May 6th, 2011

Staying on Top of the Garden in May, Janet's Way

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I usually use this column to give a list of garden chores, or “opportunities” for the month.  However, in my humble opinion, May is the month for reclining in a comfy chair while sipping lemonade and viewing the results of all the hard work we did in March and […]

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May 4th, 2011

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Volunteer of the Month – Sherry Giese

by Michelle Smith, Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although I caught up with our volunteer of the month, Sherry Giese, just hours before the volunteer-run Spring Plant Sale while energy was high and schedules were hectic, Giese was calm, quite charming, and wore a disarming smile. She is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and has […]

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May 3rd, 2011

Effortless Gardening Class, New at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Cathy Butler, guest blogger & instructor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Cathy Butler is a certified Feldenkrais Method® instructor, who will be teaching a class on Effortless Gardening™ at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on May 14th -15 (10 am – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.) We’ve asked her to share a bit about her […]

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May 1st, 2011

A Feast for the Senses, Fairies & a Raucous Parade — What More Could You Want?

Note: Over the next few weeks, we will bring you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We are calling this 3 week transformation of the Anderson Meadow  a “Meadowmorphosis.” We will celebrate the completion of the fantasy-like structure with a naming ceremony at Spring Fling on May […]

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Apr 30th, 2011

Meadowmorphosis: Where do these sticks come from?

Note: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is working in concert with the  Virginia Department of Forestry to harvest  young red maple saplings in Chesterfield County and sweet gum saplings  from Hanover County for “Meadowmorphosis” a stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that will be created May 2-22 and here to be enjoyed for years to […]

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Apr 26th, 2011

Stickman Says, "Thanks for all the Letters!"

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With Patrick Dougherty’s arrival at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden next week, many of us, including the kids who frequent the Children’s Garden, have been  on the edge of our seats in anticipation.  Since earlier this month children who visit the Garden have been “on […]

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Apr 25th, 2011

Waiting for the Stick Man & the Meadowmorphisis

by Diana Plasberg, Stickwork Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While volunteering at the Lora Robins Library during GardenFest, I came across Stickwork, a book about Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture installations that are made from tree saplings and other organic materials. “Wow!” was my initial reaction. Sculptures and structures made from sticks – in trees, on hilltops, throughout building interiors. I was impressed […]

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Apr 21st, 2011

The Spring Plant Sale is Just Around the Corner

by Brenda Brown, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s never just another day at the Garden —  we’re always working on another way to help you enjoy plants.  Wondering what’s up next? Our annual Spring Plant Sale!  Our volunteers and staff have been preparing for months  growing the plants we’ll sell, organizing enriching […]

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Apr 18th, 2011

Go Green Tips for Children

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In honor of  Earth Day on (which is April 22 this year) Kristin Mullen, Early Childhood Program Developer from our Children’s Garden, pulled together a few green tips — fun activities you can do with you kids, that are earth-friendly & educational.   I […]

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Apr 12th, 2011

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Garden

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Please join us in the Lora M. Robins Library on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. as we celebrate Arbor Day. A guest speaker from the City of Richmond Urban Forestry Division will tell us about tree planting goals in the city. Then we will amble through […]

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Apr 8th, 2011

Our Secret Weapon: Natural Predators in the Conservatory

by Frankie Geouge, Conservatory volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter chooses to use natural pest and disease controls whenever possible. In the ideal environment of the Conservatory, imported insect pests can multiply pretty quickly.  As the frontline attack against insect invasions, we employ vigilant housekeeping and hand removal.  When these efforts fail, we turn […]

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Apr 4th, 2011

Orchids, Royalty, Wealth & Intrigue: The Reichenbachia

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond orchid enthusiast Dr. Arthur Burke is one of the the forces behind  Orchids Galore! . An offer of plants from his personal collection helped make the display possible and he also kindly loaned the  Garden his copy of Reichenbachia antique chromolithographs for […]

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Apr 1st, 2011

My Success with Scandal

by Amy Clark, Assistant Education Registrar & Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I started collecting African violets by coincidence only. The Richmond African Violet Society holds a show and sale each year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and in 2008, the sale was held in the Robins Room, right across from where I was […]

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Mar 29th, 2011

The Garden Celebrates Rosalie & Cecil Bailey, Volunteers of the Month

by Brenda Brown, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Volunteers are love in motion Rosalie and Cecil Bailey inspire me.  They inspire me with their collective life story as a married couple and their individual life experiences as two people who took different paths volunteering,  who both found their calling.   This March, we […]

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