Education & Classes

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 16th, 2013

Gardening: Pitcher Plants are a Wetland Wonder

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Photos Don Williamson Photography A cunning carnivore with an inescapable death trap silently waits for prey in some southeastern wetlands. Its exotic markings and distinctive beauty are enhanced by sugary secretions and sometimes enticing odors that lure unsuspecting victims to […]

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Jul 12th, 2013

Butterflies have Scales? Really!

by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Butterfly Team  Butterfly wings are covered in many tiny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. Scales come in many different shapes and in the past, have been used to classify butterflies. The different colors are either produced by the pigments contained in the caterpillar’s diet or by the […]

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Jul 11th, 2013

A Tale of Two Butterflies — Totally the Same, Yet Completely Different!

By Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Identifying butterflies can be a challenge when so many look similar, but the differences can make it tricky, too. Some butterflies are dimorphic, which means the male and female look very different. Take this pair of great yellow Mormons (Papilio lowii) – they look nothing […]

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Jul 6th, 2013

Ginter Gallery II Exhibition Features Porcelain Butterflies by NYC Artist

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Porcelain butterflies by New York City artist Nancy Blum flutter on the walls of Ginter Gallery II in the Education and Library Complex,  inspired by the artist’s visit to Butterflies LIVE! in 2009. Thanks to Erica Borey, museum studies intern, who installed the artwork, and librarian […]

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Jul 5th, 2013

Diggin' Potatoes

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  This week we harvested 204 lbs. of turnips, zucchini, red potatoes, beets, celery, and cherry tomatoes from the Community Kitchen Garden for FeedMore. 2013 year-to-date produce donated: 1,273 lbs. Also this week the Lewis Ginter Youth Volunteer Program (YVP), led by the […]

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Jun 27th, 2013

A Garden Adventure

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   With all the rain we’ve been having, it’s no surprise that we’ve had a few creatures trying to find shelter inside. Last week, a toad made its way to the Robins Visitor Center….where he blended perfectly with the carpet! Luckily we had  a mother […]

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Jun 25th, 2013

Cooters in the Tree House

by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Program Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I spied a female Eastern River Cooter traveling up the ramp toward the CWD Children’s Garden Tree House. Perhaps after emerging from the pond, she crossed the path and found an opening in the Children’s Garden gate and headed up the ramp. I surmised that she […]

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Jun 22nd, 2013

"Flowers of the Air" — Reading About Butterflies

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to butterflies here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our Conservatory exhibit Butterflies LIVE! is underway until October 13. The Lora M. Robins Library (yes, the Garden has a library!) offers a wide selection of butterfly books and DVDs […]

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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 7th, 2013

Flashback Friday

  by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Sometimes, if you create something brilliant, you create a timeless work of art that people want to see again and again.  I guess this could be said of the butterfly. Its magical transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is a symbol of hope and inspiration for so […]

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Jun 3rd, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies Comes to the IMAX at the Science Museum

Text & photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you probably know, we’re a bit crazy about butterflies right now.  Butterflies LIVE! is in full swing at the Garden…..and all over Richmond.   Here at the Garden you’ll find native butterflies outside everywhere. We’ve planted  butterfly-attracting plants not just in […]

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Jun 2nd, 2013

Plant Lessons from the Desert

Photos & text by Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I learned the three characteristics of a desert: 1) extreme temperatures; 2) less than 12 inches of precipitation annually; and 3) low humidity. My teacher was a volunteer in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, and I […]

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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 28th, 2013

Orchid Evolution Entertainment in the Conservatory

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Back in March, we told you  about award-winning illustrator Tyler Rhodes and his artistic orchid evolution project. Tyler was here each Saturday during Orchids Galore!  to engage children (and interested adults)  in a interactive drawing game while they visited. We drew quite a few orchids!  The […]

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May 19th, 2013

Floating Wetland Finds a Home at Lewis Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Jeannie Waltman & Jonah Holland A crew of Garden volunteers and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation planted  and installed a ‘floating wetland’ right here in Lake Sydnor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this week.  The floating garden is believed to […]

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May 11th, 2013

Getting Ready for Butterflies

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Guess what!?!  Here at Lewis Ginter we are counting down the days ’til Butterflies LIVE!   In fact, it starts less than 2 weeks from today!  Chrysalides are already arriving at the Conservatory and we are setting them up in our emergence room. What’s new this […]

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May 4th, 2013

Explore the Outdoors with the Children's Garden

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do you get when you take an empty field, add piles of twigs, branches, moss, cardboard boxes, stumps, seed pods, pine cones, raffia, magnolia leaves and fabric, and then add hundreds of children and their adults? A Loose Parts Party! That’s exactly what […]

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Apr 28th, 2013

How One School Garden is Making A Difference in Richmond

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I met with Ellen Shepard, the woman behind the intricate gardens and orchard at Linwood Holton Elementary School, I never expected to end up talking about zombies, But that’s exactly how it happened. Zombie plants that is. I’d never heard of them, but you […]

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Apr 15th, 2013

Honey: The Business of Bees

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch “Sweet and aromatic with complex undertones.” Sound like a description of fine wine? Attributes like these can also apply to another of nature’s delectable byproducts: honey. In the U.S., honey is available in more than 300 distinct flavors, plus countless blends. […]

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Apr 5th, 2013

The Tastiest Field Trip Ever

Photos & text by Kristin Mullen,  Early Childhood Program Developer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While teaching in the Children’s Garden, I always have an ear out for that moment when the children ‘get it.’  And I don’t mean checking the box when they can identify the parts of a plant, list the things that plants need to […]

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Apr 4th, 2013

Alberti Flea Circus & Strolling Street Organ Show Performs April 13-14

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do kids do better than any adult? Use their imagination, of course! That and have silly, uninhibited fun. The weekend will be ripe for both when on April 13-14 The Alberti Flea Circus and Strolling Street Organ Show performs Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Heritage […]

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Apr 3rd, 2013

Sneak Peak: Cigarette Cards in the Library

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We will have something new on display in the Lora Robins Library beginning with Heritage Weekend. We received a generous donation of Allen & Ginter cigarette cards from Ben and Maureen Field. I am pleased to report that our talented and capable museum studies intern, Erica Borey, has […]

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Mar 31st, 2013

So Where are the Bluebirds?

by Buz Sawyer, volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Since my last post, Linda Chaney and I have started our monitoring of the Lewis Ginter Bluebird Trail in earnest.  If you should happen to see one of our boxes you will notice a label on the front. These have been added so each box can be referred […]

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