Education & Classes

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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Nov 17th, 2012

Needlin' Around the Garden

Text & photos by Judy Thomas, Adult Education Instructor,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Earlier this month, for the first time ever, I offered a class — Needle Felting for the Botanical Artist. We had so much fun in the class, I thought I’d share a few photos with you of our work. Many of you may not […]

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Nov 13th, 2012

Plants of the Scriptures Curated by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,   Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a slide presentation all about plants from the Bible?  I didn’t.  But when I found this fascinating presentation,  I knew I had to share it!  Originally this was a regular tour hosted by our Garden Guides.  These days, […]

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Oct 12th, 2012

Wondering "What's That?" We're Going Brown to Go Green

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by PR & Marketing Coordinator Jonah Holland In an effort to reduce the chemicals that we use at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we are trying to  implement as many eco-friendly methods as possible to maintain our beautiful grounds. This fall, we top-dressed our Bermuda grass areas […]

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Oct 8th, 2012

Meet 'Ginter Spicy White'

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I just got word from our librarian, Janet Woody, a frequent contributor to this blog,  that  the magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’ is now officially registered as a new cultivar with the Magnolia Society International.  ‘Ginter Spicy White’ was produced here at the Garden by volunteer  Bill Smith, […]

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Oct 4th, 2012

Expanding the Roots, Advanced Workshop for Artists

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden At the end of October, botanical illustrators and other artists will come together for a new class, Expanding the Roots offered by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s adult education department. Instructor Celeste Johnston says, “It is a chance to place traditional botanical elements and imagery within a work […]

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Sep 27th, 2012

Lepidoptera = Butterflies

by John Laslett, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern After spending an afternoon listening to him, I can tell you: Jaret Daniels, Ph.D, Head of Programs and Exhibitions at the Florida Museum of Natural History, wants to talk about Lepidoptera.  In 2004 the museum opened up the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. The building was attached […]

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Sep 18th, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Reichenbachia, Imperial Edition

Text & Photos by Erica Borey, VCU Museum Studies Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you may have read in our  early summer blog post on Reichenbachia, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds one of the only known copies of the Imperial Edition of Reichenbachia, a collection of late-19th-century chromolithographs depicting various orchid specimens. Unfortunately, due to years of […]

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Sep 11th, 2012

They Had the Name, But Not the Garden

By Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern It’s been 28 years since Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden first opened its doors to the public.  It’s hard to imagine the Garden without its wonderful facilities, staff, and the 600+ volunteers who come together to make the Garden beautiful.  In 2011, the Garden received […]

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Aug 9th, 2012

Nature Journaling ….Not Just for Artists

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I signed up for the Nature Journaling class at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden because I love to draw and I thought it would complement my classes in Botanical Illustration, also offered at the garden.  But as I learned from instructor Susie Kowalik, Nature Journaling is rewarding for […]

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Aug 8th, 2012

Dye Plants for Botanical Artists

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern A pivotal moment in the movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, is of the Scottish rushing into battle with their faces painted blue and white.  I always thought their face paint was a Hollywood move, with nothing to do with history, but I was […]

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Jul 25th, 2012

You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Catfacing and other deformities in tomatoes are a visual turnoff for most people. The reality is that while the catfacing will render part of the tomato unpalatable for most culinary uses, a substantial part of the tomato will be usable […]

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Jul 7th, 2012

Ecological Design equals Solutions for Our Future

by Lisa Taranto, co-founder of Tricycle Gardens, researcher, lecturer & instructor of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden‘s class:  Permaculture: How the World Works An ecological crisis. An environmental crisis. A jobs crisis. A climate crisis. A financial crisis. An education crisis. An obesity crisis. A population crisis.  Nature deficit disorder………What the hell is going on?  Somehow we […]

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Jun 8th, 2012

Reichenbachia: Conserving the Imperial Edition

Text & Photos by Erica Borey, VCU  Museum Studies Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been very fortunate in the intended donation of a rare and almost complete collection of 19th century orchid prints — the Reichenbachia.  As  you may have read about on our last orchid-related blog post, Frederick Sander, “The […]

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Apr 19th, 2012

Botanical Illustration and the "Slow Art" movement

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If the “slow food” movement is about being mindful of what you eat and appreciating it more, then botanical illustration might be considered part of the “slow art” movement. It doesn’t offer the instant gratification of digital photography, but rather the rewards of patience that come with truly […]

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Apr 11th, 2012

Inchworms, and more….

By Frank Robinson, President & CEO, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Let me begin by saying that there are pockets of the region, specifically in Mechanicsville and Hanover County, where extreme populations of inchworms have emerged this spring. As with anything in the extreme, “too much” is a problem. If you are reading this post you are […]

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Feb 9th, 2012

Why Gardening Makes Me Happy

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Before I had kids, It used to be that whenever I felt grumpy, regardless of the season, I started work on my garden. In no time, my grumpiness floated away into the sky or down into the soil, I’m not sure. Hours passed.  I’d […]

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Feb 5th, 2012

Photographing the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Plants and wildlife go together like peanut butter & jelly.  At  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, not only do we have great wildlife  like groundhogs, turtles and snakes and also plenty of  birds.  We have birdfeeders throughout the Garden, and also a bird trail.  Last year […]

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Feb 1st, 2012

Jewish Arbor Day in Richmond

by Kristen Ablamsky, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know there is a holiday, native to Israel, that celebrates a new year in honor of plants? It’s called Tu B’shevat (TOO-bish-VAHT).  It’s sometimes called Jewish Arbor Day. This agricultural holiday began in ancient times as a way to keep track of […]

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Dec 20th, 2011

Museums, Gardens & Libraries Enrich Lives Every Day

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few words published in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch from the Garden’s President & CEO, Frank Robinson, captured it better than anything else: It seemed an improbable uniting of people and place. A strikingly beautiful refugee from Southern Sudan, mother of 10, glowingly represented the Erie Art Museum […]

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Dec 9th, 2011

Exciting News for The Garden's Book Club

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex,” says author Charles Fishman. Wow, never really thought of it that way. It certainly does make you stop and think before you […]

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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 7th, 2011

Wicked Bugs: A Book Talk with Amy Stewart

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On October 20th, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  will host  GardenRant author and New York Times best-selling author, Amy Stewart.  She’ll be presenting Wicked Bugs: A Book Talk with Amy Stewart, in tandem with the launch of her new book: Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and other […]

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Sep 21st, 2011

Farm Art

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  We had a great blend of volunteers Saturday morning in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. A college alumni group joined several individual volunteers who signed up via HandsOn Greater Richmond, and the finishing touches were applied to the Fall crop of broccoli, […]

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Sep 19th, 2011

“Fairy Houses" with Dried Natural Materials – A NEW CLASS

by Amy Clark, Assistant Education Registrar & Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The first year I worked at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, I had no idea what to expect of this “GardenFest” everyone was busy preparing for; there is no What to Expect When You’re Expecting: GardenFest guide! I’d never even  attended as a […]

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