Nov 16th, 2020

Yaupon Holly: The Forgotten Beverage

The yaupon holly shrub looks commonplace. It is not flashy or fancy. It doesn’t even have the prickly leaves we normally associate with hollies. If you walk by it without noticing it, like many of our visitors do, you would be in good company. It is often used as shrubs in residential areas and it’s […]

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Nov 6th, 2020

Garden or GardenFest Zoom Backgrounds

What better way to celebrate nature than with a beautiful scene from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as your Zoom background at your next work meeting!  We all need a bit more beauty and peace and this is a simple way to bring it into your world while supporting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. During this unprecedented […]

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Nov 2nd, 2020

Native Flowers: The Perfect Addition to your Garden

There are so many stunningly beautiful Virginia native flowers, but some plants can do so much more than just add beauty to the landscape. Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, we have many species planted specifically to attract birds and butterflies and to boost the ecological health of our gardens. While native plants are featured […]

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Nov 1st, 2020

See Lights Glow

This year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is about providing a place for friends and family to see lights glow while relaxing and making memories together. Because safety is the top priority, there are many procedures in place. All tickets must be prepurchased before coming to the Garden. Tickets are available online ONLY. Masks are […]

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Oct 28th, 2020

Native Grass & Sedges

Grasses and sedges are often overlooked in garden planning but they make a wonderful addition to any garden because aesthetically, they provide great texture, color, and height to gardens in every season. In addition to adding beauty to your landscape, native grass and sedges provide resources to a wide variety of birds, insects, and even […]

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Oct 24th, 2020

Green Tea & More! A 5,000 Year Tradition

The 3,000+ varieties Camellia sinensis plant produce the second most consumed beverage on earth — tea, second only to water. More specifically, tea is the number one most consumed hot beverage in the world. I’ve been drinking green tea for as long as I can remember. I was eager to gain more information on tea, […]

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Oct 8th, 2020

Beautyberry

One of the most frequent questions we get this time of year is about the magnificent beautyberry shrub. It seems that many of our visitors are enamored with this striking plant as soon as they spot it! With almost surreal metallic purple berries cascading down branches of vibrant green leaves, this is one handsome plant! […]

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Oct 6th, 2020

A Very Special Wedding & Special Event Showcase

With all of the date changes, updates, and safety procedures put in place over the last few months, it hasn’t been easy putting together Celebrations Abloom: Wedding & Special Event Showcase at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We were definitely curious to see how this would go. First and foremost, our number one concern was the […]

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Oct 3rd, 2020

Tips for Purchasing Tickets

We realize new systems can be challenging. These tips for purchasing tickets can help you plan your visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Online tickets are required of everyone visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; even members need to reserve their free tickets. Members, we ask you to please only reserve tickets for times you know […]

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Oct 2nd, 2020

Osmanthus: Planting for Fragrance

Some gardeners may call it devilwood, but the fragrance of the osmanthus shrub is nothing less than heavenly. Its tiny, creamy white flowers form clusters that emit a powerfully fragrant scent, similar to the heady fragrances produced by magnolias and gardenias. Originating in East Asia, the osmanthus was cultivated for centuries and offered as aromatic […]

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Sep 30th, 2020

Viceroy or Monarch

Mother Nature is truly amazing, and a trickster too! She created two butterflies that look indistinguishable at first glance to a bird, or to a human. The butterflies I’m speaking of are the viceroy and the monarch. Both, as you see when you look at the photos below, feature orange wings, a black body and […]

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Sep 28th, 2020

Designs for Diversity: Dean Dietrich

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) is an evolving committee where different voices are heard.  Departmental representatives gather in a safe, neutral zone to address important topics related to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. The IDEA committee embraces a culture where all people are welcomed, valued and appreciated. This is part of a series of […]

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Sep 24th, 2020

Online Cooking Class: Fall Flavors

It’s a new normal.  During these unusual times, 75 people can no longer gather for an in-person cooking demonstration followed by a delicious buffet dinner.  Instead, culinary classes have moved to a virtual format, just like schools, meetings, tours and just about everything else during this pandemic.  We’re excited we can offer online cooking classes […]

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Sep 23rd, 2020

Childhood Memories of Dot

Whenever I visit Lewis Ginter, there are three things I always make sure to see: the hydrangea bush on the far end of Sydnor Lake, the Conservatory, and Dot’s Garden. In their own way, each of these places reminds me of my grandmother, Dot Robelen. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was one of her favorite places […]

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Sep 21st, 2020

Tarneshia Evans: Kids Identify with Me

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) is an evolving committee where different voices are heard.  Departmental representatives gather in a safe, neutral zone to address important topics related to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. The IDEA committee embraces a culture where all people are welcomed, valued and appreciated. This is part of a series of […]

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