Blooms & Gardens

Nov 15th, 2013

Ice is Nice

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden … except maybe if you’re a citrus grower, and if you don’t have to walk or drive on it. It may seem extremely early to see this much ice in Richmond, Virginia, during November, but it’s all just a minor mishap. A […]

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Nov 12th, 2013

What's Farm to Schools Week All About?

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden All over the Commonwealth, schools are celebrating Farm to School Week (November 11th -15th). The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) designated this week to encourage schools from kindergarten through college to use Virginia Grown foods in their cafeterias.  Local Food Hub, a […]

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Nov 7th, 2013

The Beauty of Seasons Changing

By Jasmine Kent, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I applied for the PR & Marketing internship at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in early September, the weather was still peaking  at 90 degrees many days.  I thought, “Hey, this may be cool. I’ll be outside in the sun all day, enjoying the […]

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Oct 23rd, 2013

Gardening: Up-close Photos Bring Nature into Focus — High-tech Photography Reveals Hidden Wonders of Seeds

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch “It’s right in front of you, but you never see it,” said professional photographer Robert Llewellyn of Earlysville. He discovered that the natural world is fascinating — and sometimes surreal — if you pause long enough to really see it. […]

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Oct 21st, 2013

Here's to Welcoming Autumn

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photographer Michelle Burdiss, has an eye for catching magic moments here at the Garden. Perhaps is because she’s been coming her for years, or perhaps it’s because she always carries her camera with her, wherever she goes in the Garden.  As we welcome autumn and the […]

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Oct 4th, 2013

Just Another Beautiful Day in the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that food could be so beautiful? The tuber of the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) are eaten somewhat like a potato and are also called sunchokes. They do taste a bit like artichokes. You can find these beauties in the Children’s Garden.

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Sep 26th, 2013

Altria: Altogether Awesome

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The beginning of the fall planting season in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is almost more challenging than spring. Fall offers a more compressed window of opportunity for success, so it’s important to get the crops started at the right time […]

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Sep 13th, 2013

All About Solutions

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Cullen Wallace brought his Dominion teammates to the Community Kitchen Garden  for a full morning of work. The team works in the Customer Solutions – New Technology division and yes, they drove cool electric vehicles to the Garden! Cullen and his group […]

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Sep 7th, 2013

What Does 80,000 Cherry Tomatoes Look Like?

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   80,000 cherry tomatoes? That’s no hyperbole. Well, it’s only minimal hyperbole, because 79,800 is the actual estimated count of cherry tomatoes harvested in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden so far this summer.  As of September 4th, we’ve delivered 665 lbs. […]

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Aug 18th, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are now starting into our third month of harvesting here at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We have delivered a large variety of vegetables to FeedMore, totaling 3,600 pounds of fresh produce as of August 9. This is over 1/3 of […]

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Aug 12th, 2013

Bringing People & Plants Together to Improve Communities

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in summer means you’ll hear the sounds of teenagers chatting between rows of Swiss chard and beets, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.  Each week, a dedicated handful of area teens leave the comforts of air conditioning  or […]

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Jul 31st, 2013

King Aubergine

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Eggplant – or aubergine – (Solanum melongena L., family Solanaceae) is native to a vast area stretching from northeast India and Burma, to Northern Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam and Southwest China. Why do we call a purple fruit eggplant… is it because […]

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Jul 30th, 2013

Take 5 with Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Acting as the Garden’s reporter, as I was recently referred to, is a really fun job. It gives me a reason to ask questions, be curious, and find out what’s going on in all different parts of the Garden.  When we the Garden hires someone […]

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Jul 24th, 2013

Handiwork

  Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you have 42 cherry tomato plants it takes a lot of hands, and often,  to effectively harvest the ripening fruit. Our variety in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is Jasper (Solanum lycopersicum), a disease -resistant F1 hybrid grown in […]

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Jul 19th, 2013

Knockout Bloom: Blackberry lily; Belamcanda chinensis

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I always thought that the blackberry lily, Belamcanda chinensis, got its name from the blackberry colored-specks on the  flower petals. But one day I was strolling through the Asian Valley and as I walked by the blackberry lilies, I saw what looked like a blackberry […]

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Jul 18th, 2013

Beneficial Buckwheat

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Common buckwheat is sometimes used as a “honey crop,” because bees love it, especially in September when other nectar sources are dwindling. Have you ever heard of a “smother crop”? Buckwheat is a good competitor to weeds because it germinates rapidly, and […]

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Jul 8th, 2013

Savoring Fine Vines

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch  Twisting, turning, twining and twirling – vines navigate the landscape in creative ways. While some cover and camouflage horizontal surfaces, others scale vertical walls, trellises and fences. Their handsome foliage provides visual interest as it forms living screens, softens hardscapes, reduces […]

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