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  • Dirt? NOPE! It's Just Compost - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Horticulture Grace Chapman We aren t getting the exact same material that came from MWV but we are getting the amount of credits that they have earned and donated Each delivery comes with a complete nutrient test so we know what we are exactly getting We know all the inputs for this compost are vegetable based so it is safe to use on food crops MWV NOPE and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are all very excited to be making this a full circle loop and putting the compost back into food production that will serve the Richmond community by adding vital nutrients to the soil of the Community Kitchen Garden Chapman says Last week the garden received approximately 7 8 cubic yards of compost for the Community Kitchen Garden The delivery was equal to 175 compost credits The truth is we were scratching our head a little at the math trying to figure out where the extra 150 compost credits of compost came from Then I talked to Marshall Hall co owner of NOPE Your math is right We wanted to have sort of a kickoff We know that right now is the growing season Hall explained that they made an extra large delivery to have more of an impact from the start It made me have a big ol grin on my face to deliver the extra compost for the Community Kitchen Garden Still wondering why you should compost There are many great reasons including enriching the soil but NOPE s website provides one of the most compelling I ve seen Food and organic materials can be 100 percent recycled if collected properly Landfill anaerobic treatment of organic waste creates methane gas a harmful greenhouse substance contributing to global warming NOPE s website notes that methane is about 21

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  • Community Kitchen Garden
    text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Dominion is now the 2012 corporate leader in both the total number of associates and total number of hours committed to the success of the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden Dominion achieved the leadership position as of Monday October 22 Read More Nov 2nd 2012 Scots Take the Highlands Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This is the time of year when you hear a lot about the Scots from ads for the Highland Games to the guy on the radio talking about grass seed The Wooster Fighting Scots alumni parents from the Read More Oct 27th 2012 Jack o Turnip Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Jack o Lantern carving may date back to an old story involving a turnip Look it up Can turnips really get large enough to hold a candle Judging from a couple of freak radishes this summer it s very possible Contemporaneous carvings thanks Read More Oct 23rd 2012 Batata Boom Boom Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Ipomea batatas that is sweet potatoes We started the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden sweet potato harvest on Saturday 10 20 approximately 112 days after planting the initial slips A nice team representing J Town Richmond including Nerice Lochansky Tanisha Read More Oct 19th 2012 A Not So Sweet Surprise by Laura Schumm Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden photos by Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator As we ve mentioned on this blog in July volunteers planted 250 sweet potato slips in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden The slips were donated by Clifton Slade from his organic farm in Surry Va Sweet potatoes Read More Oct 9th 2012 Ta Ta Toodle oo Tomatoes Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There s something incongruous about a chilly 50 degree gray wet day and the warm color of ripening tomatoes on the vines The stark contrast reinforces the realities of our seasonal transition We re about to say farewell to our last tomatoes Read More Oct 5th 2012 Friend or Foe by Laura Schumm Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden photos by Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There has been a large amount of insect activity here in the Community Kitchen Garden this year at Lewis Ginter partly due to the extreme heat this summer and the mild winter temperatures When combating pests in your Read More 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

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  • Community Kitchen Garden
    Garden to participate in a Day of Sharing Led by Michael P Goldman the group split into three teams addressing the needs Read More May 16th 2012 Potato Promenade Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Laurel Yevonne the Red Pontiac potatoes you planted March 17 in the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden are blossoming That means we ll check them soon and prepare to harvest the new potatoes for Feedmore White potatoes have Read More Apr 24th 2012 Potatoes in Progress by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator With the help of volunteers Laurel Yevonne on Saturday the potato patch in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received some TLC Weeding mulching feeding were the primary tasks Laurel Yevonne also started four trays of seedlings for the garden Read More Apr 21st 2012 From To by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Things are rapidly getting in gear at the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden We mentioned a small expansion previously so let s check on the progress Read More Mar 29th 2012 We re Growing by Albert Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is adding 5 000 square feet The broad lawn behind Locbury House will be converted into a vegetable garden A major goal for the new space is accessibility With help from the community we ll add raised beds with wheelchair access Read More Mar 28th 2012 St Patrick s Day Plantings of Pontiac Potatoes by Albert Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden On St Patrick s Day a lucky group of seven planted Red Pontiac potatoes in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden adding to the 335 seed potatoes and or cuttings we planted earlier this month While there s no guarantee all will sprout and produce we had some very Read More Mar 20th 2012 Big News for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden by Albert Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The winter indoor planning stage is complete and work has begun in the Community Kitchen Garden CKG Here are the current garden plans Notice that plans is plural because a very exciting aspect of the 2012 CKG is our expansion The garden layouts shown below Read More Jan 6th 2012 It s a Wrap at the Community Kitchen Garden by Albert Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is now shut down for the winter Volunteers in the garden produced 9 913 pounds of high quality produce for FeedMore s Community Kitchen Weight distribution by type Tomatoes 5 594 5 lbs Zucchini yellow squash 3 035 5 lbs Cauliflower 460 Read More Dec 21st 2011 As the Growing Season Ends We Reflect on Lewis Ginter s Community Kitchen Garden by Albert Brian Vick Community Kitchen

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  • Community Kitchen Garden
    happens to the Read More Jul 23rd 2009 Community Kitchen Garden Home Demo Garden by Janine Butler Garden Volunteer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we spent some time tending the home demo garden This is a small raised bed approximately 4 by 12 that shows just how much home gardeners could grow in their own back yard in a small area It s jam packed with veggies such as Roma tomatoes Read More Jul 14th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden First Harvest by Janine Butler Garden Volunteer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The volunteers and staff continue to work hard in the vegetable garden weeding mulching feeding watering and what not and finally we are starting to reap the rewards Last week the first harvest was picked and delivered to Central Virginia Foodbank FeedMore the recipients of all the Read More Jul 14th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden United We Serve by Janine Butler Garden Volunteer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Please note this blog post was originally published on June 29 2009 We are getting close to our first harvest According to Tom Brinda Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture here at Lewis Ginter the first of the summer squash are almost ready They are quite small but apparently Read More Jun 18th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden Tomato Suckers and More By Janine Butler Garden Volunteer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Do you know what I love about this volunteer gig Every time I go to the garden I learn something new this week was all about tomatoes and yes I say tom ah toe not tom ate er Tom Brinda Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture at Lewis Ginter asked Read More Jun 12th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden Weeds and Bugs Two Guaranteed Occurrences in Gardening by Janine Butler garden volunteer In last week s blog I commented on how well all the plants had been growing over the last couple of weeks Well guess what else has been growing Yep WEEDS I spent a good hour or so on Saturday using a cool tool called a scuffle hoe you move Read More Jun 4th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden Look What s Growing By Janine Butler garden volunteer What a difference a couple of weeks can make Look at these pictures that were taken this morning The squash seeds that we planted a couple of weeks ago are doing great I can t believe that they could grow so big in such a short time The seed package did Read More May 20th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden Girl Power Gets it Done By Janine Butler Garden Volunteer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Under the watchful eye of Tom Brinda Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture Education the first team of vegetable garden volunteers got things moving on Saturday And what a team it was Five ladies including myself showed up bright and early to continue the work Read More May 15th 2009 Community Kitchen Garden Planting Day Success By Janine Butler garden volunteer Today was awesome

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  • Light Painting
    giving examples and discussing techniques and tips it was out into the Garden for some photography fun McMinn who brought a simple a simple point and shoot camera explained Light painting was more exciting and creative then what I thought it would be McMinn said she was especially impressed by one of her classmates Kristen Grainer who is a professional photographer and captured a photo where the lights look like little fish swimming in a school a perfect tie in to this year s H2Whoa GardenFest theme With H2Whoa and water as the theme for this year s Dominion GardenFest of Lights we immediately fell in love with this photo of what looks like a school of fish swimming down the path at the Garden taken by Kristen Grainer Grainer also took a pretty neat photo of our bottle fish swimming in abstract lights She used a flash to make the fish pop out of the dark Light painting photo of bottle fish by class participant Kristen Grainer Grainer says I took the Light Drawing class mainly because I really wanted to challenge myself with my photography this year I m in the middle of a project where I take a picture every day for a whole year so it s always nice when I can learn something new to show off for the daily photo I didn t realize how much fun I was going to have at the class It was very interactive and everyone was bouncing ideas off each other It was a great opportunity and venue to learn a new technique Sounds like fun right This class was so popular we ll offer it again next year If you can t wait until then you are welcome bring your digital camera when you come to this year s GardenFest of Lights Just be sure to bring a camera where you can adjust ISO shutter speed and apertures You won t need a tripod either just have some fun and experiment see what fun shapes and patterns you get Here are a few tips for light painting from Lynda Richardson 1 Use a camera where you can manually change the ISO shutter speed and aperture 2 Set your ISO to 100 your aperture to f 11 0 or f 16 and now for the tricky part your shutter speed to 4 5 or 6 seconds to start HINT Make sure you are NOT using 1 4th of a second It should take a count of 4 seconds for the exposure and will appear too dark if you set it wrong If your camera only has an aperture of f 8 0 you will have to use a shorter shutter speed like 1 or 2 seconds which can be limiting but you can still get good images 3 If you find that you have the correct exposures but they are coming out too dark or too light just change your exposure time For example Longer time is 5

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  • Autumn Apple S'mores - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    4 p m In addition to live music by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra pumpkin painting carving demos and more Edible Education will be showing how to make apple s mores They ll use local apples and pears donated by Relay Foods and you re invited to sample this seasonal tasting Edible Education s mission is to teach children to cook well with real food They cite the fact that Center for Disease Control studies show if kids get 50 hours of cooking education before they are 12 it will change the way they think about food for the rest of their lives Don t worry if you can t swing by the Garden on Sunday to sample the s mores Edible Education has kindly shared the recipe below so you can try it at your own convenience Apple S mores Ingredients 6 apples 1 graham cracker per child 3 T butter 2 t cinnamon ¼ cup brown sugar 8oz cream cheese 1 T honey 1 t cinnamon Ingredients Peel slice and chop apples Combine with butter brown sugar and cinnamon in a sauce pan Cook down until most of the water evaporates and the mixture becomes thick and sticky about 10 minutes In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese honey and cinnamon with an electric mixer Spread cream cheese mixture on 1 half of a graham cracker Top it with the apple mixture and place the other half of the graham cracker on top to make a sandwich Enjoy Copyrighted and All Rights Reserved Edible Education About Beth Monroe Beth Monroe is public relations and marketing director at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden She feels honored to be part of a team connecting people and plants to improve our community You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature De

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  • Tricks & Treats - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    t give away all the answers in case you want to do your own Gourd Quest but my favorites were the Tiny Turk s Squash Cucurbita maxima Tiny Turk s the contorted Dipper Gourd Lagenaria siceraria Dipper the bright yellow Spaghetti Squash Cucurbita pepo Spaghetti and the multi colored Cucurbita pepo Carnival Lagenaria siceraria Dipper Cucurbita pepo Spaghetti Cucurbita pepo Carnival Along the way we found a curious fruit resembling a small pumpkin on a stick It s called Pumpkin on a Stick or Solanum aethiopicum verified Children s Garden Horticulturist Heather Veneziano The trick is that it s not a pumpkin at all but an ornamental eggplant The fruit starts out green and has just begun to turn orange in the past couple of weeks Solanum aethiopicum also commonly known as Pumpkin on a Stick In addition to gourds we found interesting colors textures and forms all around We thought the wrinkly Osage Orange Maclura pomifera resembled a green brain agreed the spiky Gomphocarpus physocarpus looked alien and were delighted to find a small star shape in the stem of the Cucurbita moschata Musquee de Provence Maclura pomifera is also known as Osage Orange Gomphocarpus physocarpus looks like it comes from another world Star shaped stem of the pumpkin Cucurbita moschata Musquee de Provence If you re interested in enjoying these oddities and more the Garden has a real treat for you You can see them anytime throughout the month of October and on Sunday October 25 there s a special event called Goblins and Gourds There will be pumpkin painting seasonal tastings pumpkin and wood carving demos and live music by the appropriately named Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra We invite you to come celebrate the interesting and unusual don t be a scaredy cat Cat Statue in the

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  • Tweens
    m being too graphic here in the center of the bloom you can see what looks to me like a scab Gross The truth is these boys were really really sweet and while they may have thought it was neat to learn how flies are attracted to this plant as pollinators because well flies love rotting flesh I may have freaked them out a bit Boys trying to guess that this is a turtlehead plant or Chelone lyonii There were several really fun opportunities for me to share my geeky botanical knowledge with them Having them guess the name of the turtlehead Chelone lyonii plant apparently they don t think it looks like a turtle s head Showing them how a new leaf or platter forms on Victoria cruziana Victorian water lily explaining how the buds only bloom for two nights first opening as a red or pink bloom and then later fading to white and that the leaves can grow to be 6 feet across in the Amazon Talking to them about why we have some wild areas here like the Anderson Meadow Replacing turf with wildflowers and native grasses helps the environment in multiple ways less mowing less fertilizer less run off more areas for wildlife The boys were really interested and curious about that the turtles congregating near the floating wetland island They asked me what kind of turtles they were but I didn t know I told them to study them closely and see if they could recognize the turtle head flower now Later we circled back to this idea again when I showed them our floating wetland affectionately known as the Floating Island Garden and made out of recycled water bottles and built with the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as part of a test project to help clean the Upham Brook watershed The plants on the Floating Island absorb the excess nutrients in the water which helps clean the water and deter algae blooms Yes even middle school boys like to smell orchids and roses But not carrion flowers and only Osmanthus if enticed As we walked through the Grace Arents Garden and back towards the Children s Garden I remembered another bloom I wanted to show the kids This bloom has a tiny little blossom I said but you aren t going to believe the smell The boys started walking in the other direction and covering their noses remembering the last bloom I asked them to smell I really had to convince them that this was a good smell not like the staphelia The ones who were willing to be risk takers got to enjoy the heavenly smell of sweet olive Osmanthus x fortunei Fruitlandii in the crisp fall air The West Island Garden is home to our carnivorous plants Here the boys are looking at both Venus flytrap and pitcher plants Although the IB classes were here for free exploration not a planned activity with an educator the Garden does have

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