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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
Sep 15th, 2020

Fall Vegetable Gardening

It’s no secret gardening has skyrocketed in popularity since COVID-19. In the spring, some seed companies had to temporarily stop taking orders after an overwhelming surge in demand. Although that has since alleviated, now there’s a shortage of canning supplies! If you missed out on the growing season this spring and summer, never fear, it’s […]

Read More
Sep 14th, 2020

Working for Equity: Beth Anne Booth

Hospitality is Rooted in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility 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 […]

Read More
Sep 9th, 2020

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits. Roasted red pepper and crab soup. Pimiento cheese. Along with the Southern hospitality here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we also like to throw in a little bit of comfort food from the South. Our in-house caterer Meriwether Godsey is happy to oblige. In fact, one of our most popular blog posts […]

Read More
Sep 2nd, 2020

Smart Watering

A waterwise garden works with nature and natural forces (like rain) to hydrate plants while conserving water. Reducing the need to water your garden requires a little bit of research and some planning, but we think you’ll find the investment worthwhile. If you don’t already have a rain barrel installed, not only will you be […]

Read More
Aug 12th, 2020

Wetland Ecosystems

Even though we can’t see the smiling faces of school children and teachers on field trips at this time, we want to find ways to continue to connect. To help students continue to explore the natural world, we decided to create a series of virtual field trip programs. A few weeks ago, we released our […]

Read More
Jul 20th, 2020

Japanese Beetles

There’s a question we’ve been hearing a lot these days. “What do I do when Japanese beetles are eating all my plants?”  Japanese beetles happily consume and damage the plants that you’ve worked so hard to carefully tend. They are pretty indiscriminate and they love roses especially! Where Did They Come From? Japanese beetles (Popillia […]

Read More
Jul 16th, 2020

Your Safety is Our Priority

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is excited to welcome you back! As an outdoor attraction with 50 acres of gardens, there’s plenty of room for social distancing during this time of COVID-19. Your safety is our priority and there are a number of adjustments with this in mind. The only indoor area you’ll encounter is the […]

Read More
Jul 14th, 2020

Watershed Wonders

Seeing big, yellow school busses, full of excited students and teachers, roll into the Garden is a sight that we have missed. Typically, hundreds of classes a year visit us for field trips. Students learn about the wonders of how plants grow, the many benefits of trees, and the importance of keeping our waterways healthy. […]

Read More
Jun 21st, 2020

Front Entrance Picnics

Since Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden closed its gates to visitors in March of this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer Elaine Loomis has spent some of her days on the outside looking in. Once a week, she packs a picnic and eats her lunch at the Garden’s front entrance. From there, and from […]

Read More
Jun 19th, 2020

Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Texas and announced that 250,000 Texan slaves were free. Since that time, Juneteenth has been a time of commemorating the end of slavery and has traditionally been a day with food, praying and cultural festivities, often focused on […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More