Blooms & Gardens

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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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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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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May 23rd, 2011

Diamonds in the Rough Adorn Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  Note: Over the past 3 weeks, we have brought you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The work, entitled Diamonds in the Rough, is now complete!   The sculpture will be part of the Garden’s landscape as long as Nature allows, so look forward to enjoying […]

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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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Mar 26th, 2011

Can This Orchid Be Saved? Maybe!

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I want to follow up on the library program “Can This Orchid Be Saved?” that took place  in the Garden library on March 17. Daune (pronounced Dawn) Poklis, our orchid docent for Orchids Galore! substituted for our planned speaker who was not able to attend. Many thanks to Duane for […]

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Mar 23rd, 2011

Free Trees!

Henrico County residents can pick up a few free trees (up to 10) tomorrow or Friday at Dorey Park or Hermitage High School, respectively, courtesy of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District. Trees  are beautiful,   add shade, increase property values, help save energy, and protect our watershed.  Do your part and plant a tree! […]

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Mar 22nd, 2011

It's Snowing Blossoms….Oh My!

by Brenda Brown, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s snowing in the Garden. Yep, it’s snowing in March. Not the white, frosty melting snow but petals coming from Okame cherry trees that are blooming and shedding a whimsical shower of blossoms. I came out of the Visitor’s Center, took an immediate right […]

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Mar 11th, 2011

Can This Orchid Be Saved?

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The March monthly library program,  Outdoors Inside, will be devoted to orchids.  You may have heard we are having “Orchids Galore!” in the Conservatory starting tomorrow and running through April 10.  We are offering many orchid-related programs during this time period and we in the library like to […]

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Mar 7th, 2011

O is for Orchids….Orchids Galore! Arriving Daily!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Yesterday, I walked through the Conservatory….I was so happy to see orchids of all shapes, colors and sizes EVERYWHERE! Orchids Galore! opens this Saturday and we’ve been receiving shipments of plants all week.  This is such an exciting time for the Garden and the first time […]

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Mar 6th, 2011

March & April: Spring in the Yard

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The best time of year is upon us, when warm temperatures encourage new growth that we can almost watch happening.  Miraculously, trees and shrubs are forming new buds, perennials are breaking through, hellebores and showing off bright new flowers.  It’s a miracle!  And a great time to […]

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Mar 4th, 2011

There's A Lot of Pruning Going On in the Rose Garden!

by Brenda Brown, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Visit the Garden this week and you will most likely see rose beds that are being prepared for this spring. You might be wondering why roses are being pruned so early and you may be thinking that fluctuating weather should be a deterrent for […]

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Jan 14th, 2011

The Winter King

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hawthorne trees have something to offer all year round, but right now, the ‘Winter King’ is one of the showiest trees in the garden. We have three planted together in a striking display on the edge of the west parking lot (outside of the Garden Shop/westside Visitor […]

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Sep 30th, 2010

Look for Enhancements to Lewis Ginter's Central Garden & West Island Garden

by Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the best things about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that we just get better and better!  In early 2011, expect some major enhancements to the Central Garden (CG) between the Robins Visitors Center (top of photo) and the Conservatory (bottom of photo.) The proportions […]

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Mar 17th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Spring is coming to the Garden

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Many inches of snow and cold temperatures gave us the coldest winter in our area in several years. If you’re like me, you may have wondered if  spring was ever coming.  This week, a wonderful spate of warmer weather recently inspired me to walk the paths […]

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Jan 1st, 2010

The Heart of Winter in the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Happy New Year everyone! In the cold of winter, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday, I found myself rushing to get everything done under the deadline of Christmas, a daughter’s 9th birthday and preparations for a holiday party. In an effort to cut […]

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Nov 6th, 2009

Woolly Bears, Acorns, Persimmons, Oh My ….

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Has anyone else noticed the multitude of acorns this year? Aside from unsteady footing have you ever wondered what all those acorns mean? Some say you can predict the weather by how many acorns are on the ground. Something to do with how the squirrels […]

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Nov 4th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Stinky Tomatoes and More Chores!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The growing season may be over, but there’s still plenty to be done in the Community Kitchen Garden and a little bit of rain doesn’t stop the volunteers at Lewis Ginter! Last week we had a good crew show up regardless of the rain and we picked […]

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Oct 15th, 2009

Obama's Kitchen Garden Available for Tours This Weekend

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Want to see Michele Obama’s  Kitchen Garden? Now is your chance.  According to US News & World Report,  this weekend, the White House garden and grounds will be open for free tours.  Thanks to Red White & Grew for letting us know! The tour is […]

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