Families & Kids

Feb 3rd, 2013

Mushrooms: A Super Food

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Your favorite recipes probably don’t call for a cup of roasted fungi or a half-cup of sliced decomposers, but that’s precisely what mushrooms are. Whether you’ve returned from the farmers market with portabella, shiitake, oyster or button varieties, chances are they’re packed with essential nutrients, including […]

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Jan 16th, 2013

Eat Your Greens! Broccoli Leaves That is

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I know this is going to sound crazy. But I have two new favorite vegetables  — and one of them is broccoli leaves.  Even my kids like them. This all started when I read Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick’s blog post […]

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Nov 28th, 2012

Raising Richmond: East + West = Magic

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on Raising Richmond a parenting blog  on RVAnews.com   by Valerie Catrow, guest blogger,  via Raising Richmond I tend to get a bit weepy when I think about Lewis Ginter this time of year–the garden, not the guy. Now you might find it odd for a grown woman to tear up at the […]

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Nov 21st, 2012

Kid-Decorated Trees at Dominion GardenFest of Lights are a Win-Win!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit when you work at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. With our desire to make Dominion GardenFest of Lights even better than the year before — each year — we sometimes  get a little over-the-top when it comes holiday […]

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Sep 19th, 2012

It’s Buckeye Season!

Photos & text by Kristin Mullen,  Early Childhood Program Developer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I have a confession. One of my favorite homemade sweet treats of all time are buckeye balls. But that’s not my confession. The truth of the matter is, until I started working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, I assumed the treats were named […]

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Aug 31st, 2012

Crossing KidQuest off of My Bucket List

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern Many schools do not start back until after Labor Day, marking this the last week of summer.  I’ve been interning at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this summer, and I’ve had a bucket list of activities that I wanted to do.  Like the saying goes, there’s […]

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Jun 14th, 2012

More Fan Mail — and a Wife — for StickMan

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Here’s an excerpt from our weekly staff update — aptly named: The TWIG (This Week in Ginter) written by the Garden’s Executive Director, Shane Tippet.   The TWIG is a great way for our staff to stay up to date on key happenings at the Garden.   […]

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May 7th, 2012

Happy International Compost Week!

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Erin Wright is passionate about food and plants. This  post was  originally published on Erin’s blog, the Richmond Food Collective. Whether you pile it, bury it or feed the worms with it, composting is easy and critical to the food system. Talking about waste is not […]

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Apr 23rd, 2012

Pinwheels in Motion

by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a new installation in the Children’s Garden: 4,000 blue & silver pinwheels. It’s small in terms of square footage, but it’s really cool to see, particularly on a robin’s egg blue sky day. The “Pinwheels for Prevention Garden” […]

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Apr 18th, 2012

Work Like a Bee

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Does this remind you of anything?  Could it be the flight path of a honeybee? a firefly? a ladybug?  I think I’ve seen these dashes drawn to depict the flight pattern of most insects with wings and I never gave much thought to why it’s […]

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Apr 10th, 2012

Spring Break Road Trip & the Robin

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I was growing up, spring break family vacations were often built around road trips that my parents planned to places none of us had seen before.  A road trip was literally the experience of seeing new territory from the back seat of a diesel […]

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Mar 27th, 2012

In the Trees

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Did you see anything yet?  Have they hatched …?”  This was the way my teammates welcomed each other to the Garden last week when we met as volunteers in the Lewis Ginter Children’s Garden.  Of course, I had not seen, but was anxious to hear what they were […]

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Mar 17th, 2012

“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; Three, Four, Shut the Door…”

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I am convinced that pick-up sticks was created by a clever mom who found herself surrounded in a garden of sticks that needed tidying.  It is actually a parlor game designed to challenge players both physically and mentally.  A designated player releases a bundle of […]

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Mar 6th, 2012

The Earth Moved Under my Feet

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “The earth moved under my feet today,” at least that is what I told my husband when he asked about my day in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter.  I expected him to ask “…another earthquake?” and mused over the ways I could string him […]

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Dec 8th, 2011

Take a Trip to the Tropics (or the Conservatory)

By Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As the song goes, It’s the Holiday Season…. For the adults, like me, there doesn’t seem to be enough time for everything – shopping, cooking, wrapping, celebrations.  For the kids, like a certain one of mine (not mentioning any names — you know who you […]

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Nov 13th, 2011

Every Day is a Play Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

By Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The air grows cooler, the days darken in late afternoon, and the trees portray nature’s brilliant autumnal portrait.  Here at the Garden, the word is GardenFest and the magic it brings each year via more than a half million outdoor lights.  But before all the hoopla […]

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Nov 4th, 2011

"The Old Tree" in a New Light – A GardenFest-ful

By Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I know what it means … saw through my telescope … woodsmen … sawing down trees … with Xs on them … like ours….  They’re going to cut down our tree! As both author and illustrator, Ruth Brown brings to life bustling, bickering […]

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Oct 28th, 2011

Where's Stickman? On Saturday meet Cameron, the man Behind Stickman

by Dawn Lipscomb, Children’s Garden Program Instructor, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note:  “Stickman” is the Garden’s  ambassador for Patrick Dougherty’s Diamonds in the Rough stick sculpture at the Garden. Each week, the Children’s Garden staff moves Stickman to a new spot in the Garden — so our young visitors can search for him.  Dawn Lipscomb, […]

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Oct 21st, 2011

Goblins & Gourds Festival Rounds out the Weekend

by Garrett McLees Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, PR & Marketing Intern The theme for my blog posts this month has been October Oddities, the month-long display of odd and interesting items at the Children’s Garden.  Each Saturday in October, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the Children’s Garden hosts Odd October-themed events. So far I […]

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Oct 13th, 2011

Seed Play Continues at Ginter Gallery II Through November 11

by  Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Seed Play: Fiber Art by Nancy G. Cook is on display now in Ginter Gallery II  through November 11.  Cook is a nationally-exhibited, Charlotte-based artist, displaying fiber art exploring seeds of trees and shrubs through the traditions of quilting, botanical illustration and watercolor. While her […]

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Sep 30th, 2011

October Oddities Begins with Weird Plant Lore

by Garrett McLees Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, PR & Marketing Intern In my last post, I wrote about my journey to the Children’s Garden, and my short vacation to the tree house in the Children’s  Garden. I also introduced Gourd Quest, the exclusive gourd-themed segment of Kids Quest held at the Children’s Garden throughout the month of […]

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Sep 28th, 2011

My Welcome to the Garden — Journey to Gourd Quest

by Garrett McLees  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, PR & Marketing Intern Hi, I’m Garrett McLees, the new PR & marketing intern here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. A hardworking and studious graduate of Virginia Tech, I take every job seriously and do my best in whatever I do. Last week, my first at the Garden, […]

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Sep 20th, 2011

DIY Compost, Compost for Kids, & Soil 101

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the great things about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that as a staff we are always learning.  Our weekly staff meetings might be just as likely to include a PowerPoint presentation on LewisG Ginter & the Civil War,  how to use […]

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May 19th, 2011

Sabot at Stony Point School: The Birds' Nests & the Meadowmorphosis

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note: Over the next few weeks, we will bring you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We are calling this 3 week transformation of the Anderson Meadow  a “Meadowmorphosis.” We will celebrate the completion of the […]

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