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  • Goats Eat Poison Ivy? Yes they do! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    steep banks where the goats have been eating blackberries bushes in remote wooded areas where goats munch on poison ivy kudzu bamboo and other invasive plants and along the edge of our irrigation lake Solstice and Baby are owned by Children s Garden Educator Kristi Orcutt and demonstrate the Garden s commitment to using sustainable and environmentally friendly options everywhere we can Anytime we can show the home gardener an easy chemical free way to solve a gardening challenge we consider it a win Since our mission is education sharing how we use the goats makes sense Orcutt tells me that it takes three applications of the goats eating down an area before you can expect the plant won t return But those three applications are also more effective than the chemical alternatives The goats have been working at the Garden for several months now but you aren t likely to see them since our wild areas at the Garden are off the beaten path The Garden pays Orcutt a fee for their use The goats also leave a trail of fertilizer that will help enrich the soil with nutrients helping the non invasive plants that remain 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 Julie Abbott Love the little goat Solstice This is a great way to rid the garden of unwanted invasive plants Kristi not only raises goats she also keeps bees and harvests the honey which is sold in Garden Shop and is very tasty http lewisginter org

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  • Gardening: New Year Predicts New Garden Trends - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    indoors New consumer segments are influencing retail trends Young men are among the top spenders in today s garden industry Photo by Don Williamson According to Garden Media s 2015 Garden Trends Report young men in the U S spend 100 more than average on garden plants and products Mirroring America s demographic shift there is similar growth among Hispanics who take pride in growing vegetables for their family and friends Meanwhile as boomers age retailers are turning attention to millennials Sixty two percent of millennials spend more time outdoors and 85 percent rate outdoor rooms as very important or important according to the 2015 Casual Living and Apartment Therapy Outdoor Decorating Survey Armed with this consumer research retailers are marketing ready made ready to display containers of plants as decoratives for patios and decks Innovative products and services also support backyard transformations for enviable garden tainment Personality extends outdoors No longer are decorating styles relegated to indoor spaces Those who prefer contemporary designs will enjoy 2015 s flamboyant color combinations such as bubblegum pinks juxtaposed with bold teals Conversely vintage and traditional decorators will find solace in classic palettes including natural rustic and muted hues In general gardeners and crafters will continue to actively share inspirations through social media forums They ll also creatively incorporate found objects and repurposed items in both inside and outside designs Busy lives and smaller spaces will influence plant preferences With marked decreases in free time and living spaces people are seeking easy to grow easy to control plants The increasing availability of compact plants works well with apartment and townhouse balconies while container plants and portable gardens provide sensible options for renters preferring mobility over home ownership No fuss plants are super popular such as native plants outdoors and succulents and cacti indoors

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  • Getting Creative with Plants & Printing - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    over again varying the medium you print on cloth paper or even leaves and the color The other two mono and solar printing create one of a kind images with a unique look and texture Wood block printing is an old technique illustrations in the earliest printed books were wood blocks including the elaborate Gerard s Herbal an elaborate Renaissance era medicinal plant compendium In wood block printing you carefully carve a design into the wood block surface using a sharp wooden handled tool I recall that the wood gives you a lot of texture on its own before you start carving The tricky part is that you re removing the parts you don t want to print a little like drawing in a mirror Too the grain of the wood becomes part of your image with great results You roll ink over the raised parts that remain and press onto a sheet of paper or fabric or whatever you like The blocks can be wiped and reused over and over again Johnston used an ear of corn as her subject for the print below I love how the silhouette of the ear and husks forms an interesting pattern Celeste Johnston made these prints from the same wood block In another direction mono prints are created by arranging different elements on a surface that may or may not have permanent elements such as a wood block These result in one of a kind images and lend themselves to all kinds of creative variations Johnston s mono print uses a block print image with free drawn additions of ink Finally and appropriately considering plants use the sun for photosynthesis solar printing uses what is essentially a blueprint process to create one of a kind monochromatic prints Plants and other materials are

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  • Highlights of The Year in Review - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    wheel chairs and we could allow visitors to walk around the lake at night too thanks to paved walkways and added lighting Plus we added floating docks to Lake Sydnor for a new view of the Garden As we look forward to another great year in 2015 we wanted to take a quick look back on some more highlights of fabulous year we just finished With your help we were named USAToday Travel s 10Best Readers Choice 2nd Best Public Garden in North America We were thrilled to partner with Blue Sky Fund to host nearly 600 5th graders from Richmond s inner city schools for hands on outdoor learning about science and math Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor we replaced 9 200 sq feet of existing traditional turf with attractive low maintenance ornamental grasses so that we could showcase sustainable best practices with eco friendly ornamental grasses outside the Conservatory We showcased the Garden s history as the Lakeside Wheelclub not only at Dominion GardenFest of Lights but also in an exhibit From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden that will be on display again during Heritage Weekend and extended evening hours at the Garden during Richmond 2015 Again we hosted the ever popular Butterflies LIVE and for the first time had a Richmond Times Dispatch Butterfly Cam Butterflies LIVE returns April 17 2015 We continued hosting Beautiful RVA at the Garden pulling the best minds from Richmond s urban greening community together in one place to make this city more beautiful Beautiful RVA is a a regional coalition of public and private agencies and organizations invested in improving the quality of life in greater Richmond through public horticulture urban greening and beautiful place making initiatives We hosted the community well 7 668 of you for CarMax FREE Fourth of July Please come celebrate with us in 2015 if you missed it in 2014 Father and Daughter on July 4th at the CarMax Free Fourth of July We received a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation to build a mobile friendly website for Richmond s Garden Trail This spring we hosted librarians from all over the United States and Canada for the annual meeting of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Garden CEO and President Frank Robinson was honored with Richmond Region Tourism s Leadership in Tourism Award and a Virginia Public Relations Award for his Times Dispatch Op Ed piece It s Not That Hard Being Green We celebrated American Public Garden Association s National Public Gardens Day with other gardens across the country We made a difference in the community Hundreds of community and corporate volunteers helped cultivate food for Central Virginia s neediest citizens in Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Community Kitchen Garden growing food for FeedMore Hundreds of Head Start students from Richmond Public School visited the Garden and participated in Young Buds educational programming Seeing the Garden in a whole new way About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at

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  • Crafts from the Past: The Beauty of Victorian Ornaments - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    also inexpensive and we were able to purchase them as a keepsake from our trip A few of our favorite Victorian die cut scrap and tinsel ornaments Since they were handcrafted each one is unique Following that first purchase we became very interested in learning more about Victorian scrap ornaments and we have added to our collection Scrap ornaments like the ones we purchased were usually hand crafted by Victorian ladies and or children The ornaments were composed of a color image on embossed paper which was produced using the chromolithograph color printing process To produce a chromolithograph each color was applied separately and dried before the next layer was applied The process allowed up to twenty different colors to be produced which had not previously been possible Images were produced in sheets which were then coated with gelatin and gum embossed and cut out using steel cutters hence the name die cut In the late 1800s die cuts could be purchased in sheets connected with tabs or were sometimes cut out of Christmas postcards magazines or other printed materials Both secular and religious topics were popular including St Nicholas or Santa Claus children angels cherubs gift giving and flowers Ladies magazines of the day included directions for ornament making To create the ornaments women or children would embellish the die cuts with wire tinsel spun glass colored cellophane crepe paper cotton batting and or Dresdens embossed metallic paper shapes from Germany In addition to the paper ornaments Victorians also used scraps tinsel and crinkle wire to embellish blown glass kugel ornaments Blown glass Victorian ornament with die cut scrap and crinkle wire Scrap ornaments have become highly collectible and reproductions are common When looking to purchase original scrap ornaments it is good to know that reproduction scraps are made by off set printing and are not chromolithographs They are usually less rich in color and printed on much thinner paper Reproduction tinsel will also be much shinier than the original There are however some online companies today that craft reproduction Victorian ornaments from original materials These are quite beautiful but also usually rather expensive Original Victorian ornaments can be found for a wide variety of prices depending on the rarity of subject matter amount of embellishment and condition Vintage die cut scrap sheets still connected with the original tabs Evident is the embossing and depth of color not present in reproductions My husband and I have continued to collect vintage Victorian scrap ornaments original die cut scraps vintage postcards and old bits of tinsel to use in crafting our own ornaments It has been wonderful to be able to share my interest in Victorian Christmas ornaments with the Garden and exciting to see how the Victorian style decorations were incorporated into this year s interior décor Garden volunteers used metallic pipe cleaners to mimic Victorian tinsel when creating the cigarette trading card scrap style ornaments for the Conservatory Tree in the North Wing Also the gorgeous decorations created by

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  • Conservatory Tree Takes a Stroll Down Memory Lane - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    look closely you can see it all over the tree Lewis Ginter returned to Richmond in 1873 penniless once again after losing his second fortune He rebuilt a fortune through his skillful selling of tobacco consignments from Southern growers He partnered with John Allen to form Allen Ginter tobacco The company employed mostly young women to make hand rolled cigarettes With his imaginative marketing skills Ginter realized that the pieces of cardboard used to stiffen cigarette packs could be made into collectible trading cards featuring a variety of subjects Cards were issued in series and the company distributed decorative backing pieces on which the cards could be mounted and displayed Demand for Allen Ginter s cigarettes grew so large that the company offered a 75 000 prize to anyone inventing an automated cigarette rolling machine James Bonsack patented a machine in 1889 but it was James Buchanan Duke who bought the device Ginter traveled to the Paris Exposition of 1889 and the Chicago World s Columbian Exposition of 1893 to display his company s wares The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Columbian Exposition in Paris and the world s first Ferris wheel was introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago Lewis Ginter attended both events Members of the Commonwealth Club and Westmoreland Club approached fellow member and businessman Lewis Ginter to provide a destination outside the city where wheelmen or bicycle enthusiasts could rendezvous after a good ride Ginter built a clubhouse on the nine acres he owned beside a lake north of town The new Lakeside Wheel Club opened in November of 1895 Ginter died in 1897 By 1901 the bicycle craze had cooled Ginter s niece and heiress Grace Arents purchased the clubhouse and nine acres from her uncle s estate The building then served a brief stint as The Lakeside Sanatorium for Babies Later with a second floor added and a reconfigured interior the renamed Bloemendaal Farm served as a home to Grace Arents until her death in 1926 Don t miss the exhibit The Lakeside Wheel Club on view in the Lora M Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center Bicycling became a fashionable sport and rapidly increased in popularity after the safety frame was introduced using the crank and chain pedal mechanism and featuring the familiar diamond shaped frame still in use today In 1896 across from the Lakeside Wheel Club Lewis Ginter opened Lakeside Park a public pleasure park built on 63 acres Amenities of the park included a fishing lake a man made island rowboats and a boathouse zoo hedge maze bicycle track café billiards bowling alley tennis courts and dance hall Admission was 5 cents children under eight were admitted free A trolley line to the park opened in 1896 The park site is now Jefferson Lakeside Country Club Bears were among the attractions at Lakeside Park The zoo featured bears lions wolves and monkeys among other animals Lakeside Park the beautiful new north side resort The

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  • Christmas tree farming
    reasons he LOVES Christmas he likes to work outdoors and he thinks it s a job he could actually do which I agree as well I can tell how much Ethan loves Christmas because when we got to talking about his tree at home he was very excited to share that his is already all lit up and fully decorated I asked him what kind of tree it is he replied that they have an artificial one but that he will probably get a real one for his bedroom Not only is Ethan a fan of Christmas he is also an environmentalist When I asked him what kind of tree he wanted to get for his room he explained probably a Fraser Fir because they are native to Virginia I want to get a local tree because I think it is better for the environment Non local trees are shipped far and they can spread pests I am thankful this future Christmas tree farmer will make the effort to be environmentally thoughtful in regards to what kind of tree he would grow and sell Ethan also explained to me that when you are done with your tree you can compost it which is also helpful to the environment About Nicki Apostolow Nicki Apostolow is the Youth Programs Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she runs youth volunteer programs including Service Learning Summer Programs Vocational Programs Internships You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature Student Teacher Art Show Through the Eyes of a Child http www CJSTUF org Roger Reynolds Knowing Ethan just the little bit that I do there is no doubt in my mind that he will grow amazing Christmas trees He s a natural Thanks for the story http lewisginter org blog Jonah Holland Thanks

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  • Faison School Students Get Work Experience & Help the Children's Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    all of these items are sorted and recycled and Faison students are gaining real work experience Nicki showing the sorting card that the students use to help know which recycling bin to sort items into Students are in charge of our Children s Garden recycling through the Garden s Vocational Program a program designed for youth in transition gaining skills for life after high school Students in the Vocational Program work on career skills and vocational training in a variety of work fields including food service clerical and other areas as needed One of the areas we continue to grow in is being a certified Virginia Green attraction and our strive to be consciences of the environment we cherish so much Recycling is another effort we make to be a more sustainable garden Not only is the new recycling addition helping our environment it s also helping our younger volunteers gain work skills Through managing the recycling volunteers from Faison are gaining meaningful experience and working on a variety of educational goals Adam Wright Faison support staff explains that through the Vocational Program Students work on individualized Education Plans IEP goals that include Community Based Instruction and pre vocational training in order to increase student contact with community resources and facilitate independent engagement in a variety of enriching activities While managing the recycling volunteers work on fine and gross motor skills sorting sequenced and multi step tasks reading communication and community engagement Thank you Faison school students for all of your hard work About Nicki Apostolow Nicki Apostolow is the Youth Programs Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she runs youth volunteer programs including Service Learning Summer Programs Vocational Programs Internships You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature Student Teacher Art Show Through the Eyes of a

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