Gardening & Horticulture

Dec 13th, 2012

Seeing Beauty in a New Light: Rose Edition

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recently, I’ve been struck by how beautiful the Garden is even in winter.  I’m sure it happens each year, that as the light dims, and the days get colder, I notice the lovely things I come across  more deliberately and appreciate them more, because […]

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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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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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Sep 1st, 2012

Get Ready for Fall Planting (& The Fall Plant Sale!)

by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s been a long hot summer, but hang in there a little longer and it will be fall planting time.  Fall is the best time to put in new trees, shrubs, and perennials.  And there is still time to grow and gather more vegetables of the cooler […]

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Aug 23rd, 2012

Ever Wonder What to Plant in Your Dry Shade? We're Working on that!

by Amelia Hardy, Gilliam Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Interning at Lewis Ginter has been one of the best summers of my life. The fact that a college student, from Florida, says that working all summer is better than being a beach bum should speak magnitudes about how wonderful Lewis Ginter is. I was […]

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Aug 22nd, 2012

Nature’s Perfect Bead

by Laura Lee Folman, Education Registrar, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Legend tells us that when Job wept “tears unto God,” his tears fell to the ground, but were not wasted, for each drop grew into a tall, ornamental grass bearing seeds shaped like hardened tears.  For thousands of years these plants have been grown with their […]

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Aug 11th, 2012

Ragweed: This Foe May be a Friend Too

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden we have many rogue plants that have infiltrated our garden; we usually call them all “weeds.”  One that many people are aware of is common ragweed. This plant is mostly known for causing annoying […]

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Aug 9th, 2012

The Down Side of Downy Mildew

Like any vegetable garden, the Community Kitchen Garden here at Lewis Ginter has its fair share of pest and disease problems.  I’m the Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern for the summer, and wanted to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at disease and pest control in a large scale production community garden. Here at Lewis […]

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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 30th, 2012

The Secret Life of Bees

by Kristen Wolenberg, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Intern What do you fear?  For me it’s snakes and getting stung by a bee, which makes working in the Garden an ideal place to get over my fears.  I haven’t seen any snakes in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, but I have seen a few […]

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Jun 18th, 2012

Mystical Majesty

Photos  by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator   Text by  Albert Brian Vick & Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is blooming at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Mystical, majestic and magnificent with a magical fragrance. Apparently all parts are edible, but there’s more than […]

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May 7th, 2012

Happy International Compost Week!

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Erin Wright is passionate about food and plants. This  post was  originally published on Erin’s blog, the Richmond Food Collective. Whether you pile it, bury it or feed the worms with it, composting is easy and critical to the food system. Talking about waste is not […]

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Apr 27th, 2012

Spring Plant Sale Features Plants Grown with Love by Garden Volunteers

by Kristen Ablamsky, PR & Marketing Intern,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s impossible to miss the smiles that quickly emerge when you mention the Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Volunteers and staff are buzzing around the Garden preparing for next week’s sale and sharing stories from years past. Volunteer, Jane Hartough, is in charge of plant […]

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Apr 14th, 2012

By Hook or by Crook: The Plunder of Orchids from the New World

by Victoria Waiton, Membership Assistant, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden      On my most recent trip to the Conservatory, I tried to remember what it was like to see a cascade of Oncidium orchids for the first time, and wondered what it would feel like to walk through a forest and suddenly come across the […]

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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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Apr 10th, 2012

Spring Break Road Trip & the Robin

by Janice Hunter, Children’s Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I was growing up, spring break family vacations were often built around road trips that my parents planned to places none of us had seen before.  A road trip was literally the experience of seeing new territory from the back seat of a diesel […]

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Apr 1st, 2012

Free Bees or Freebies?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw an NBC12 article via Facebook on the possibility that State of Virginia would help support Virginia beekeepers (and farmers) by offering a tax credit to those who purchased hives.  Knowing that many of our members and fans […]

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Mar 1st, 2012

Parsnips — I'm a Big Fan

 by Janet Woody, Librarian, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden While cooking some parsnips this weekend, I thought about how nice it is to discover a new food that’s good for you and easy to cook.  Ahh, the lowly parsnip has come into my life.  If parsnips had a Facebook page, I would click on the “Like” button […]

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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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Jan 3rd, 2012

Growing Veggies with Food Stamps — it's a SNAP

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that you could buy plants and seeds with food stamps? Over 46 million Americans use food stamps —  nearly 15 percent of the population — but many don’t know they use food stamps to buy plants that will produce food for […]

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Nov 11th, 2011

Adventures in Moving… with Bees!

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note:  We recently welcomed Grace Chapman, our new director of horticulture, to the Garden. This blog post is about her transition to Richmond, it originally appeared on Grace Chapman’s personal blog, Sewn and Grown.   After a great six years in the Philly area, life […]

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Nov 4th, 2011

"The Old Tree" in a New Light – A GardenFest-ful

By Nancy Turnage, Public Relations & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I know what it means … saw through my telescope … woodsmen … sawing down trees … with Xs on them … like ours….  They’re going to cut down our tree! As both author and illustrator, Ruth Brown brings to life bustling, bickering […]

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Oct 12th, 2011

Mushrooms are Popping up all Over & Milk Thistle to the Rescue

by  Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Here at the Garden and across Virginia, we’ve had a lot of mushrooms popping up recently — probably because of all the rain we’ve had.  Last week, you may have heard about the Northern Virginia man who became ill from eating mushrooms from his back yard.  The Times-Dispatch ran […]

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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 20th, 2011

DIY Compost, Compost for Kids, & Soil 101

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the great things about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is that as a staff we are always learning.  Our weekly staff meetings might be just as likely to include a PowerPoint presentation on LewisG Ginter & the Civil War,  how to use […]

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