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  • Celebrate Arbor Day at the Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    21 at 2 p m as we celebrate Arbor Day A guest speaker from the City of Richmond Urban Forestry Division will tell us about tree planting goals in the city Then we will amble through the garden on the Tree Tour with our garden guide Hugh Rooney Of course the weather will be beautiful on this day This program is part of the Outdoors Inside monthly series is free with Garden admission and does not require registration Questions Janet Woody 262 9887 ext 332 or library at lewisginter org About Janet Woody I am the librarian at Lewis Ginter and like to talk and read about plants I also enjoying researching Lewis Ginter and our founder Grace Arents Visit me in the library and we ll talk about plants or history or some other fun topic You May Also Like California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Student Teacher Art Show GardenFest Instagram Winners 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

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  • Help us Build a Water Management Demonstration Garden at Lewis Ginter! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Currently we are working on funding to make this exciting plan a reality Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is in a unique position to share best practices with the broad community The Garden s mission is focused on public education and it has the ability to demonstrate effective and replicable water management techniques to more than a quarter million visitors including 42 000 school age children each year Of course with any project like this finding the financial backing to make it a reality is key That s why we recently entered Rain Bird Intelligent Use of Water Awards Rain Bird is giving away 50 000 for innovative water saving projects like ours We ve entered our Water Management Demonstration Garden project in the 10 000 category This is also where you fit into the picture we need you to vote Voting takes just a second no email is required and you can vote daily through March 22 But before you do let me take a minute to let our Executive Director Frank Robinson tell you in his own words why this project is so important for Richmond and for the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed Water flows downhill Fundamental but essential especially if there are folks who live uphill or upstream from you Another fundamental truth about water is that all water systems are interlinked What our friends upstream put into the James River impacts our drinking water and what we in Richmond add accumulates in the Chesapeake Bay With bioaccumulation the absorption of pollutants in plants and animals what flows downhill also begins to show up in our food supply Not only do we hope to optimize the capture and use of water the quality of recycled water used on our property and the cleanliness of water that leaves our property we hope to establish a model that can be replicated on hundreds of other properties in the region We all have a responsibility to keep our water clean and this is a first step to demonstrate the many ways in which we can most effectively manage our properties large and small The good news is that there are many effective low cost natural methods to help us in this pursuit biofiltration of streams and ponds soil amendments to increase absorption of surface water the planting of trees and shrubs that naturally absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants not to mention cooling our urban areas and reducing the amount of air conditioning required in warm weather decreasing the use of electricity fossil fuels and refrigerants Water management is a good investment More than 2 5 million Virginians live in the 6 5 million acre James River watershed So thank you for taking the time to consider voting for our project When our dreams come true we hope you ll be among the first to visit and take pride in helping to make it happen About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in

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  • Lewis Ginter Recycles Garden Plastics - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    effort is the beginning of a statewide initiative to redirect nursery containers from landfills to the recycling centers that will receive them Extension Agent Lisa Sanderson said that most metropolitan area recyclers do not accept nursery plastics But much of this plastic can be recycled into new garden pots and nursery containers she said We just need to collect it For more information visit the Green Tech website or call the Henrico Extension Office at 501 5160 Speaking of helping the environment the water conservation district is offering a rain barrel workshop Area residents can learn to build and use a rain barrel at a 2 hour workshop offered by the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District SWCD the class will be held Wednesday June 9 and Thursday July 29 from 6 8 p m at the Human Services Building 8600 Dixon Powers Drive The SWCD workshops will provide materials and hands on instruction to help participants construct their barrels which can help homeowners conserve water by maintaining a supply of fresh water for outdoor use Built from recycled food grade plastic the rain barrels also divert runoff from storm drains protecting the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed The workshops cost 45 including materials Pre registration is required To register contact Henricopolis SWCD at 501 5175 or print out a registration form 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 http skiphire belfast co uk about Joel U Burnette I always try to get rid of my

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  • Land Conservation is Good for the Economy? Really! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    million bond to continue to keep the pace of preservation efforts that New Jersey voters have approved time and time again This renewed investment will cost households 10 annually and enable the protection of over 70 000 acres of land at a time when lower land values will give New Jersey voters a lot of bang for their bucks And for a family s ten dollars each year they not only invest in new parks and conserved lands they invest in their own economy Jobs are created when new parks are being built and landmarks are restored and conservation leads to ecosystem benefits such as water purification waste treatment and flood mitigation Economic benefits also come from fish and farm economies and outdoor recreation activity linked to open space Looks like I ve got a good question to ask Douglas Reed FASLA and Thomas Woltz ALSA when the come speak at Lewis Ginter How can we do this in Virginia And how can we make those green spaces sustainable public spaces that connect people back to nature creating beauty and beautiful sustainable landscape at the same time as we create jobs and help our economy Read more at http www huffingtonpost com will rogers the other new jersey race b 319234 html Read more at http www huffingtonpost com will rogers the other new jersey race b 319234 html 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 Susan

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  • Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness - A Podcast, Drew Becher - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Developing Richmond s waterfront or not has been on the mind of lots of folks recently so hopefully Becher will offer another perspective on riverfront development wpaudio url http media libsyn com media lewisginter Drew Becher mp3 text Drew Becher Green Tonic Symposium If you d like to learn more about Drew Becher and NYRP feel free to read on while you listen New York Restoration Project NYRP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks community gardens and open spaces in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the city s five boroughs Since its founding in 1995 by Bette Midler NYRP has achieved dramatic results by investing in the greening and beautification of under served communities throughout New York City NYRP staff and a corps of volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees shrubs and flowers to support the restoration of the City s parks and community gardens removed more than 1 929 tons of garbage and debris from project sites saved 114 community gardens from commercial development transformed an illegal dumping ground into the five acre Swindler Cove Park and Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse and launched the largest urban reforestation campaign in America while continuing to serve thousands of families and at risk youth through environmental education programs and events NYRP in partnership with New York City s Department of Parks and Recreation spearheads one of New York City s most ambitious environmental programs MillionTreesNYC an initiative that came as the result of New York City Mayor Michael R Bloomberg s and Bette Midler s dream of planting and caring for on million new trees over the course of a decade Since its launch in October 2007 the initiative has planted and is caring for over 240 000 trees citywide 20 percent ahead of schedule Background Drew Becher has been Executive Director of New York Restoration Project NYRP since July 2006 His background includes broad experience in city government public private partnerships and community grassroots outreach Firmly committed to improving New York City s parks community gardens and open spaces he has launched a variety of innovative programs designed to improve the quality of urban life and to attract economic growth in New York City s five boroughs One of the most ambitious is the MillionTreesNYC initiative a citywide movement to plant and care for one million trees by 2017 which Becher undertook with help from Mayor Michael R Bloomberg and NYRP Founder Bette Midler It is the most extensive plan to strengthen an urban environment ever adopted by an American city One hallmark of all such NYRP projects is an emphasis on quality design To meet that high bar Becher typically enlists the help of some of the country s best landscape architects and designers in NYRP projects One example was the reimagining of NYRP s 57 community gardens which have been featured in numerous major publications including Architectural Digest The New York Times and Metropolitan Home About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is

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  • Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness - A Podcast, Philadelphia Green - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    It will also highlight Philadelphia Green s civic engagement and capacity building strategies underscoring the important role community residents and civic organizations play in restoring neighborhood parks and creating community gardens Background J Blaine Bonham Jr executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society PHS founded its urban greening program Philadelphia Green in 1974 Under Bonham s direction Philadelphia Green moved from a small grassroots initiative to the forefront of urban greening and now serves as a model for cities throughout the country In addition Bonham oversees PHS s education publications membership and development departments with a total budget of more than 12 million In 2003 Bonham helped Philadelphia Green create the Green City Strategy a land management program that enabled the City of Philadelphia to convert eight million square feet of once derelict land to attractive and productive green space Among his other accomplishments Bonham was also a founding member of the Neighborhood Gardens Association A Philadelphia Land Trust an organization that assists communities in making gardens a permanent part of the neighborhood fabric He currently chairs the board of the Greenspace Alliance a regional organization that advocates for the preservation of open space and natural resources as critical regional assets Bonham holds a bachelor of science degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and an associate of science degree in horticulture from Temple University He completed a Loeb Fellowship in advanced environmental studies at Harvard University in 1991 Joan Reilly PHS Senior Director oversees Philadelphia Green leading the work of building community and improving quality of life in Philadelphia s neighborhoods and downtown public spaces through horticulture Joan s specialty is an innovative approach to cross sector partnerships Her first endeavor the award winning Parks Revitalization Project engaged representatives from PHS government and the community in an effort to take back neighborhood parks from decades of neglect and abuse and transform them into treasured assets that gather and serve the larger community Reilly also developed the new City Harvest Program another unique public private partnership this time building on work PHS has done for three decades creating and supporting community gardens The new program links community gardens food cupboards and inmates at the Philadelphia Prison to give low income families access to fresh fruits and vegetables Reilly holds a masters degree in education and has more than thirty years experience in community organizing organizational development and training Maitreyi Roy a landscape architect serves as Vice President for Programs at PHS and among other duties oversees its Philadelphia Green program In 2007 she was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow to travel to urban centers in Spain Germany Belgium France and Ireland to study best practices in urban open space policies planning standards and landscape design As part of her fellowship she examined sustainable development strategies and successful open space revitalization models in older cities such as Madrid Barcelona Bilbao Berlin Lyon Munich and Frankfurt The focus of her fellowship was on understanding redevelopment and transformation strategies understanding policies

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  • Green Tonic Urban Gardening Symposium Inspires Richmond - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    and community interaction and enhance opportunities to eat healthy nutritious foods Each of these benefits is something we can and should strive for I love this Because the press release goes on to explain how The People s Garden at USDA headquarters has grown 170 lbs of food for the DC Central Kitchen This is a project incredibly similar to Lewis Ginter s Community Kitchen Garden except at having donated 4 516 lbs to FeedMore we are slightly ahead The press release goes on to say that the USDA recently incorporated sustainable landscaping on the entire grounds And the good news keeps coming Yesterday I got this really neat suggestion via Twitter for Lewis Ginter to take a hint from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and hold a Greenest Block in Richmond contest I read a great post on John Sarvay s Buttermilk Molasses about Reburbia ideas to reclaim the suburbs with modern farms More than 400 ideas are now online to view and vote on I saw that the James River Green Building Council is hosting an Eco Building Tour of Ace Recycling Center on track to receive LEED Gold certification Thursday August 20 2009 from 5 30 6 30 p m Henrico county board of supervisors amazingly v oted to keep Varina rural in the 2026 Comprehensive Plan Tricycle Gardens Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s mentee and the amazing Lisa Taranto who incidentally was a speaker at Green Tonic was chosen as the recipient charity of the 2009 Twestival Sept 11th 2009 tickets are now on sale And last but not least my friend John Sarvay told me today that his company Floricane along with Ansel Olsen and Peter Fraser hope to promote a local version of Park ing Day Park ing day is brilliant idea where one takes a regular metered parking spot in the city and pays the meter for the day then the fun begins each participant creates a park of their liking in the spot for all to enjoy Sarvay dreams big and in this case he s thinking Richmond can host up to 200 parks at metered spots across the city Sarvay s known for his rock solid facilitating skills and for helping people figure out what they want and getting them there he will do no less in this case and I m sure the resulting Park ing will be incredibly inspiring We may never know if any of these events had anything to do with our urban gardening symposium at Lewis Ginter but one thing is for sure alot of us came away from Green Tonic inspired In the next few weeks we ll have podcasts of the speakers from the symposium so if you missed Green Tonic you can still be inspired too Just as an example until last week I had never heard of Biophilic Urban Design planning for nature friendly communities But now I m a convert Timothy Beatley Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at UVA told us about

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  • Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    for Programs Drew Becher Director New York Restoration Project New York Timothy Beatley Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities University of Virginia Charlottesville Leni Sorensen African American Research Historian Monticello Charlottesville Rachel Flynn Director Department of Community Development Richmond Workshops Basics of Sustainable Gardening Urban Greening for a Robust Economy Creating Greener More Resilient Communities Sustainable Land Use and Water Quality Management Food Security Access Nutrition and Health Look at these amazing things that have been happening in the urban gardening movement right her in Richmond in Virginia and across the nation It is so exciting that Richmond is on the cutting edge of this movement You won t want to miss Green Tonic Urban Gardening for Health Wholeness In Richmond this Saturday July 11th at 4 pm and 11 pm Movieland is showing a new movie FOOD Inc about your food s journey from the land to the table After the event WholeFoods is sponsoring a panel discussion and food tastings In Staunton the Stonewall Jackson Hotel is using a rooftop garden to grow produce for their hotel s restaurant in order to expand their menu offerings go green and offer the freshest produce available The cost about 200 but the expect to harvest 400 tomatoes and 20lbs of peppers So that is VERY cheap It s all about the quality and again this is why we re doing this to deliver the best quality we can to our guests said the hotel s executive chef David Hamilton The initiative is designed to be a low cost high quality alternative to trucking in produce from out of town Hamilton says he plans to have much of what he s growing go from the garden to the dinner table quickly Super fresh it won t get any fresher as a matter of fact in some instances it will be just minutes before between the time the product is picked and actually served The rooftop garden uses water from the hotel s air conditioning unit to care for the vegetables And on the National Mall in Washington D C the USDA just announced Healthy Garden workshops at the People s Garden Check this out In many ways USDA s People s Garden is the nation s demonstration plot showing how small steps can mean important gains in mitigating global warming and producing a safe sustainable and nutritious food supply said Vilsack The garden concepts we re teaching this summer can be your contribution to providing healthy food air and water for people and communities across the country Each workshop will provide an interactive demonstration of various aspects of The People s Garden teaching practical skills on how to grow a garden in any set up from window boxes to acre plots The Healthy Garden Workshop Series schedule and topics include June 26 Gardening From the Ground Up Improving Your Soil July 3 Watering Your Lawn and Garden July 10 Make Up Day 1 July 17 Container Gardening and Window Boxes July 24

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