May 12th, 2014

Growing the Spring Plant Sale: Thank you Volunteers!

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Spring Plant Sale was a huge success! Thanks to many, many Garden volunteers, we raised just over $33,000 at this year’s sale. The total includs $422 earned by the Geezers for their potting bench, commissions paid by vendors who had booths at the sale, $1,480 in […]

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May 7th, 2014

Explore the Outdoors: When Everyone Slows Down, Amazing Things Happen

by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden For two years in a row, we’ve arrived at Explore the Outdoors with a van full of familiar, readily-available natural materials (sticks, stumps, moss, gum balls, grapevine, pine cones, etc.) and watched the creativity unfold as families spend un-structured time creating masterpieces of art and engineering out […]

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Apr 30th, 2014

Treasures at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Spring Plant Sale, May 1-3

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  The Spring Plant Sale is May 1, 2 & 3, 2014. Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden If you’ve been coming to our […]

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Apr 18th, 2014

Butterflies LIVE! Returns May 2, 2014

Can you believe Butterflies LIVE! starts in just 2 short weeks? We can’t wait! And guess what? We receive our first chrysalids today too!  Stay tuned for more info on what’s new this year in the exhibit.

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Apr 16th, 2014

A Mother's Day Tradition

by Megan Compton, Education Assistant,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Our first Mother’s Day Celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was actually before I even became a mom. My best friend’s father leads Glennroy and Company and we came to hear him play the Mother’s Day concert down at Bloemendaal House. It was a beautiful spring day […]

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Apr 11th, 2014

Need a Reason to Visit the Garden This Weekend?

Here’s one reason. Now go find the 999,999 others! Plus, this is  Heritage Weekend at Historic Bloemendaal — full of music and activities highlighting the Garden’s past, as we celebrate the Garden’s 30th anniversary.

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Apr 10th, 2014

“Wait — That’s a Daffodil?!”

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Wait—that’s a daffodil?!” Variations on that remark were heard many times this weekend at the 21st annual Virginia Daffodil Show as Garden visitors wandered through more than 1,264 blooms on view in the Education and Library Complex. Why were people saying that?   We all know that […]

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Mar 23rd, 2014

Art & the Garden: A Celebration of Instructors & Students

by Paula Blair Dabbs, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is more than flowers – much more. If you are planning to visit this spring, be sure to stop into the Ginter Gallery II in the Education and Library Complex for the Joint Invitational Exhibit: Recent Work by Instructors and Students. This year’s exhibit […]

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Mar 18th, 2014

Mementos of Change

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   By now you’ve heard about our new Cherry Tree Walk, but did you ever wonder what we do with the wood when we have to cut down a tree that is diseased or damaged? For a few years now, my 9-year-old son has been a […]

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Mar 16th, 2014

Message from the Executive Director: 30 Years Later

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   When Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was formed thirty years ago in March, it consisted of a handful of empty, aging buildings and 73 acres of promise. As we celebrate this anniversary year, it is good to remember that the hallmarks of a successful, maturing botanical garden are in […]

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Mar 14th, 2014

Happy 30th Anniversary to Us

by Janet Woody, librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we received a wonderful 30th anniversary gift from local author and cycling enthusiast Tom Houff.  His book “On Richmond’s Wheel” tells the story of our city’s bicycling history. A week ago I asked Tom if he knew where we could find an 1895 bicycle for exhibit […]

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Jan 23rd, 2014

Garden’s E-news – Sign Up

Did you know that you can sign up for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s enews to get updates on what’s happening at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?  In our e-newsletter, we highlight what’s in bloom,  special events like A Million Blooms, Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration, Flowers After 5, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO brick exhibit and more. We’ll send […]

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Jan 14th, 2014

FREE Admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden January 14-19, 2014

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Have we got a treat for you! Starting today, and running through the end of the weekend, admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is completely FREE! If you’ve never been to the Garden before, this is a perfect chance to come see what we are […]

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Jan 6th, 2014

Announcing our #GardenFest Instagram Contest Winners

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Announcing the winners of our first ever #GardenFest Instagram contest!   We were thrilled with the participation of the Instagram community — we had over 700 entries in the contest, and there were so many fabulous and creative photos that told the story of Dominion GardenFest […]

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Dec 27th, 2013

An Evening "Entwined" with Nature

by Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As we reflect on the many highlights of 2013, the Splendor Under Glass gala is certainly one of them. Held on November 23, the event kicked off the annual holiday Dominion GardenFest of Lights. More than 400 guests attended and were “Entwined” with […]

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Dec 20th, 2013

Top Tips for Visiting Dominion GardenFest of Lights

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Starting today, we enter the busier time of Dominion GardenFest of Lights. Kids are out of school, they don’t have homework, and they can stay up late.  So you might need a bit more planning when visiting GardenFest. We appreciate your patience as we enter […]

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Dec 12th, 2013

The Birds & The Bees on the Holiday Tree

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The 2013 Dominion GardenFest of Lights holiday decor extravaganza at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features a 2-story (20-foot) “birds-and-bees”-themed densely decorated Holiday Tree in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The images featured here have been altered with basic Adobe Photoshop CS4 […]

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Dec 11th, 2013

Are You Crafty? Join us for Crafty Wednesdays!

by Katelyn Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last year’s  Dominion GardenFest of Lights incorporated a new tradition for Wednesday nights, Crafty Wednesdays! As an educator in the Children’s Garden, I was definitely excited to bring a few of the Children’s Garden’s favorite crafts to GardenFest visitors and families. We kicked off  last […]

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Dec 6th, 2013

We Want to See #GardenFest Through Your Eyes

What do Dominion GardenFest of Lights, social media, and your mobile device have in common? Put them all together for chance to win a prize package valued at over $850. One of our favorite parts of GardenFest is seeing it though your eyes. Show us your family traditions, your favorite vistas, your dog enjoying the lights […]

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Dec 4th, 2013

Dominion School for Autism Students Create Wildlife Tree for Birds & Creatures

by Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Every year in the Children’s Garden we decorate a chosen tree, the Wildlife Tree,  created with ornaments to feed the squirrels, birds, and other Garden critters during the wintertime. The tree we selected is an 8’ cut evergreen, similar to the Christmas tree you may have […]

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Nov 19th, 2013

Dried, Designed & Demonstrative

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Dominion GardenFest of Lights installation is nearly complete at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For 2013, the theme will feature constructions from, or replicating, nature’s jewels — this year’s GardenFest theme after all is A Natural Love Affair. The details are multitudinous […]

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Oct 24th, 2013

Goblins & Gourds is Sunday, Don’t Miss it!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We have so much fun planned for you this Sunday at Goblins & Gourds. Celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! It’s a great chance to get outside, […]

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Oct 19th, 2013

How We Do It: Behind the Scenes at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Conservatory model train display is a visitor favorite at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden Festival of Lights. What makes our display unique is that the horticulture staff create miniature “fairy houses” out of dried botanical materials. The detail on the houses is amazing. Ginkgo […]

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