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  • Sustainable Design for the 21st Century: The Gillette Forum - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    involved 90 000 perennials grasses bulbs shrubs and trees in a 3 1 2 acre area Brady and her collaborators have used varieties bred for improved garden performance Adrian Higgins photo by Deb Lindsey Photography From Adrian Higgins In an age of environmental woe climate change habitat loss threats to beloved pollinators should we change the role and the look of our gardens and this on dry gardens One of the most beautifully planted and instructive dry gardens remains the Gravel Garden at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne Pa Here a whole hillside has been converted into a series of landings through a sea of perennials herbs and grasses Dry gardens come into their own in late summer At Chanticleer that has meant a September when the feather reed grass is a rich wheat color against the repeated drifts of the purple aster variety called October Skies These are just two of dozens of herbaceous plants that carry special appeal in late season including the wispy grass called nassella goldenrods other asters yuccas salvias and perhaps some lingering hardy ice plant varieties The other great aspect of the dry garden is that bulbs love it they get the baking they need during summer dormancy to flourish and multiply This mimics the conditions of their arid upland habitats of Asia Minor Travis Beck From Travis Beck Landscapes are critical to our well being From cloud strewn rangeland to urban streetscapes they feed and shelter nurture and amaze us In all landscapes human action and natural processes combine Wilderness is now designated no longer de facto In even the most tended garden myriad insects and seedlings appear Successful sustainable landscapes result when we align our efforts with natural processes Such landscapes flourish without constant care and support life within and beyond their boundaries A network of these landscapes could serve our needs restore ecological function conserve biodiversity and be a delight to inhabit Such a network can only be built piece by piece As designers and managers of landscapes that is our work Thomas Rainer From Thomas Rainier This year on this blog I have started to celebrate the idea and expression of contemporary naturalistic design I have made the claim that naturalistic design may be in a golden era To show the diversity and complexity of this idea I plan to highlight the work of several leading practitioners But my enthusiasm was given pause this week after reading Michael King s thoughtful essay Never New Gardening Michael makes the claim that when it comes to the New Perennial movement and other gardening movements generally there is nothing new under the sun Here at the Garden we are changing our practices too Two great examples of that are the new Cherry Tree Walk around Lake Sydnor featuring bountiful native plantings and grasses around the water s edge that will help filter water before it enters the lake At the Conservatory we replaced 9 000 square feet of turf with 2 000 native grasses

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  • education
    in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix AZ and I Read More May 31st 2013 We Love Paris in the Springtime Text photos by Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we made our first 2013 delivery of fresh produce from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore 50 lbs of romaine lettuce 2 lbs of parsley and 2 lbs of cilantro The lettuce has a nice backstory the seed was obtained from the Thomas Jefferson Read More May 28th 2013 Orchid Evolution Entertainment in the Conservatory by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Back in March we told you about award winning illustrator Tyler Rhodes and his artistic orchid evolution project Tyler was here each Saturday during Orchids Galore to engage children and interested adults in a interactive drawing game while they visited We drew quite a few orchids The Read More May 19th 2013 Floating Wetland Finds a Home at Lewis Ginter by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Photos by Garden Volunteer Jeannie Waltman Jonah Holland A crew of Garden volunteers and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation planted and installed a floating wetland right here in Lake Sydnor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this week The floating garden is believed to Read More May 11th 2013 Getting Ready for Butterflies by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Guess what Here at Lewis Ginter we are counting down the days til Butterflies LIVE In fact it starts less than 2 weeks from today Chrysalides are already arriving at the Conservatory and we are setting them up in our emergence room What s new this Read More May 4th 2013 Explore the Outdoors with the Children s Garden Text photos by Kristin Mullen Children s Garden Educator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden What do you get when you take an empty field add piles of twigs branches moss cardboard boxes stumps seed pods pine cones raffia magnolia leaves and fabric and then add hundreds of children and their adults A Loose Parts Party That s exactly what Read More Apr 28th 2013 How One School Garden is Making A Difference in Richmond by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I met with Ellen Shepard the woman behind the intricate gardens and orchard at Linwood Holton Elementary School I never expected to end up talking about zombies But that s exactly how it happened Zombie plants that is I d never heard of them but you Read More Apr 15th 2013 Honey The Business of Bees by Lynn Kirk Public Relations Writer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times Dispatch Sweet and aromatic with complex undertones Sound like a description of fine wine Attributes like these can also apply to another of nature s delectable byproducts honey In the U S honey is available in more than 300 distinct flavors plus countless blends Read More Apr 5th 2013 The

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  • education
    at Lewis Ginter We ve put a whole family focus on Orchids Galore Read More Feb 10th 2013 The Margaret Johanna Streb Conifer Garden is a Hidden Gem off the Beaten Path by Elizabeth Fogel Senior Horticulturist Seth Roadman Horticulturist Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden first opened to the public in 1987 fulfilling the will of Grace E Arents to establish a botanical garden named after her uncle Lewis Ginter At this time little of the Garden s 81 acres were under cultivation but Read More Feb 9th 2013 Cheers to Art Benefits Important Children s Garden Programming by Scott Hornby Development Writer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When Loreen Hitch dropped off her kindergarten age son Ethan for his first day of Green Adventures Camp at the Garden little did she realize that she was setting off a chain of events that would lead to an amazing awakening and the liberation of a plucky little Read More Feb 8th 2013 Conifers Bolster the Winter Garden by Lynn Kirk Public Relations Writer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Winter weather may be drab but the landscape doesn t have to be Cone bearing trees and shrubs known as conifers can transform outdoor settings from ordinary to extraordinary through their attractive array of sizes shapes and textures They also can add drama through their wide spectrum of Read More Feb 7th 2013 101 Things to Spot in the Garden Through Paper Binoculars Text photos by Kristin Mullen Children s Garden Educator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you ever played I Spy in the Garden Some of our youngest guests spent the winter spying amazing animals trees blooms habitats and botanical treasures as part of our preschool Young Buds program As diligent and thoughtful scientists the enthusiastic 3 Read More Feb 6th 2013 Message from the Director What s Your Watershed Address by Shane Tippett Executive Director Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Virginia s streams lakes rivers and bays particularly the Bay are the common wealth of our Commonwealth As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act a set of federal guidelines establishing standards for surface water quality and pollutant discharge it s time to reflect on the message behind the Read More Feb 3rd 2013 Mushrooms A Super Food by Lynn Kirk Public Relations Writer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Your favorite recipes probably don t call for a cup of roasted fungi or a half cup of sliced decomposers but that s precisely what mushrooms are Whether you ve returned from the farmers market with portabella shiitake oyster or button varieties chances are they re packed with essential nutrients including Read More Dec 12th 2012 Field Trip Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History by Grace Chapman Director of Horticulture Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Although the weather is getting chilly in Richmond VA I want to highlight a recent trip to a warmer place A couple of months ago I was down in Florida to watch

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  • Guerrilla Garden Art - Ephemeral Art, Enjoy it While You Can - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    fun thing that visitors could discover When I worked at Temple University I often found little art pieces that the students left for us Those were the inspiration for this staff project Senior Horticulturist Elizabeth Fogel says The one I did last week was inspired by the fact that I was getting ready to rip the plants out for the fall This bedding change out is something we do twice a year in fall when we compost the summer annuals and plant fall bulbs and at the end of spring when we clear out spent bulbs to plant summer annuals Sweet gum Liquidambar styraciflua and Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos pods on the stump of an Ash tree at Ambler Arboretum at Temple University Photo by Grace Chapman The one I made last week was inspired by the fact that I was getting ready to pull the annuals out for the fall I had been looking at the elephant ears and thinking that they would make a nice backdrop container for making a little arrangement I love the idea of visitors discovering them and imaging that a garden fairy or some other form of magic made them It s a fun way to try different plant and color combinations and a quick way to add a little more creativity into my day I love how these projects recycle items that would otherwise go straight to the compost pile We hope that they inspire you to make something beautiful in your world Please remember that the ephemeral art at the Garden is a staff project At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have a no collecting policy for plant material in the Garden including picking flowers About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social

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  • Tropical Butterflies Take a Trip to Tucson - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Butterflies LIVE exhibit ends Monday we had a butterfly round up in the Conservatory as we chased down butterflies in butterfly nets got them ready for their trip to Tucson Botanical Garden s Butterfly Magic exhibit First we used a bit of water to coax them to where we could reach them with nets then we collected them in butterfly carriers Finally we pack them in boxes in a Styrofoam cooler with ice packs so that they slow down and go into a sleep like state for the trip Then we ship them overnight Annie Raup Lead Butterfly Curator said they spent from 7 a m to 3 p m rounding up the butterflies In total we sent 194 butterflies and 36 chrysalides to Tucson Stay tuned we hope to post photos of those butterflies in their new home soon Rachel s got the net ready but this one top of frame got away Rounding up butterflies is not as easy as it looks Can you tell Alex Studd Sojka loves her job as butterfly curator Butterfly curators Rachel Robbins Annie Raup rounding up the butterflies I made a 10 second Instagram YouTube video of the process too Check it out 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 De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Student Teacher Art Show Pingback Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Archive Our Butterflies Arrived Safely in Tucson 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

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  • Bye-bye Butterfly! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    About Mission Goals Leadership History News Employment Contact Us Oct 12th 2014 Bye bye Butterfly by Jonah Holland A Doris longwing butterfly on Anthurium Bye bye Butterfly Today is the last chance to see these guys til next year Look for Butterflies LIVE to return in April of 2015 Photo by Don Williamson Photography 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 De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 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 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

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  • Digging in the Dirt with Fairies at the State Fair - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Oct 11th 2014 Digging in the Dirt with Fairies at the State Fair by Jonah Holland by Phyllis Laslett Adult Education Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Sometimes you don t even need plants One of the fairy houses this one was designed by Beth Burrell After the Garden was contacted by the State Fair of Virginia to provide a fairy garden demonstration intrepid volunteer Barb Sawyer and her Hanover Master Gardener cohorts leapt into action Last week with containers made by the Ginter Geezers potting soil small plants tiny furniture rocks and other accessories cuteness ensued for about 185 people including 65 children The demonstrations were repeated over a 4 hour period Watch for more family oriented fairy house garden workshops this spring The State Fair contacted us earlier in the summer about presenting demos on making fairy gardens a class we offered earlier in the summer Barb Sawyer jumped in to make this happen and a lot of cuteness has ensued 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 Student Teacher Art Show 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 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

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  • 2014: The Year of the Clementine Crate - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    put out a new request clementine crates The original idea was utilitarian we needed them for our spring Young Buds programs as a convenient way to send preschool projects safely back to school But what we got was so much more Thanks to our staff and volunteers we had stacks and stacks of crates stashed in all the nooks and crannies of the Children s Garden way more than we needed for Young Buds So we got creative Peter Rabbit inspired clementine crate gardens for the summer campers After harvesting and tasting vegetables in the Farm Garden the 4 and 5 year olds in our Garden Critters Green Adventures Summer Camp were inspired to plant their very own Peter Rabbit s Garden They painted the clementine crates filled them with soil carefully planted carrot lettuce and radish seeds and watered them every day during camp By the end of the week they were so excited to show their families the small sprouts in their gardens And recently I worked with the teachers at Epiphany Preschool in Vienna Virginia to demonstrate how they could maximize their schoolyard for experiential learning As you might guess I couldn t help but turn to the clementine crates for inspiration We used the orange mesh that covers the top of the crates to create nesting bags The preschoolers will practice fine motor skills while sewing the bags invite birds to the schoolyard by providing nesting materials in the spring and learn about reusing and recycling at the same time So what other amazing things can we do with a clementine crate Send us your ideas and stay tuned to see what 2015 brings About Kristin Thoroman Kristin is the Early Childhood Program Developer in the Children s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden which she

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