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  • The Low Down on the Low Line - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    you the low down on the Low Line The visionary folks from Capital Trees Jeanette McKittrick Meg Turner Susan Robertson joined by Keith Whipple from Waterstreet Studio and City of Richmond Planning Director Mark Olinger will present an overview of this latest public private urban landscape project a prominent section of which they hope to complete in time for the UCI Road World Championships next September By creating a linear park along a critically important but neglected stretch of the Kanawha Canal and Virginia Capital Trail the team envisions a waterfront refuge for people and plants in the spirit of New York City s tremendously successful High Line There will be a snazzy media presentation with commentary from team members and an open period for a process discussion There is much to be learned from the behind the scenes collaborative work of all involved on this ambitious project So come join us these meetings always attract civic minded can do folks who see urban greening efforts as ways of building economic vitality and an improved quality of life for Richmonders Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s Robins Room Robins Visitors Center 5 7 p m Drop a note to randeeh at lewisginter org if you plan to come Not able to attend but want to learn more about the Low Line Contact information at capitaltrees org or Jeanette McKittrick Jeanette at capitaltrees org 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 California Dreaming 2015 A Stellar Year Bananas Growing in RVA A Lover of Roses Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis

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  • Join us for a Walk and Talk: Greening the Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    sustainable initiatives that help bring Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in balance with the natural world Learn how many small changes are adding up to a lighter footprint for a major public garden and how you can adapt these changes to make similar changes in your own yard and home garden Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden Austin s other claim to fame is that she s Rose Garden horticulturist Jay Austin s mom so this will be a bit of an insider tour Austin explains The focus of the tour will be sustainability that dynamic balance between the needs of Planet clean air and water and healthy habitats Profit economically feasible with environmental and human benefits and People opportunities for people to interact with their environment in ways that improve their well being I hope to have a dialog with guests on these topics and showcase Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s best practices in landscape design and water management We ll talk about how to implement many of these valuable strategies in the home landscape and what a resilient landscape might look like Register Walk and Talk Greening the Garden Tuesday September 23 2014 10 11 am If you miss this tour don t worry we ll be hosting this tour again on Tuesday October 14 FREE for members 16 for others Pre registration is required to ensure there are enough Guides for the group 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 Student Teacher Art Show Don t Miss Out

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  • 3 Tips for Water Conservation - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    whether we may have to add county water to the irrigation lake this week if we don t get some rain soon But thankfully most of the time Mother Nature provides enough rain in summer to refill our irrigation lakes as we use them John Niemczyk Irrigation Technician here at the Garden and our horticulture staff schedule the Garden s watering to run early in the morning which is the best option Watering in the evening is a good second choice but sometimes can encourage disease particularly fungal ones we we try to water in the early morning whenever possible Niemczyk says when you avoid watering during the heat of the day you can save on both watering time needed and water evaporation Most of our Garden s irrigation is on an automated system to make watering during early hours an easy choice When the irrigation lake is full the overflow is at the northern end of the lake and only the top portion of the pipes in this photo are visible You may have to click on the photo to see a larger version to see the pipes in detail Photo by Shane Tippett Using the earth s natural resources carefully is really important to the Garden So is educating others about what they can do to help at home So here are three easy things you can do at home to help with water conservation Water in early morning or later in the evening when less evaporation is likely to occur Use recycled water you can collected it in a rain barrel or cistern or if you have a larger property like Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden you can collect it in a lagoon or irrigation lake Recycled water is also cheaper you don t have to pay the

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  • Views from The Mile High City - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    s role in the larger community through an initiative we ve dubbed Beautiful RVA It s a regional coalition of public and private agencies and organizations all invested in improving the quality of life in greater Richmond through public horticulture urban greening and beautiful place making initiatives The Garden is at the center of this coalition With other key partners we are working to increase local capacity to accomplish urban greening and beautiful place making projects that are often beyond the reach and resources of local government The Garden is fostering community momentum and seeing where civic will grassroots engagement and collaborative spirit takes us And in many ways we re positioning the Garden for the next stage of its evolution and influencing others to follow our lead We not only want to be at the table we want to offer the table around which these fundamental civic opportunities can be explored with other willing partners Denver Garden Block So through this lens with a sharp focus on how public gardens use their leverage and leadership to help transform the urban landscape I paid special attention in Denver to the quality of its urban landscape and whether the Denver Botanic Gardens had played an influential role And the answer the Denver Botanic Garden is everywhere at its flagship site on York Street at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield a working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County near Littleton where Denver Botanic Gardens runs a 5 acre Community Supported Agriculture operation and tours at Mount Goliath a mountain peak in the U S Forest Service Mount Evans Recreation Area in the Arapaho National Forest Within two blocks of the Marriott conference center was the 16 th Street Mall at all hours the friendly clean safe and bustling heart of the City Downtown Denver describes the scene considered the premier pedestrian environment in the Rocky Mountain region it is the commercial heart of Downtown Denver and a main attraction for a rapidly growing number of visitors and conventioneers On average 2 3 million pedestrians visit the Mall every year and in the summer 30 000 pedestrians walk the Mall every day Nearly 50 000 people use the FREE MallRide on an average weekday and the Mall has become the linchpin of RTD s transportation system by connecting light rail stations express bus terminals and local bus routes between Union Station and Civic Center And yes the Denver Botanic Garden s imprint was on the 16 th Street Mall too with the Denver Garden Block installation Is there anything that this public garden doesn t do I can t imagine they also are among the keystone organizations funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District a regional consortium that provides over 40 million a year to over 300 local and regional institutions through a 1 10 of 1 percent sales and use tax adopted by a seven county metropolitan area It s exciting to imagine how

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  • Here's How You Can Be a Part of a More Beautiful RVA - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Beautiful RVA There are so many reasons to be grateful this season among them the solid enthusiastic response from nearly 50 folks who attended the Beautiful RVA meeting last Wednesday to discuss the potential for a community based beautification initiative Hearty thanks to Dr Meghan Gough from VCU s Urban and Regional Planning Program for helping with the meeting s design and to her students who did a great job facilitating our table discussions Anna Salzberg Julia Arnone Kaila McClead Lois Milone Will Wright and Toby Vernon Dr Meghan Gough from VCU s Urban and Regional Planning Program along with her students Anna Salzberg Julia Arnone Kaila McClead Lois Milone Will Wright and Toby Vernon and Garden Director of Education Randee Humphrey and the City of Richmond s Alicia Zatcoff Alicia Zatcoff the City of Richmond s Sustainability Manager championed this meeting and lead its design with early guidance from Elaine Summerfield from The Community Foundation and inspirational energy from Lucy Meade of Venture Richmond And thank you to the many new faces who joined the collaborative groundswell of Beautiful RVA we had representation from nearly every Council district in the City of Richmond In a swift two hours we learned more about the City s plan RVAgreen A Roadmap to Sustainability and its specific call to action to develop a community based beautification program Lucy Meade shared elements of success from Venture Richmond s recent RVA Arts District Botanical Makeover and table discussions then cited many other examples of successful grassroots greening projects Each table tackled a summary of community resources available to provide power to a community based beautification program as well as how we can create an enabling environment for this important work With each table isolating its 3 biggest ideas and a group discussion of actions that might happen in the next 90 days the clear commitment to individual organizational and collaborative action left us feeling like anything and everything is possible So stay tuned for our next steps early in 2014 and if you weren t able to attend here s a short survey so you can weigh in with your own ideas the deadline for survey responses is December 13 Why Richmond Why A special shout out and thanks to Phil Riggan for his column yesterday about Beautiful RVA Chimborazo Urban Orchard project check out the attached press release about the collaboration between Enrichmond Foundation and the Martin Agency to establish an urban apple orchard in Chimborazo Park with a Kickstarter campaign potentially fueling the project campaign continues through December 15 This collaboration combines the resources vision and expertise of several partners The Martin Agency Enrichmond Friends of Chimborazo Park City of Richmond Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities Commonwealth of Virginia Urban Forestry and Blue Bee Cider With deep appreciation for all you do on behalf of a more Beautiful RVA best wishes for the holiday And consider bringing Uncle Bob and Aunt Lizzie to the Garden on Friday when we launch

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  • A Botanical Makeover in Richmond, Va. - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    and Gardener Leah Purdy created a plan using plants that have four seasons of interest and hold up well in an urban environment More than 250 volunteers from Capital One did the planting under the direction of Chapman Purdy and LGBG Gardener Brian Vick Maintenance and watering will be under the contracted care of The Kleane Kare Team which partners with CARITAS and The Healing Place to hire persons in Recovery Programs who have been homeless due to addiction Work did not stop as a morning press conference was held on Broad Street Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones expressed his delight noting recent concerns about the aesthetics of the area and its prominent role as a front door to Richmond Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s Executive Director Shane Tippett commended the Capital One volunteers for letting their hands follow their hearts in volunteering that day He also noted the positive impact such projects can have for us all cleaner air cooler streets captured rain reduced crime and increased business and visitation It s an exciting continuation of the dialogue started when the Garden s President CEO Frank Robinson brought noted New York City urban design consultant Lynden Miller to town this past January Miller says when cities don t take care of their public spaces people sense my city doesn t care about me When they do pay attention it makes the statement You matter You are worth it I urge you to take a look at the results of the botanical makeover in Richmond Whether a resident or a visitor you are definitely worth it 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

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  • Floating Wetland Finds a Home at Lewis Ginter - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Upham Brook Watershed Restoration Project is made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund using funds generated by the sale of the Chesapeake Bay license plates in Virginia Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is thrilled to be a partner We ll be sure to keep you posted on the improvements we see in the water quality A second floating island will be installed in a pond at the Belmont Golf Course Aimee Bushman educator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation explains Virginia s Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint to restore the Bay and its tributaries calls upon all of us to do our part to reduce pollution The floating wetland is a great example of how non profits government businesses and citizens can work together and make progress The wetland will reduce pollution in the Upham Brook and Bay watersheds provide food and habitat for wildlife and do so in a natural aesthetically beautiful and cost effective way Everyone wins Be sure to scroll through the photos to see how we did it Garden staff and volunteers await delivery of the island Pictured are Volunteers Sherry Giese Ralph Ashton right Irrigation Tech John Niemczyk center Volunteer Buz Sawyer and Gardener Patrick O Hagan Teamwork and a little push can move the earth On the left in the foreground is Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman Carrying the island Easy does it The island Volunteers visitors watching the installation The cinder blocks were dropped in the water as anchors Heavy blocks going down as anchors Done Curious about the plant list and design of the island Here s the floating wetland sketch above by Grace Chapman Director of Horticulture and her plant list below About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social

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  • Down But Not Out - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    from Luck Stone showed up Sort of like a boxer after a bad first round getting a jolt of energy from the fans we pulled ourselves up by our boot laces and started getting down to business Joy Cook Roger Levesque representing Luck Stone Corporation one of the largest family owned and operated aggregates companies in the U S showed up undismayed and ready to work We first harvested what we could and for the first time this season the group of tomatoes allocated to the compost heap exceeded the count of tomatoes we crated for the Community Kitchen Joy Roger then moved to the next most important task beginning to restore the vines to a vertical position By the end of the morning work session there was a noticeable and critical improvement Joy Cook Roger Levesque rassle the wind blown tomato vines back onto the stakes It s a little hard to make out what s going on in this photo but that s what chaos looks like The section of tomatoes using cages was the hardest hit being taller and more tightly grouped Leaf Footed Bugs having a post hurricane party on the Champion tm VFNT tomatoes 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 California Dreaming The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability Free Trees Richmond Cycling Corps RABA CVNLA Add Trees to Armstong High School Bike Park 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

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