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  • Dominion GardenFest of Lights - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    who are 11 and soon to be 15 can run through this thing many times over It s a family tradition and they ve been doing this since they were 3 and 7 years old Usually we have to drag them away from this one Shh don t tell but sometimes dad runs through the maze too Everyone s favorite our light maze Photo by Don Williamson Next up is the peacock We make it a family tradition to find this guy wherever he is in the Garden The peacock is also one of the light features that you ll see included year after year because it s so popular with our guests You won t have to look hard for him this year he s perched right in the Cochrane Rose Garden just below the Conservatory and looking regal as ever Peacock at Dominion GardenFest of Light photo by Don Williamson Third up is the lovely unicorn There s just something magical about unicorns The Garden s unicorn light feature is probably one of the most common photos I see on Instagram Everyone wants their picture with the unicorn This feature is also my son s favorite because it symbolizes that dreams do really come true The unicorn Is that a fairy princess riding on his back Photo by Don Williamson Here s the boy a few years ago dancing with said unicorn My theory unicorns are so popular because they symbolize that dreams really do come true 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 De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/beauty-at-dominion-gardenfest-of-lights/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Preview Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    H2Whoa by Jonah Holland The Conservatory photo by Harlow Chandler This year s Dominion GardenFest H2Whoa is turning out to be quite a show We thought you might appreciate a few sneak peek photos courtesy of Garden Member and photographer Harlow Chandler But trust us the lights are even better in person GardenFest opens this Friday Nov 27th The Tree House and Lotus Bridge Photo by Harlow Chandler The view from the dock with the sycamore tree on your right Photo by Harlow Chandler A one horse open sleigh and our lovely wingnut tree wrapped in white lights Photo by Harlow Chandler Clouds in the West Wing of the Conservatory Photo by Harlow Chandler The 20 foot tall holiday tree covered in blooms Best of all the scent is real at the base are hundreds of aromatic paperwhites blooming Photo by Harlow Chandler Our recycled rainbow in the Conservatory West Wing Photo by Harlow Chandler 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 De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Student Teacher Art Show GardenFest Instagram Winners Through the Eyes of a Child Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Dominion GardenFest of Lights Nov 27 2015 Jan 11 2016 Learn More 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/preview-dominion-gardenfest-of-lights-h2whoa/ (2016-02-13)
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  • DIY Fish Decorations
    this year s water theme we decided fish octopuses and jellyfish would be the perfect ambassadors for our message about what you can do at home to help keep our waterways healthy We are thrilled that our do it yourself DIY bottle fish decorations that we just put up this week are already a hit I ve watched school groups visiting the Garden on field trips squeal in delight when they see the bottle fish swimming from our trees We have 150 bottlefish swimming outside in the Asian Valley In the Conservatory we have another 125 including four schools of different types of fish Here is the step by step process of how you can make these DIY soda bottle fish decorations at home We hope you have fun making them We sure did This orange and blue fish is showing its Wahoo spirit Bottle Fish Materials a 1 or 2 liter soda bottle scissors fishing line and or bamboo stakes spray paint a hack saw optional goggles or eye protection to use when sawing or cutting staples zip tie or wire to tie fish This green soda bottle gives a good example of what your fish will look like after you flatten the back and cut two notches for the fins and tail of the fish Next step stapling the tail Directions Score and remove label Cut off the end of soda bottle start with an Exacto knife and then finish cutting with scissors Determine what you want your fish to look like Consider the size of the body and the shape of the tail and fins Make some guide dots with a permanent marker to help Make a dot where you think the staple or tie should go too Using the half with the bottle neck hold onto the bottle neck and compress the open side so that it is flat in the center Squish the bottle as flat as you can to just above the dot for the staple but do not crease the outer edges Staple or zip tie back of fish to hold tail in position and so you can define the fins Make the appropriate cuts with scissors to shape the body tail and fins Cut 2 notches out of the open side of the bottle these create the back and side fins Don t forget your safety goggles Make your initial cut by going through both layers of the bottle flatten the bottle in that specific area then finish by cutting the layers singly Unsquish the bottle if necessary to shape the body You may need to stick a long object like a pencil into the inner cavity of the fish to push out an area that is mashed in Using a saw cut off the screwing part of the bottle neck This creates a more realistic fish mouth Don t forget your safety goggles Paint or spray paint the bottle in a fun pattern or fish design and add eyes with glue

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/diy-fish-decorations/ (2016-02-13)
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  • #Bflies Instagram Contest
    Instagram post or photo that helps raise awareness about the importance of butterflies and other pollinators or supports the Garden s educational mission in some way Richmond Grid s Instagram feed is always something special so be sure to check it out Congratulations to our Butterfly s Choice Award finalists for our Bflies Instagram contest We chose these entries because they support the Garden s educational mission and raise awareness of the importance of butterflies and other pollinators We like how this group of photos illustrates self teaching respectful interaction with butterflies the curiosity of a child looking at the world as a butterfly does and metamorphosis From left to right top to bottom our finalists are sneedsnursery tjhennessy01 casiesdavis lucerome tsr hollyromey sneedsnursery lynnprice1776 and richmondgrid The prize for the Butterfly s Choice Award goes to Greater Richmond Grid for their photo of a girl looking through a magnifying glass at an owl butterfly Congratulations to all our finalists listed below 1 twilkes68 2 am green gobbler ma 3 whenframesdrop 4 fangirl353 5 hopeandgracepens 6 doubled c 7 matt king4 8 ltldvl121 9 lynnprice1776 10 itmekelswee 11 maemoose 12 deannrinehart 13 craftthatverse 14 gintergram 15 kharman777 16 pennycatpink For our People s Choice Award we let you choose a winner with a Facebook vote Thanks for voting Congrats to doubled c who captured this magical moment of a just landed butterfly on a young man s American flag hat People s Choice winner doubled c All the photos were so good and the votes were so close that we wanted to give prizes to practically everyone You all did a fabulous job sharing the spirit and beauty of the exhibit The two photos below also received many many votes and we didn t want to let that go unnoticed

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/congratulations-bflies-instagram-contest-winners/ (2016-02-13)
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  • message from the director
    of water Water is evocative in contrast Wells and oases in the desert Cool water from a hose on a blistering summer day lashing rain after a dry spell Water is evocative in torrents Oceans and seas floods and storms Water is evocative for life It s the briny broth of our origins the pounding circulatory system of the world a precarious molecular edge on which we survive Barbara Kingsolver National Geographic It is to our benefit that we can not only survive because of water we can thrive he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water bringing forth his fruit in his season His fruit shall not wither and whatsoever he does will prosper When such rich imagery arises out of biological need it is as if the roundabout path we have taken has vistas we could not have imagined From these unexpected vistas and with overflowing buckets of imagination creativity and artistry he staff and volunteers create the exhibit Then naturally we make it fun We want to irrigate the crops then we want to celebrate the meal We want to capture the rain when needed we want to dance in it as much as possible We want to tell you why water is so vital we want you to feel full of life We knew last year that we would use a water based theme for this year s holiday light show Then we had a staff contest to name it H2Whoa Come have some fun and happy holidays About Shane Tippett Executive Director Shane Tippett s passion for plants was kindled in the early 90s by a Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden arborist who mentored him on the care of specimen trees This passion underlies his firm conviction in the transformative power of

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/message-from-the-director/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Dominion GardenFest Lights
    oohs and aahs of half a million GardenFest lights we sneak in a little information about how you can conserve water and make a difference in your own home I want people especially children to think about water in a broad way says Smith While visitors are enjoying the views of the underwater theme they ll also be learning a few fun facts about water For example did you know that rainbows and clouds are made out of water Have you ever stopped to think how water affects our lives everyday Do you know the benefits of rain barrels During GardenFest you ll learn about all these topics Plus you can follow a school of fish in a river in the Kelly Education Center hallway to learn more about water and how to help improve our own Virginia rivers The beginning stage of Octavia the octopus before she is painted and put out for display in the Conservatory Personally I m most excited to see Octavia the octopus come to life You ll find Octavia in the Conservatory during GardenFest as part of an underwater experience Artist and Garden volunteer Debbie Guckert is the creative genius behind Octavia the octopus Octavia is made out of chicken wire stretchy fabric papier mâché and cast resin eyes Guckert has done her research on octopuses or is it octopi to give visitors a realistic view of what an octopus would look like When you visit Octavia during GardenFest pay close attention to her eyes We hope she makes you go Whoa with the way her eyes follow your every move When you come visit this year s Dominion GardenFest of Lights you ll see more than lights You ll see the creativity hard work and love that our staff and volunteers have poured

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/behind-the-scenes-at-dominion-gardenfest-of-lights-h2whoa/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Joan Massey
    use the space to share her art with the public Her vivid expressive work is filled with a keen sense of color something she s always loved From left to right Lulee Holt Garden Executive Director Shane Tippett Joan Massey and President Emeritus Frank Robinson at the artist s reception The Garden s President Emeritus Frank Robinson says Joan has always had such clear passion for her own garden and for the Botanical Garden seen in her generosity and leadership of the organization as well as her commitment to our staff including me And as every good gardener does she shared her plants Joan s Kniphofia a nd Campanula brighten my garden every spring colorful beautiful memories of the times we shared Painting 2 is a vertical painting of abstract colors Our Exhibit Coordinator Roxy Hojat says Mrs Massey s artwork is sophisticated in sense of color and influenced by the natural world and organic objects Her dense layering of color creates luscious and unique textural elements to her paintings The abstract nature of the work is open to interpretation by the visitors of the gallery Joan Massey has been a frequent visitor and patron of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden since the Garden s earliest days We are delighted that in order to celebrate Mrs Massey s talent her love of the natural world and to honor her work with the Garden we recently acquired one of Mrs Massey s paintings to add to our permanent collection Proceeds from the sale of any painting in the show will benefit the Garden s educational mission Joan Massey Recent Paintings October 3 21 2015 Ginter Gallery II About Tonisha Albritton Tonisha Albritton is a PR Marketing intern at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden She loves to interact and meet with new people When

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/joan-massey-paintings/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Butterfly Roundup
    Geise Lisa Shiffert and Jahneakia Brower record captured butterflies Caroline Meehan and Sherry Geise package remaining chrysalids Sherry Geise Lisa Shiffert and Caroline Meehan place butterflies in envelopes for shipping Butterflies need their body temperature to be at least 85 degrees Fahrenheit and they heavily rely on environmental factors to warm themselves up they are cold blooded after all We lower the temperature in the exhibit so the butterflies can t fly making them easier to capture Of course there are a few butterflies who warm themselves up enough for a lengthy chase around the exhibit Morpho peleides Common Morpho in shipping container Once we net or safely handle a butterfly we package it in special envelope for the journey to its new home These envelopes are placed in a box which is then placed in a cooler with an ice pack which is placed in another box and made ready for shipping Then we say our goodbyes to the 122 butterfly friends captured who will find themselves in a wonderful new home at Tucson Botanical Gardens tomorrow Parthenos sylvia lilacinus Blue clipper the last butterfly in the exhibit to be packed and shipped to Tucson Botanical Gardens About Hilaire Ashworth Hilaire Ashworth is an Assistant Butterfly Curator in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit Here are a few more facts about her Q If you were a butterfly which one would you be A Bat Wing Atrophaneura semperi I love the vibrant red against the black and white wings Q What do you do in your spare time A I spend most of my spare time with my adopted street cat and organic gardening However I love rock climbing hiking and spending as much time outdoors as I possibly can You May Also Like De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Student

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