Nov 9th, 2018

Community Plants Humanity

A vacant lot on St. Peter Street blighted the Gilpin Court neighborhood for decades. Overgrown grass invited debris. The location supported crime. Most residents paid little attention to the lot until Lillie A. Estes recognized its potential as an urban orchard and garden. “When Mayor Dwight Jones came into office, I heard about his community […]

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Nov 7th, 2018

Gifts of the Season

The Science of Gift Giving If you are like me, you are always looking for new ideas for gifts. So many of us already have too many things, more than we can use or store.  And sometimes because of this, it’s hard to find a gift that will really make an impact on someone we […]

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Oct 30th, 2018

Bflies Instagram Contest Winner

The Bflies Instagram contest continues to be our most popular Instagram contest, year after year. It’s also one of our favorites to judge! You send us the best images — and better yet, share your stories with us. It is an honor to announce these finalists: @aimphd, @matt.king4, @jpolinchock, @captured_by_cassie, @branchesva, @roadtworuin_photography, @roy_ramirez626, @jringphoto, @cherubpoetry, @iamcoreydelaney, @am_green_gobbler_ma, @britneysbugs, @lil_latin_lady, @leilagaskin, […]

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Oct 23rd, 2018

Holiday Parties

Celebrate the holidays with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! We’d love to host your upcoming holiday celebration, whether it is a private party,  an office Christmas party, or a thank you event for corporate clients.  If you are looking to host an office Christmas party that is unique, memorable, fun and welcoming to everyone, then a […]

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Oct 20th, 2018

Count Nature as a Citizen Scientist

Anyone can become a scientist in three simple steps. First, head outdoors. Second, observe nature. Third, share your findings. Congratulations! You are a citizen scientist. The title may not be credentialed, but professional scientists welcome data collected by citizen scientists. Naturalists, eco-friendly organizations, government agencies and land-management companies support the findings, too. Even the Smithsonian Institute […]

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Oct 13th, 2018

Goblins and Gourds

Goblins and Gourds Harvest Festival Pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, and food tastings are just a few of the things that you can see and do this fall at Goblins and Gourds to have some great family fun. We’ve got a day packed with fun for the whole family to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and enjoy […]

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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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Sep 15th, 2018

Butterfly Metamorphosis and the Human Psyche

Why are humans so captivated by butterflies? I’m willing to posit it has more to do with their extraordinary journey through complete butterfly metamorphosis than it has to do with their spectacular coloration. Considering that the ancient Greeks used the same word, “psyche,” to refer to both the butterfly and the soul, we clearly associate […]

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Sep 12th, 2018

Gardens Sprout Beauty Products

Don’t throw away herbs drying out in summer’s heat. And don’t pitch flower petals waning at season’s end. Recycle them as ingredients for DIY natural skin and hair products. “There are natural alternatives for many synthetic ingredients,” said Nadira Chase, founder and creator of Adiva Naturals. “Why use synthetics when you can do the same […]

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Sep 11th, 2018

6 Hurricane Prep Tips

6 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Florence Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, hurricane prep includes canceling and/or postponing outdoor tented events like Fall PlantFest  and  Fidos After 5.  The safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, so it only makes sense.  We are also getting ready for Hurricane Florence by harvesting vegetables in […]

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Sep 5th, 2018

Aquatic Giant is Queen of the Lilies

Tropical plants are magical. Extraordinarily lush foliage, pungent fragrances, and remarkable blooms mesmerize our senses, while their quirky features and minuscule to mega sizes tantalize our imagination. One tropical wonder that’s long been a fascinating subject for writers, artists and photographers is the Victoria waterlily, botanically classified as Nymphaeaceae Victoria amazonica. This intriguing tropical specimen, […]

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Aug 29th, 2018

Magical Moss

I’ve always been a quiet fan of moss, the herbaceous plant that reminds me of mysterious forests and rainy days. But not everyone shares my love. For instance, Virginia gardener Norie Burnet  once “had the mindset that moss belongs in the woods, not your garden.”   That isn’t the whole story, though. Burnet is now […]

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Aug 24th, 2018

Summer Blooms & Bright Spots

We wish we could give each person who visits Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden their own personal guided summer blooms highlights tour. But since that’s not practical we try to do the next best thing — we give visitors you a resource so they can make sure they see our most interesting plants and blooms while […]

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Aug 20th, 2018

Mosquitoes vs. Man

A hungry mosquito lurks nearby, evidenced by a high-pitched whining sound. If a female, her target is protein from blood, after which she develops eggs numbering up to 250,000 per season. Her pesky bites cause incessant itching, but a greater concern is whether she carries a mosquito-borne disease, such as Zika or West Nile virus. […]

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Aug 13th, 2018

Feather-Filled Photos

Graceful. Aerodynamic. Lighter-than-air. These adjectives all come to mind when I look at the photos of the tree swallows captured by Charles Woodrich at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.   Across the seven images, swallows swoop through the skies and around trees, with one posing on a bird feeder. In some, their wings beat intensely close […]

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