Blooms & Gardens

Apr 3rd, 2015

It’s Time! Cherry Blossoms Peak this Weekend

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Guess what?! This weekend is peak bloom time for the cherry blossoms! Be sure to check out our new Cherry Tree Walk too. See you soon.

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Mar 28th, 2015

Spring is Hopping in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring is here, and it has  been a very busy week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This past Saturday, a group of student volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University and several Lewis Ginter volunteers worked cutting back ornamental grasses around the Conservatory, planting early spring vegetables, […]

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Mar 26th, 2015

Eye Candy: Cherry Blossoms are Starting to Pop!

 by Jonah Holland,  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We promised you we’d let you know when the Cherry Tree Walk was budding up and starting to bloom and it’s well on its way! As we mentioned earlier, it’s really a guess as to when the peak bloom time will be but some varieties […]

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Mar 17th, 2015

On Being Second

by Executive Director, Shane Tippett, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This time last year, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was fortunate to be included in a month-long, on-line “10 Best Public Garden” survey sponsored by USA Today and 10Best. Our friends and neighbors who participated in the polling checked in when it was all said and done, […]

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Mar 12th, 2015

Cherry Blossoms Make Debut on New Cherry Tree Walk

Have you ever been issued a “save the date” card without an actual date? Seems silly I suppose, but with our new Cherry Tree Walk blooming for the first time this year, we are gearing up for a very exciting spring. Trouble is, no one can predict exactly when they will bloom. Predicting the bloom […]

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Mar 11th, 2015

Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ is our first daffodil to bloom each year.  It is a simple daffodil, but one of the blooms we most look forward to.  It made it through last week’s ice and snow storm just fine. Spring starts in 9 days, not that we are counting!

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Mar 2nd, 2015

Volunteers Get HandsOn in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Hilaire Ashworth, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Today volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond  helped Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden staff prepare for the spring growing season in the Community Kitchen Garden. Since the weather has been too cold to plant anything outside, volunteers assisted with repotting seedlings in the greenhouse. There are approximately 3,000 seedlings already started and […]

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Feb 25th, 2015

Beautiful & Useful too — Paperbush is Getting Ready to Bloom

Hilaire Ashworth, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Whilst wondering around the Garden last week I came across this beauty, that is budding despite the chilly temperatures. Edgeworthia tomentosa (formerly Edgeworthia chrysantha), commonly known as oriental paperbush, Mitsumata, or simply paperbush comes from south western China, Nepal, and Japan. The plant has been incorporated into […]

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Jan 30th, 2015

Japanese Apricot Blooms Brings Anticipation of Spring

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) is trying so hard to bloom. You’ll find it in several spots at the Garden — the front berm, near Hilliard Road, and around the new Cherry Tree Walk.  Speaking of which,  we are in a for […]

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Jan 15th, 2015

Knockout Bloom: Cattleya White Spark 'Panda'

Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturist,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Garden has blogged about goats, butterflies, blooms and bees … but never a panda! See ours, Cattleya White Spark ‘Panda’, blooming in the Conservatory this week. Remember admission is free until January 18, 2015. Come see it this weekend!

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Jan 7th, 2015

We've Got Winter Blooms! Snow Drops Steal the Show

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Snow drops  or Galathus elwesii are a personal favorite, they bloom just when you need them most, and don’t seem to mind the cold.  See the inverted green heart?!

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Dec 29th, 2014

An Unexpected Treat During Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Orchids

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our dedicated volunteers, Tom Driscoll, mentioned that one of his favorite parts of volunteering in the Conservatory during Dominion GardenFest of Lights is he gets to spend time around the most wonderful fragrances: orchids! Did you know that many types of orchids only […]

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Dec 22nd, 2014

Winter's Subtle Beauty

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This time of year you have to look a little bit harder to find the beauty of nature especially on cold rainy days like today. This morning I found a subtle rainbow of colors in the bark of the Chamaecyparis obtusa. The red and green leaves of […]

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Nov 27th, 2014

Showing Thanks to our Volunteers  & Community Partners

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist Laura Schumm just sent the end-of-the-year update on our Community Kitchen Garden benefiting FeedMore. The timing is perfect, because it reminds me of all the wonderful things I am thankful for today on this day of Thanksgiving. Last week six volunteers from the […]

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Nov 16th, 2014

VCU Service Learning Students Find A Love of Gardening & Giving Back

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Earlier this fall I ran into three young people just ending their shift at the Community Kitchen Garden.  They were younger than our typical Community Kitchen Garden volunteers and I immediately noticed them because they were all wearing VCU  shirts, my alma mater. Typically, we see […]

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Nov 13th, 2014

Walk in the Garden for Fitness!

Did you know Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a Sports Backers-certified Active RVA Garden? Our new map shows walking loops with distances marked so you can get your workout in while you enjoy the fall foliage and blooms. Want to learn more about how we are helping our visitors & members stay active? Learn more aobut […]

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Nov 5th, 2014

Bank of America Foundation Gives Grant to Support Community Kitchen Garden & Edible Display Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, and Scott Hornby, Development Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thank you to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for providing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with a grant that will help support the Community Kitchen Garden  and a new Edible Display Garden at Lewis Ginter. This year the Community Kitchen Garden has […]

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Nov 1st, 2014

Last Hurrah for Roses

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This year we have lucked out with no hard frost as of yet. What this means is that the Rose Garden has had a chance for a second strong bloom. Enjoy these beauties today and tomorrow though, Sunday night temperatures will fall into the upper […]

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Oct 29th, 2014

Stunning Grasses Add Whimsy to the Conservatory

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recently, we’ve talked quite a bit about why ornamental and native grasses are good for nature and the environment. We shared our plans with you for our plantings in front of the Conservatory at the Ornamental Grass Garden.  And even vetted the best grasses to plant […]

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Oct 28th, 2014

The Fall Harvest Continues in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I’m so happy to be spending my time in the Community Kitchen Garden again. My role is a bit different this time around. I have transitioned from volunteer, to intern and now to horticulturist. In my new role I manage all aspects of the Community […]

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