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  • Through the Eyes of a Child - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the little people in my life taught me a lesson children experience the wonder of the world with all five of their senses As the Lewis Ginter lights cast their spell over us we watched glimmering wolves run wild along Sydnor Lake We felt the warm glow of the bonfire and tasted crunchy creamy s mores with hot cocoa We heard trains rumbling around the track a silent thunderstorm and peals of laughter everywhere And yes we believe that bottle flowers really do smell sweet Young kids enjoying hot cocoa at Dominion GardenFest of Lights About Susan Higgins Susan Higgins is a volunteer who writes about what she learns and loves in the Garden You May Also Like De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Student Teacher Art Show GardenFest Instagram Winners 5 Tips Visiting Busy GardenFest Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Dominion GardenFest of Lights MAKE HOLIDAY PLANS 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

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  • 2015: A Stellar Year! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the Garden to new heights President and CEO Frank Robinson right retired passing the torch to Executive Director Shane Tippett Executive Director Shane Tippett left and retired President and CEO Frank Robinson right April Spring finally returned and so did the butterflies The Garden collaborated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in celebration of the Van Gogh Manet and Matisse The Art of the Flower exhibit The Garden installed picture frames so guests could view the gardens as art Framed view of the Conservatory The ever popular Butterflies LIVE exhibit opened in mid April as it will in 2016 Butterfly Curator Hilaire Ashworth teaches visitors about butterflies May The Garden hummed with activity National Public Gardens Day Mother s Day Spring Plant Sale school group visits classes weddings and rentals and more Schoolchildren use cotton swabs to learn about pollination June Amina Abdulkadir a participant in the Garden s Green Adventures Summer Camp represented the Garden at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama s Let s Move initiative Fourth grader Amina Abdulkadir having lunch with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House July More than 7 000 people came for CarMax Free Fourth of July at the Garden making it one of the Garden s most visited days ever Mark your calendars for 2016 Education Director Randee Humphrey takes a photo of a visiting family on CarMax Free Fourth of July August The Community Kitchen Garden kept growing with help from staff and volunteers The fresh produce goes to FeedMore to help feed the hungry in Central Virginia At year end more than 7 000 pounds had been donated Volunteers helping out in the Community Kitchen Garden September After three years of planning Richmond2015 was upon us The UCI Road World Championships came to Richmond and to the Garden The Garden was the starting venue for the team time trials This was fitting given the Garden s early history as a bicycle club in the late 1800s Visitors from around the world came to visit Past Meets Present a cycling team member appears fascinated with volunteer Sherry Giese s vintage bicycle and costume Colorful international guests during the UCI Road World Championships October The Garden didn t stop to take a breather after the UCI bicycle races it was full speed ahead into more events throughout the fall Performers with the Latin Ballet of Virginia invite guests many of them children to dance in the Cochrane Rose Garden November What makes gardens so special Perhaps the ephemeral nature of fleeting blooms and falling leaves Guests enjoyed discovering our region s brand RVA for Richmond Virginia spelled out in Ginkgo leaves RVA spelled out in Ginkgo leaves in the Grace Arents Garden December Dominion GardenFest of Lights wowed record crowds with its H2Whoa theme helped along by unusually balmy temperatures Haven t had a chance to visit yet The show runs till January 11 Dominion GardenFest of Lights photo by Tom Saunders There s so

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/2015-the-year-in-review/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Trees Blooming in December? - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    In the United Kingdom The Guardian UK reported daffodils were in full bloom at Christmas in Olympic Park London Typically in Britain daffodils bloom closer to Easter than Christmas as they do here Narcissus Grand Primo blooming now in the Central Garden Daffodils only bloom once so this is it for these guys Luckily only a few of our thousands of bulbs have popped open Grace Chapman Elton Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s Director of Horticulture says to take it all in stride The unseasonably warm weather is causing some of the plants in our collections to bloom early but nothing that has us worried Most notably some of the plants in the Rosaceae family such as cherries plums and apples are starting to show swelling buds and some full blossoms Some of our early bulbs like crocus and daffodils are starting to push foliage out of the ground and some of deciduous trees are still hanging on to their fall leaves Although this might mean a reduced bloom for some of the Rosaceae plants this coming spring we feel that we will still have a good spring display with plenty of nectar and pollen to feed our pollinators Whew So the next question is what happens when it gets cold again Well that s supposed to happen later this week so we are about to find out Elton says For bulbs if only foliage has emerged it might get a little frosted but it won t kill the plant and it shouldn t affect the bloom If a bulb like a tulip or daffodil is in full bloom now it will not rebloom in the spring time But unlike in the UK most of our bulbs are still in the ground Just a few have popped open and so our peak spring blooms should remain unaffected The truth is no one knows exactly what will happen in spring We ve never had weather quite like this before But since we ve got a bit of experience we thought we d share with you our predictions of what this will mean for each of these blooms Here are our predictions Japanese flowering apricot Prunus mume Josephine blooming along the Cherry Tree Walk When the cold hits the blooms will fade and it won t bloom again until next year Did you know crabapple trees Malus sp were so pretty Like it s relative the Japanese flowering apricot this flowering will be the only bloom for this specimen until next year Rhododendron P J M blooms will likely die back with the frost but some branches whose buds haven t opened may bloom as normal in spring Camellias often bloom mid winter When the cold weather arrives individual blooms fade but the plant is ready to bloom again on the next string of warm days Daphne odora or winter daphne is blooming early Typically it blooms in late winter These blooms have barely opened so they will be afforded some protection

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  • Blooms in Review - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    From left to right top to bottom winterberry crocus Virginia bluebells spring tulip display a single rose in the rain day lilies cardoon sunflower and oakleaf hydrangea A year end bouquet to you Thank you for keeping Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden blooming and touching the lives of thousands of people this year Also if you d like to look back at more of our blooms from the year don t miss our new webpage What s in Bloom displaying some of our favorite blooms by month 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 Also Like Winter Interest Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Trees Blooming in December Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Support our Mission Give Now 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/year-of-blooms-in-review/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Happy Winter Solstice - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    day of the year a time of celebration and reflection for many With the shortest day also comes the longest night In darkness we cherish the light be it sunshine or half a million twinkling lights We hope you can feel the love and light and celebrate in knowing that after today the days will get longer Sunset and the Conservatory Photo by Garden visitor Jonathan Payne 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 Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Trees Blooming in December Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Dominion GardenFest of Lights Visit 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

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog
    Lover of Roses Richmond lost an outstanding community member and supporter this week Mrs J Harwood Louise B Cochrane was a vibrant and vital force who supported many nonprofits and made our community a better place Our hearts are with her husband of 80 years Mr J Harwood Cochrane and the entire Cochrane family upon her passing The Read More Dec 8th 2015 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden Have you made your list Checked it twice Already found out who s naughty and nice We ve made a list of holiday gift ideas for the gardener in your life Each one was hand picked by Garden Shop staff who know better than anyone how to delight an amateur horticulturist or garden lover Let the holiday shopping begin Read More Dec 7th 2015 Dominion GardenFest of Lights Tis the season Dominion GardenFest of Lights in full swing now We ve been sharing photos like crazy on Facebook and Instagram Have you been by for a visit yet We d love to hear what you think about this year s show just leave a comment My family has three light features they always look for when Read More Dec 3rd 2015 H2Whoa Fish Facts You know the theme of this year s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is H2Whoa but did you know that the Garden uses rainwater for most of its irrigation needs We love how this year s water theme allows us to talk about important environmental issues like how you can make a difference in water conservation at your Read More Nov 30th 2015 Recycle Nature s Bounty by Making Distinctive Papers Homemade paper the ancient Egyptians and Chinese made it and now you can too Using a few household items and nature s treasures dried leaves spent flowers pine tags even plant seeds and berries you can create specialty papers that are unique and usable Homemade paper is not for production but for art said Read More Nov 26th 2015 Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours Read More Nov 25th 2015 Preview Dominion GardenFest of Lights H2Whoa 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 Read More Nov 22nd 2015 Ruler of the Ginkgo In front of Bloemendaal House a botanical oddity grows on the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our Ginkgo biloba happens to be the one female besides Grace Arents that seems to get all the attention at our Garden This specimen was believed to have been planted by our founder herself The Ginkgo biloba species has Read More Nov 20th 2015 Nighttime Light Painting When my coworker horticulturist Laurie McMinn came up to me raving about a Light Painting class she took here at the Garden at first I thought she

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog
    holiday season approaches Yes it s almost that time again I was in the Garden Shop the other day Read More Oct 30th 2015 DIY Monarch Butterfly Halloween Costume Halloween is right around the corner and maybe you re scrambling for an awesome yet easy last minute costume Well put your Halloween worries aside because this Monarch butterfly costume is just what you need You will love this costume it s quick and super easy recyclable mostly and while it s a butterfly it can also be used Read More Oct 29th 2015 Behind the Scenes at Dominion GardenFest of Lights H2Whoa Are you ready for this year s Dominion GardenFest of Lights I have behind the scenes access and will give you a sneak peek to a few of the treats you will see with this year s H2Whoa theme Last week 45 volunteers and staff worked on finishing touches of decorations for this year s show Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to lend Read More Oct 24th 2015 Autumn Apple S mores Who doesn t love s mores The campfire staple traditionally consists of a toasted marshmallow paired with chocolate and sandwiched between graham crackers The very name is proof of its popularity s more is a contraction of the phrase some more because you can never get enough If you d like to try s more variations of the popular treat Read More Oct 23rd 2015 Butterfly Kisses Do you know what a butterfly kiss is Butterfly kisses are when you gently flutter your eyelids against another person s check or arm It tickles and feels a bit like butterfly wings on your skin As you can see it s not something you can explain easily to a child You just have to show them And Read More Oct 21st 2015 My Life Lesson from Butterflies Zahra Khojastehpour has been volunteering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for over 4 years This summer she spent time helping out in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit Her time here inspired her to write the following blog post I asked Khojastehpour how she ended up as a Garden volunteer She explained I am too small to be of a positive Read More Oct 19th 2015 Trees with Knees Last month I uncovered something mysterious growing around the rim of the West Island Garden Our swamp cypress trees have knees It s not that we didn t know they had knees We did We just don t know why No one does The cypress trees are keeping it a secret Swamp cypress tree Taxodium distichum knees are woody projections that Read More Oct 17th 2015 Tricks Treats Pumpkins on a stick bumpy gourds and alien looking plants you never know what you ll find in the Children s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in October Last Sunday I came as a visitor with my 11 year old daughter and her friends and we discovered a whole world of weird and wacky The

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog
    are in full bloom and the temperatures are on the way up up UP But I d like to let you in on a little secret Cool rainy fall days are some of the best days to visit the Garden Read More Sep 30th 2015 Butterflies Warming Up It can get pretty toasty in the Butterflies Live exhibit especially on those hot summer days While we humans might think it s too hot the butterflies love it and actually need it In fact butterflies can t even fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees Fahrenheit Butterflies are cold blooded ectothermic and have no Read More Sep 28th 2015 Wildflowers Heralds of Spring Fall is the time to plan and plant spring wildflowers You anticipate them all winter long but when you finally find them they don t last very long said Nancy Vehrs Prince William County resident and president of the Virginia Native Plant Society They just bloom pollinate and disappear but it s their fleeting moments of glory that Read More Sep 26th 2015 Top 5 Summer Plant Displays Fall is here and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is preparing to change out annual beds this coming week I like to take photos of the displays for my own inspiration for next summer but often forget until it s too late You may like to do the same thing but like me don t always get around Read More Sep 21st 2015 Evenings at the Garden FREE Admission for VCU Students Staff We re super excited to continue celebrating the UCI Road World Championships and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s cycling history all week long And with VCU students out of class all week we ve got a special treat for them too First the Garden will be open late til 8 p m Monday through Friday Flowers After 5 style as we enjoy the Read More Sep 17th 2015 Welcome World As the world comes to Richmond we d like to give a warm welcome to the world Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be the start venue for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships It s a natural fit for us 120 years ago this same location was the heart of cycling in Richmond the Read More Sep 14th 2015 Meet our Clearwing Butterfly The Costa Rican clearwing Greta oto is one our favorite butterflies because its wings are clear Their wings lack scales so the clear chitinous membrane between the visible veins appears see through In Costa Rica this butterfly is often referred to as mariposa espejitos meaning the butterfly with little mirrors in Spanish Read More Sep 11th 2015 Rose Flight 93 Rose Flight 93 was blooming a little bit bigger and brighter today Read More Sep 10th 2015 What s Cooking in The Community Kitchen Garden If 1 200 pounds of fresh picked summer squash appeared on your doorstep one summer day what would you cook Amory James knows He is

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