Gardening & Horticulture

Dec 29th, 2014

An Unexpected Treat During Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Orchids

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our dedicated volunteers, Tom Driscoll, mentioned that one of his favorite parts of volunteering in the Conservatory during Dominion GardenFest of Lights is he gets to spend time around the most wonderful fragrances: orchids! Did you know that many types of orchids only […]

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Nov 24th, 2014

Gourdgeous Gourds!

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Quirky, captivating and motley colored, the hard-shelled gourd (Lagenaria) is no longer limited as Thanksgiving décor. During December, ornamental gourds add distinctive flair to traditional holiday décor. “They’re pretty if sprayed metallic silver, gold or copper blends and placed in crystal […]

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Nov 5th, 2014

Bank of America Foundation Gives Grant to Support Community Kitchen Garden & Edible Display Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, and Scott Hornby, Development Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Thank you to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for providing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with a grant that will help support the Community Kitchen Garden  and a new Edible Display Garden at Lewis Ginter. This year the Community Kitchen Garden has […]

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Nov 4th, 2014

Native Plants are Nature’s Intended

“Go native!” sounds like a tropical chant, but actually it’s a “go green” reminder for  landscape designs. Native plants are the species of perennials, shrubs and trees that occur in the region where they evolved. They’re the flora that nature intended for the area, and what native insects, birds and wildlife rely on for survival. “If we […]

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Nov 1st, 2014

Last Hurrah for Roses

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This year we have lucked out with no hard frost as of yet. What this means is that the Rose Garden has had a chance for a second strong bloom. Enjoy these beauties today and tomorrow though, Sunday night temperatures will fall into the upper […]

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Oct 29th, 2014

Stunning Grasses Add Whimsy to the Conservatory

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Recently, we’ve talked quite a bit about why ornamental and native grasses are good for nature and the environment. We shared our plans with you for our plantings in front of the Conservatory at the Ornamental Grass Garden.  And even vetted the best grasses to plant […]

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Oct 27th, 2014

The Significant Contributions of Bees

Editor’s Note:  Children’s Garden Educator, Kristi Orcutt launched the first Lunch & Learn program for Garden volunteers in September – it got great reviews — and the volunteers said it was  fascinating. Kristi’s topic, The Significant Contributions of Bees, is very relevant today, so we thought we’d share Kristi’s recap with you. by Kristi Orcutt, Children’s Garden Educator, […]

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Oct 23rd, 2014

Gardening: Ornamental Grass to the Rescue

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Has your lawn set you up for what seems like a never-ending cycle of watering, mowing, fertilizing, aerating, reseeding, and then watering some more? If so, autumn is a good time to consider eco-friendly alternatives, including countless varieties of ornamental […]

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Oct 21st, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Japanese Windflower

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that the Japanese windflower is part of the same family as the common buttercup? If you look at the form of the flower and the leaves you can see the similarities! The family is Ranunculaceae and also includes ranunculus a bloom often found in bridal […]

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Oct 21st, 2014

Fall-Blooming Camellias Burst onto the Scene

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’ve had many fall blooms popping up like crazy in the past few weeks, but these are a few of my favorites! Enjoy.

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Oct 17th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Fothergilla 'Suzanne'

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fothergilla gardenii ‘Suzanne’ is a native with a very interesting bloom. In fall, the green leaves turn orange-red. It’s a beauty for sure. You’ll find these along the edge of Lake Sydnor, just down from the Rose Garden.

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Oct 13th, 2014

October is "Fall is for Planting" Month

by Kate Pyle, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that fall is a great time to plant bulbs, trees, shrubs, and perennials? I’ll be honest with you, I did not. The most experience I have with gardening is the little avocado tree (or Persea americana) I planted from the pit of […]

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Sep 27th, 2014


  It’s hard to believe such a small, delicate flower can have such a heavenly fragrance. You’ll find the Osmanthus  in the Asian Valley or just across the Lotus Bridge between Bloemendaal House and the Children’s Garden, or you can just follow your nose!

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Sep 25th, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Where Culinary Arts & Gardening Intersect

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Michelle Zhu is a long-time participant in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program, a volunteer opportunity for youth (ages 13-18). Participants in this program work a variety of areas including the Community Kitchen Garden, which harvests food for FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. Michelle participates every summer and comes every […]

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Sep 18th, 2014

Fall Plant Sale Features Ornamental Grasses

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This Friday and Saturday, September 19 – 20,  is our annual Fall Plant Sale. The Fall Plant Sale features regional vendors selling rare and interesting plants, unique landscape objects and exciting items for your garden. Of particular interest this year are the ornamental grasses that […]

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Sep 6th, 2014

3 Top Ornamental Grasses: Tips to Improve Your Lawn

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A transformation took place at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this past Wednesday. We replaced more than 9,000 square feet of traditional turf with 2,000 ornamental grasses. The location of the new Grass Garden in front of the highly visible Conservatory makes a statement. […]

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Sep 2nd, 2014

Save the Date: Making Beauty Sustainable The Gillette Forum

By examining the critical processes of plant ecology and applying them to landscape and planting design, we inspire a dialogue about how to responsibly design, install, and manage the environment to mitigate and slow down climate change. Over an evening and a day, four prominent landscape designers and garden writers approach the modern expression of […]

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Aug 29th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Blackberry Lily

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden    This lovely blackberry lily (Iris domestica) along the Main Garden Path is one of my favorite flowers. I bought one for my own garden last year at the Garden’s Fall Plant Sale, and  I’ve featured it on this blog before. But here’s an interesting thing about it — […]

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Aug 7th, 2014

Knockout Blooms! Summer Blooms Lighting up the Garden

Photos & text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Part of my job is going out in the Garden to capture the beauty as it happens. Sometimes, like spring, I can’t keep up with all the blooms and the daily changes. Other times, when I least expect it the Garden changes overnight […]

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Aug 6th, 2014

15 Minutes in Grace Arents Garden: Flashback to Victorian Times

by Hannah Lindquist, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Sunny, breezy, and temperatures in the mid-80s made for a very enjoyable “15 Minutes in the Garden”  last week.  A group of volunteers and staff took a break from our work to gather under a shady tree to listen to Horticulturist, Elizabeth Fogel  teach us a […]

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Jul 30th, 2014

Veggie Garden Gallery

by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is nearing the summer peak, and we thought you would enjoy seeing some examples of what we’re growing this year. Current yield: 2,100 lbs. (supporting 8,400 meals for FeedMore). And we couldn’t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers […]

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