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  • Leopard Lacewing: 2 Beauties in 1 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Jonah Holland by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The top of the Leopard Lacewing butterfly Cethosia cyane It s hard to capture both top and bottom of the wings in one shot But here s my attempt And here s the Leopard Lacewing with wings closed Which side do you like best Don t forget last chance to see Butterflies LIVE The exhibit closes on Sunday Oct 12 2014 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/leopard-lacewing-2-beauties-in-1/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Education about Butterflies Can Empower Conservation Efforts - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    bit stressful just like any other job Butterfly curators also have to have to play the role of butterfly bodyguard telling people not to touch the butterflies There is a lot to learn from the butterflies there is a lot to teach Even in this exhibit where most people come to enjoy the beauty there is a great responsibility to help people understand the deeper meaning that these majestic creatures have in our ecosystem as pollinators Butterflies and moths are the second most important pollinator behind bees and thus are inexpressibly important to the natural order Pollinators are responsible for pollinating 75 percent of the world s flowering plants Without pollination there would be no reproduction among many species of flowering plants or fruit and the natural order would seize up like an un greased engine Mist in the Conservatory My hope is that our exhibit inspires you to gain a deeper appreciation for butterflies and their relationship with plants this is the essence of what the exhibit is all about My hope is visitors will become aware of the immense complexity of Lepidoptera behavior and how this behavior is integral to their relations with the natural world Central to their relationship with the ecosystems that support and are supported by Lepidoptera is their symbiotic relationship with plants the outcome of which is pollination one of the most foundational mechanisms in nature Education is our mission here at the Garden and education is central to efforts to conserve the natural world If we are able to move beyond the perspective of Lepidoptera being just a beautiful creature and into a place of dignity and profound worth this changes our relation to them If we can have this empathy for the smallest creatures this empathy has the power to radiate outward

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/education-about-butterflies-can-empower-conservation-efforts/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Dominion Power & Capital One Volunteers Complete Cherry Tree Walk Plantings - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    workers like Dickerson to repair projects Dickerson explained that they started their workday here at the Garden the same way they start everyday with a safety briefing They call it a job analysis at Dominion but basically Dickerson explained the staff talks about any hazards they might encounter or safety precautions they will want to take Dickerson I could tell was great at this part of his job He rattled off trip hazards insects snakes using the tools properly and even stretching as pre job precautions they might want to consider Dominion Power has been instrumental in helping us educate visitors about what they can do in their own yards to help protect our waterways Replacing turf with ornamental grasses and trees is a great start It s also fitting that it was Dominion volunteers work working to plant this area As you can see in the photo above Dominion funded several signs that help us educate our visitors about what they can do in their own yard to help protect our waterways We removed alot of brush and weeds from the lakeside and planted many natives grasses shrubs plus the beautiful cherry trees will also help filter water run off The Capital One work at home team taking a break from planting From left to right Karen Thorpe Ann Hedberg Tara Benedetti Amy Ryan Melissa Kuhnle Betsy Cochran Claire Dunford Mary Van Buren Cly Holloway China Harding and Debbie Korosi Since the Capital One work at home team work from home and not in the central office working together in the Garden volunteering was an opportunity to get to know each other better Planting as team building is a great way to get to know your co workers Here Tara Benedetti is planting some new natives On the other side of Lake Sydnor members of the Pocahontas Chapter of the Native Plant Society worked with Garden staff and Garden volunteers to complete the planting This was a huge team effort by all and could not have been completed in such a short time frame without the help from multiple groups We were rewarded by Mother Nature with a good 12 hour soaking rain just after we finished the planting The new plantings for the Cherry Tree Walk go all the way around the lake Here s a snapshot of one completed area 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 H2Whoa Fish Facts Pingback Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Archive Showing Thanks to our Volunteers Community Partners Gary McNutt Some of us volunteer not just for special events but regularly in good weather bad but never get our pictures taken http lewisginter org blog Jonah Holland I know you do Gary I

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/dominion-power-capital-one-volunteers-complete-cherry-tree-walk-plantings/ (2016-02-13)
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  • A Leaf? or a Butterfly? - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Just one more reason that nature is amazing here s the Orange Dead Leaf butterfly Kallima inachus Perfect mimic for a dead leaf Wish I could catch this one with his wings open then you d see bright orange and purple blue Don t forget Butterflies LIVE closes in just a few short weeks on Oct 12th Orange Dead Leaf Kallima inachus in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/a-leaf-or-a-butterfly/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Kids Learning Science & Math Outdoors in Nature - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Richmond Public Schools George Mason Elementary School learned hands on math and science in the Garden Working collaboratively students measured air and soil temperature under the tree leaf canopy and outside the tree canopy to determine if trees modify the temperatures of the air and soil around them Students also measured the water volume to determine if trees impact evaporation of water from the soil Students were able to compare growth rates of two different trees by measuring annual twig growth to discover that different tree species have different rates of growth and they speculated about weather and other environmental factors that may have contributed to different growth rates Have you ever seen kids having so much fun using math geometry and algebra skills to solve real world problems I loved hearing the students teacher say that she noticed a clear change in the way some of the children engaged with the science learning differently than they do in the classroom For some children in particular she said there was a marked difference in the level of focus and interest in learning the material There s just something about outdoor hands on learning that makes it different than a classroom learning experience In the coming weeks 5th classes from Chimborazo Elementary Fairfield Court Belleview Woodville Elementary will also participate in this outdoor learning program Then the children will come back in October to see what s changed This program was made possible thanks to a grant from The Dominion Foundation 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

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/kids-learning-science-math-outdoors-in-nature/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Pre-Service Teachers & Grad Students from Virginia State University Learn about Inquiry-Based Learning - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Calendar About Mission Goals Leadership History News Employment Contact Us Sep 20th 2014 Pre Service Teachers Grad Students from Virginia State University Learn about Inquiry Based Learning by Jonah Holland VSU students planting parsley at the entrance to the Children s Garden A group of pre service teachers grad students and faculty from the Education Biology and Agriculture departments at Virginia State University participated in a hands on workshop with Children s Garden program developers Kristi Orcutt and Kristin Mullen VSU students measuring the Darlington oak in the Grace Arents Garden As part of a National Science Foundation grant the pre service teachers dug into learning in the Central Garden Children s Garden Farm Garden at the compost bin on the Tree Trail and under the Darlington Oak in Grace Arents Garden They ll each use their experiences here to develop a multi disciplinary inquiry based lesson for their Science Exploration Day on September 27th 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 H2Whoa Fish Facts 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/pre-service-teachers-grad-students-from-virginia-state-university-learn-about-inquiry-based-learning/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The Fall Plant Sale, Sept. 19-20, Features Ornamental Grasses & Fancy Phoenix Sale - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    interesting plants unique landscape objects and exciting items for your garden Of particular interest this year are the ornamental grasses that we just planted in front of the Conservatory Our supplier for those grasses Poplar Ridge Nursery will be here both days selling Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis and Pink Muhlygrass Muhlenbergia capillaris two of the fabulous grasses that are featured in our Conservatory display These grasses are also special because before we planted theme here in the Conservatory display we tested them extensively to make sure that they d do well in Richmond s climate Ornamental grasses are a great addition to any garden because they are good for the environment They don t require much watering they only need to be cut back once per year in the late winter and they encourage wildlife while filtering out excess nutrients from the soil Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus herterolepis Best of all there is no admission required for Plant Sale regular admission to enter the Garden In addition the Garden Shop will offer 15 percent off all purchases to Garden Members who shop during the Fall Plant Sale Bring your carts and wagons to make shopping even easier And don t miss the Fancy Phoenix a Garden influenced upscale mini estate sale right here at the Plant Sale For more info http bit ly FallPlantSale 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

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  • Children's Garden Volunteer Creates Mason Bee House to Help Pollinators - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    making a hive for a different type of bee for a multitude of reasons for one thing mason bees are solitary so they don t swarm secondly they are very unlikely to sting people seeing as how the males don t have stingers and the females will only sting if they are trapped also it is very low maintenance and I felt I could make a place to protect our pollinators but also have it be artistic Originally Drew had hoped to make use of an old nesting structure in the Children s Garden however he ended up having to start from scratch I had originally thought I would reuse part of an existing structure but the existing material was too rotted to be useful making it so I had to create the entire structure from scratch as opposed to just part of it But it turns out this challenge was Drew s favorite part of the project I love using tools and building things so it was a great deal of fun for me As Developer for this program it was great to watch Drew solve these problems while creating such a wonderful habit from what otherwise would have become trash and from scraps The Children s Garden loves Drew s finished project not only because it promotes recycling but also because he is a creative and passionate volunteer You may be wondering where did this awesome kid come from Participants in the Service Learning Program join for a variety of reasons often in order to get community service credit for a specialty school program but Drew s motivation is unique I give all credit for my interest in gardening and volunteering at the Garden to my grandparents Barb and Buzz Sawyer They have both been volunteers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for quite some time as well as being part of the Hanover Master Gardeners Association I have grown up helping them with their garden and visiting LGBG So when I found out I could volunteer and help with more of the behind the scenes work I was all for it Drew Kobus working on his project Drew has not only made a home for our pollinators but has also created an educational platform for our guests I highly recommend coming down to the Children s Garden to see what this 15 year old has made for the Garden especially if you want to see a hive up close It s really neat Want to learn more about mason bees and orchard mason bees Osmia lignaria The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service has some great facts from Beatriz Moisset and Vicki Wojcik of the Pollinator Partnership A quick fact the first brood cells that the orchard bee makes those that are furthest back will develop into female bees while the ones closer to the entrance of the nest will become males Scientists believe that bees do this for one of two reasons Males need to emerge

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/childrens-garden-volunteer-creates-mason-bee-house-to-help-pollinators/ (2016-02-13)
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