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  • Rose 'Flight 93' was blooming a little bit bigger and brighter today.
    Children s Programs Educators Schools Library Blog Home Support Give Volunteer Calendar About Mission Goals Leadership History News Employment Contact Us Sep 11th 2015 Rose Flight 93 by Jonah Holland Rose Flight 93 was blooming a little bit bigger and brighter today About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Trees Blooming in December Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like Day Blooms Most Popular 5 Tips Visiting Busy GardenFest Garden s E news Sign Up Mulch Mulching in Winter Feed me Seymour the Garden s Carnivorous Plants Tyler Rhodes the Evolution of Orchids Hours The Garden is

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  • Pollinators
    pollen and nectar on which pollinators feed Foliage pesticides can be problematic too since they leave a residue on the surface of a plant that makes it potentially toxic for pollinators that come in contact Continued land development that reduces or eliminates forests meadows and wetlands further stresses pollinators wellbeing and repopulation Pollinator friendly and nectar producing plants are reduced as are pollinator friendly sites for foraging shelter and nesting In 2014 Pres Obama issued a memorandum in response to the country s growing and widespread pollinator crisis He called for a national strategy to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators and encouraged public private partnerships to help reverse losses and restore pollinator populations The call to action cited the need for industry and community education about pollinators nectar producing plants and healthy ecosystems Since the announcement garden organizations researchers educators and businesses have collaborated to further research the causes of decline draw attention to the issues and solicit positive action on a national scale What can you do Join the effort to help attract protect and increase pollinator populations perhaps starting with The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge With a goal of counting one million forage locations over the next two years the national Challenge encourages homeowners organizations public and private gardens to plant and preserve more flowering plants and trees in their gardens woodlands and landscapes Especially important are sustainable gardens with various colorful blooms that attract birds and insects and native plants that support native bees and monarch butterflies The Challenge s website provides resources about other eco friendly practices focused on the health of bees butterflies birds and bats as well as their habitats and ecosystems It also recommends watching for free plant and seed offers and supporting pollinator friendly businesses Once you take an

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  • Swallowtail Butterfly
    I NOT notice something so lovely I love how the blooms change from white to yellow to red and all stand on one side of the stem like a flag I love the fine feathery foliage I was starting to feel like a plant groupie just waiting for an autograph when out of the corner of my eye HUMMINGBIRDS Everywhere Ok not everywhere but there were at least three of them and they were all drinking from the blooms of the plant formerly known as Mina They were so greedy for their flower fix in fact that they didn t seem to mind me standing there watching them They flew from the shelter of a nearby magnolia to the Spanish flag and back again And again Then one perched on a nearby vine and watched me And watched some more while I stood there wishing I had my good camera instead of my iphone I figured I d at least snap a few photos for our Instagram and Twitter feeds I realized I had found a hot new spot for wildlife at the Garden Yes it s off the beaten path it s behind the Conservatory but well worth the detour and only about 50 meters from the Central Garden Plus if you visit it you ll get to check out a sampling of the goods we are growing for the food bank and the blooms we are growing for dried flower decorations for this year s Dominion GardenFest of Lights And you ll will be surrounded by butterflies and hummingbirds Even if you forget your good camera you might have a little luck and catch a good photo Oh and if I can t call the beauty the plant formerly known as Mina that s okay The other common

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/butterfly-rockstar-mina/ (2016-02-13)
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  • edible garden
    You may recognize the plants ostrich fern Matteuccia struthiopteris and Solomon s Seal Polygonatum odoratum var pluriflorum Variegatum but did you know you can eat them too We even have a kiwi vine that grows and is hardy in Central Virginia As this garden grows from a newly established area to a mature garden we ll be adding more and more of our favorite edibles We hope to inspire you how to create an edible garden in your own yard featuring beautiful fruits and vegetables that you love to eat Everyone knows everything tastes better when you grow it yourself We ve seen firsthand that kids especially are more likely to try a new food if they grew it themselves We hope to show visitors that a food producing urban landscape can be functional sustainable and completely beautiful Huge thanks to our friends at Virginia Tech for partnering with us to bring you this new garden area We hope that you come visit our new Edible Display Garden and we d like to know what you think of it too So during the month of August stop by and fill out a survey for a chance to win a 50 gift card to an edible landscaping nursery We d love to know your favorite parts about it and also what you learned while you were here If you have suggestions for additions to our Edible Display Garden feel free to leave them in the comments or on your survey About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest California Dreaming Spring

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/a-beautiful-edible-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Craft Beer Craze
    the bourbon barrels to contain the vigorous plants which have the tendency to spread And sometimes on a warm day the faint scent of sweet bourbon fills the air around the hops Once they emerged the hop bines began to climb on thick pieces of twine tied to a guy wire in a tent formation the wire is strung between two tall 4 x 4 posts You might think the word bine is a typo but hops are technically a bine instead of a vine The distinction is that bines climb by growing in a helix around a support often with the help of downward pointing bristles Vines on the other hand use suckers or tendrils to climb a support Young hops planted in repurposed bourbon barrels The hops put out a fair amount of vegetative growth this season but during the first year most of the energy being produced is going toward root development However mature hops can grow up to 25 feet in a single season In the future when our hops grow to this length and begin to shade out the planting beds underneath we ll experiment with growing crops like lettuce throughout the summer in the partially shaded beds And although our plants didn t grow to be 25 feet this season we were still able to make our first hop harvest this past Tuesday With the help of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden volunteers Terry Lautzenheiser and Hannah Beck we harvested 2 ½ quart size bags of Cascade hops We knew some of the hop cones were ready for harvest based on the papery feel slight browning at the tips golden yellow lupulin glands which contain the acids and oils important for brewing beer and the strong hop aroma These hops will not be donated to Feedmore like the rest of the produce grown in the Community Kitchen Garden but instead used as a tool to teach visitors about a plant with ornamental value that could become in important cash crop for our state in the future Lewis Ginter volunteers Hannah Beck and Terry Lautzenheiser harvest hops in the CKG Hops are the female flowers harvested from herbaceous bines of the perennial hop species Humulus lupulus They are used to add bitterness and enhance the flavor and aroma of beer but they also act as a natural preservative and help to stabilize the beer The amount of hops used when brewing varies depending on the style of beer and the recipe If you love a good IPA India Pale Ale as much as I do you have an idea of the bitter sometimes citrusy flavor that hops can bring to a beer In fact the reason IPAs have such a strong hoppy flavor is because the British used tons hops to help preserve the beer on the hot 6 month long trip to India I m not sure what style of beer the COTU team has in mind for our hops but I ll be in

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  • Marshmallows
    properties over 2 000 years ago Most commonly the plant sap was combined with honey and it was used to treat sore throats in children because both the root and leaves contain a gummy substance called mucilage that can coat and sooth the throat or even the stomach According to the University of Maryland Medical Center medical studies have shown that this mucilage can sooth a variety of mucus membranes The French popularized the sticky confection in the 1800s mixing the plant sap with egg whites and sugar and allowing it to harden As manufacturing techniques developed eventually gelatin replaced the plant sap says Freya Smith Guild of Food Writers By the mid 1900s Alex Doumak a French marshmallow maker further refined the production process with a process known as extrusion The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and can even be used to thicken soup Intrigued by this amazing and beautiful plant Why not pay it a visit this summer while it s blooming You will find it in our new Edible Display Garden And after you roast your marshmallow for s mores over the bonfire during Dominion GardenFest of Lights you can make a small detour to thank this lovely plant the marshmallow Althaea officinalis The tiny beautiful blooms of the marshmallow plant About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming Spring like Day Blooms Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/the-original-marshmallow/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Garden Times Online
    Garden Times Online by Jonah Holland Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve our community We hope that Garden Times does just that teaching you something connecting you to plants and inspiring you to visit us As a non profit working toward more sustainable practices we ve uploaded a digital version for you to read online About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like Day Blooms Most Popular 5 Tips Visiting Busy GardenFest Garden s E

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  • Food
    Red okra pickling cucumbers yellow supper squash and Roma tomatoes Just a few of the veggies we donated this week It s been another hot but productive week in the Community Kitchen Garden We hit our first 1 000 lbs of produce this week with help from a group from Forest City Enterprises on Monday and young volunteers participating in the Youth Volunteer Program which kicked off this week The YVP is a summer program for youth volunteers offering them an opportunity to learn more about food production while giving back to the Garden and to the community This week we donated 387 lbs to Feedmore s Community Kitchen Here s what they ll be cooking with this week Swiss chard 29 lbs okra 5 lbs cherry tomatoes 6 lbs Roma tomatoes 16 lbs Squash zucchini 194 lbs potatoes 41 lbs cucumbers 63 lbs eggplant 14 lbs leeks 16 lbs and peppers 3 lbs Our total donations so far this year are up to 1 326 lbs About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Trees Blooming in December Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Support the Community Kitchen Garden Donate Now Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like Day Blooms Most Popular 5

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