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  • Caring for Magical Creatures - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    of Magical Creatures stated campers will study enchanting garden dwellers including fly traps dragons serpents and more The camp was a reminder that all creatures are magical in their own way the dragon was a bearded dragon lizard and the serpent was a pet corn snake Campers took home their very own worm farm The photo to the left shows Lilah holding a bess beetle Passalidae which makes a whispering sound by rubbing its legs together I found it magical my child was studying nature and playing with insects and reptiles The group also made crafts did field studies played games and whipped up botanical snacks Every day Lilah brought home something cool and interesting a worm farm a piece of snakeskin an owl pellet containing the tiny bones of a shrew I thought it was way cool but what did she think of the experience Here s what she wrote The Care of Magical Creatures camp was super fun One of the coolest things I learned about was jewelweed it can help make poison ivy not itch We had the sweetest and kindest teachers Miss Amy and Ms Barb Thank you so much for making this camp wonderful I second that thanks and add that I think our Children s Educators and volunteers are magical creatures for the work they do in the Garden every day getting children excited about the natural world You can see the shimmering quality of a jewelweed leaf when placed in a jar of water Jewelweed Impatiens capensis has a reputation for helping alleviate the potential effects of poison ivy The catch is the jewelweed has to rubbed on the skin within 10 minutes of the exposure to poison ivy About Beth Monroe Beth Monroe is public relations and marketing director at Lewis Ginter

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    the plant with the odd name is a detector of radiation In response to low levels of nuclear radiation the filament hairs Read More May 19th 2015 Artist Pam Rogers Field Investigations Arlington based artist Pam Rogers is innately drawn to the natural world The paintings in her new show Field Investigations on display at Ginter Gallery II spring from that fascination Rogers uses handmade plant and soil pigments traditional inks graphite and water based media She collects materials for her paintings wherever she goes to use in her paintings Read More May 16th 2015 A Morning Away en Plein Air The phone The bills The kids When life s stresses have you ready to lose it why not take a moment to step away from it all and into an oasis of tranquility Corny Yes True Yes Life can be overwhelming What better than to take a few moments of the day to connect with beauty Read More Apr 30th 2015 We Have New Books in the Library by Janet Woody Librarian Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society a mission related group that meet here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently gave the Lora Robins Library funding to purchase books about native plants and related topics We were able to acquire five new titles you might be interested in Read More Apr 28th 2015 Spring Plant Sale is May 1 2 by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Spring Plant Sale is Friday and Saturday May 1 2 and we ve got some wonderful new treats for you this year Of course we ll be featuring staff favorites butterfly kits and seasonal selections see photos of cherry sage Salvia greggii Maraschino and Phlox stolonifera Read More Apr 25th 2015 Meet the Butterflies LIVE Staff by Hilaire Ashworth Assistant Butterfly Curator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are so excited that the time has finally come for the opening of Butterflies LIVE On behalf of all of the curators we say hello and want to officially introduce ourselves Each butterfly curator was asked a series of questions and we picked some of Read More Apr 24th 2015 There Was a Crooked Stick by M Christine Watson PR Marketing Intern Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you ever wonder how Corylus avellana Contorta got its common name Harry Lauder s Walking Stick Sir Henry Harry Lauder a Scottish vaudeville theater singer and comedian was a rockstar in his day one of the highest paid performer in the world at the time Read More Apr 22nd 2015 Feed me Seymour the Garden s Carnivorous Plants by Jay Austin Horticulturist Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If Feed me Seymour is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term carnivorous plants you are probably not alone Have you ever seen a carnivorous plant Did you there really is such a thing it s not just someone s imagination gone wild Some carnivorous

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    movement It doesn t offer the instant gratification of digital photography but rather the rewards of patience that come with truly Read More Apr 11th 2012 Inchworms and more By Frank Robinson President CEO Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Let me begin by saying that there are pockets of the region specifically in Mechanicsville and Hanover County where extreme populations of inchworms have emerged this spring As with anything in the extreme too much is a problem If you are reading this post you are Read More Feb 9th 2012 Why Gardening Makes Me Happy by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Before I had kids It used to be that whenever I felt grumpy regardless of the season I started work on my garden In no time my grumpiness floated away into the sky or down into the soil I m not sure Hours passed I d Read More Feb 5th 2012 Photographing the Garden by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Plants and wildlife go together like peanut butter jelly At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden not only do we have great wildlife like groundhogs turtles and snakes and also plenty of birds We have birdfeeders throughout the Garden and also a bird trail Last year Read More Feb 1st 2012 Jewish Arbor Day in Richmond by Kristen Ablamsky PR Marketing Intern Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know there is a holiday native to Israel that celebrates a new year in honor of plants It s called Tu B shevat TOO bish VAHT It s sometimes called Jewish Arbor Day This agricultural holiday began in ancient times as a way to keep track of Read More Dec 20th 2011 Museums Gardens Libraries Enrich Lives Every Day by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few words published in Sunday s Richmond Times Dispatch from the Garden s President CEO Frank Robinson captured it better than anything else It seemed an improbable uniting of people and place A strikingly beautiful refugee from Southern Sudan mother of 10 glowingly represented the Erie Art Museum Read More Dec 9th 2011 Exciting News for The Garden s Book Club by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex says author Charles Fishman Wow never really thought of it that way It certainly does make you stop and think before you Read More Oct 28th 2011 Where s Stickman On Saturday meet Cameron the man Behind Stickman by Dawn Lipscomb Children s Garden Program Instructor Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Note Stickman is the Garden s ambassador for Patrick Dougherty s Diamonds in the Rough stick sculpture at the Garden Each week the Children s Garden staff moves Stickman to a new spot in the Garden so our young visitors can search for him Dawn Lipscomb Read More Oct 7th 2011 Wicked

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  • Coming Soon: Ornamental Grass Garden at the Conservatory - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the Conservatory This garden will replace 9 200 sq feet of existing traditional turf with attractive low maintenance ornamental grasses and will showcase sustainable best practices in one of the most prominent sites on our property Once established these grasses will require little to no watering and their deep roots will reduce stormwater runoff by encouraging infiltration of rain water into the local water table These grasses also provide valuable habitat and food for insects birds and larger animals encouraging a more robust local ecosystem This project was designed by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden staff Horticulturists Leah Purdy and Karin Stretchko and Gardener Chris Brown Plantings will include prairie dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis purple muhlygrass Muhlenbergia capillaris switchgrass Northwind Panicum virgatum Northwind and plume grass Saccharum ravennae that were tested here at the garden so we know they will do well in this environment The Ornamental Grass Garden has been made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor Before and after the ornamental grass plantings outside the East Wing of the Conservatory Plantings will include Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis Purple Muhlygrass Muhlenbergia capillaris Switchgrass Northwind Panicum virgatum Northwind and Plume Grass Saccharum ravennae 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 3 Top Ornamental Grasses Tips to Improve Your Lawn 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

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  • 15 Minutes in Grace Arents Garden: Flashback to Victorian Times - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    little more about the Grace Arents Garden I wish it could have been longer to enjoy the beautiful weather and learn more about the Garden s history With the Garden s mission being education it s no surprise that I find myself learning something new here every day Fogel explained that the Grace Arents Garden is an elegant Victorian style garden Gazebo at the end of one of four brick paths leading from the center of Grace Arents Garden giving the garden symmetry another element adding to its Victorian style What qualities distinguish a Victorian style garden exactly Well if you walk through this area outside of Bloemendaal House you will notice its formal symmetry arbors covered in climbing roses and boxwood hedges along the outskirts Each of these elements along with old fashioned blooms like roses and peonies allow you to feel as if you have gone back in time to the early 1900 s The Grace Arents Garden was restored by The Garden Club of Virginia in the early 1990s based on its original design With its open lawn space beautiful structures and wide variety of vibrant flowers this area of the Garden is a favorite for weddings and hosts our Flowers After 5 events on Thursday evenings in June July and August Join us this Thursday at 5 p m and enjoy live music by The Roger Pouncey Trio on the Grace Arents Garden lawn Bring a blanket and enjoy beer wine and dining al fresco and take a stroll through the Garden Thursday August 14 bring your furry friends with you for our last Fidos After 5 of the summer On this special night leashed dogs are allowed and a 2 admissions fee is suggested to help benefit the Richmond SPCA About Hannah Lindquist You May

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  • Plants Can Help Keep Mosquitoes at Bay - Beat the Bugs Outside with Natural Repellents - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    your battle of man vs mosquito why not turn to nature Several of summer s annuals and perennials can help especially when strategically planted near your favorite outdoor areas Citronella with its powerful lemony scent is relatively easy to grow Look for the Cymbopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus varieties that repel mosquitoes by masking other odors Be sure to allow lots of vertical space since this grassy annual can grow up to 6 feet tall Plants can help keep mosquitoes at bay Marigolds also deter mosquitoes with their strong scent When used as a garden border marigolds do double duty by also warding off unwanted insects that can damage vegetables Plant marigolds in full sun and enjoy an added bonus of vibrant color throughout the summer season Plants can help keep mosquitoes at bay Geraniums produce geraniol oil which is a natural alternative for chemical insecticides Their bright cheerful blooms are an added bonus Geraniums produce geraniol oil which is a natural alternative for chemical insecticides Their bright cheerful blooms are an added bonus Catnip deters mosquitoes through production of the oil nepetalactone Growing catnip in planters may be best for two reasons Cats love frolicking around this plant and it can spread with wild abandon Plants can help keep mosquitoes at bay Lavender is a fragrant flowering herb whose extracted oil helps keep bugs at bay Its lovely calming scent is accompanied by lush purple flowers that enhance any garden setting Lavender is a fragrant flowering herb whose extracted oil helps keep bugs at bay Its lovely calming scent is accompanied by lush purple flowers that enhance any garden setting Peppermint which is a cross between spearmint and watermint is a less known hero in the fight for mosquito free environs Mosquitoes don t appreciate the scent of peppermint oil and its crushed leaves rubbed on the skin can help relieve the itch that often accompanies insect bites Horsemint emits a lemony scent similar to citronella Like many other herbs it s easy to grow As a member of the bee balm family horsemint also attracts important pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds Plants can help keep mosquitoes at bay Rosemary is good for more than seasoning and good looks While the scent of this woody perennial is pleasing to gardeners and chefs it tends to repel mosquitoes In addition to experimenting with these plants double check that your yard is free of standing water where mosquitoes can breed Watch for dripping hoses and store toys and items that hold water when not in use Also avoid scented lotions soaps and perfumes that lure mosquitoes your way Mosquitoes have existed for more than 150 million years so man s dislike of the pesky insect is nothing new However today s savvy gardeners know that the war against mosquitoes doesn t have to be a losing battle Rosemary is good for more than seasoning and good looks While the scent of this woody perennial is pleasing to gardeners and chefs

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  • DIY Vole Cages, aka Hosta Cages - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    by step process so you can make your own at home The vole cages are easy to make using 1 2 inch wire cloth George has been installing them one by one in the Flagler Garden landscape And the hostas They re looking better than ever Thanks George Want to know how to make your own hosta cages Here s what you ll need and a step by step process Supplies to make hosta cages Start with 1 2 inch wire cloth tin snips and cable ties A great way to measure what size you ll need to cut the wire cloth is to take the pot that the hosta comes in from the nursery and measure a piece that is just as high and can wrap fully around the pot then add a few extra rows of wire mesh so you can overlap it when you create the circle Ours is 48 block sections long and 15 sections high The bottom piece is 15 x 15 Be sure to use eye protection when cutting the wire pieces can snap off It s also a good idea to wear gloves the edges of the wire can be sharp You ll need cable ties like this 18 lbs interior 4 inch cable ties is what we used Make sure they are rated for 185 degrees First make a circle with the larger piece of mesh wire cloth be sure to overlap the wire cloth don t fold it back Thread cable ties through the wire in 3 spots top middle bottom You can wrap it around a garden pot to help make the form if it is easier Be careful often the wire cloth wants to spring back into its original position Then attach on the bottom piece with cable ties so that all of the circle is covered The corner view from the top Cut slits in corners to bend up fold up without bunching like you would for wrapping a package and place 4 more zip ties one on each side to hold the bottom Cut the corner and fold it up The finished product 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 http none Jocelyn Mallory I am just a home gardener living in a rural area who is tired of losing plants to voles I had been making my own plant cages from 1 4 inch hardware cloth because that was recommended but i think you are right on with the 1 2 cloth because I don t see how it s needed as the voles aren t that tiny Somewhere I read that the basket should stick above the dirt for several inches because the vole

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  • Drop in and Dig: The Enormous Turnip - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    we found an enormous turnip in the Children s Garden and had to work together to pull it Even little brother and mom helped Teamwork everyone has to pull together Just like in the story It really was super big Bigger than any of us thought really Wow that s a big turnip Ms Dawn and her new friend It was a most excellent day I m sharing this with you because just yesterday I got a note from this little girl s mom asking if we have any good children s activities at the Garden that they could come to I explained that we had lots of great choices Happily I ran into her and her little ones on the way into the Garden and walked down to the activity with them and took these photos Then afterwords the little girl s mom emailed me this photo and some comments Thank you again for letting us know about the children s activities She was just gesturing to me and saying pull the turnip She is showing me that she has really learned from Ms Dawn Did you know the Garden offers a wide variety of drop in programs for kids that are free to members and free with admission This program mentioned above is called Drop in and Dig We also have Garden Art Studio activities at Flowers After Five Good Green Fun and Drop in and Move You can learn more about all these programs on our website http bit ly happeningnow 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

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