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GARDEN NAMES BRIAN TRADER AS NEXT PRESIDENT AND CEO
National search yields leader with expertise in horticulture, public garden management and community focus
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced its next president and CEO is Brian W. Trader, Ph.D. The decision comes after a 10-month national search led by a board-appointed committee comprised of a diverse mix of community leaders. Trader will start his position at the Garden on Jan. 4, 2021.
“The candidate pool was exceptionally strong as a result of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s reputation as a top 10 botanical garden,” said Board President Melvin Watkins. “Brian was chosen based on his leadership management at premier public gardens, horticultural expertise, and commitment to community. We have great confidence Brian will take Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to the next level and lead the team steadily into the future.”Learn More
LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
MUSEUMS FOR ALL TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY OF HIGH-QUALITY GARDENS, GARDEN EXPERIENCES, AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES.
Today Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit gardens and museums regularly and build lifelong habits of visitation and participation. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a minimal fee of $1 per person for two adults (Age 18+) and free admission for up to six children (Age 17 and under) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 250 museums across the country, including Richmond’s own Science Museum of Virginia. Museums for All is part of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s broad commitment to invite, welcome, and celebrate all audiences.Learn More
LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES NEW HORTICULTURE DIRECTOR
After an extensive national search, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is pleased to announce John Morse as its new director of horticulture.
Morse’s career shows a deep commitment to education and public gardens with leadership experience at premier gardens in the United States, including the New York Botanical Garden. Most recently he was superintendent of horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission in Morristown, N.J., where he was responsible for more than 450 acres including Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook Historic Garden.Learn More
LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL FRANK L. ROBINSON ENDOWED CHAIR
Senior Horticulturist Elizabeth Fogel chosen; will study ecological landscapes and ways to share best practices with visitors
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced Elizabeth Fogel is the inaugural recipient of its Frank L. Robinson Endowed Chair in Horticulture. Fogel has been with the Garden for 10 years and is a senior horticulturist.Learn More
GRACE CHAPMAN ELTON NAMED CEO OF TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s horticulture director tapped to lead botanical garden in Boylston, MA
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Director Grace Chapman Elton has accepted the position of CEO at the historic Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Her last day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is March 17, 2017.Learn more
GARDEN HIRES DURON CHAVIS TO NEW POSITION OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
New position responsible for the Garden’s outreach and relationship-building across a diverse community
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden welcomes Duron Chavis as its first Community Engagement Coordinator, effective July 12, 2016. This new position is chiefly responsible for the Garden’s outreach and relationship-building across a diverse community, expressly to foster greater collaboration and facilitate neighborhood-based urban greening and beautiful place-making initiatives. The position supports the Garden’s strategic goal (2016) to strengthen and enhance the Garden’s community engagement through leadership, partnerships, projects, communications, and events.
photo: Patience SalgadoLearn more
BUTTERFLIES LIVE! EXHIBIT WAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED; NOW RE-OPENED
The Butterflies LIVE! exhibit was temporarily closed for repair as the result of a severe storm on June 16, 2016. High winds caused damage to a section at the top of the North Wing of the Conservatory, the butterfly exhibit location. A piece of metal was bent, causing a small gap between the frame and glass panes.Learn more
NATURE CONNECTS®: ART WITH LEGO® BRICKS AT GARDEN MAY 27 - SEP. 18, 2016
Half-a-million LEGO bricks create giant flowers, birds, insects & more
A big bumblebee weighing 60 pounds; a dramatic dragonfly with a three-and-a-half-foot wingspan; and a soaring seven-foot-tall red rose: these are just a few of the sculptures on display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden May 27 – September 18, 2016, as part of Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks.
Created with half-a-million LEGO® bricks, the award-winning exhibit by New York artist Sean Kenney features 27 sculptures in 14 displays throughout the Garden. Cost is included in regular Garden admission: $13 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3 – 12; free for children under age 3 and members.
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GARDEN VOTED #4 IN USA TODAY “BEST BOTANICAL GARDEN” CONTEST
Richmond Garden Among Top in the Nation
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored and excited to be voted number four in USA Today’s “Best Botanical Garden” contest. Only twenty of the nation’s top botanical gardens were nominated.Learn More
LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN RECEIVES MAJOR GIFT
Local family donates 80-acre Hanover County estate with significant azalea collection
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the recipient of a gift from a local family of an 80-acre estate in Hanover County. The property includes a significant azalea collection as well as resources to ensure the preservation of the land for generations to come.
GARDEN NOMINATED: NATION'S FAVORITE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Only 20 gardens nominated; daily voting ends March 28
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is in the running for USA Today’s contest for the nation’s Favorite Botanical Garden. Voting ends March 28 at noon (ET) and the winner will be announced April 1. Daily voting is encouraged at http://bit.ly/BESTgarden
HORTICULTURE DIRECTOR GRACE CHAPMAN NAMED TO NATIONAL BOARD
Grace Chapman appointed director-at-large on American Public Gardens Association board
TWO HENRICO STUDENTS TO TRAVEL TO D.C. TO HELP FIRST LADY WITH WHITE HOUSE KITCHEN GARDEN HARVEST JUNE 3
Students represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative
RICHMOND, VA — Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe are digging a chance to get out of school early on Wednesday, June 3. They will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in the season’s first harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden as part of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.Learn more
LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN PART OF 2015 UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Garden is Start Venue for Elite Men’s and Women’s Team Time Trials September 20
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be part of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships coming to Richmond in September. The Garden, located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Henrico County, is the start venue for the elite men’s and women’s team time trial events on September 20, 2015.Learn more