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  • How 3 Men & Their GardenWars are Changing Richmond - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    week in a duel to see which of them can earn the most votes vote by comment for their photos and clever ish commentary on their own backyard agricultural efforts We are talking blooms beer battered squash blossoms graphic photos of cucumbers and piles of green beans topped with a rubber ducky We are talking green kale shakes toddlers who can t control their vegetable eating impulses and puppy dog eyes John Sarvay s harvest I asked Ryan Smartt how GardenWars came to be Scott John and I were talking smack on Twitter one day about what we re growing have grown this year RVANews came up with the idea of making the smack talk public mix in some pictures and create a little competition out of it There s an inexplicable satisfaction in planting a seed in the ground watching it grow taking care of it and then eventually eating the fruits of my labor Scott Pharr explains The most rewarding part for me has been watching others take part in this fun little competition even feel inspired to plant their own gardens and of course just watching both Smartt and Sarvay as they continue to BRING IT every week John Sarvay offers some insight It s one area of my life where I don t actually have a clue what I m doing that and parenting and it doesn t seem to matter Every time something dies I just put something else back in the ground I m terrible at it and get really excited when something actually works and I end up with eight pounds of green beans a week John Sarvay s daughter Thea with copious amounts of green beans For me the GardenWars seems like a trend of something bigger A trend where smart witty men move the one up manship from the basketball court to the backyard and from the poker table to the kitchen table Or as Scott Pharr says don t all manly men love gardening I feel that if down the road we could make Garden Wars into something bigger and better an annual event that has a truly positive impact on the community well THAT would be something Smartt says And well what if playing in the dirt does make you smarter Maybe this is a bandwagon we should all jump on For those of you who don t have time to commit to a garden of your own you can always Drop in and Dig with the kids at Lewis Ginter Botancial Garden Wednesday mornings June 23 September 8 9 11 a m or during Families After 5 on July 20 and August 17 6 8 p m It just might make you smarter and happier Or you can volunteer at our Community Kitchen Garden on Monday or Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon All produce from the Community Kitchen Garden is donated to Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia the Central Virginia Food Bank The Community Kitchen

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/how-3-men-their-gardenwars-are-changing-richmond/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Richmond Places Greater Importance on Trees & Parks - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the Timeless Design in a Sustainable World The Charles F Gillette Forum our fourth and final 25th anniversary symposia here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The focus will be on making beautiful spaces that are sustainable beautiful and responsible But tomorrow night as the finale of the Gillette Forum the theme will once again turn to urban green spaces when Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts the FREE Richmond Premier of The Nature of Cities Thursday October 29th at 4 30 p m We ll open our doors to the public for the last part of the Gillette Forum to share this wonderful documentary with you Plus join special guest UVA School of Architecture Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities Tim Beatley as he leads a question answer session after the film Hope you can join us Here are some more details about the movie The Nature of Cities is a one hour documentary about people in cities across the world who believe that even as we become more urbanized we must reclaim an essential piece of our humanness our connection to the nature around us Amazing projects in cities around the globe have already begun this task The Nature of Cities is about raising consciousness and understanding of this movement and exploring the need of moving not only towards sustainability but also to a regenerative way of living The Nature of Cities explores both the nature in are own backyards Austin and San Diego and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future Malmo Copenhagen Stockholm Freiburg Amsterdam and Paris The film features Sustainable Communities professor Timothy Beatley as he tours these places with City Planners Landscape Architects Ecologists and Residents Commentary by Richard Louv Last Child in the Woods and Dr Stephen Kellert Biophilic Design provide the background for

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  • Free Trees! Yes Free! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    River and can help lower your heating and cooling bill too The free trees are available to all Henrico County residents The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District HSWCD will hold its annual spring tree seedling giveaway for Henrico County residents on Friday March 20 at the Hermitage High School parking lot 8301 Hungary Spring Road Trees will be given away free of charge beginning at 8 30 a m until supplies run out HSWCD will offer 13 species of bare root seedlings including red bud white and red osier dogwood bald cypress red maple and white oak Information about individual species and guidelines for planting seedlings are available on the conservation district s Web site at www co henrico va us swcd The seedling giveaway is part of HSWCD s ongoing efforts to protect the James River watershed by reducing runoff and sediment flows into local streams 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 http www gardeningforeveryman com Everyman I was fascinated to read about a community that actually supplies free trees to gardeners in an attempt to help the environment I have a garden in Cheshire UK that has about 50 mature trees around it so you might think I had enough trees to be going on with However I have three boys so for the millennium which seems an age ago now we planted 5 young trees one for each member of the family These include an evergreen oak a contorted

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  • The White House - The Ultimate Urban Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    share the common cause of feeding our local communities with the freshest cleanest most healthy food we can coax from the soil Taking personal responsibility to a new level by addressing the core issues of the Obama administration s focus this farm could be the example for the nation It would clearly address economic insecurity fuel conservation climate change and healthcare issues in a very tangible way Collectively this effort could be the center of the cultural shift needed to highlight the imperative that we need to eat locally and think globally Together we are working toward a new future of agriculture in our country We believe that future is grounded in small scale organic food production that meets the nutritional needs of people within reach of the farm and is not shipped from coast to coast at great cost of fuel freshness and nutritional value With the support of more and more eaters in our communities that future is coming nearer A White House farm and a White House farmer will be powerful symbols for this future of agriculture not to mention a delicious resource for the DC community No matter who becomes the first White House farmer we stand in support of the White House farm project and would be honored to bring our spades and worm castings and hula hoes to join in the effort Claire Strader Troy Gardens Carrie Little Mother Earth Farm Margaret Lloyd s Statement Change is here in our backyards in our communities and in the White House By raising food at the White House President Obama s promise of change can include the most fundamental thing to Americans the food they eat For the First Family the White House Farm would provide an opportunity to directly engage in agriculture a place for inspiration and reflection and the highest quality best tasting food we the people can grow To Americans the White House Farm would show the President s sincerity in his effort to address the hard issues within our food system his support for local organic food and his openness to innovation The White House Farm would also acknowledge the tireless work of more than a billion farmers worldwide renewing America s commitment to improve their conditions and alleviate hunger My farming experience inspired me to develop a system for growing food where people live which led to my business training people to become farmers at home work and school Now I m especially inspired by the surge of support for the White House Farm which has come from every corner more than 55 000 voices I m also glad to learn of assistant Chef Kass taste for local produce The nominees are impressive and dedicated individuals and I m happy to see so many farmers on the same page Thank you to all the people who participated in this wonderful grassroots movement President Obama s own election has reminded us of the potency of commitment and community It is this commitment

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  • Henrico Sponsors New Community Garden in Lakeside - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Gardens Growing Families Qualifying participants can maintain a plot in the Fairfield District community garden for a nominal fee attend free classes and have access to expert advice from the Extension Office and Henrico Master Gardeners Gardens Growing Families allows participants to choose a full size garden plot 15 feet by 20 feet for a 10 annual fee or a half size plot 15 feet by 10 feet for 5 annually Currently space is available for approximately 20 family gardens Tools and water will be provided at the site located at the intersection of Vale Street and Michael Avenue near Lakeside Avenue Participants also can attend a variety of free classes and workshops on gardening food preparation nutrition and other topics Residents must apply and meet income requirements to participate in Gardens Growing Families The program is open to any Henrico family however Fairfield District residents will receive priority consideration for plots in the Fairfield community garden The Extension Office ultimately hopes to expand the program to each magisterial district Gardens Growing Families represents the efforts of several county agencies including Extension Recreation and Parks Social Services and Health To obtain an application or additional information contact the Henrico Extension Office at 501 5160 or log on to www co henrico va us extension 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 http thomasuk blog com Jewellery blog Great web site A lot of helpful info here I am sending it to some friends ans

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Featured in the News - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    News by Jonah Holland Check out this great article from the Richmond Times Dispatch about how Lewis Ginter is helping Virginia s First Lady Anne Holton bring dried botanical decorations to an elaborate tree in the Governor s Mansion Virginia first lady Anne Holton wanted this year s official tree to replicate one Smith did last year for the Ginter library as part of the GardenFest of Lights celebration The tree was covered with botanical ornaments Smith made out of materials gleaned from Ginter gardens and dried by the staff I saw their all natural tree at the botanical garden last year and was wowed by its beauty and creativity Holton said The natural materials were extraordinary and highlighted so well If you d like to see the tree yourself the mansion will be open for holiday tours Dec 6 from 1 4 p m Public tours also will be offered Dec 9 10 11 16 17 and 18 from 10 a m to noon and 2 to 4 p m 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

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  • Making a difference
    Richmond Public Schools Bellevue Elementary School 5th graders back at the Garden this week continuing their outdoor science learning We wrote about their first visit to the Garden a few weeks ago The visit had three components service Read More Oct 27th 2014 The Significant Contributions of Bees Editor s Note Children s Garden Educator Kristi Orcutt launched the first Lunch Learn program for Garden volunteers in September it got great reviews and the volunteers said it was fascinating Kristi s topic The Significant Contributions of Bees is very relevant today so we thought we d share Kristi s recap with you by Kristi Orcutt Children s Garden Educator Read More Oct 5th 2014 Enter our TREEStory Instagram Contest by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the things I love most about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are the memories that I connect with certain plants and people Walking around the Garden and seeing those particular plants makes me think of people I love Always and forever I will associate Read More Oct 4th 2014 Creating a More Beautiful RVA by Randee Humphrey Director of Education Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week several dozen community influencers rallied at the Garden for a roll up your sleeves workshop that focused on developing components for a Community Greening ToolKit The ToolKit is an outcome of conversations over the past year about how to create an enabling environment in Read More Sep 25th 2014 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Where Culinary Arts Gardening Intersect By Nicki Youth Programs Developer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Michelle Zhu is a long time participant in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program a volunteer opportunity for youth ages 13 18 Participants in this program work a variety of areas including the Community Kitchen Garden which harvests food for FeedMore s Community Kitchen Michelle participates every summer and comes every Read More Aug 1st 2014 The Porch Bunch Meeting New Old Friends at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Jane Kemper emailed me last week with a request I had never had She wanted to SKYPE with a friend from France while here in the Garden Café Cool idea While we couldn t make the logistics of that Skype conversation work I did get to Read More Jul 3rd 2014 CarMax Giving Back in the Community by Jonah Holland PR and Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden During June Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was the fortunate recipient of 258 hours of volunteer service donated by 86 Richmond area CarMax Associates They tackled nine Volunteer Team Builders projects here making the Garden eligible for an additional 9 000 donation The CarMax Foundation had a record breaking volunteer blitz in Read More May 2nd 2014 The Sweet Sounds of Creating Playing with Music by Jonah Holland PR and Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When University of Richmond ethnomusicology professor Andy McGraw approached the Garden last fall to see

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  • All events for Evenings at the Garden During UCI Road World Cycling Championships 2015 | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    5 7 p m for self guided tours Scroll down for details more info bands and menus Supporting Sponsor Genworth Financial Find out more Evenings at the Garden During UCI Road World Cycling Championships 2015 Tuesday September 22 2015 5 00 pm 8 00 pm Regular Garden admission In honor of UCI Championship Race week the Garden will stay open until 8 p m with live music food beer and wine September 21 25 Historic Bloemendaal House will be open nightly 5 7 p m for self guided tours Scroll down for details more info bands and menus Supporting Sponsor Genworth Financial Find out more Evenings at the Garden During UCI Road World Cycling Championships 2015 Wednesday September 23 2015 5 00 pm 8 00 pm Regular Garden admission In honor of UCI Championship Race week the Garden will stay open until 8 p m with live music food beer and wine September 21 25 Historic Bloemendaal House will be open nightly 5 7 p m for self guided tours Scroll down for details more info bands and menus Supporting Sponsor Genworth Financial Find out more Evenings at the Garden During UCI Road World Cycling Championships 2015 Thursday September 24 2015 5 00 pm 8 00 pm Regular Garden admission In honor of UCI Championship Race week the Garden will stay open until 8 p m with live music food beer and wine September 21 25 Historic Bloemendaal House will be open nightly 5 7 p m for self guided tours Scroll down for details more info bands and menus Supporting Sponsor Genworth Financial Find out more Previous Events Events List Navigation See Our Long Range Calendar The at a glance Garden calendar includes highlights from the year including Plant Sales Flowers After 5 in summer Dominion GardenFest of Lights

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