Families & Kids

Nov 17th, 2018

What’s New at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Has there ever been a moment where you were looking at some type of art and suddenly felt inspired? Well, we have! And that’s how this year’s theme for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights — Bringing Art to Light came to be. Working with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we selected some of our favorite pieces […]

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Nov 7th, 2018

Gifts of the Season

The Science of Gift Giving If you are like me, you are always looking for new ideas for gifts. So many of us already have too many things, more than we can use or store.  And sometimes because of this, it’s hard to find a gift that will really make an impact on someone we […]

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Oct 30th, 2018

Bflies Instagram Contest Winner

The Bflies Instagram contest continues to be our most popular Instagram contest, year after year. It’s also one of our favorites to judge! You send us the best images — and better yet, share your stories with us. It is an honor to announce these finalists: @aimphd, @matt.king4, @jpolinchock, @captured_by_cassie, @branchesva, @roadtworuin_photography, @roy_ramirez626, @jringphoto, @cherubpoetry, @iamcoreydelaney, @am_green_gobbler_ma, @britneysbugs, @lil_latin_lady, @leilagaskin, […]

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Oct 20th, 2018

Count Nature as a Citizen Scientist

Anyone can become a scientist in three simple steps. First, head outdoors. Second, observe nature. Third, share your findings. Congratulations! You are a citizen scientist. The title may not be credentialed, but professional scientists welcome data collected by citizen scientists. Naturalists, eco-friendly organizations, government agencies and land-management companies support the findings, too. Even the Smithsonian Institute […]

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Oct 13th, 2018

Goblins and Gourds

Goblins and Gourds Harvest Festival Pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, and food tastings are just a few of the things that you can see and do this fall at Goblins and Gourds to have some great family fun. We’ve got a day packed with fun for the whole family to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and enjoy […]

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Apr 20th, 2018

A Northward Migration Sound Installation

It’s a magical feeling to be in a room surrounded by hundreds of captivating butterflies. This year we are taking the M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! exhibition a step further with the installation of sound in connection with Sound Art Richmond. A Northward Migration uses sound to explore the migration routes of butterflies, especially monarchs and will give you an […]

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Apr 13th, 2018

Kevin Box Explores Origami in the Garden 

For fifteen years, Kevin Box ’s sculptures have been commissioned, collected, and displayed in prestigious art museums and private galleries around the world. Each sculpture is incredibly unique, beginning as a paper-inspired design that Box immortalizes through the lost-wax casting process. Though the Santa Fe sculptor welcomes the international acclaim, he also yearns to extend […]

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Dec 15th, 2017

Artisans Display: Handcrafted Stories

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is the perfect time for us to showcase the rich variety and talent of Virginia’s artisans. Senior Horticulturists Laurel Matthew and Elizabeth Fogel worked with  Exhibitions Manager Kristin Thoroman to create an intriguing display in the Lora Robins Library. One that showcases the diverse talent of area artists and artisans, in […]

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Aug 23rd, 2017

Butterfly Books from Butterflies LIVE!

Meet Jeanne Schlesinger, creator of butterfly books. She is a Garden Member who regularly visits Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to see the plants and enjoy nature, but also to photograph butterflies up close. Schlesinger visits so often, sometimes 4 to 5 times a week, that she’s well-known to our butterfly curators and other staff. Her aim? To […]

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Aug 7th, 2017

From Camper to Volunteer

Each summer since Jacob was 4, he’s spent a week in Richmond, visiting his grandmother who runs our Garden Shop and spent the mornings at Green Adventures Summer Camp exploring nature at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Jacob has participated in all the camps over the years and even some camps that we no longer offer. He’s studied critters, dug […]

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Jul 1st, 2017

Top 5 Tips for Visit with Tweens

School’s out for summer! Now what? It doesn’t take too long for the euphoria to fade to “I’m sooo bored,” especially with tweens. People may be familiar with some of  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden‘s attractions for the younger set, such as the WaterPlay splash pad and the Sand Play sandbox, but that won’t cut it […]

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Jun 11th, 2017

Mother’s Day Ideas & Reflections

Where does the time go? Nine years ago, I started bringing my family to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Mother’s Day, several years before beginning work in Ginter’s education department. My best friend and I were new moms and we wanted to spend our first Mother’s Day in the Garden enjoying the concert with Glennroy […]

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May 22nd, 2017

Locally Grown

Message from the Executive Director Crape myrtles, Lagerstroemia indica, are native to the other side of the planet, with a genus named after an 18th-century Swedish merchant. Yet crape myrtles are so common in Richmond, occasionally they are thought to be native here. Botanical gardens are good at displaying and explaining global plant diversity, but […]

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May 1st, 2017

A Butterfly Field Trip!

I can hardly believe that it is officially butterfly season! It seems like only yesterday when all the butterfly curators, along with Exhibition Manager Kristin Thoroman, and Conservatory Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey took a butterfly field trip to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Charles Eric Wenzel, the Butterfly Pavilion Lead at the Office of Education […]

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Dec 15th, 2016

Bling House Light Toys

Making Spirits Bright with Light Toys from the Bling Shop As Dominion GardenFest of Lights casts its spell over the Garden each year, you may discover that even you are bedazzled by its magic. If that happens, and you find that you are longing for a little sparkle of your own, we’ve got just the […]

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Dec 14th, 2016

Spinning the Thread of Life

Spinning Wheel Demonstration Spinning is an ancient craft dating back thousands of years that can be quite delightful to watch. If you want to add an unconventional — yet no less fun and mesmerizing — activity to your holiday schedule, join us for a spinning demonstration in the Lora Robins Library as part of the Natural Plant Dyes […]

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Nov 18th, 2016

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Theme: Living Color

Living Color at Dominion GardenFest of Lights This year, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is an exploration of color: how color speaks to us, impacts nature, influences culture and even brings us joy. We can’t wait for you to explore all that we have planned: look through a teleidoscope that turns the real world into an exquisite picture […]

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Nov 17th, 2016

Luffa: Plant Then Exfoliate

Getting the Lowdown on Luffa Luffa sponges don’t come from the ocean. And they’re not from manmade materials. Rough-textured exfoliators originate from luffa: dried fiber from the vegetable of the same name. Luffa or loofah (botanically Luffa aegyptiaca) is a vine-grown member of the pumpkin, squash and gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. Centuries ago, the luffa plant was brought […]

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Nov 3rd, 2016

Instagram Contest Winners

Each year, it becomes more and more difficult to choose our Bflies Instagram winner. Is it possible that you guys get better and better each year? Indeed,  I think it is.  Of all our Instagram contests, our #Bflies Instagram contest always has the most entries and interest. I don’t know if it’s the great prize […]

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Oct 24th, 2016

Carnivorous Plant LOVE

Native Carnivorous Plants I’ve made a few jokes about how carnivorous plants have so many fans — especially tween boys. They even have paparazzi! So, I wasn’t surprised when a saw a post on our Facebook page from a mom who said her son was crazy about them. “Back in March, we promised Ethan to take him to Lewis […]

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Oct 3rd, 2016

Announcing our #LEGOutside Instagram Contest Winners

Instagram Contest Winners Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks was a very special exhibit and called for a very special Instagram contest. We wanted to encourage fans to get outside, to learn, to feel playful, to be inspired and to have fun.  So, for this year’s Instagram Contest we asked our visitors to celebrate all things LEGO by sharing their favorite photos inspired […]

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Sep 26th, 2016

Monarch Migration

It’s that time of year! The monarch (Danaus plexippus) migration is underway as these incredible butterflies begin their journey from as far away as Canada to overwinter in Mexico, coastal California, and the southern tip of Florida. We’ve been seeing plenty of monarchs  a the Garden this week since Virginia is on the way for many […]

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Aug 29th, 2016

Through the Eye of a Pinhole

James Draper Shares Pinhole Photos of Nature Connects Exhibit Our Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks  exhibit has been wildly popular, not just with kids and millennials, but with adults of all ages.  Each age group seems just as excited about it as the next. For young children, often it’s the enormity of the sculpture or […]

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Aug 26th, 2016

Instagram Highlights

Are we friends on Instagram? We should be! As one of the readers of our blog, you are likely one of our biggest fans. You deserve to be among the first to see new blooms at the Garden too! We also post highlights of the day, sweet moments, videos and even Instagram Stories, all in real time. Plus you […]

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Aug 24th, 2016

A Look at Butterfly Farms

Butterflies are some of the most beloved and charismatic creatures in nature. They excite and inspire curiosity of visitors at the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. One of the most frequently asked questions from our visitors is: where do the butterflies come from? The answer is, from all over the world! Our butterflies have undergone one of the most […]

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