Feb 12th, 2020

Five Wedding Trends That Will Inspire your Garden Wedding

Spring is on its way, and the wedding season is on our minds, so we’ve compiled a list of five wedding trends that will elevate the entire event. From immense hanging arrangements to sustainable decor, these emerging wedding trends will help inspire you to create the ultimate ceremony or reception for your big day.  At […]

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Feb 7th, 2020

Magnolia amoena — Rare & Vulnerable

You can find a rare beauty, Magnolia amoena, right here in Richmond, blooming now at the north end of Sydnor Lake at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. With plants, like people, I try not to have favorites, but when you are in love, you are in love.  And the striking form of this magnolia —  the […]

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Feb 5th, 2020

Outdoor Recreation May Increase Your Happiness

Long days enjoyed in the great outdoors is history for most Americans. Today, the average adult spends 93 percent of his life inside. He also devotes ten hours a day to screen time on computers, phones and digital games. Is it a coincidence that one in five adults suffers from a major mental illness, and […]

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Jan 31st, 2020

Enjoy Simplicity with Winter Tree ID

Minimalism. One of its appeals is in stripping away the superfluous and admiring the beauty of simplicity. The same can be said of the garden in winter, especially trees. Enjoy simplicity with winter tree ID. It’s easier to see the “bones” or the underlying structure of a garden in winter. Without leaves, some trees even […]

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Jan 28th, 2020

Gardening Trends: Ecosystem Health

The new year’s forecast for gardening and horticulture reveals little that’s new. Trend spotters expect more of the same … but intensified. With a 20/20 view of the past, 2020 is expected to focus once again on environmental stewardship and sustainability. “If we can combine the wisdom of the past with the science and technology […]

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Jan 23rd, 2020

The Great Backyard Bird Count at Lewis Ginter

Did you know that more than 1 in 4 birds have disappeared in the last 50 years? According to research from Science, wild birds in the United States and Canada have decreased by nearly 30 percent since 1970.  The report describes “wide-spread population declines of birds over the past half-century, resulting in the cumulative loss […]

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Jan 18th, 2020

Pineapple Love

Have you ever walked into a grocery store, spotted a tropical fruit and said, “I’m going to try to grow one of those!”? You’d have to be a bit of a visionary to think that you could, but you never know what is possible until you try. For Craig O’Der, Sr., it was a pineapple […]

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Jan 14th, 2020

Poet-Tree in the Library

It’s a cold, dreary day at the tail-end of January, When a spindly tree appears in the Library. A bunch of dead branches? What could it be? It’s yours, dear reader: it’s a Poet-Tree. Those sticks look lonesome. What is there to do? The solution, my friend, is quite up to you. We’ll provide leaves, […]

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Dec 27th, 2019

A Year of Service to Community

Taryn Davis was just 21 when she lost her husband in Iraq. In the midst of her own struggle with tragedy, she reached out to help other young military widows cope with grief by founding a national nonprofit, the American Widow Project. Earlier this year, Taryn and several others visited Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on […]

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Dec 26th, 2019

Holiday Decorations by Henrico Students

Each year, Henrico County Public Schools elementary students present a gift to the community. They offer their creativity through holiday decorations adorning trees at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. These special trees line the hallway inside the Kelly Education Center. Look closely between the branches and you’ll see holiday decorations […]

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Dec 13th, 2019

Thank You, Volunteers!

Volunteers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are the heart and soul of everything we do. Simply put, there would be no Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights without them. Each year our volunteers spend countless hours preparing for the show, wrapping lights, building structures, and brainstorming ideas about how they can make this year’s show even […]

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Dec 11th, 2019

WINTER WILDSCAPES: Wonderlands for learning

Winter is in full swing, and nature’s response is a fascinating study for children on school break. Nature knowledge supports Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives. Outdoor exploration of winter wildscapes also fosters youngsters’ appreciation for the natural world, which can last a lifetime. To help your child or grandchild understand nature’s seasonal changes, talk […]

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Nov 28th, 2019

Ginter Urban Gardeners
Sustain Plants, People and Places

Ginter Urban Gardener cohorts do more than create green space in Richmond urban neighborhoods. They bring neighbors together to help restore people and communities. Environmental Justice When Ginter Urban Gardeners built a garden adjacent to Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in historic Jackson Ward, they planted over the foundations of a neighborhood decimated by the construction […]

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Nov 19th, 2019

MESSAGE FROM LEWIS GINTER’S DIRECTOR

Planting Seeds for Change Richard Piacentini, the visionary CEO of Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, famously has written with regard to the challenges of environmental stress “Being Less Bad is Not Good Enough Anymore.”  He has invited the entire public gardening community to join Phipps in approaching our common work with the tools of […]

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Nov 18th, 2019

Insects Take the Heat

Humans aren’t the only ones who feel the heat. Global warming affects insects, too. Their responses vary by species and environs, including creative adaptions over time. “Insects and mites are ectotherms, which means they depend mostly on ambient temperatures to warm their bodies and power their processes of growth, development, reproduction and movement,” explained Dr. […]

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