Oct 4th, 2014

Creating a More Beautiful RVA

by Randee Humphrey, Director of Education, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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Beautiful RVA participants worked in small groups to express their ideas.

Last week, several dozen community influencers rallied at the Garden for a “roll up your sleeves” workshop that focused on developing components for a Community Greening ToolKit.  The ToolKit is an outcome of conversations over the past year about how to create an enabling environment in greater Richmond for more community-based, grassroots greening and beautification projects.  So now, with a $50,000 grant from The Community Foundation, that’s what we’re building, with lots of engagement from the community activists who comprise Beautiful RVA.

 The vision of Beautiful RVA is to  engage and empower citizens to foster an improved quality of life for all in greater Richmond through public horticulture, urban greening, and community-based beautification.  Ultimately, we all want a more economically prosperous, socially resilient, and healthier region, and greening efforts can impact everyone’s quality of life.  All are welcomed to participate in creating a more Beautiful RVA — to connect with this movement, just send an e-mail to randeeh *at* lewisginter.org

 A special thank you to independent radio producer Catherine Komp, whose feature story about Beautiful RVA aired earlier this week on WCVE’s Virginia Currents program during NPR’s Morning Edition.

To join the conversation online, search Twitter for #BeautifulRVA 

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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