Blooms & Gardens

Jun 24th, 2013

It's a Bloomin' Onion

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our yellow onion bulbs didn’t get very large in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, but the flower heads were dramatically beautiful during June. The tall flower stalks were amazingly sturdy, and cuttings have lasted for days in a bucket of water. […]

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Jun 20th, 2013

My Favorite Bloom: Sacred Lotus

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It probably seems like I say each bloom here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is my favorite. And it is true, for each season, each month, each moment, I do have a favorite flower.  The sacred lotus is one that I look forward to each […]

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Jun 19th, 2013

A Rainbow of Chard

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today staff and volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden harvested 32 lbs. of rainbow chard and 10 lbs. of beets and delivered it to FeedMore’s kitchen. That makes 40 lbs. of Swiss chard this week! Year to date produce donations: 282 lbs.  

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Jun 14th, 2013

Heavenly Hydrangeas: Highlights of the Summer Garden

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, photos by Janet Woody, Librarian, & Rich Waiton, volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginians love hydrangeas, in part because hydrangeas love Virginia. Several species of this woody ornamental thrive in our zone 7, adorning the summer landscape with voluptuous flowers and breathtaking beauty. […]

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Jun 10th, 2013

The Color of Goodness

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden There’s just something extra special about the color palette with fresh vegetables — fresh as in minutes after harvest, and in this case chilled to preserve the freshness. This week Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden staff delivered 102 lbs. of beets and […]

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May 31st, 2013

We Love Paris in the Springtime

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we made our first 2013 delivery of fresh produce from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore, 50 lbs. of romaine lettuce, 2 lbs. of  parsley, and  2 lbs. of  cilantro. The lettuce has a nice backstory: the seed was obtained from the Thomas Jefferson […]

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May 30th, 2013

Kroger Cares

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Earlier this month, we had our first visit from local Kroger associates to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Led by Shawn Embrose, the team mulched pathways, weeded, tested soaker hoses and planted tomatoes and eggplant. The Community Kitchen Garden is […]

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May 27th, 2013

Lobster Claw Flower

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Don Williamson Photography If you are coming to visit Butterflies LIVE! make sure you stop to enjoy the Conservatory too! Check out these fabulous lobster claw flowers (Heliconias) blooms! You’ll find them in the East Wing of the Conservatory along with […]

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May 26th, 2013

A Capital Idea

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The  Community Kitchen Garden enjoyed a productive visit from 20 volunteers from Capital One’s Merchant Disputes department. Led by Wilma Rooney, the team accomplished a great deal of labor for the Garden, despite the surprisingly sweltering heat for early May.  During the past two […]

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May 25th, 2013

Nesting Bluebirds

You may have read my last post about the Lewis Ginter Bluebird Trail where I mentioned that we had 7 out of 14 nest boxes occupied by chickadees and only one box with hopeful signs of bluebird activity. In the last month there has been quite a lot of nesting activity on the trail, including […]

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May 5th, 2013

'Livin' Easy' in the Rose Garden this Spring

Photos & text by Jay Austin, Rose Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Rose season is officially upon us!  This is one of the first blooms to open this year, Rosa ‘Livin’ Easy’. Over the course of the next week, there will be tens of thousands of additional blooms of all shapes, sizes, and fragrances […]

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Apr 18th, 2013

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — One of America’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was just named one of America’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens by the Travel Channel. We are honored to be listed with such great gardens as Missouri Botanical Garden, The United States Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden,  The Chicago Botanical Garden and […]

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Apr 13th, 2013

Lettuce Plant Parsley

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Karen Reynolds brought her Dominion PJM Energy Settlements team to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden earlier this week for a surprisingly sweltering afternoon of gardening. The team transplanted parsley and lettuce, seeded beets and turnips, and also accomplished some ditch digging […]

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Apr 2nd, 2013

Potato Planting at the Community Kitchen Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Wondering what we’ve been up to lately in the Community Kitchen Garden? POTATOES!  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick,  made a 2-minute movie featuring the potato planting. Thanks to volunteers Jeff Curtis, John Jamieson & Gary Pantaleo for helping to grow food for Richmond’s neediest […]

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Mar 28th, 2013

Tyler Rhodes & the Evolution of Orchids

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Even after watching Tyler Rhodes award-winning evolution animated video featuring the drawings and voices of  local school children from William Fox Elementary and Patrick Henry School or Arts & Science, I still couldn’t really wrap my mind around exactly WHAT Tyler Rhodes was doing in […]

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Mar 21st, 2013

Our Big Children's Garden Secret!!!

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden volunteers and I have been keeping a secret, but we can’t keep it any more.  In December my Tuesday volunteer group and I planted 500 Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’  in the grassy area below the tree house.  

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Mar 20th, 2013

Children Plant Potatoes & Peas to Celebrate the First Day of Spring

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today we got to celebrate the first day of spring in the best way ever.  We kicked off the 2013 growing season for the Community Kitchen Garden by planting red potatoes, peas and radishes with  preschoolers from Capital Childcare. But do you want to know what’s […]

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Mar 16th, 2013

Saucer Magnolia

When these fuzzy puppies pop it really is the beginning of a roller coaster ride into spring.  These Magnolia × soulangeana blooms are also called saucer magnolias or tulip magnolias. Stay tuned for photos of them in full bloom later this week.

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Mar 11th, 2013

Camellias, the "Winter Rose," Offer Color & Charm

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch If you think winter’s garden can’t sprout flowers, think again. In our Zone 7, several cold-hardy ornamentals perk up cold-weather landscapes with bursts of floral color. Winter jasmine and witch hazel are two striking examples, but perhaps the south’s most well-known, […]

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Mar 7th, 2013

Narcissus 'Cum Laude'

Text and photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The daffodils are starting to bloom all over the Garden.  For me one of my favorite things is to find a new type of daffodil every time I turn around. According to the American Daffodil Society there are between 40 and 200 different […]

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Mar 4th, 2013

What's Planned for the 2013 Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Most of the planning is nearing completion for the 2013 Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Beginning its 5th year, the Community Kitchen Garden  is dedicated to growing fresh produce for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and after-school feeding programs. You’ll see we’ve reduced the volume […]

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Feb 21st, 2013

Sunshine on a Stick

Photo & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I came across this beauty yesterday. I like to call it sunshine on a stick, because it is so fun, but technically, it’s called Witch Hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. It has lovely yellow fringed flowers, and a spicy scent. You can find it in […]

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Jan 24th, 2013

Orchids Galore! A Love of Living Color, Features Orchids to Dazzle the Senses

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here’s just a snippet of what you’ll see when you come to Orchids Galore! at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Starting on Valentine’s Day, and running ’til the end of March, you are in for a treat as we delight your senses with colors, smells and […]

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