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  • Twists & Turns - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Sep 2nd 2012 Twists Turns by Jonah Holland Photos text by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator While erecting bamboo tripods to support Sugar Baby watermelon vines a contrast of sturdy delicate coarse smooth became apparent Laura tightens the sisal twine at the top of the Sugar Baby trellis 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 Pingback Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Archive Stocking Stuffers 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/twists-turns/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Crossing KidQuest off of My Bucket List - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Ginter Botanical Garden this summer and I ve had a bucket list of activities that I wanted to do Like the saying goes there s no time like the present and so I participated in Kid Quest Kid Quest Kid Quest is a scavenger hunt that takes you through a section of the garden and the brochure can be picked up at the Robins Visitors Center It is updated several times a year and so the theme and clues vary by season I got to explore the Rose Garden which blooms most of the year It actually has two peak blooming times spring AND fall Note to self save the date for Rose Fest in October One thing that I enjoyed was that the brochure gave clear directions on how to find each stop There are six stops and each rose is clearly marked which helped me make sure I was admiring the right one I m still rusty on identifying plants It is a perfect activity for children and families to explore the Garden While I searched for each clue I found myself admiring the flowers even more Instead of passing through this hunt makes you stop and admire Also once you finish you can return to Admissions to receive a button which is a nice momento As summer comes to a close this is a great activity to come out and smell the roses Clue 5 leads to the Floribunda Rose About Kristen Wolenberg Kristen Wolenberg is a former PR Marketing Intern You May Also Like Winter Interest Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Through the Eyes of a Child 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/crossing-kidquest-off-of-my-bucket-list/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Lewis Ginter's New Moon Gate to Debut at Flowers After 5 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    by Jonah Holland by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few weeks ago we gave you a first glimpse at our new moon gate I have exciting news Tomorrow at Flowers After 5 our new Moon Gate will make its debut The finished piece will be on display at the entrance to the Asian Valley framing the wonderful plants and pond found within We are hoping that our Western Red Cedar moon gate enhances your experience at the Garden and encourages you stop and take note of the lovely garden room beyond I can t wait to see it myself The new moon gate in the Asian Valley Stay tuned for more photos of the finished moon gate or if you can join us for Flowers After 5 tomorrow Sept 3rd We ll be featuring Pinot Noirs and Pinot Grigios and music will be provided by The Dean Christensen Trio featuring Karl Morse guitar Andrew Randanzzo bass and Dean Christensen drums 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 De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like Day Blooms Student Teacher Art Show Pingback Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Archive All Kinds of Wingnuts 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/lewis-ginters-new-moon-gate-to-debut-at-flowers-after-5/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Kitchen Garden: Two-Thirds Towards the Goal! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    delivered a bumper crop weighing 691 pounds full of tomatoes green peppers eggplant and zucchini to FeedMore This brings our current total of donated produce to 6 376 pounds This is fantastic Many people have participated in food drives for their local foodbank by supplying canned food or boxes of dry goods However did you know FeedMore also provides fresh meals made from scratch They are using the fresh vegetables from the Garden to supplement meals made for various programs such as Kids Café and Meals on Wheels here in Richmond FeedMore benefits in a couple of ways they get fresh locally grown produce AND they save thousands of dollars by not having to purchase these vegetables An average price of 1 99 pound means that so far we have saved FeedMore over 12 600 The staff and volunteers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are so excited by this success that plans are already being made to continue beyond the summer growing season There is talk of planting cabbages and broccoli in the cooler weather and I have even heard people talking about what we could plant next year If you have produce from your home garden you d like to donate to FeedMore simply bring it by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden anytime during regular Garden hours 9 a m 5 p m We ll combine it with the produce harvested from the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter and the weight will be added to the Garden s tally We re closing in on our goal but we need your help About Janine Butler Janine Butler is a former Garden Volunteer You May Also Like What s Cooking in The Community Kitchen Garden Butterfly Rockstar Mina Craft Beer Craze A Hippopotamus sized Harvest Don t Miss Out Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/community-kitchen-garden-two-thirds-towards-the-goal/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    realized that this would have to be a catalog of simply what was in bloom just in the Woodland Walk portion of Flagler Garden and also a small area of the Garden known as the Robert Haskell Garden There is SO much in bloom everywhere I look at Lewis Ginter This post was inspired by a post from Washington Gardener s Blog Which was in turn originally inspired by Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where bloggers across the world can share a comprehensive listing of the beauty of what is currently in bloom in their garden In fact I have so many great photos that I ll just put a few up here If you d like to see the whole set just go to our Flickr page Butterfly on butterfly bush Chinese Chives Calla Lily Rough Horsetail I know it s not flowering but I couldn t resist I love it so much My kids call it nature s Legos because the pieces of the plant come apart and then stack back together Christmas Tree Liriope Other plants in bloom at the Woodland Walk Haskell Garden area include Garden Phlox Liriope Anemone Japanese Anemone Yarrow Snow Flake Hydrangea Hibiscus Firecracker Flowers Roses Goldenstar Passion Flower Black Eyed Susan Sedum Chrysanthemum Crepe Myrtle Japanese Spiraea Pineapple Lily Beauty Berry Tree Ivy covered in bees and wasps 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 Posts by Topic

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-at-lewis-ginter-botanical-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Moonbeams and Moon Gates at Lewis Ginter - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the Robins Tea House not far behind And often moon gates frame a particular view making visitors want to stop and take note of a particular area In this case our new moon gate will do all of that plus act as an entrance into a new garden room One of the Garden s volunteers Scott Martin who has been a volunteer in the Asian Valley for 3 years also happens to be a woodworker and was commissioned to create this piece out of Western Red Cedar Of course I couldn t resist taking this photo of the moon next to the still under construction moon gate in the middle of the day moon gates apparently attract the moon Our moon gate is going to be huge Try to imagine this The circle which will hang from chains from inside this gate will be 9 feet tall the circle will be 10 1 2 feet wide and the moon part of the gate will be 5 1 2 inches thick made up of about 30 layers of very thin cedar layered together and bent into a circle Looking at the photo below see if you can imagine a 3 4 to almost a full circle hanging from this gate frame below This is going to be a work of art and I can t wait to see the finished result You can be sure I ll post photos as soon as it is complete possibly in the next 2 weeks In the mean time if you happen to be walking by and see Scott working on the moon gate be sure to stop by and say hello About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/moonbeams-and-moon-gates-at-lewis-ginter/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Kitchen Garden: A Special Report "The Vegetable Food Chain" - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    paid staff of 8 10 people volunteers undertake the rest of the work Everyday between 10 18 people chop vegetables and cook and then another 10 18 come in and package the food enough to make up to 4 000 meals EVERY DAY As many as 400 600 volunteers a month donate their time to make all this food Rob Hamlin Executive Chef All the recipes are made from scratch with no convenience products used This week Rob has been using donated cucumbers for a salad and next week ratatouille is on the menu using the eggplant and squash Cucumber salad The donated vegetables have been a huge help this summer the Foodbank relies on donations from corporate sponsors and private donors and as with many charities they have struggled with the downturn in the economy and have seen a dip in donations The vegetables help fill that gap and Rob has relied heavily on the squash and other veggies that the garden has provided So far over 3 018 pounds of vegetables have been used the majority being summer squash and zucchini if squash is an average price of 1 99 pound at the store then that would ve cost over 6 000 so far Our donations have saved the Foodbank at least 6 000 I think that s amazing All this work takes a huge amount of coordination and planning but what surprised me even more was that Rob and his team makes special meals to order Most of the recipients of the Meals on Wheels program are elderly and many have certain dietary restrictions so different versions of the menu are made some bland some suitable for diabetics etc These meals are all packaged and then labeled with the recipient s name and dietary needs Volunteers package the food Prepared meal packaged and ready to go On Tuesday I went out with my niece and delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels program I was a little nervous and didn t know what to expect as I had never done this before However I needn t have worried as it was super simple I checked in at the Meals on Wheels office at 10 30am along with about 20 other volunteer drivers that day and was given my assigned route The meals are already labeled with the recipient s name and details and assembled in coolers I was given excellent driving directions on the instruction sheet and off we went It was fun doing this with my niece and we turned it into a sort of treasure hunt following the directions to the houses and then giving the recipients their treasure All of the people we met were very nice and thanked us for bringing them their meals Also it happened to be my niece s birthday on Tuesday and I love that she wanted to help me out and do this on her birthday I think it sets an example that we could all follow doing

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/community-kitchen-garden-a-special-report-the-vegetable-food-chain/ (2016-02-13)
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  • A Butterfly Update from the Conservatory! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I am so excited about Lewis Ginter s new Butterflies LIVE blog I know I ve mentioned it before but I just have to mention it again Jay Forehand our butterfly wrangler keeps us up to date on what s hatching in the Conservatory Which reminds me I need to grab my camera and get over to the Butterflies LIVE exhibit myself and check things out Here s Jay Hi guys a couple of days ago we noticed our first few pairs of monarchs mating Over the last 24 hours we ve found eggs popping up on our milkweed So hopefully we ll have some big fat monarch larvae for everyone to see in a couple of weeks Photos and video to follow shortly Cethosia cyane Leopard Lacewing butterfly Amazing new species featured this week We received 5 Cethosia cyane Leopard Lacewing butterflies in our last shipment Check out this picture of one of our Leopard Lacewings Cethosia cyane perched on a variety of Butterfly Bush 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/a-butterfly-update-from-the-conservatory/ (2016-02-13)
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