Education & Classes

Sep 27th, 2013

Lotus Pods, 2 Ways

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This past weekend, when I was in New York City, I got to taste a plant I’ve often enjoyed looking at,  but never eaten — the lotus. Each May, Lake Sydnor is filled with the white-pink blooms of the famed lotus, Nelumbo nucifera ‘Mrs. Perry […]

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Sep 25th, 2013

What do Butterflies Eat?

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden During the Butterflies LIVE!  exhibit, there have been many guests that point out the butterflies on the floor. While this can be worrisome  at first to those who see it and are concerned about butterflies getting stepped on, it is important to note that the butterflies […]

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Sep 23rd, 2013

Sunny or Cloudy… Either Way, Butterflies Delight!

by Jane Cramer, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Visiting Butterflies LIVE! is a  delightful experience whether you visit on a sunny or cloudy day. Each kind of day has its advantages: SUNNY                                             […]

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Sep 21st, 2013

Cattails: Friend or Foe?

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch,  Loved by some, despised by others, such is the fate of cattails. A common sight in our region, cattails stand at attention like soldiers in tight formation guarding perimeters of ponds, rivers and marshes. Whether they’re friend or foe depends […]

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Sep 18th, 2013

Cultivars & Nativars, Oh My!

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Did you know….. That the word “cultivar” is an abbreviation of “cultivated variety”?  It means that from the straight species , either (1) natural cross pollination, (2) natural mutation, (3) humans cross pollinating, or (4) humans genetically modifying plants, resulted in a plant looking different in […]

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Sep 15th, 2013

For Gardeners, Timing is Key & Fall is a Great Time to Plant

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The horticulture industry’s “right plant, right place” slogan is a sound guideline, but what about “right time?” Every spring, a nation of gardeners rushes outside en mass with tools prepped, nursery stock purchased and spirits high. Their annual post-frost rituals begin — tilling, planting and transplanting […]

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Sep 12th, 2013

Find Out What Treasures We'll Have at the Fall Plant Sale!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s that time of year  that I look forward to every year — our annual Fall Plant Sale is next week, September 20 – 21st. The Fall Plant sale is great opportunity to get some wonderful bargains. But what’s really special is you can buy plants […]

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Sep 10th, 2013

Butterfly Curators: Our Favorite Things from Butterflies LIVE!

Ever wonder what it would be like to work in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit in the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  I think it would be a dream job, greeting and educating visitors, opening boxes of butterflies, monitoring the progress of butterflies emerging from their chrysalises in the Emergence Room, and releasing butterflies for […]

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Sep 9th, 2013

Jewelweed to the Rescue!

by Katelyn “Katie” Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I found out about jewelweed soap when I was doing research on medicinal plants for a family workshop I held in July called “Pick Your Poison.”  The workshop talked about identifying harmful plants such as poison ivy, and finding common backyard plants that could […]

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Sep 7th, 2013

Hostas Make an Interesting Addition to Any Garden

by Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hostas are a popular choice for gardeners because of their beautiful foliage and shade tolerance. In fact, the color of the leaves can help determine how much shade is appropriate. In general, blue-leafed hostas require the most shade, while hostas with gold, yellow or white […]

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Sep 5th, 2013

Bamboo Harvest Sweet Sound to Garden's Ears

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw contacted Horticulture Director Grace Chapman to see if his students could harvest bamboo at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, it was music to Chapman’s ears. Bamboo is considered a “nuisance plant” by many due to its […]

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Sep 3rd, 2013

Butterfly of the Month: Paper Kites

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Butterfly of the Month for September is the Paper Kite Butterfly (Idea leuconoe). If you have seen Paper Kites at Butterflies LIVE!  in the Conservatory, there are a few things that you  might have noticed: we have a lot of Paper Kites in the exhibit, they really […]

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Aug 31st, 2013

5 Easy Tips for an End-of-Summer Garden Makeover

by Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director, and Grace Chapman, Horticulture Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Summer’s end can be a challenging time for gardens. Some plants may not have fared so well, yet in our mid-Atlantic region, we still have a couple more months of the growing season. What’s a gardener to do? […]

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Aug 30th, 2013

A Bloomin' Workout: Nudge Yourself to Get More Out of Your Garden Membership

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We love growing things at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including benefits for our members. That’s why we’re partnering with Nudge, a company with strong local ties, to give members a fun and positive way to help feel healthier. Nudge is an app that can be […]

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Aug 28th, 2013

What's Your Favorite Butterfly?

by Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit my favorite butterfly changes like the weather changes. This week the Philaethria dido or Scarce Bamboo Page butterfly has caught my heart. Green is an uncommon color in the butterfly word so it stands out among its peers. This butterfly […]

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Aug 16th, 2013

Joe Pye in the Sky

Text and photos by Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s hard to miss the stands of Joe Pye weed while passing through West Island Garden. These towering pink-purple plants cover the banks on both sides of the pond, some of them more than 6 feet high. But if you really […]

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Aug 12th, 2013

Bringing People & Plants Together to Improve Communities

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in summer means you’ll hear the sounds of teenagers chatting between rows of Swiss chard and beets, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.  Each week, a dedicated handful of area teens leave the comforts of air conditioning  or […]

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Aug 8th, 2013

Dig In! at the Richmond Public Library Summer Reading Finale

Richmond Public Library is hosting a ‘Dig into Reading’ street party! Franklin St. will be closed off between First and Second St. for an outdoor party including a DJ, games, and activities hosted by partners including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Farm to Family, Books on Wheels, and the Fire Department. Inside the library will be […]

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Aug 3rd, 2013

The Gift of Luna

by Jane Cramer, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you enjoy National Moth Week?   At  Butterflies LIVE! we love moths.  You may have  read about our Luna moth caterpillars in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit or seen them, but did you know there is a story behind them?  The Garden’s naturalist friend, Linda McBride, […]

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Aug 1st, 2013

An Insider's View of Butterflies LIVE!

by Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As an assistant butterfly curator in the house of butterflies aka  Butterflies LIVE!  I wear many hats. Sometimes I am a  gardener, teacher or butterfly body guard. The variety in my job lends to many interesting observations.  The hot, humid conditions are designed with the […]

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Jul 30th, 2013

Take 5 with Elizabeth Sonifrank, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Acting as the Garden’s reporter, as I was recently referred to, is a really fun job. It gives me a reason to ask questions, be curious, and find out what’s going on in all different parts of the Garden.  When we the Garden hires someone […]

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Jul 24th, 2013


  Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When you have 42 cherry tomato plants it takes a lot of hands, and often,  to effectively harvest the ripening fruit. Our variety in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is Jasper (Solanum lycopersicum), a disease -resistant F1 hybrid grown in […]

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Jul 23rd, 2013

Finally, a Reason to Love the Sweet Gum Tree

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I’ve always said that if I’d known the trees in my back yard were sweet-gum trees, I would have never bought my house. The previous owner, had carefully picked up every single prickly gum ball from the yard and mulched very carefully so that there […]

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Jul 20th, 2013

What's the Difference Between a Butterfly & a Moth?

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  In case you didn’t know, this week is National Moth Week.  Here at the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, we are known for having a variety of butterflies, but periodically we will get some moths to liven up the exhibit with their nocturnal glory.  Having the moths in […]

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