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  • Stories from Yesteryear: History of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    manufacturing concerns which composed it Upon the organization of this great establishment Major Ginter was elected president he declined the office but became one of the directors and held this position till shortly before his death 1897 Major Ginter took a great personal interest in all of his employees doing everything possible for their comfort and happiness A well selected library was maintained for their use he provided a physician and medicines without cost and when one of his buildings was destroyed by fire those who were thrown out of work received their regular wages during the period of rebuilding Much sincere regret was expressed when he ceased to be the active head of Allen and Ginter s It was at this time about ten years before his death that he became more closely associated with various business enterprises in Richmond and elsewhere He owned the Richmond Times for a short period He built the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond He had a large interest in the Richmond Locomotive Works He acquired a large acreage in the section north of the City near his own country home Westbrook and became much interested in suburban development plotting the land off in sections planting trees hedges setting out some twenty five miles of the latter A part of this region is now the most beautiful suburb of Richmond and is known as Ginter Park Developed after his death In this section he gave the land upon which were erected the buildings of the Presbyterian Union Theological Seminary He planned and developed Lakeside Park which included a botanical and zoological garden This has since become a private property now called Jefferson Lakeside Country Club He had great faith in good roads and at his own expense rebuilt the Brook Road the leading thoroughfare north of Richmond His whole heart seemed to be set upon so administering his fortune as to do the greatest good to the people of Richmond and its vicinity That patriotism in peace which avoids every touch of the politician and which for want of a better expression we call public spirit was with Major Ginter almost a passion Allen Ginter advertisement for Richmond Gems He had many and very loyal friendships some dating from the days of his youth but he never married When his sister mother this is what Grace Arents called her mother who was Ginter s sister and cared for him after their mother s death was left a widow he made his home hers and always treated her children as if they were his own He died at his country home Westbrook after many months of illness and his death was regarded as a personal grief by the whole community 1897 due to complications of diabetes His benevolence in his life time was far reaching and when his will was opened it was found that in death he still remembered Almost every charitable institution in the City was mentioned besides many pensions and long lists of

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  • Gardening: Moss Metamorphosis - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    garden rooms that range from a Spring Pool Garden with moss covered rocks to a mossy Sunken Garden Circle Garden and Step Garden with winding trails The area s acidic soil around 5 5 pH cool shade and humidity are ideal for growing mosses Available moisture is especially important since moss is a non systemic plant meaning it lacks a water conducting system and conventional roots Nature s bounty of mosses offers varying heights textures and growth patterns for different applications Moss can serve as a focal point create a lush backdrop for other plants and garden ornaments or act as a low growing ground cover that builds soil and helps to combat erosion It also adds color and interest where plants typically cannot grow such as between pavers in rock crevices and at the base of trees Minium medium moss forms a spongy carpet between rocks and pavers Norie Burnet Burnet a former teacher and master gardener who enjoys watercolor painting considers the moss gardens her palette and inspiration Sunlight splashes on the mosses in varied ways throughout the day creating an ever changing vista in every imaginable shade of green Moss is green in another way too since it is environmentally friendly Like other plants moss pulls toxins out of the air and in the right conditions is a unique alternative to highly cultivated lawns Grass needs so many things that fight nature weed killers and fertilizers that get into our water but moss has a way of working with nature Burnet said Working with the environment is a more sane and enjoyable way of gardening Though moss takes time to establish Burnet claims it is worth the wait Gardens of moss become a sacred place a cathedral in the woods where people tend to lower their voices

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  • Save the Date: Making Beauty Sustainable The Gillette Forum - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    dialogue about how to responsibly design install and manage the environment to mitigate and slow down climate change Over an evening and a day four prominent landscape designers and garden writers approach the modern expression of ecological landscape design through theory science and practice Please join us for this year s Gillette Forum featuring Sheila Brady principal Oehme van Sweden and Associates Inc Travis Beck author of Principles of Ecological Design Director of Horticulture Mt Cuba Center Inc landscape designer teacher GroundedDesign blogger Thomas Rainer and Adrian Higgins writer and editor at The Washington Post Register online now 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 De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 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

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  • Stories from Yesteryear: The Story of Major Lewis Ginter - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    his first trip to Europe to purchase clocks and other fine merchandise He prospered in business and eventually established a lucrative wholesale enterprise that became one of the largest concerns in the South dealing principally in imported linens white goods and woolens At the beginning of the Civil War he had accumulated a fortune of 200 000 He sold out all of his business and invested the proceeds in tobacco sugar and cotton which he stored and then joined the Confederate Army He was appointed Commissary to Gen Joseph R Anderson with the rank of Major and later in the same capacity under Gen Edward L Thomas of Georgia He was popular under both commands and so in evidence in times of battle that he was familiarly known as the fighting Commissary For the rest of his life he was always addressed as Major Ginter His tobacco and sugar were lost in the fire which destroyed a part of Richmond the day the city was evacuated by the Confederates in April 1865 He was more fortunate in his holding of cotton which gave him a small capital with which to again begin business He returned to New York in the summer of 1865 and located in Wall Street at the head of a banking concern For some years the business did well but he finally failed for 200 000 on Black Friday Panic of 1873 Though financially ruined in the ordinary sense of the phrase and fifty years old Major Ginter was by no means discouraged He was soon traveling through the country in the interest of tobacco consigned to him by his friends in the South and he was so successful that eventually every dollar he owed by reason of his failure in Wall Street was paid with interest

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  • A Little Love From Our Visitors.... - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    message with these photos My 2 year old and I visited yesterday for the first time and had an absolute blast Thank you so much for the excellent hospitality and I guess it goes without saying my kiddo LOVED the butterflies He s been crazy about them since he was little and seeing them up close was exciting for him We will definitely be back again soon Look at these photos He s just in awe It s the sweetest thing Looks like he enjoyed WaterPlay in the Children s Garden too Thank you Natalie 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

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  • A Summer of Outdoor Adventure, Courtesy of The Mayor's Youth Academy and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    of my internship is that I was able to work with variety of departments I hauled trees on to trucks with the horticulturist The librarian introduced me to the wonders of herbariums which don t smell very pleasant and the categorizing of a whole library that contains just plant related books The Garden administration is a lovely group of people who make every employee and patron feel right at home I had a chance to input data from a surveys about what people thought about the Garden with the Development department and although that may not seem very fun it was entertaining to see what some people had to say about the Garden I saw the relationship between hibiscus cotton and okra in the Community Kitchen Garden and learned that flat beans don t taste that bad although they look strange The Children s Garden has been my home base for my internship over the last 6 weeks Everyone the staff in the Children s Garden in particular have made my experience spectacular I told them that I was interested in alternative medicine and the educators here went out of their way to help me learn about different plants and how they can be used in a medicinal way The staff that I worked with sometimes mentioned plants throughout the day as we walked by them or giving me literature to read about plants and allowing me to find them Spending time with each staff member allowed me to see what the Children s Garden vision really is to allow children to have meaningful interactions in nature in a safe environment Sadia noticed the long beans have little hairs that act like Velcro and stick to your clothes Some of my favorite activities were planting vibrant pepper plants putting on a puppet show in the Children s Garden and collecting dill cosmos and conflower seeds to be sold by Youth Volunteers at the Fall Plant Sale I spent two weeks assisting with Green Adventures Summer Camp that the Garden offers to young children That experience opened my eyes to the art of teaching children in nature and exposing them to the wonders of positive interaction with nature There were also many creatures to interact with while at the Garden I was able to visit the bee hives and taste fresh honey right from the hive Later on I was able to share that same experience with the children in the camps and teach them about the importance of bees Goats were another creature I got to meet Did you know that the Garden has goats I even held a baby goat that fit perfectly in my arms But my favorite creatures by far were the butterflies Not just in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit but all over the Garden I had never been so close or had seen so many different types I was also allowed to spend some independent time to run some educational programs including Good Green Fun the

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  • Announcing the Winners: Instagram #Bflies Contest - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    at Butterflies LIVE He s a Butterfly charmer Love it Congratulations to sarabeejensen our Butterflies LIVE Instagram contest Grand Prize winner Sara wins a prize package valued at 500 including a night at the Jefferson Hotel Richmond and passes to come back to enjoy Butterflies LIVE with 11 friends Judging this contest was very difficult there were so many fabulous submissions 1 829 to be exact We had a 3 way tie for our 2nd place winner congratulations to kathrynmoyers gucci gilbert and casiesdavis who each win 5 free passes to Butterflies LIVE You ll find there photos in the collages below Do you follow the Garden on Instagram Follow along to see what s in bloom Here area a few more favorites from our Butterflies LIVE Bflies Instagram contest Which is your favorite Pictured from left to right top to bottom cassiesdavis omjitskaylax3 filthyrichmond phillipaberch themeganm22 rlasch harryvdesign gucci gilbert polene Follow us on Instagram http instagram com lewisginter Pictured from left to right top to bottom leahnewcomb rlasch sarabeejensen pugsrule 12 amonature phillipaberch kathrynmoyers lauren lizbeth rlasch Bottom photos center photo are by Stuart Scott Top photos center side photos are by David Burkwall 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

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  • Stories from Yesteryear: History of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    on secondary sources to gather details of their lives and business pursuits Richmond Times Dispatch columnist Bill Lohmann was kind enough to write about the Lakeside Park Zoo to see if we could recover some of its lost history from newspaper readers Detail of the base of the lamp post or stanchion We did learn a bit from Bill s readers about the history of Lakeside Park a scene of gaiety and fun that opened in 1896 and is now known as the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club I will write more about Lakeside Park in future installments Staff at the country club offered us this iron stanchion or lamp post shown here We are excited to add this to our collection of Lewis Ginter memorabilia Iron lamp post or stanchion It may not seem like much but having something that he very likely commissioned and paid for personally is pretty thrilling Ginter used the finest materials architects and craftsmen when he built his city home at 901 W Franklin St the Jefferson Hotel at 101 W Franklin St and his country home Westbrook It seems likely that he gave the same care to Lakeside Park No expense was spared on any of his projects Many thanks to the staff at Jefferson Lakeside for giving us something new to add to our knowledge of Uncle Lewis and Miss Grace Next week I ll tell the story of how Uncle Lewis became one of the richest men in the South About Janet Woody I am the librarian at Lewis Ginter and like to talk and read about plants I also enjoying researching Lewis Ginter and our founder Grace Arents Visit me in the library and we ll talk about plants or history or some other fun topic You May Also Like Winter

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