Education & Classes

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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Mar 29th, 2013

Bringing Gardens to Bloom for the Blind: VCU School of Engineering Makes it Real

by guest bloggers  Ruth Intress and Nan Johnson, originally published on WCVE’s Science Matters blog The colors, textures and landscaping at Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is all but hidden from people who are blind and visually impaired. But not for long. Christina Walinski, a Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering student and her professor, Dianne T.V. Pawluk, Ph.D., are creating a wireless device that could aid […]

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Mar 28th, 2013

15 Minutes in the Garden with Shannon Smith

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today, Shannon Smith, Senior Horticulturist, met with staff and volunteers during a “15 Minutes in the Garden” session where we learned about a new section of plants for this very special garden — the George Bragdon Daffodil Garden.  The Bragdon memorial garden will show a spectacular […]

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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 20th, 2013

Why Do Collections Matter?

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know that botanical gardens are actually museums? The big difference is that instead of having collections of artwork or historical objects, we have living collections. All of our plants are documented, numbered, and tracked, just like other museum collections. The Garden combines various types […]

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Mar 10th, 2013

Enjoy a Show of Nature Journals in the Library

Text & photos by by Susie Kowalik, Instructor, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden     Years ago, I came across a book by Claire Walker Leslie called Keeping a Nature Journal. It was my introduction to journaling… and the discovery of a wonderful gift, both for myself and those that I have had the privilege of teaching over the […]

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Mar 5th, 2013

Reflections on Allison Kiesler

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The first time I really got to know Allison Kiesler, I was a parent on a field trip with my child here at Lewis Ginter in the Children’s Garden. Yes, I work here, but until I followed my 5-year-old’s kindergarten class around on a field trip, I […]

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Feb 26th, 2013

Garden Volunteers Plan to Attract Bluebirds to New Bluebird Trail

by Buz Sawyer, volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden you are probably here to see what is in bloom or see one the many exhibits. I’ll bet that seeing bluebirds is low on your priority list. So you might be surprised to learn that we have a Bluebird Trail […]

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Feb 23rd, 2013

Botanical Dye & Weaving at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden volunteer Judith Towers volunteering today educating about botanical dye and weaving. Can you believe that the eucalyptus plant dyes wool this rust color? One more thing Judith told me? You techies will love this. The idea for a computer, originally came from a loom. […]

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Feb 20th, 2013

Backyard Birds, Frontyard Birds, Birds, Birds…..

by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Program Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thank you, everyone, for braving cold rain and mixed snow on Saturday to help us with the Great Backyard Bird Count.  We had 7 adult participants. Thanks, also, to Sue Ridd of Richmond Audubon, for sharing her birding knowledge and experience with all of us. […]

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Feb 20th, 2013

Needle-Felting with Botanical Subjects

Text & photos by Judy Thomas, Adult Education Instructor,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Needle felting is an old craft, but it is on the cutting edge in botanical art. I just finished teaching a session of  “Needle Felting with Botanical Subjects” in the Art in the Garden program at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. What a […]

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Feb 18th, 2013

Lindsay Cowles: Signature Artist for Cheers to Art

by Lindsay Cowles, guest blogger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden is Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Cheers to Art! is A chance to buy local art and support the Children’s Garden  at the same time. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music by Emme St. James and […]

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Feb 16th, 2013

Take a Hike This Winter

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Nature isn’t limited to three seasons – and neither are nature walks. Winter is a delightful time to explore the great outdoors as a family or with a group of youngsters. A winter hike reveals nature’s cold-weather mysteries and seasonal trends. Leafless trees bare their trunks […]

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Feb 14th, 2013

Orchids Galore! is for Children & Families too!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When most people think of orchids,  they don’t think of something that’s kid-friendly. We’re about to change that!  We want to let Richmond Families know, it’s not just the Children’s Garden that is kid -friendly at Lewis Ginter. We’ve put a whole family-focus on Orchids Galore!,  […]

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Feb 10th, 2013

The Margaret Johanna Streb Conifer Garden is a Hidden Gem off the Beaten Path

by Elizabeth Fogel, Senior Horticulturist & Seth Roadman, Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden first opened to the public in 1987, fulfilling the will of Grace E. Arents to establish a botanical garden named after her uncle, Lewis Ginter. At this time, little of the Garden’s 81 acres were under cultivation, but […]

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Feb 9th, 2013

Cheers to Art Benefits Important Children's Garden Programming

by Scott Hornby, Development Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When Loreen Hitch dropped off her kindergarten-age son Ethan for his first day of Green Adventures Camp at the Garden, little did she realize that she was setting off a chain of events that would lead to an amazing awakening and the liberation of a plucky little […]

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Feb 8th, 2013

Conifers Bolster the Winter Garden

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Winter weather may be drab, but the landscape doesn’t have to be. Cone-bearing trees and shrubs, known as conifers, can transform outdoor settings from ordinary to extraordinary through their attractive array of sizes, shapes and textures. They also can add drama through their wide spectrum of […]

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Feb 7th, 2013

101 Things to Spot in the Garden Through Paper Binoculars

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever played “I Spy” in the Garden? Some of our youngest guests spent the winter ‘spying’ amazing animals, trees, blooms, habitats, and botanical treasures as part of our preschool Young Buds program. As diligent and thoughtful scientists, the enthusiastic 3- […]

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Feb 6th, 2013

Message from the Director: What's Your Watershed Address?

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Virginia’s streams, lakes, rivers and bays, particularly the Bay, are the common wealth of our Commonwealth. As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a set of federal guidelines establishing standards for surface water quality and pollutant discharge, it’s time to reflect on the message behind the […]

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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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Dec 12th, 2012

Field Trip: Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although the weather is getting chilly in Richmond, VA, I want to highlight a recent trip to a warmer place.  A couple of months ago, I was down in Florida to watch the UF vs. South Carolina game (Go Gators!).  While I was there, I […]

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Dec 11th, 2012

Books Make the Best Gifts

By Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Two new Virginia-related books offer great choices for bike-lovers and plant-lovers on your gift lists.  Both are available in our Garden Shop. On Richmond’s Wheel: A Timeline History of Cycling in Richmond, Virginia by Thomas Houff is a history of bicycling in Richmond and much more.  It will […]

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Dec 7th, 2012

Doll Houses Galore in the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Now here’s something fun! Take a virtual tour of the doll houses in the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!  During Dominion GardenFest of Lights, we have 17 doll houses on display. They range from a one-room greenhouse, to a diner, to […]

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Dec 6th, 2012

East Meets West in the Garden

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The ways in which Japanese gardens were introduced to America are as intriguing as the gardens themselves. The exchange of ideas began in the late 19th century and pivoted around wealth, world fairs and world power. During this era of industrial revolution, international trade flourished. […]

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