Blooms & Gardens

May 11th, 2012

From Color to Camouflage

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   The previous post on poppies promoted the value of color. This post proves the value of camouflage. Kildeer birds have been building nests at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The first nest we saw was in the middle of a gravel parking lot, […]

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May 8th, 2012

Pretty Poppies Popping

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  I don’t know the exact variety of these oriental poppies, but they’re marvelous. These are part of a cutting garden grown by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden staff and volunteers.  The items in this garden are specifically grown to be dried and used in […]

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Apr 24th, 2012

Potatoes in Progress

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator With the help of volunteers Laurel & Yevonne on Saturday, the potato patch in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received some TLC. Weeding, mulching & feeding were the primary tasks. Laurel & Yevonne also started four trays of seedlings for the garden. […]

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Apr 21st, 2012

From/To

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Things are rapidly getting in gear at the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We mentioned a small expansion previously, so let’s check on the progress.  

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Apr 14th, 2012

By Hook or by Crook: The Plunder of Orchids from the New World

by Victoria Waiton, Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden      On my most recent trip to the Conservatory, I tried to remember what it was like to see a cascade of Oncidium orchids for the first time, and wondered what it would feel like to walk through a forest and suddenly come across the […]

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Apr 9th, 2012

Long Live the Blushing Lady!

 by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I am very impressed this year with the Tulipa ‘Blushing Lady’ blooming right outside of the library, in the Evelyn G. Luck Garden.  This small, Gillette-inspired garden is at the entrance to the Education and Library Complex building (or ELC as we call it here).  The blushing lady […]

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Mar 31st, 2012

Preserving the Pitcher Plants & Restoring the Ecosystem

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  You may have noticed in the midst of  A Million Blooms this spring  that we are also working on a construction project at the Garden: the Martha and Reed West “Island Garden” restoration.  In busy blooming time, it’s easy to focus on the new blossoms each day,  the […]

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Mar 29th, 2012

We’re Growing

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is adding 5,000 square feet. The broad lawn behind Locbury House will be converted into a vegetable garden. A major goal for the new space is accessibility. With help from the community we’ll add raised beds with wheelchair access. […]

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Mar 28th, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Plantings of Pontiac Potatoes

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On St. Patrick’s Day,  a lucky group of seven planted Red Pontiac potatoes in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, adding to the 335 seed potatoes and/or cuttings we planted earlier this month. While there’s no guarantee all will sprout and produce, we had some very […]

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Mar 20th, 2012

Big News for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The winter indoor planning stage is complete and work has begun in the Community Kitchen Garden (CKG).  Here are the current garden plans.  Notice that “plans” is plural, because a very exciting aspect of the 2012 CKG is our expansion. The garden layouts shown below […]

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Mar 15th, 2012

Orchids Galore! in the Conservatory — Now Through April 22

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last Saturday, our orchid exhibition, Orchids Galore! opened at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This was my first exhibition at the Garden and I’m thrilled at the way it turned out! After a few years working on displays with Temple University’s Philadelphia International Flower Show  display, it […]

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Jan 30th, 2012

There's a Pig in the Garden

by Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few months ago, while on a mission to capture some fun photos for my Every Day is a Playday blog, I encountered a little friend.  He was so cute — set amidst the foliage and ornate shrubbery.  He was so completely out of place.  He […]

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Jan 6th, 2012

It’s a Wrap at the Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is now shut down for the winter. Volunteers in the garden produced 9,913 pounds of high quality produce for FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. Weight distribution by type: Tomatoes – 5,594.5 lbs. Zucchini/ yellow squash – 3,035.5 lbs. Cauliflower – 460 […]

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Dec 29th, 2011

The Year 2011 in Photos

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although we’re always focused on “what’s next” here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at the end of the year it’s fun to take a few minutes and look back at activities and accomplishments. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means — just a quick […]

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Dec 21st, 2011

As the Growing Season Ends, We Reflect on Lewis Ginter's Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’re only about one week away from shutting down the 2011 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We still have some kale and a few red cabbages growing, but it’s likely those will not contribute substantial weight to our total yield for 2011. We’ll end the […]

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Dec 6th, 2011

Crazy about Camellias

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I walked around the Garden today and thought I was ready to go back inside the library when I spied a glowing white mass of flowers in the distance.  “I must find out what that is”, I said to myself.  It was snuggled between a giant sweet […]

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Nov 29th, 2011

Bodacious Brassica

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The cauliflower and broccoli in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden have been simply stunning, despite the warm weather. We have currently donated 9,503 total pounds of freshly-grown produce to The Central Virginia FoodBank, Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia & FeedMore’s  Community Kitchen for the […]

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Nov 11th, 2011

Still Truckin’

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’re still truckin’ along in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Although it’s now nearly a week into November, the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are not quite ready to harvest en masse. We harvested 26 pounds of beautiful broccoli and cabbage on October 31st, but […]

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Nov 10th, 2011

Power in the Garden

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The last Saturday in October, a group of seven Dominion associates worked at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden. What started out as a shiver-inducing brisk morning quickly turned into t-shirt weather as the team cleared a large area to prep for the winter cover crop. The team also […]

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Nov 8th, 2011

Almost Time for Some Greens

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  That’s folksy talk referring to the fall vegetable garden. At Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden we have all the old tomato plants cleared, the stakes & cages stacked, a winter cover crop of annual rye and red clover sown, and we’re just a […]

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Nov 7th, 2011

Out with the Old, Again

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It was a gorgeous morning at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden. We took a day off from pampering the cole crops, and applied our energy to the incremental removal of some of the hundreds of tomato plants. The process of preparing the garden […]

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Nov 5th, 2011

Young People Learn & Volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator &  Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden You  probably know that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has hundreds of volunteers, who work thousands of hours each year, all over the Garden.  The Garden simply would not be what it is without the dedication and time our volunteers put in. But did you […]

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Nov 3rd, 2011

Osmanthus Surprise

I was taking pictures today in the Asian Valley near the Robins Tea House when a sweet fragrance washed over me. I looked all around to see what it might be. I walked forward and the smell faded, so I turned around and took a few steps back and there it was again. I thought […]

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Oct 12th, 2011

Mushrooms are Popping up all Over & Milk Thistle to the Rescue

by  Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Here at the Garden and across Virginia, we’ve had a lot of mushrooms popping up recently — probably because of all the rain we’ve had.  Last week, you may have heard about the Northern Virginia man who became ill from eating mushrooms from his back yard.  The Times-Dispatch ran […]

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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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