Feb 21st, 2018

Winter Symposium: Gardening With Purpose & Passion

During this year’s Winter Symposium and CVNLA short course, we dug deeper into what it means to garden with purpose and passion through perennial gardens. Perennials offer a different gardening experience than annuals because they come back year after year and require less maintenance. The New Perennial Movement focuses on establishing a link with nature through […]

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Feb 15th, 2018

The Art of a Nature Journal

Q & A with Botanical Illustrator Lara Call Gastinger Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator from Charlottesville, VA.  Gastinger is the lead illustrator for the Flora of Virginia project.  She has over 50,000 followers on Instagram where she posts samples from her own nature journal.  Gastinger’s art focuses on the minute details […]

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Feb 12th, 2018

Gardens Grow Community and More

10 steps for making your own urban garden in Richmond A vacant lot, neighborhood square and school courtyard have something in common. All have potential to be transformed into vibrant community gardens. Duron Chavis readily recognizes the possibility, having launched 12 community gardens in urban areas of Richmond and Petersburg. “None of this is new, […]

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Jan 30th, 2018

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Instagram Contest

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights has come to a close for the season and that means its time to announce the winner of the GardenFest Instagram Contest! Looking through your submissions, we couldn’t help but smile.   This year’s submissions were vibrant, beautiful and full of energy. Some of you showed off this year’s theme, Naturally Ever […]

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Jan 25th, 2018

Century Plant: Worth the Wait

In its native desert, Century Plant endures tough conditions. The result? It can take a long time to flower. Although the common name suggests a bloom once every 100 years, the plant typically blooms between its 10th and 25th year.  And when it blooms, it really makes a statement! See the 110-inch spike on our […]

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Jan 17th, 2018

2018 Gardening Trends

Society’s 24/7 connectedness, public unrest and hectic schedules are taking their toll. In fact, the World Health Organization predicted anxiety will oust obesity as the No. 1 health issue by 2030. So, if stress relief and wellness are your New Year’s resolutions, consider a return to nature. 2018 gardening trends point in this direction. “Being […]

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Jan 3rd, 2018

Digging Deep with Urban Gardening

I entered into the Ginter Urban Gardeners program with a deep affection for the term urban and wanting to learn more about sustainable gardening practices.  Ultimately, I was seeking to make a difference in my community. I have certainly gained much knowledge in the ways of growing plants with respect for the earth and its […]

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Dec 31st, 2017

Gardening with Ginter Urban Gardeners

Making a Difference One Garden at Time The day I decided to browse the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden website beyond the home page felt very serendipitous. Inspired by the recent Garden Times newsletter that arrived in my mailbox, I decided to reacquaint myself with the Garden. As I browsed, I stumbled across information on the Urban […]

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Dec 28th, 2017

New Year, New Name, New Books

The Botanical Book club at Lewis Ginter decided it needed a new name, a broader descriptor of our eclectic reading tastes. We are now the Nature Study Reading Society. Looking back at the titles we’ve read since 2001 (PDF), it’s obvious we have wide-ranging tastes covering plants and gardening, botany, birds, hiking, observational powers, history, […]

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Dec 15th, 2017

Artisans Display: Handcrafted Stories

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is the perfect time for us to showcase the rich variety and talent of Virginia’s artisans. Senior Horticulturists Laurel Matthew and Elizabeth Fogel worked with  Exhibitions Manager Kristin Thoroman to create an intriguing display in the Lora Robins Library. One that showcases the diverse talent of area artists and artisans, in […]

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Dec 12th, 2017

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day

December 12 is National Poinsettia Day, honoring Euphorbia pulcherrima: the country’s most popular holiday plant, according to retail sales. Purchase one locally, and chances are it originated in Ethiopia or Costa Rica, some 6,000 to 7,000 miles away. Cary Gouldin, one of three Richmond brothers who own Strange’s, shared how poinsettia cuttings (also called slips) are […]

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Nov 30th, 2017

Stories in Lights

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights After a year of preparation and planning and months of stringing lights, it’s finally here: Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, Naturally Ever After presents: Stories in Lights.  You’ll find your favorite stories, from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, crafted in lights and illustrated in elaborate displays.  Here’s an insider’s view […]

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Nov 24th, 2017

So Berry Beautiful!

Berries boast a full range of hues this time of year, proving Nature’s color obsession isn’t limited to spring blooms, summer sunsets and autumn leaves. During winter, she brightens landscapes through berries, which are color-packed fruits of some ground covers, shrubs and trees. Though typically tiny, they don’t disappoint. Some boast firecracker reds, blistering oranges […]

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Nov 20th, 2017

Message from Lewis Ginter’s Director

Let Us Tell You a Story… I live far from the Rocky Mountains of my youth. Still, the horizons in my dreams are sometimes stark, soaring and snow-capped. Upon waking, these mountainous memories gentle down into the lush rolling vistas of central Virginia, and I join my colleagues in the work of RVA’s botanical garden. […]

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Nov 9th, 2017

#Bflies Instagram Winners

Thank you for keeping our #Bflies Instagram contest interesting year, after year! One of my favorite things to do each spring and summer is to look through the tons of Instagram images you post online, not just of Butterflies LIVE!, but of you and your loved ones enjoying this beautiful place. Of all our Instagram contests, the #Bflies Instagram contest is always the […]

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