Sep 20th, 2011

DIY Compost, Compost for Kids, & Soil 101

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the great things about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that as a staff we are always learning.  Our weekly staff meetings might be just as likely to include a PowerPoint presentation on LewisG Ginter & the Civil War,  how to use […]

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Sep 20th, 2011

It’s Getting Cole

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It’s time to plant the “cole” crops: Brassica (Cruciferae) family members like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Five intrepid volunteers joined us for Fall planting day at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. “Intrepid” because they had no idea of the task before us: […]

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Sep 19th, 2011

“Fairy Houses" with Dried Natural Materials – A NEW CLASS

by Amy Clark, Assistant Education Registrar & Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The first year I worked at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, I had no idea what to expect of this “GardenFest” everyone was busy preparing for; there is no What to Expect When You’re Expecting: GardenFest guide! I’d never even  attended as a […]

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Sep 9th, 2011

Red is the Color

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  Each of the last two posts have featured the color red. It just struck me that red is one of the colors of Autumn, so let’s follow that theme. Here are a few images from this week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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Sep 8th, 2011

Attracting Native Pollinators (and Flies!)

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We received a new book in the library just in time for fall garden planning. Attracting Native Pollinators, by Eric Mader and colleagues at The Xerces Society, is the book you need as you get ready for next spring and summer’s growing seasons. And what could be more […]

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Sep 5th, 2011

When You’re Smiling…

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This is Leigh Dorris and Jeannie Arnold, Capital One associates and repeat volunteers in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden (CKG). They’re still smiling, after three hours of hard garden work – and get this: Leigh completed a distance running workout and Jeannie […]

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Sep 4th, 2011

Down But Not Out

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator The post-Irene scene at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden was a little disheartening at first, but that was before two volunteers from Luck Stone showed up. Sort of like a boxer after a bad first round getting a jolt of energy from […]

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Aug 25th, 2011

Power of the Pharoahs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Alumni from Richmond Community High School came out to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden last Saturday. They helped propel the garden forward by weeding, feeding, and harvesting.  This was one of the happiest and most supportive groups of people I’ve ever been […]

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Aug 19th, 2011

Up & Down

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Cukes are up and coming along nicely in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, aiming for a late September harvest. I saw an adorable little white moth flitting about. It’s likely to forecast cabbage worms. I tried to use the brute force organic […]

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Aug 18th, 2011

Patrick Dougherty: A Slide Show

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Have you seen Patrick Dougherty’s Meadowmorphosis — “Diamonds in the Rough” stick sculpture yet?  While we were building it, we gave you daily updates — with blog posts, photographs and video. But it’s been a while since we mentioned it — so I thought I’d remind […]

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Aug 15th, 2011

Scoring Big, Then & Now

Note:  We already brought you the update on the tally or our deliveries last week, but Albert Brian Vick, our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator has a special report for you about the details. I love how he always seems to get the inside scoop! by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden […]

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Aug 14th, 2011

Breakfast on a Stick, or the “Perfect” Weed?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve allowed this Amaranth plant to mature – so far –  in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, adjacent to the cucumber patch. We wanted to determine exactly which variety we had – a “grain” amaranth or just the “weedy” variety. In the U.S., […]

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Aug 13th, 2011

Good Enough to Eat?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator At the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden we’ve produced several stellar specimens of “weeds” so far this season. That’s one of the challenges to keep up with when you’re blessed with the good size of our garden. For example, one of our tomato […]

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Aug 11th, 2011

Yellow Tomatoes, Anyone?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator It almost seems counter-intuitive for the idea of growing tomatoes, but sunshine is a double-edged sword. Tomato fruits actually need to be shaded somewhat by foliage, otherwise the result is the yellowing shown here, or even outright sun-scald, which has a bruising, destructive […]

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Aug 10th, 2011

Worth Their Weight in Gold

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator These three volunteers may have set a harvesting record yesterday in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Within just three hours they collected ten cases of tomatoes and four cases of summer squash. We could go through the math of the retail value […]

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