Aug 9th, 2011

Top Ten

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Always a provocative title, but here’s the thing. You’ve seen the pie tins hung in gardens to keep birds away, right? Well, this is the modern version. It’s too long a story to describe where I first saw this idea, but it’s been […]

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Aug 7th, 2011

Entomology 102: Leaf Bugs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is course number “102″, following the Entomology 101 course recently experienced in-depth with the Squash Bugs. After the Squash Bug assault, to put it mildly I’ve become more attuned to the presence of insects in the vegetable garden. Normally I completely […]

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Jul 30th, 2011

All Kinds of Wingnuts

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A few months ago, a friend introduced me to a new tree. He showed me a painting that looked a bit like this photo below, and told me it was a wingnut. I must have looked at him like he was crazy. Indeed that seemed […]

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Jul 28th, 2011

The Ginter Geezers

by Michelle Smith, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As I was walking through the Spring Plant Sale a few months back, I met a man by the name of Dick Elcock. Some of you that have been around the Garden for a while may know him, I did not. I was telling […]

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Jul 27th, 2011

Youthful Vigor Handles the Rigor

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Despite the heat, we’re on a roll in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden. The current crop of zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. We had a small section of usable space not yet planted, so with the help of the Tyler […]

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Jul 24th, 2011

Lewis Ginter’s Youth Volunteer Program Offers Meaningful Volunteer Experiences

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden has many fans. But some of its biggest supporters don’t know about everything that happens in the Children’s Garden. When you think of the Children’s Garden, you might think of the accessible-to-all tree house, festivals, art projects, or toddlers watering plants with […]

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Jul 23rd, 2011

Tomato Nose

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator In 2008 the European Union relaxed its previously strict rules against the marketing of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables, but only on 26 varieties – not including tomatoes. At the time of the announcement, European Commission spokesman Michael Mann said “This is a happy […]

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Jul 20th, 2011

A Joint Effort

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Another good day in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden (CKG).  Well, it really wasn’t a “day”, it was a 3-hour work session with more than a dozen volunteers, so that’s a week of work for one person. And one person really can’t […]

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Jul 19th, 2011

Garden Day Trip: James Madison's Montpelier

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden After reading about James Madison in Andrea Wulf’s book Founding Gardeners, I added a trip to his Montpelier to my to-do list. My husband and I recently spent a pleasant day touring his restored home and grounds, which both appear very similar to the way he left them […]

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Jul 13th, 2011

Eat Your Veggies! And How.

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Recently, NBC12’s Gene Cox reported on the Richmond Region’s “food deserts.”  A food desert, Cox explains, is an area where there is no grocery store located within a mile in urban areas, or within 10 miles in rural areas.  Cox reports, often when a grocery […]

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Jul 12th, 2011

Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer

by Amy Clark, Assistant Education Registrar & Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Dog Days of summer are upon us now and they’re something Mr. Knightley knows all too well. These are the hot, humid days and he prefers to walk on the shady side of the street, chase ice cubes that fall from […]

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Jul 11th, 2011

From Field to Table — Think Local Veggies

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently hired Brian Vick as our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator. Brian had been a a volunteer at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.   He will be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond, weed, water […]

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Jul 5th, 2011

They’re Here

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Brian Vick, has volunteered at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.  He’s done such a fabulous job, that this week, the Garden hired him as the Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator.  He’ll be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater  Richmond, […]

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Jun 5th, 2011

Fun with Pots

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s the time of year when we turn our garden attention to container gardening. And why is that you ask? Because we’ve completely planted out all of our beds and have decided, once again, there is no more space for plants. But there are always containers. They will […]

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Jun 1st, 2011

'Tis the Season for Flowers After 5

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Despite today’s heat, I’m so happy that summer is finally here.  Summer at the Garden means children fighting the birds for the mulberries, their faces and hands stained red from the juice.  It means a parade of strollers that comes through the Garden each day […]

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