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  • Has April Become the Unofficial Botanical Art Month in Richmond? - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    everywhere this very welcome spring Right now at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have two exhibits that explore the ways that artists connect with the natural world in Ginter Gallery II in the Education and Library Complex we are hosting an exhibit of work by botanical art certificate holders students and instructors and a nature journaling exhibit in the Lora M Robins Library shows illustrated journals by Susie Kowalik artist and journalist and others Elsewhere in Richmond visit the Library of Virginia where an exhibit on the newly published Flora of Virginia examines the role of plant collecting recording and illustrating in understanding the botanical footprint of a place Two of the Garden s Patrick O Hara porcelains of native Virginia plants and insects are included On April 12 meet some of the artists whose work is included in American Botanical Paintings Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic Fourteen of the 43 artists included in the book are from Virginia and five are certificate holders students or instructors in the Garden s botanical illustration program Some of the artists will be in the Lora M Robins Library from 1 3 pm April 12 to sign copies of the book While blooms are bursting outside you can enjoy them inside too 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

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  • Ginter 'Spicy White’ Could be Arriving Soon in Your Mailbox - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Jonah Holland by Jonah Holland Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Public Relations Marketing Coordinator Magnolia Ginter Spicy White You ve been hearing about the fabulous Magnolia Ginter Spicy White for a few years now It s a wonderful tree created by one of our volunteers Bill Smith our resident magnolia hybridist Described as a cross between Magnolia Tripetala Bloomfield and Magnolia R20 1 Magnolia sieboldii x M ashei the blooms have a lemony mint fragrance hence the spicy The tree was named in honor of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and we are honored Smith has devoted the last 15 years to creating evaluating and distributing new and improved magnolia species for Virginia gardens and this is the payoff Ginter Spicy White is now available for purchase to the public at Rare Find Nursery Unfortunately this year the magnolia test bed where Spicy White is located won t be accessible to the public during bloom time because it is in the construction zone for our new Cherry Tree Walk We ll be sure to let you know when it s blooming next year 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 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

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  • Art & the Garden: A Celebration of Instructors & Students - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    of students graduates and instructors in the botanical illustration certificate program and Art in the Garden series The selection and treatment of the subject matter is as varied as nature itself Media include traditional botanical illustration and other media including fiber mixed media and more Pomegranate by student Lorraine Brevig The 2014 show runs through April 20 Easter Sunday Whether the weather is warm and sunny or still has a bit of winter there s always something interesting to see in the garden Do you have an interest in learning botanical illustration or painting Check out the summer course guide publishing April 2 in Style Weekly classes and registration will be updated on our website in the coming weeks For a full listing of the Garden s art classes please visit our website Japanese Blood Grass by instructor Hazel Buys 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 http chamberspools com Mark Chambers I am interested in contacting the artist Judith Towers concerning use on her artwork i have a 85 to 90 year old tree in front of my 1922 Spanish revival home and would like to use this as a letter head and or logo for the historic home in Vacaville ca i can also be reached at 707 249 1893 Thank you for your time and consideration http lewisginter org blog Jonah Holland Hi Mark I will be happy to give Judith Towers your contact information Please feel free to email me if you

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  • The No. 1 Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Life? Spend Time in Nature - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    your body and your soul that spending time in nature makes you feel restored more patient and simply happier So maybe I m preaching to the choir but even for Mother Nature s biggest fans it s always nice to have a reminder especially a reminder that s backed up by scientific evidence Nature is a powerful thing Time s article says Get out in Nature You probably seriously underestimate how important this is Actually there s research that says you do Being in nature reduces stress makes you more creative improves your memory and may even make you a better person I should probably mention right now that the No 2 thing you do to improve your life according to Time is to exercise so do yourself a favor and go for a walk in nature Your whole self with thank you The Wilderness Society sums the benefits up nicely with even more convincing data and research Spending time in nature can cover a load of other bases as well including fitness time with loved ones challenge and feeling gratitude Here s evidence of all of the ways spending time outdoors can enhance your mental emotional and physical well being Nature eases brain fatigue and daily stress Spending time outdoors boosts cognition and creativity Moving closer to nature improves mental health for years Sleeping in wild places resets your clock and improves sleep Nature even bolsters safety and security Nature s bounty Camellia Crimson Candles blooming now at the 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

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  • Mementos of Change - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    bright yellow orange I wasn t sure if Tom would remember us but I had a feeling he might because how often do you have a 9 year old boy choose a hand carved bowl for his Christmas present And who is roped in by the idea of learning about different kinds of wood Tom s dedication to education about the wood reminded me of the Garden s commitment to educating our visitors about plants Wood Carver Tom Lowe with some of the works he made with surplus wood from the Garden Tom emailed me right back I remember your son taking his time deciding which bowl to choose I love that My whole life has been spent making things from wood that make people happy It is even more fulfilling when someone can t decide what they like most Thank you for passing my name along to Grace It would be a pleasure to create some pieces from trees that came from the garden Yesterday was the big day Tom worked with our Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman to arrange the pick up of the wood that was left over and he was ready to meet with us and the rest of the horticulture staff to show off his art You can see some of his seaweed like pieces in the photo above but I have to warn you the camera can t do it justice If you want to see the real deal in person you are in luck The large oak sculpture on the left side of the table will be on display in the Robins Visitor Center for the next few weeks Tom made it as a gift to the Garden So come in and enjoy it If you love it you are in luck too the sculpture will be auctioned off at our annual Children s Garden fundraiser Cheers to Art on April 10th 2014 Tickets are still available Cotinus coggygria freshly carved That s me and the small rectangular bowl that Tom made from a damaged oak that was cut down at the Garden While he was here Grace also gave Tom a branch of Cotinus coggygria Velvet Cloak Smoketree that was pruned during our recent group work day Grace thought the rings were especially beautiful and so did Tom What do you think You can probably tell why Tom s so good at what he does he loves his work As I was leaving Tom pulled me aside Wait you have to pick a small bowl to take with you And when I brought it home you should have seen my son s eyes when he saw the rectangle bowl that Tom gave me He was very excited and happy for me because he knows how much I love the Garden and to have a small memento of a place I love Change brings all kinds of beauty And this morning when I wanted to listen to my iphone but didn t have

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  • Happy 30th Anniversary to Us - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    our Bloemendaal House started life as the Lakeside Wheel Club in October 1895 and was built by Lewis Ginter Bloemendaal House as the one story Lakeside Wheel Club After many e mails between me and Tom discussing the fun of historical research and bicycling Tom decided to give the Garden an 1895 Victor men s bike It was built by the Overman Wheel Co in Chicopee Falls MA You can even see a picture of our bike very similar to ours in their 1899 catalog Be sure to check out the Arguments Agents the Victor section We are very excited to have this beautiful and tangible connection to the Wheel Club to Lewis Ginter and to all the early cyclists who bravely rode the missing link trail from the city out to Lakeside If you read Tom s book you will learn all about Ginter s role in supporting bicycling and good roads for bicyclists Major Lewis Ginter was not a cyclist but he was a community supporter and intrepid businessman all good subjects for other posts here Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a rich cycling history Today we celebrate our 1895 Victor bike It will be on display during Heritage Weekend April 12 and 13 Look for it near Bloemendaal House the former Wheel Club Thank you Tom Houff for helping us in our quest to interpret our Garden s rich history Operations Coordinator Justin Brown and Librarian Janet Woody with the 1895 Victor bike in the Garden s Conservatory 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

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  • Gardening: Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    weather warms and outdoor gardening chores begin provide child sized tools keep safety first and don t insist on perfection Mullen suggests remaining flexible ready to respond to whatever interests the child A morning of weeding may become a time of watching caterpillars if the youngster has his or her way Just follow their lead and think of yourself as a learner too Mullen said Gardening with children gives them a sense of their place in the world It plants a seed that teaches them to care about plants and nature and it might even open the door to future careers Themed gardens can add to the fun and enhance the learning experience For preschoolers a rainbow garden filled with bright multicolored flowers offers living examples of shapes and colors while an herb garden provides opportunities to experience different smells tastes and textures Peter Rabbit gardens planted with lettuce carrots and other vegetables encourage nutritious eating For middle schoolers sun and shade gardens demonstrate the sun s influence on plant life and seasons while butterfly gardens with host and nectar plants demonstrate life cycles and the interdependence of flora and fauna Morgan Veneziano takes great pride in having her own garden where she grows all kinds of vegetables Older children enjoy the challenge of plant and wildlife identification container gardening that recycles found objects retired boots old tires and book bags and helping prepare meals with their harvests Teens who help in community gardens and donate excess produce to hunger relief organizations experience firsthand the joy of volunteerism and stewardship If the adult is excited he or she will draw the children in Attitude is everything Mullen said However she cautions adults not to take the role of teacher too seriously You re just the facilitator in the learning process

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  • ‘New Homestead’ Connects Sustainability with Style - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    are so many ways to create landscapes that combine ecological practices with attractive design Messervy has written six books that explain landscape design concepts in simple terms for homeowners Her latest is Landscaping Ideas that Work Photo by Allan Mandell This clever green roof design captures water to sustain the surface plantings while it also diverts the overflow to plantings on the ground below From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy Taunton Press 2013 p 166 Good design is not only affordable approachable and attainable it s also sustainable she said Messervy contends that with focus and know how sustainable features such as solar panels rainwater collection systems green roofs and beds planted with native plants can be blended into home landscapes in imaginative and aesthetically pleasing ways On your property sustainability and style can go hand in hand for those unwilling to sacrifice one for the other According to Messervy a new homestead accomplishes both The house and its adjoining land use time honored earth friendly practices that harmonize with today s green technologies and materials all arranged using principles of good design We strive for beauty and meaning as we seek to link good landscape design with sustainable outdoor living she said Photo by Susan Teare JMMDS designed this verdant green wall courtyard and permeable peastone driveway for an urban residence on a tight lot From a aá aa Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy Taunton Press 2013 p 88 To create your own new homestead Messervy recommends beginning with four basic concepts Come from the earth Start by respecting the earth by learning from it and responding to it Messervy said Past generations lived on the land in appropriate ways providing sustenance not only for themselves and their families but also for the land She contends that new sustainable methods and practices can be grafted onto old ideas of living lightly on the land Opt for double duty Do two things at once and instantly they become more integrated into your life and property Messervy said For example a brick retaining wall can be replaced by a sustainable green wall that performs the same function while doubling as an eye pleasing vertical garden for native plants Photo by Melissa Clark Landscape designer Melissa Clark transformed a perpetually soggy front yard into this lush rain garden From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy Taunton Press 2013 p 141 Start with an organizing strategy Don t plunk a vegetable garden orchard or solar panel just anywhere in your yard Messervy said Instead see every feature as part of a larger concept a big idea that helps to unify disparate parts of your property Do you want to create a grandchild paradise for instance or a wildlife sanctuary or an edible landscape Determining what your property might become helps you get there Demystify landscape design Education is a valuable tool with DIY landscape projects Use resources geared to homeowners such as books blogs and

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