree made famous by the legendary botanist, Ernest Wilson, who described the tree as “one of the most strikingly beautiful trees of Chinese forests.” The first time this species bloomed in North America was in 1994! Lucky for you, this beauty blooms early every August Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. You’ll notice the funnel-shaped […]

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Aug 12th, 2015

A Beautiful, Edible Garden

Have you seen our Edible Display Garden  along Lake Sydnor? It’s newly planted, and we’re continuing to add more specimen as we go.  So far, we’ve planted everything from strawberries to hazelnuts (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) to mulberries (Morus alba), but there’s so much more to come!  Did you know daylilies are edible? You’ll see them there, and we’ll […]

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Aug 7th, 2015

The Original Marshmallow

Ever wonder where marshmallows came from?  Here’s the plant that started it all: Althaea officinalis.  It grows right here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in our new Edible Display Garden!  Egyptians first discovered its healing properties over 2,000 years ago. Most commonly the plant sap was combined with honey and  it was used to treat sore […]

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Aug 3rd, 2015

Cycling in Richmond in 1898

Ever wonder what cycling was like in Richmond in 1898? In preparation for hosting 2015 UCI Road World Championships​ we made this video to give you an idea of what it was like when cyclists rode from the Jefferson Hotel out to the Lakeside Wheel Club (now called Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden). Built in […]

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Jul 14th, 2015

Garden Times Online

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve our community. We hope that Garden Times does just that — teaching you something, connecting you to plants, and inspiring you to visit us. As a non-profit working toward more sustainable practices — we’ve uploaded a digital […]

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Jul 8th, 2015

Meet Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey

One of the best things about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is our staff. Recently we  hired several new horticulturists and interns, and as we are getting to know them, we thought you’d enjoy getting to know them too.  Today, meet Chelsea Mahaffey, our new Conservatory Horticulturist.  I’ve known Chelsea for a few weeks now. She […]

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Jul 5th, 2015

Rose Rosette Disease

Rose rosette disease is a funny thing.  At first it doesn’t look like there’s a problem with your roses, it just looks like there is alot of new growth, and the foliage is more pliant, more red, and almost furry, instead of prickley.  (Did you know that roses have prickles, not thorns? Botanically speaking, thorns […]

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Jul 2nd, 2015

CarMax FREE Fourth of July

Once a year we open our gates to the public for a free admission day: CarMax Free Fourth of July. This is one of our favorite events because we get to see so many people enjoying our garden, many who haven’t visited us before.  It’s safe to say that this is our busiest day of […]

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Jul 1st, 2015

New in the Kid’s Garden…

We’d like to welcome Mitra Bryant and Kevin Ratliff, new educators in the Children’s Garden. Since our Children’s Garden staff sometimes develop a bit of celebrity-status with you guys, I wanted to introduce you to them. Please stop and say “Hi” to them next time you are splashing in WaterPlay or hula hooping in front of the Carriage […]

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Jun 27th, 2015

Food for Those in Need

It’s been another hot but productive week in the Community Kitchen Garden.  We hit our first 1,000 lbs. of produce this week with help from a group from Forest City Enterprises on Monday and young volunteers participating in the Youth Volunteer Program, which kicked off this week.  The YVP is a summer program for youth […]

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Jun 18th, 2015

Thank You Butterflies!

This week, June 15 – 21, is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are essential to our food supply and natural environment. Did you know that one in three bites of everything we eat is thanks to a pollinator?  One way you can help pollinators is by planting host and nectar plants for native butterflies and bees! Other pollinators […]

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Jun 12th, 2015

Volunteering as Learning

According to Richard Louv, “Childhood memories of contact with nature involve a deep sensory imprint of texture, smell, color, sound, and taste (Louv 2005).” Most of my childhood memories involve food, much of which was grown by my grandparents. I remember following my grandfather’s tractor, picking potatoes out of the ground, and I still find […]

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