Education & Classes

May 26th, 2010

Lewis Ginter Children's Garden Adds New Compost System

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator & Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My favorite recent addition to the Children’s Garden is our three bin compost system.  Not only is composting an easy way to keep useful organic material out of the landfill, it results in the best soil amendment a gardener could wish for.  Our […]

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May 20th, 2010

A Social Network for Nature Teachers & All Kinds of Stick Sculptures

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you probably know, here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we love education. And in turn that means we love teachers too! I’ve written about it before. But I keep coming back to it, because our mission in everything we do here at the […]

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Apr 23rd, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Communing with the Glass

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I decided to take a short stroll to look at some of my favorite pieces in the Hans Godo Frabel‘s Glorious Glass in the Garden exhibit. In the Library, the installations are situated on top of the book shelves. I took a close look […]

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Apr 8th, 2010

Springtime in the Children's Garden is Full of Activities

 by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Everything changes in the spring.  Suddenly, the garden is a riot of color and activity.  The birds are building nests, the turtles come out of hibernation, and the bees seem so relieved to find flowers again.  The entire garden is bursting with blossoms, and the […]

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Mar 2nd, 2010

Floral Arranging at Lewis Ginter Brightens Winter Days

By Maggie Southwick, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Laura Anne Brooks of Designs From Dunluce taught a seasonal Ikebana flower arranging workshop at the Garden this morning – “Winter into Spring.” Here is an example of an arrangement from the class.  It can be viewed along with three others in the library for the next […]

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Feb 24th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Trees that Capture the Love of Children

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest,  Joan Maloof, asks us to reflect on our childhood memories of trees. “It turns out that many people have a very specific memory of a particular plant species, a memory of wonder….” she says. I was born and […]

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Feb 23rd, 2010

Young Buds Program Brings Children to Nature

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The other day, I was walking through the Garden and I saw the longest, cutest, snake of a line of children who were wide eyed as they followed Krissi, one of our educators, through the Garden. The Garden wasn’t in full bloom of course, […]

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Feb 19th, 2010

“Cheers to Art!” Popping up in April

By Melissa Miller, Stewardship Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.” Sir Walter Scott A Garden is a not only a work of art itself but a canvas. This spring the Garden’s canvas will bloom with the beauty of Fräbel’s glass and works by local artists. Planning is […]

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Feb 16th, 2010

Gallery 1 at Lewis Ginter Offers an Opportunity for Young Artists

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden For eight years, the Children’s  Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has partnered with Henrico County Public Schools to bring a year- round, rotating student art show into the Robins Visitor’s Center.  The art teachers in the schools choose the work for the show, and […]

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Feb 4th, 2010

Snow & Shortys Take the Garden by Storm

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s  been a whirlwind week at the Garden.  First, almost a foot of snow, which until this year, hardly EVER happened in Richmond. The Garden shut down for 3 days while we cleared the snow from the walkways. And, practically at the same time, Lewis […]

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Jan 28th, 2010

Winter Entertainment in the Children's Garden: The Birds

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the favorite wintertime activities of the Children’s Garden staff is bird watching. We hang feeders outside of our office windows, and keep them well stocked. The most popular feeder is outside of the kitchen window of the Children’s Garden Carriage House, where we […]

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Jan 26th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: You Can’t See the Forest Without the Trees

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Each year, the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society makes a donation to Lewis Ginter’s Lora M. Robins Library. They graciously allow our librarian, Maggie Southwick, to select the titles to be added to our collection so that we have a very  comprehensive and […]

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Jan 15th, 2010

NPR Features Lives of the Trees; Lewis Ginter Features…Trees

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My husband came home from work the other day, telling me I had to listen to this story on NPR — about trees. NPR was interviewing Diana Wells, author of the new book, Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History, exploring people’s relationship with trees […]

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Jan 6th, 2010

The Spirit of Movement in the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the things I really like about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that the Garden is always looking at new ways it can serve the community and its members while staying true to its mission of horticulture and education. Like nature, the […]

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Dec 4th, 2009

At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We Love to Teach!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here at Lewis Ginter, one of the causes nearest to our heart is education. Education of children, education of parents,  education of gardeners (amateur and expert alike) and education of teachers.  We love it that the Richmond community sees us as a valuable resource and […]

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Nov 19th, 2009

Douglas Reed, FASLA, The Gillette Forum Podcast

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Now that you’ve seen some of our reflections from The Gillette Forum, I thought I’d bring you some audio. This is a recording of Douglas Reed, FASLA, of Hilderbrand Reed Landscape Architects, speaking during one of his presentations titled: Treading Lightly on the Land: Case […]

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Nov 16th, 2009

What's "Happening Now" in the Children's Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator & Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here is the inside scoop on  what’s “Happening Now” in the Children’s Garden right now! Persimmon fruit in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The persimmons are still on the tree here in the Children’s Garden. The persimmon is one of my […]

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Nov 12th, 2009

The Gillette Forum: My Reframed Beauty

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I came away from the Gillette Forum completely in awe of the job that landscape architects who are committed to creating beautiful but sustainable landscapes have. The task of  convincing those with the power (the client) to do the right thing environmentally, seems daunting — […]

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Nov 11th, 2009

The Incredible Power of One Sustainable Yard at a Time

by Adele MacLean, Program Developer/Special Projects & Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Gillette Forum, the last of Lewis Ginter’s four-part 25th anniversary symposia, was filled with many great stories, images and ideas  about how each of us can do our part to create landscapes that are both beautiful and environmentally […]

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Nov 4th, 2009

Come Visit our Human Sundial in the Children's Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator and Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Working in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is always a lot of fun — the staff here loves learning about nature as much as we like teaching kids about it.  Krissi, one of the Program Developers in the Children’s Garden,  […]

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Oct 2nd, 2009

Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness Podcast — Final Edition, Rachel Flynn & Leni Sorensen

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I’m pleased to release the last two podcasts featuring Rachel Flynn and Leni Sorensen, who spoke recently at our symposium:  Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness. Rachel Flynn, the City of Richmond’s Director of Community Development, spoke candidly about what’s working well in […]

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Sep 18th, 2009

Moth Month at Lewis Ginter Means Lunas, African Moon Moths, Atlas Moths & More!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s Moth Month at Lewis Ginter! I’ve always been a fan of Luna moths, because they are so beautiful, especially when you find them unexpectedly in your own yard.  But I’d never heard o f  Luna Moths’ cousin, the African Moon Moth! For Moth Month […]

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Sep 4th, 2009

Glass Sculpture Exhibit by World-Renown Artist Coming in 2010

by Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Several years ago, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden did a survey and asked members what kind of exhibits they would like to see at the Garden. Of the 469 people surveyed, 81% replied they’d be interested in an installation of outdoor art/sculpture. We listened! Lewis […]

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Sep 1st, 2009

Lewis Ginter's Artists Work Featured at American Horticulture Society's Headquarters

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter’s own, botanical illustration teacher, Juliet Kirby, has her art featured at River Farm, the American Horticulture Society’s headquarters, just outside of Alexandria, VA. The show, Eyes on Nature: Botanical Artist Bring Their Views to River Farm, will run though Jan. 4, 2010. In […]

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