Making a Difference in the Community

May 2nd, 2014

The Sweet Sounds of Creating & Playing with Music

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw  approached the Garden last fall to see if we had any bamboo we could spare, we were thrilled.  Bamboo, as you may know, is highly invasive, and without people or pandas to eat the young shoots here at the Garden, […]

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Apr 21st, 2014

Spring Plant Sale Round Up

 by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I bet you know about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale (May 1-3, 2014), and I bet you know about Maymont’s Herbs Galore (coming up this weekend), but did you know that Hermitage Technical Center has a Spring Plant Sale too!? Plant-lovers unite! Let’s […]

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Apr 9th, 2014

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Photos and text by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  Happy National Volunteer Week! Here at the Garden, we’re celebrating our volunteers as often as we can. After all, there would be no Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden without them.  Less than 2 weeks ago, you  may have read about our annual volunteer […]

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Mar 27th, 2014

Volunteers Honored; Julie Abbott Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  This week Garden staff gathered to honor our 500+ volunteers. Five-hundred PLUS! That’s alot of volunteers you say? Yes it is.  And our volunteers are some of the most hardworking, dedicated helpful people you’ll find.  This morning, as I walked through the Garden on […]

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Mar 10th, 2014

Coming Away Inspired……

by Madelyn Phillips, Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week I got to spend a week at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a mini-mester-intern experience. I’m a student at Trinity Episcopal School, which requires that each year, every member of the junior class finds and obtains a job in a career or field of interest. […]

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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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Nov 27th, 2013

Here's How You Can Be a Part of a More Beautiful RVA

Editors Note: Beautiful RVA  is a a regional coalition of public and private agencies and organizations invested in improving the quality of life in greater Richmond through public horticulture, urban greening and beautiful place-making initiatives. Meetings are held every other month and are open to anyone who would like to attend.  This is a recap of […]

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Nov 12th, 2013

What's Farm to Schools Week All About?

by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden All over the Commonwealth, schools are celebrating Farm to School Week (November 11th -15th). The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) designated this week to encourage schools from kindergarten through college to use Virginia Grown foods in their cafeterias.  Local Food Hub, a […]

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Oct 24th, 2013

A Botanical Makeover in Richmond, Va.

If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you know the allure of the “makeover.” We love to see dramatic, positive change happen right before our eyes. I had the chance to witness such an event yesterday with a “botanical makeover” in Richmond, Va. Thirteen blocks of the RVA Arts District were transformed with 49 planters, 526 bags […]

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Oct 18th, 2013

My Adventures with the Yelp Small Business Advisory Council

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This summer I was selected to serve on Yelp’s Small Business Advisory Council (YSBAC), representing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. YSBAC is made up of a very diverse group of business owners from the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia.  The YSBAC members […]

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Oct 3rd, 2013

Hearts Are 'a Bustin'

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Garden visitor and Facebook fan Dinah Foreman found this beautiful plant by a creek in western Henrico County. Isn’t it awesome? She messaged us because she was looking for some help identifying it.  Any guesses?  Would you believe that the common name for this is […]

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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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Aug 2nd, 2013

Family Fun Times 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Michelle Burdiss, Member, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden My family and I have so many memories that involve Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that it is really hard to pick and choose what to share. It all started when my (now) husband proposed. It was Christmas time and right after I said, “YES!” (actually it was […]

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Jun 11th, 2013

Redskins Training Center Brings Beauty & Fitness to the Neighborhood

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond is all abuzz about Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center opening behind the Science Museum of Virginia next month. Can you blame us?! This is big news. Here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we’re excited too. We’ve been thinking alot about how beautiful Richmond […]

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Jun 3rd, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies Comes to the IMAX at the Science Museum

Text & photos by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you probably know, we’re a bit crazy about butterflies right now.  Butterflies LIVE! is in full swing at the Garden…..and all over Richmond.   Here at the Garden you’ll find native butterflies outside everywhere. We’ve planted  butterfly-attracting plants not just in […]

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May 26th, 2013

A Capital Idea

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The  Community Kitchen Garden enjoyed a productive visit from 20 volunteers from Capital One’s Merchant Disputes department. Led by Wilma Rooney, the team accomplished a great deal of labor for the Garden, despite the surprisingly sweltering heat for early May.  During the past two […]

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May 19th, 2013

Floating Wetland Finds a Home at Lewis Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Jeannie Waltman & Jonah Holland A crew of Garden volunteers and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation planted and installed a ‘floating wetland’ right here in Lake Sydnor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this week.  The floating garden is believed to […]

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May 4th, 2013

Explore the Outdoors with the Children's Garden

Text & photos by Kristin Mullen, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do you get when you take an empty field, add piles of twigs, branches, moss, cardboard boxes, stumps, seed pods, pine cones, raffia, magnolia leaves and fabric, and then add hundreds of children and their adults? A Loose Parts Party! That’s exactly what […]

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Apr 20th, 2013

What's Your Favorite Spot?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photographer Tyler Darden captured a sweet moment the other morning of a mother and child in the Flagler Perennial Garden.  It got me thinking, there are so many special places here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. What’s your favorite?

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Mar 29th, 2013

Bringing Gardens to Bloom for the Blind: VCU School of Engineering Makes it Real

by guest bloggers  Ruth Intress and Nan Johnson, originally published on WCVE’s Science Matters blog The colors, textures and landscaping at Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is all but hidden from people who are blind and visually impaired. But not for long. Christina Walinski, a Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering student and her professor, Dianne T.V. Pawluk, Ph.D., are creating a wireless device that could aid […]

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Feb 13th, 2013

The Greening of Urban Places & Spaces

by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “It’s not about more pretty flowers. It’s about quality of life, tourism, economy, prosperity.” That’s how Frank Robinson, president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, introduced his collaboration with Lynden Miller at a recent seminar hosted by the Garden. Miller, who is an internationally renowned […]

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Jan 19th, 2013

Bending Sticks & Mother Nature's Child Featured at RVA Environmental Film Festival

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Boy is Richmond in for a treat! This year the  RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown, will feature a selection of incredible movies, including two that are sponsored by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The event is FREE and totally open to the community.   Let […]

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Sep 29th, 2012

Cole Crop Capstone

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Planting is now complete for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden cole crops. A diverse and energetic group of volunteers came to the garden on Saturday, September 22 and completed the planting of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. September 1 […]

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Aug 12th, 2012

The “Wow” Factor

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is all about the photograph. Well, not really the photograph but the subjects. The photographer forgot to remove the fingerprint-smeared protective lens filter, but the strong spirit of the subjects shines through the haze. What a great group […]

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