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  • Bringing Gardens to Bloom for the Blind: VCU School of Engineering Makes it Real - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    its electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag to an RFID reader This technology would allow an individual to listen to pre programmed information about plants and flowers We are looking at creating an application for a hand held auditory based device that uses radio frequency identification with tags placed in key locations in the garden said Pawluk The successful design of this prototype has the potential to make a difference in the lives of blind and visually impaired people Making a difference also is a goal for the garden said Randee Humphrey Director of Education at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A device that could allow us to share our garden with people who are blind and visually impaired is aligned with the garden s education mission and our passion for connecting people and plants to improve our community said Humphrey This is one of several partnerships between the garden and VCU and we re grateful to the university for sharing its expertise Currently garden staff is working on recordings for the auditory tour portion as well as determining which elements of the garden are the best suited for this project Within the next few weeks Walinski will design an application using Java programming language with Android an operating system designed for smartphones for the navigational component of the auditory tour The application will also allow Lewis Botanical Garden staff to create updates as garden scenery changes Walinski is currently testing RFID tag placement and the effects of tag orientation in key garden locations The goal is to have tags that can be read within a three to five foot range I m excited to use the concepts I ve learned in my engineering curriculum to develop a technology that has the potential to positively impact many members of

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  • The Greening of Urban Places & Spaces - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    sanctuaries for city dwellers who need a connection to nature she said She encourages similar renewal in other cities citing that reinvented and renewed greenscapes bring together people of different socio economic backgrounds making residents feel better about themselves and the community where they live The unspoken message is We did this for you and you re worth it she said Whatever background whatever language they speak people love beautiful places Public morale soars and more tangible benefits tend to follow such as reduced crime new business more tourism and increased real estate values The Process of Urban Greening Step one is advocacy convincing community leaders business owners residents and potential funders to recognize the need and support plans for strategic renewal of public parks streetscapes and urban settings Selection of the urban garden designer is key for inner city greening requires more than a knowledgeable horticulturalist The consultant must cope with the realities of urban stresses compacted soil from pedestrian traffic maintenance costs and challenges all while embracing the vision for ultimate impact It s all about people and plants and putting them together to soften and humanize cities Miller said In the design stage Miller recommends starting with strategic placement of benches seat walls or other places to sit The seating is an important element to the success of the public space because it infers that people are welcome Moveable chairs especially attract visitors People can move them and make it their space she said That s how they get more pleasure As for the plants Miller relies on low maintenance varieties such as ornamental grasses perennials and hardy shrubs like the oakleaf hydrangea Mixed plantings provide interest through their variety of form foliage texture and contrast Equally important is four season interest since the changing of seasons

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  • Bending Sticks & Mother Nature's Child Featured at RVA Environmental Film Festival - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    uses teams of volunteers to help build his work and I am honored that I got to be one of his many volunteer helpers during this time He is one of the most passionate artists I know and offers some great insights about nature art and life in this movie Penelope Maunsell co director of Bending Sticks will join us at the RVA Environmental Film Festival to introduce the film and offer commentary following its showing at 12 45 p m February 9 at the Byrd Theatre You can also follow Bending Sticks on Facebook Bending Sticks The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty Film Trailer from The Groove Productions on Vimeo Penelope Maunsell Patrick Dougherty with Ben Root at Ain t Misbehavin in Rock Hill SC Photo by Frank Konhaus Next up Mother Nature s Child explores nature s role in children s health and development The film interviews a generation that can remember free outdoor play in their childhood something that may not be true for our current generation of children The movie explores nature deficit disorder and its effects on our children Mother Nature s Child asks the questions Why do children need unstructured time outside What is the place of risk taking in healthy child development How is play a form of learning Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside How can city kids connect with nature These are topics that of great interest to the Garden that we will also be exploring in an upcoming teacher workshop Natural Connections Placed Based Strategies for Teaching and Learning March 15 16 in collaboration with St Joseph s Villa and the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Region 1 This two day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for Richmond area science educators school administrators and members of the

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  • Cole Crop Capstone - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    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 cauliflower September 1 marked the first day of planting the cole crops Brassicas two weeks earlier than last year and planting took three weeks That s because the 2012 count of plants is overall much larger than last year 2011 counts shown in parentheses Cabbage 255 45 Cauliflower 306 125 Broccoli 280 250 That s because we hope to double the year over year fall yield from 1 000 to 2 000 pounds all to assist FeedMore s feeding programs 2012 Community Kitchen Garden year to date production is 9 543 lbs If you d like to help HandsOn Greater Richmond has a volunteer sign up for Saturday morning work sessions A productive crew can you tell they had fun 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 Love Hard Work Inspiration The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability Helping Hands of Youth Butterfly Kisses 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

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  • The “Wow” Factor - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Contact Us Aug 12th 2012 The Wow Factor by Jonah Holland Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is all about the photograph Well not really the photograph but the subjects The photographer forgot to remove the fingerprint smeared protective lens filter but the strong spirit of the subjects shines through the haze What a great group of people brought together in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden on Saturday August 4 As you can see there s a mix of soil perspiration but this group is still smiling after three hours of volunteer garden labor in 90 degree Richmond summer heat That s the WOW factor It s not the more than 500 pounds of zucchini bell peppers cucumbers and tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes harvested to benefit FeedMore s Community Kitchen It s the smiles 21 volunteers harvested more than 500 pounds of fresh produce for FeedMore s Community Kitchen 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 Love Hard Work Inspiration The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability Helping Hands of Youth Butterfly Kisses 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

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - A Trip Down Memory Lane - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    sons and she agreed On that first rainy fishing trip Ernest built a fire and put a tarp up as a make shift shelter Then he and Frank fished They continued to fish there often and Frank vividly remembers his fishing trips from the time he was 5 Ernest took Frank and his younger brother Bobby fishing as often as he could In addition to working full time Ernest was the one of the first volunteers of the Lakeside Fire Department But as soon as Frank and Bobby were old enough they rode their bikes to go fishing They d fish off the bridge that was built over the dam and they d play on the rocks below Like most boys they got into some mischief sometimes too They d sneak over onto the grounds of the golf course behind Lewis Ginter now the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club and shoot squirrels early in the morning And they d have squirrels and gravy for dinner that night As my sister and I walked the grounds of Lewis Ginter with my dad last week we saw the lake where he used to fish my dad recalling his favorite stories On the walk back we stopped and rested in the cool library in the Garden s Education Library Complex What was your favorite thing about today Dad I asked Just remembering where I used to fish with my dad and my brother he started Then he smiled and said And spending the day with two of my children My sister Erin and I agreed that we too would enjoy coming back to Lewis Ginter with our children and remembering our visit with our dad You see every visit to Lewis Ginter is a trip down Memory Lane Even if your dad never fished here you are making memories with every visit with your kids And one day they may come back with their own children and tell them of all the adventures they had with their parents at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Kelly Eastman Combs is a life long Richmond area resident writer and speaker Her dad Frank Eastman is also a life long resident who may be remembered for his All American football days as quarterback at Hermitage High School as well as his years of football at Virginia Tech 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 2015 A Stellar Year Bananas Growing in RVA Love Hard Work Inspiration A Lover of Roses http www chesapeakestyle com Janet Abbott Fast We went to Hermitage now George Moody Middle School together He s a great guy However he s not yet 76 Very nice article Patsy atack lough I loved that Frank is such a sweet guy I know boys don t like to

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Partners with Greater Richmond ARC - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    volunteer out in the community and gain important life skills while being surrounded by the beauty of the Botanical Garden he said The ARC volunteer program dovetails with the goals of the staff at Lewis Ginter The Garden s passion is bringing people and plants together to improve the community says Beth Monroe director of public relations and marketing at Lewis Ginter Patty Haymans a Client Counselor for ARC says the ARC clients are excited about the opportunity to weed and garden and she says they enjoy working outdoors I had one young lady who comes here and last week she asks me Can I come with you to the Garden I told her You know we are just pulling weeds She s in a wheel chair But she said to me I don t mind I can crawl out of my wheelchair and crawl around on the ground And that s what she did I just thought that was just terrific It s no secret that many people are attracted to gardening because it makes them feel good Haymans says that for many ARC clients this is a favorite spot to help out The Garden is grateful to have them The area that the team has been working on is an area of the Garden that s needed some TLC but hadn t gotten the attention the Garden would have liked to have given it Several of the horticulturists mentioned to me that the team from ARC is doing a great job ARC volunteers Mary Snellings Edna Teagle ARC Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden working together benefits both The Greater Richmond ARC provides a variety of innovative services and programs designed to meet the needs of clients and their families Greater Richmond ARC assists people with intellectual and other developmental

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  • Altria Day of Sharing in the Community Kitchen Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator On Friday May 4 21 members of Altria s PMUSA Brand Management team came to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden to participate in a Day of Sharing Led by Michael P Goldman the group split into three teams addressing the needs of specific sections of the garden The team tackled substantial tasks to help continue the garden s development most notably the construction of four large raised planting beds in the wheelchair accessible section of the garden In addition to improving the Community Kitchen Garden the team wrapped up their Day of Sharing by completing several tasks in the Children s Garden Many thanks to this group for their hard work and tremendous results The Altria team literally leaps into action constructing raised bedsfor the wheelchair accessible portion of the garden One group of Altria volunteers mulched pathways hilled beds and seeded summer squash A great Altria team exhausted but still smiling surrounded by the tangible results of their efforts 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 Love Hard Work Inspiration The Top 10 Ways We Practice Sustainability Helping Hands of Youth Butterfly Kisses 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

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