Blooms & Gardens

Sep 4th, 2012

Colorburst

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator A peek at the 2012 edition of the secret garden… a shady spot illuminated by tropical color. The underside of a discarded leaf from a Victoria Amazonica water lily… only slightly tweaked to enhance the natural tropical colors.   Victoria […]

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Sep 2nd, 2012

Twists & Turns

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator While erecting bamboo tripods to support Sugar Baby watermelon vines, a contrast of sturdy & delicate, coarse & smooth became apparent. Laura tightens the sisal twine at the top of the Sugar Baby trellis.

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Aug 31st, 2012

Crossing KidQuest off of My Bucket List

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern Many schools do not start back until after Labor Day, marking this the last week of summer.  I’ve been interning at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this summer, and I’ve had a bucket list of activities that I wanted to do.  Like the saying goes, there’s […]

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Aug 29th, 2012

Mary Lincoln: Art + Service = One Amazing Young Woman

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern This summer while I’ve been a Public Relations and Marketing Intern at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden my passion has been working on the blog.  So much goes on at the Garden, and I’ve tried to tell as many stories as I can. Recently, I […]

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Aug 12th, 2012

The “Wow” Factor

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is all about the photograph. Well, not really the photograph but the subjects. The photographer forgot to remove the fingerprint-smeared protective lens filter, but the strong spirit of the subjects shines through the haze. What a great group […]

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Aug 11th, 2012

Ragweed: This Foe May be a Friend Too

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden we have many rogue plants that have infiltrated our garden; we usually call them all “weeds.”  One that many people are aware of is common ragweed. This plant is mostly known for causing annoying […]

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Aug 6th, 2012

Seasonal Swing

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator The summer harvest season has definitely been in full swing here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, and we’re still swinging for the fences. The photos below illustrate a natural progression, with our harvest weighted toward squash/zucchini in June […]

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Aug 6th, 2012

The Powers of the Garden

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern I love discovering and exploring new areas, which is one reason why I’ve had so much fun interning at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this summer!  I recently went on a tour of the Garden with other summer interns and discovered aspects of the Garden […]

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Jul 30th, 2012

The Secret Life of Bees

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern What do you fear?  For me it’s snakes and getting stung by a bee, which makes working in the Garden an ideal place to get over my fears.  I haven’t seen any snakes in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, but I have seen a few […]

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Jul 25th, 2012

You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Catfacing and other deformities in tomatoes are a visual turnoff for most people. The reality is that while the catfacing will render part of the tomato unpalatable for most culinary uses, a substantial part of the tomato will be usable […]

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Jul 11th, 2012

Potatoes, Patatas

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Sweet potatoes love the heat, but these slips will need to be kept very moist for the first couple of weeks. Actually it’s “batatas”, as in Ipomoea batatas. We’re making a go of trying a small crop of sweet potatoes […]

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Jul 8th, 2012

Aqualand

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator With so much heat lately the human brain craves the cooling effect of water. Imagine being a water plant with our feet beneath the water and our heads tilted up toward the sky, floating on the surface. Yep, feeling cooler […]

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Jun 24th, 2012

Gold Rush

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve received several questions about the near-perfect beauty of our Gold Rush squash. In truth, it’s a hybridized zucchini (Cucurbita pepo). The color is wonderfully uniform & consistent, and frankly almost looks unreal. Reasons: 1) It’s a hybrid, designed to […]

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Jun 23rd, 2012

Genworth Takes the Lead

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator More than 30 Genworth associates came to work in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden on June 13. That huge number of volunteers puts Genworth in first place so far this season in terms of the number of corporate associates […]

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Jun 22nd, 2012

Under Her Thumb

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’re having some fun with “weed identification” at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Our goal is to identify all of the prevalent volunteer plant varieties and learn about the generally unknown characteristics. So far we’ve covered Lambsquarters, Palmer Amaranth, […]

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Jun 20th, 2012

The Best Type of Power Surge

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Shandra Barrett brought her team of Dominion Power customer service associates to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden yesterday – including several who drove all the way from Norfolk. Dodging the threat of rain, Shandra and her seven teammates joined […]

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Jun 19th, 2012

Beetle Bugaboo

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  Scary scarab, or just another neighbor in the Community Kitchen Garden? One of our brave volunteers hosted this brief visit by a Grapevine Beetle (Pelidnota punctata), generating quite a bit of excitement from surrounding volunteers. Our approach to insects is: […]

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Jun 18th, 2012

Mystical Majesty

Photos  by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Text by  Albert Brian Vick & Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is blooming at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Mystical, majestic and magnificent with a magical fragrance. Apparently all parts are edible, but there’s more than […]

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Jun 12th, 2012

More Power to Ya

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  Last Monday we had another great visit from Christa Vidonic and her Dominion Power co-workers in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Last Fall Christa and team came twice to help clear out the fading tomato vines to get ready […]

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Jun 11th, 2012

Victoria Waterlilies on Display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Waterlily pools in front of the Conservatory. On Friday, we got a shipment of four Victoria amazonica ‘Longwood Hybrid’ at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  We have great waterlily pools in front of our Conservatory that previously were a display area for hardy waterlilies.  I adore the tropical waterlily […]

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Jun 8th, 2012

Reichenbachia: Conserving the Imperial Edition

Text & Photos by Erica Borey, VCU  Museum Studies Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been very fortunate in the intended donation of a rare and almost complete collection of 19th century orchid prints — the Reichenbachia.  As  you may have read about on our last orchid-related blog post, Frederick Sander, “The […]

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May 31st, 2012

Kicking it Off in the Community Kitchen Garden

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  We made our first 2012 deliveries  this week from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. The current crop is Red Pontiac new potatoes & red beets. Total pounds delivered: red potatoes – 230, red beets – 108. We […]

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May 26th, 2012

Beetles & Radishes

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Quite an incongruous headline, but it includes just a couple of the topics today in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. A beetle is riddling the amaranthus volunteers (Redroot Pigweed variety) with holes, while leaving the bush beans. Great. Unless […]

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May 21st, 2012

Altria Day of Sharing in the Community Kitchen Garden

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator On Friday, May 4, 21 members of Altria’s PMUSA Brand Management team came to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden to participate in a Day of Sharing. Led by Michael P. Goldman, the group split into three teams addressing the needs […]

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May 16th, 2012

Potato Promenade

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Laurel & Yevonne, the Red Pontiac potatoes you planted March 17 in the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden are blossoming. That means we’ll check them soon and prepare to harvest the “new” potatoes for Feedmore. White potatoes have […]

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