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  • Diggin' Potatoes - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    lbs of turnips zucchini red potatoes beets celery and cherry tomatoes from the Community Kitchen Garden for FeedMore 2013 year to date produce donated 1 273 lbs Also this week the Lewis Ginter Youth Volunteer Program YVP led by the Children s Garden staff started working in the Community Kitchen Garden The teens work in the Community Kitchen Garden on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and this week the YVP helped to harvest potatoes pruned herbs and weeded Stay tuned for another blog post about the wonderful youth we have who are volunteering and participating in this important educational program 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/diggin-potatoes/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Genworth Generates Progress in the Community Kitchen Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received a great push forward into the 2013 growing season Twenty two Genworth Financial associates contributed a combined total of 73 hours of gardening labor during one beautiful late spring morning The array of tasks accomplished by the Genworth team are almost too numerous to list including mulching weeding planting harvesting turnips and digging a drainage trench The tasks for the morning included mulching beds and pathways and hammering tomato stakes one of the most rigorous assignments in the CKG A large group of volunteers in a relatively small space but the Genworth team moved gracefully efficiently to accomplish a wide array of tasks Ditch digging Yep but we prefer to call it trenching Parts of the CKG hold a lot of water after drenching rainfall The Genworth team helped to lengthen a drainage trench The task of thinning turnip seedlings affords a relaxing opportunity for conversation team building A mid morning move by the Genworth team turns into a gleeful parade Nancy Mance white t shirt and members of the Genworth Sales Services team And they keep coming back for more Yesterday Nancy Mance brought 6 of her Genworth Sales Services associates out to work in the CKG even in the rain Nancy s team harvested beets celery cherry tomatoes and red potatoes and pulled weeds Thanks to Genworth for their continuing financial and volunteer support 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 Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/genworth-generates-progress-in-the-community-kitchen-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Testing Our Limits with Celery - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we delivered 236 lbs of produce of red potatoes zucchini gherkins and celery to FeedMore from the Community Kitchen Garden The celery was a trial since the Virginia Cooperative Extension does not recommend celery for central Virginia Although overall the stalks were small and a little fibrous the flavor and color were good Year to date produce donations that will help feed Virginia s hungry 544 lbs 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 Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/testing-our-limits-with-celery/ (2016-02-13)
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  • It's a Bloomin' Onion - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    sturdy and cuttings have lasted for days in a bucket of water The stalks and flowers would be a dramatic addition to floral arrangements except for the pungent and permeating aroma of onion The entire onion plant is edible including the flowers so doesn t the idea of sprinkling the small flowers on a food item sound like a cool culinary presentation element Onions require a lengthy time commitment in the vegetable garden We tried the over winter planting technique with small onion bulbs placed in the ground before the first fall frost We harvested the onions last week That s nearly 9 months Then they need to be air dried for several weeks to cure The onions aren t the only veggie bolting flowering and attempting to set seed The warm days of early June triggered the flowering of most of the cool weather crops lettuce radishes turnips and also the dill The incredibly complex clusters put on a steady show as the flowers gradually opened No bees are in this scene but the bees flocked to the onion flowers Our yellow onion bulbs didn t get very large but they re usable First these dainty flowers then comes the seed This week we delivered 26 lbs of zucchini to FeedMore Year to date produce donations 308 lbs 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 Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/its-a-bloomin-onion/ (2016-02-13)
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  • My Favorite Bloom: Sacred Lotus - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    like I say each bloom here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is my favorite And it is true for each season each month each moment I do have a favorite flower The sacred lotus is one that I look forward to each year And each year it comes like clockwork sometime between the end of May and the end of June The variety that we have in Lake Sydnor Lotus nelumbo Mrs Perry D Slocum is one of the first plants I got to intimately know when I started working here nearly 5 years ago If you ve been reading this blog for a while than you may even remember the popular lotus time lapse video we did back in 2009 The thought was lotus don t bloom like this everywhere but maybe we can share with the world our small corner of the of beauty Plus lotus don t last very long so it s a chance to revisit them again and again Or you could just keep visiting the Garden each day this is one bloom you won t want to miss It alone is worth the visit 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 California Dreaming Spring like Day Blooms Volcanoes vs Doughnuts 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/sacred-lotus-are-blooming/ (2016-02-13)
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  • A Rainbow of Chard - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    19th 2013 A Rainbow of Chard by Jonah Holland Text photos by Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today staff and volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden harvested 32 lbs of rainbow chard and 10 lbs of beets and delivered it to FeedMore s kitchen That makes 40 lbs of Swiss chard this week Year to date produce donations 282 lbs 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 Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/a-rainbow-of-chard/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Heavenly Hydrangeas: Highlights of the Summer Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    types that do well in our region The classic Nikko Blue hydrangea has a striking mophead bloom whose color can be manipulated by altering the soil pH Japanese shrub macrophylla and serrata This form hails from Asia and tops the list as perhaps the most common well known hydrangea Through manipulation of soil pH the flowerheads can range in color from blushing pinks and soft violets to brilliant blues The latter typically requires a soil pH of 5 5 or lower which is more easily obtained and controlled in containers than in the landscape Blooms typically develop on old wood from the previous season and the leaf edges are serrated versus smooth Mophead hortensia varieties like Nikko Blue and Endless Summer resemble large rounded pom poms while the lacecaps such as Blue Wave bear flat flowerheads The Japanese shrub hydrangea has cultural requirements similar to that preferred by azalea and rhododendron including a basic intolerance for drought Chinese upright paniculata or PeeGee Indigenous to China this upright typically boasts large loose snowballs of white or cream clustered blossoms sometimes so large and heavy that they weigh down the branches Unlike its Japanese sister the paniculata hydrangea blooms on new wood This species typically tolerates hot sunny exposures with a growth habit and cultural requirements similar to large crape myrtles Examples include the Grandiflora and Limelight The Snowflake hydrangea boasts double or multiple florets typically over a long blooming period North American shrub quercifolia Ode to the oakleaf hydrangea popular and practical in our region due to its four season interest and relative tolerance of drought and shade combinations Native to Alabama and southeastern states of the U S the foliage s burst of fall color is a bonus as is its tendency to mature into a large specimen when space allows Flowers bloom on old wood so minimal pruning is recommended Its common name reflects leaves that resemble those of the oak tree and its varietal names like Snowflake reference its blooms North American smooth arborescens The arborescens is native to the southeastern and mid western U S This hydrangea can be cut back to the ground after blooming season since it flowers on new wood from the current year s growth Incrediball is a sturdier improved Annabelle with larger blooms and the Invincibelle Spirit is the first pink arborescens available to the public Lush flowerheads of the Glowing Embers hydrangea lean toward deep pinks and reds Richard Waiton a volunteer who is passionate about hydrangeas will lead three hydrangea walk and talks at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden later this month June 20 22 and 29 These tours are open to the public and are free with garden admission but pre registration is required since space is limited Content provided in part by Richard Waiton Editor s Note This article first published in the Richmond Times Dispatch in June 2013 About Lynn Kirk Lynn Kirk a freelance writer and marketing consultant has collaborated with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden since 2002

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/heavenly-hydrangeas-highlights-of-the-summer-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The Color of Goodness - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Calendar About Mission Goals Leadership History News Employment Contact Us Jun 10th 2013 The Color of Goodness by Jonah Holland Text photos by Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Beet bonanza These beets were grown from seed obtained from the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Variety Early Blood Turnip Root Betas vulgaris family Amaranthaceae There s just something extra special about the color palette with fresh vegetables fresh as in minutes after harvest and in this case chilled to preserve the freshness This week Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden staff delivered 102 lbs of beets and turnips to FeedMore The beets were grown from seed obtained from Monticello s Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Year to date produce donations 156 lbs Purpletop White Globe turnips Brassica rapa family Brassica heirloom variety harvested at a good time not too large not too small and with high quality greens attached 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 Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 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 in Winter Feed me Seymour the Garden s Carnivorous

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/the-color-of-goodness/ (2016-02-13)
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