Susan Higgins

Volunteer Susan Higgins writes about what she learns and loves in the Garden.

Dec 15th, 2020

Christmas Cactus: A Case of Mistaken Identity

My friend Carla knows a lot about plants. Ever since the day her mother found dirt in her diaper, she’s been a gardener. When she told me she couldn’t figure out why her Christmas cactus bloomed at Thanksgiving every year, I knew something was up. “Maybe it’s a Thanksgiving cactus,” someone suggested. She thought they […]

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May 29th, 2020

Native Plants: An Elegant Solution

Along the eastern edge of Lake Sydnor, on the narrow strip of land between the shoreline and the Children’s Garden, a group of plants is hard at work. The beauty of the bed belies its greater purpose. The plants there are members of a “designed plant community” that mimics how different types of vegetation work […]

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Sep 19th, 2018

10 Surprising Tree Facts

Trees. They provide shade on a summer’s day. Brilliant bursts of color in fall. The stark beauty of naked bark against an overcast winter sky. And the hope of rebirth as green leaf shoots sprout from seemingly out of nowhere in spring.  We sometimes take trees for granted, but we shouldn’t. They are vital to […]

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Jan 12th, 2017

Forest Bathing

Updated 1/17/17 Awash in the Health Benefits of Nature My mother was right. She may not have known why, but she was right. When she sent me outside to play with my brothers and get some fresh air and sunshine, she wasn’t just brokering a bit of peace and quiet for herself. It was good […]

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Dec 15th, 2016

Bling House Light Toys

Making Spirits Bright with Light Toys from the Bling Shop As Dominion GardenFest of Lights casts its spell over the Garden each year, you may discover that even you are bedazzled by its magic. If that happens, and you find that you are longing for a little sparkle of your own, we’ve got just the […]

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Dec 6th, 2016

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Decorations & Inspirations

Updated 12/14/16 Ask Justin Brown when he and his team began work on this year’s light show and he replies, “We never stopped.” Brown is Operations Manager and External Team Leader for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, responsible for setting out the lights that help turn Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden into a wonderland of Living Color for this year’s show. The […]

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Nov 1st, 2016

Cheers to Shopping

Here’s to holiday shopping! We’re making spirits bright in the Garden Shop with a festive salute to the season. Introducing Cheers to Shopping, a special evening of creative ideas for entertaining, decorating and gift giving to help jump start your holiday shopping. Join us on November 10th from 5 – 8 p.m. for Cheers to Shopping at […]

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Oct 12th, 2016

Membership Changes Everything

When you join Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, it changes the way you experience this special place. You explore the Garden from a new perspective. You find a deeper connection in nature. You feel a sense of ownership. Now, you can make that experience yours with the exciting new membership options at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Here are my […]

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Aug 7th, 2016

Butterflies: Believe It or Not

Fun Butterfly Facts to Know and Tell Robert Frost called them “flying flowers.” The French call them papillon, which also means “parking ticket.” In the United States we call them butterflies, there are lots of theories about why, but no one knows for sure.  Want to learn more about these curious creatures? Grab your magnifying glass and […]

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Aug 4th, 2016

LEGO® Gifts for LEGO® Geeks

Finches fabricated from LEGO bricks feast on fanciful food at feeders also fashioned out of LEGO pieces. A trio of pollinators (a bee, a butterfly and a hummingbird,) made entirely from LEGO parts, hovers in the summer sun. A bison cow constructed of LEGO pieces communes with her calf in the company of their curious feathered […]

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Jun 15th, 2016

A Peace Offering

Peace Essays: Seeing Nature’s Lessons about Peace Through the Eyes of a Child This week, maybe more than ever, nature’s lessons about living together in peace seem imperative. The Richmond Peace Education Center asked students to write about “Learning Peacemaking from Nature” for the theme of their annual peace essay contest this year. The essays distilled some powerful lessons from nature’s diversity. The […]

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Jun 10th, 2016

Thank Dad with Father’s Day Gifts from the Garden Shop

Make him feel like a king with a gift from the Garden Shop. Dad. He’s your hero, your mentor, your role model, your friend. How can you ever thank him? Well, probably you can’t repay him for all he’s done for you, but why not try? Treat him to Father’s Day Weekend at the Garden with just […]

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Jun 3rd, 2016

A Bed is Born

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Garden Design Give a gardener a new bed, full of fresh soil and unlimited possibility, and stand back. Twice a year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in early spring and again in early fall, horticulture staff and volunteers pull spent bulbs and weary annuals out of their beds and replace them with […]

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May 18th, 2016

Garden Shop Wedding Gift Ideas

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue — if there is  a summer wedding on your calendar, there’s sure to be something for you in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Whether you are throwing a party, tossing the bouquet or showering the happy couple with flower petals and good wishes, you’ll love our fresh take […]

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Apr 28th, 2016

Spring PlantFest

Mother’s Day was not on Nancy Penick’s mind when she cut up a jumble of fabric scraps and sewed them into a gardening apron. As the Volunteer Coordinator of PlantFest, she was searching for something new for her team of talented volunteers to make and sell in the Bloemendaal’s Best tent at Spring PlantFest this […]

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