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  • Winter Symposium & CVNLA Short Course: Sublime + Sustainable with Julie Moir Messervy - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    design that incorporates sustainability as a central feature It s garden design for the 21st century incorporating the idea of new homesteading or making our homes a place where we not only embrace the paradise that is our outdoor space but more than that making it a model of sustainability using vegetable gardens solar panels drying yards rainwater collections systems and more as an imaginative way to create a nest for the next generation Green roofs she pointed out used to be filled with hardy plants like Sedum but with the evolution of better technology in both the roof membrane and how living roofs are designed Messervy has seen many more gardeners putting vegetables on their roofs something that wasn t easily done just a few years ago When planning outdoor spaces it helps to have an expert like Messervy to help you think about details that might not otherwise come into consideration For example she notes that south westerly winds cool you in the summer so you would want to be strategic not to block them with plantings Ever heard of a Drying Yard Me neither One of the greatest things you can do for the environment Messervy says is to use your own energy or utilize nature s energy instead of using fossil fuels With a little strategic planning you can dry your laundry outside using only the sun s natural energy There is nothing NOT beautiful about these Messervy says showing a slide image filled with perfectly spaced pants hanging on a clothesline Drying Yards aren t new ideas of course but in today s age of convenience most people don t think about drying their clothes outside the natural way It practically seems revolutionary And why not use a rake instead of using a loud leaf blower Your neighbors will thank you for not creating obnoxious noise and your body with thank you for it too If you missed the symposium consider checking out her new book Landscaping Ideas that Work Or if you are tech savvy do it yourselfer check out her app Home Outside Palette app for iPhone and iPad available soon for Android How do I know Messervy is a horticultural rock star When you ve designed a garden with Yo Yo Ma you certainly are At the Toronto Music Garden in Canada Messervy s challenge was How do you create a garden to a piece of music Bach s Suite No 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello BWV 1007 The ideas were all in the music I just recreated what I heard Messervy says Imagine a garden with prelude allemande courante sarabande minuets and gigue If nothing else it inspires me to rethink how I want to design my own garden pushing the limits of what I thought was possible this does Maybe I ll design my front yard to Radiohead s Transmutation and my Back Yard to Dan Mangan s Leaves Trees Forest Now if I can just get my

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  • Garden Partners with Blue Sky Fund to Provide Programming to 5th-7th Graders - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    via the Grow Works program an opportunity that involves education and service the volunteer component allows the educational program s fees to be compensated This is a great opportunity for middle schools and high schools who might be lacking funds for field trips Kids from Richmond s MLK Jr Middle School work on tree identification and classification as they explore the botanical garden Blue Sky s Explorers program aims to support teachers by providing SOL relevant experiences and lessons that augment their classroom teaching Last school year the Explorers program reached over 600 students at nine schools and saw a significant increase in the average science grades of the participants This school year the Explorers program expanded from only 3rd grades to adding 5th and 7th grade field trips as well During their visit the students focused on tree identification and classification as they explored Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Nicki the Garden s Youth Programs Developer explains I think horticulture is an especially great volunteer opportunity it creates social interaction team building connects community offers physical fitness and can be meditative as well as therapeutic Movement stimulates memory so volunteering paired with an educational program is a great match Blue Sky seeks to invest in young lives through on going outdoor programming These 7th grade Explorer students will be given the opportunity to continue their learning in a pilot summer program focused on STEM job training or to join a weekly Outdoor Adventure Club or eventually to go on wilderness trips in our leadership training program Blue Sky is on a mission to provide transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education We will give every young person the opportunity to discover themselves by actively engaging the natural world Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s passion is connecting people and plants

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  • Gardening: Growing Trends for 2014 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Goats and sheep are welcomed by some cities and suburbs to help control invasive plants Photo by Eva Monheim Forget chemicals and extra manpower When local codes allow try sheep and goats for removal of invasive plants Savvy neighborhood co ops also pool their resources for chickens that lay fresh eggs and eat pests such as ticks mosquitoes and larvae of mosquitoes and other insects New advocates Janet Rasmussen of Madison WI photographs orchids including Golden Treasure moth orchid in the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in March 2013 Lewis Ginter has been recognized as one of the Top 10 American Gardens Worth Traveling For Photo by P Kevin Morely Visitation continues to grow at botanical gardens and arboretums More people are being hooked into gardening not directly by the plants but by another part of the venue that attracts them in an indirect way Monheim said When people attend a botanical garden s outdoor concert or third party event with family and friends they may sense something bigger and become more mindful of the world around them They shift from me me me to how can I change things for a better environment in a larger context Repurposed land Youth volunteer workers harvesting basil from an area behind the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that used to be planted with grass Photo by Jonah Holland In Richmond and beyond urbanites are transforming vacant lots into sustainable community gardens Local volunteers and neighborhood residents work together to reap fresh vegetables and herbs as well as hands on training and newfound relationships There s cross generational education with the young teaching the old and the middle aged teaching the young Monheim said It s really fascinating there s no age limit when you go into a garden Food foraging One way of reducing invasive bamboo is to cut and eat it Photo by Eva Monheim It s very chic to not have to pay for food Monheim said so more individuals and special interest groups are scouring the wild for edibles From mushrooms and blackberries to bamboo and goutweed they harvest nature s bounty for their next meal Foragers want to see how much they can save but they need to be careful and know what they re doing Monheim cautioned Health and Income Leonard Morrow left shows Thomas Jefferson high school students Yasmin Nolan 16 center and Deonte Terry 17 some of the plants in the garden across for the school in Richmond Va AP Photo Richmond Times Dispatch Alexa Welch Edlund It s a healthy eating scene now Monheim said and urban gardens offer informal tastings of nutritious produce for neighbors who don t necessarily have healthful eating as a focus They taste new things and like them then they tell others Some urban gardeners take the trend one step further by creating garden co ops for revenue production It s an entrepreneur opportunity at a basic level Monheim said Pat Carrier s woodland garden in Goochland

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  • education
    us as a valuable resource and Read More Nov 19th 2009 Douglas Reed FASLA The Gillette Forum Podcast by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Now that you ve seen some of our reflections from The Gillette Forum I thought I d bring you some audio This is a recording of Douglas Reed FASLA of Hilderbrand Reed Landscape Architects speaking during one of his presentations titled Treading Lightly on the Land Case Read More Nov 16th 2009 What s Happening Now in the Children s Garden by Erin Wright Children s Garden Educator Horticulturist Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Here is the inside scoop on what s Happening Now in the Children s Garden right now Persimmon fruit in the Children s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The persimmons are still on the tree here in the Children s Garden The persimmon is one of my Read More Nov 12th 2009 The Gillette Forum My Reframed Beauty by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I came away from the Gillette Forum completely in awe of the job that landscape architects who are committed to creating beautiful but sustainable landscapes have The task of convincing those with the power the client to do the right thing environmentally seems daunting Read More Nov 11th 2009 The Incredible Power of One Sustainable Yard at a Time by Adele MacLean Program Developer Special Projects Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Gillette Forum the last of Lewis Ginter s four part 25th anniversary symposia was filled with many great stories images and ideas about how each of us can do our part to create landscapes that are both beautiful and environmentally Read More Nov 4th 2009 Come Visit our Human Sundial in the Children s Garden by Erin Wright Children s Garden Educator and Horticulturist Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Working in the Children s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is always a lot of fun the staff here loves learning about nature as much as we like teaching kids about it Krissi one of the Program Developers in the Children s Garden Read More Oct 2nd 2009 Green Tonic Urban Gardening for Health Wholeness Podcast Final Edition Rachel Flynn Leni Sorensen by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I m pleased to release the last two podcasts featuring Rachel Flynn and Leni Sorensen who spoke recently at our symposium Green Tonic Urban Gardening for Health Wholeness Rachel Flynn the City of Richmond s Director of Community Development spoke candidly about what s working well in Read More Sep 23rd 2009 Explore the Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly Saturday September 26 9 a m 10 30 am by Phyllis McLeod Laslett Adult Education Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When I was about ten never mind when that was I was playing in a neighbor s yard when a stream of Monarch butterflies came through It was a gray early fall day

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  • Vocational Program Expands into Food Service Training at the Garden Café - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the Garden Cafe Deep Run s CoWEP students have helped us expand of our Vocational Program from gardening related programs into the field of food service Participants go through the process of filling out a job application through the Garden s in house catering partner Meriwether Godsey and work in the Garden Café They also attend employee orientation which includes a safety in the workplace training After going through the employment process the students began reporting for work each Tuesday morning The group clocks in washes their hands reports to their supervisor Michelle and then begins their routine of tasks work that is typical in a commercial kitchen or restaurant At the end of the day they clock out again After months of participating in the program the students know the routine well The group runs like a well oiled machine Nathan Chen refilling the sugars I decided to have a sit down interview with the Vocational Program food service participants so you can learn more about the program First I talked to Kyle After his routine of filling salt and pepper shakers and disinfecting tables he took a break to talk to me CoWEP is all about jobs jobs that anyone can get It s a simple concept but a complicated situation for persons with disabilities in the workforce CoWEP and other job training programs are constantly in need of work sites like this who can partner for teaching programs Kyle is a great conversationalist and makes any topic colorful even when talking about work tasks Kyle confesses to me that food service is not his preferred career path his passion is inventions He has a refreshing interest in life and a drive that not everyone in the working world possesses He lets me know that he would like to be the manager one day This sort of intrinsic desire to thrive in the work force is what the Vocational Program is all about Chris Corsello helping to wash the silverware in the Garden Cafe Another student Nathan just recently started in the program He tells me about his other job sites through CoWEP and describes the different tasks he has done Here in the Garden Café I put the sugars in the right place I wipe down the tables Nathan s teacher David Kern shares with me that one day when Nathan was wiping tables he took the initiative to start wiping down the chairs as well going above and beyond expectations I was excited to hear about that My last interviewee Chris has a magnetic smile His grin gets bigger and bigger with each question I ask about volunteering at the Garden The question that excites him the most is when I ask about his favorite activity in the Café washing silverware We discuss his years of volunteer service which spans different jobs in a variety departments and I ask again if washing silverware is really his favorite activity he affirms with a louder Yes followed by

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  • Gardening: Natural Decorations Bring the Outdoors In - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    so it means something to them When they bring different plants inside for the holidays they are reminded of special places people or jobs from their past Adventure and exercise are bonus benefits of exploring landscapes gardens and woodlands during the gathering process Elton recommended obtaining landowner permission before the hunt and looking for color and fragrance as well as beauty and uniqueness Greenery is perhaps the easiest to find but don t overlook seed heads seedpods fallen deciduous leaves and sprays of berries that offer contrasting hues and textures Some natural resources work best as fresh cuttings while many leaves and flowers must be preserved in advance for use later during the holiday season Another key is letting nature motivate you to harvest and create what interests you Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg and family traditions Elton takes the idea of all natural one step further When he harvests items for holiday décor he focuses on native plants those originating in this region before European settlement Virginia s native plants encourage thinking about the history of the area he said You re carrying on a tradition by decorating just like people have been doing for hundreds of years Back to nature decorating tips Remember that cutting shrubs and trees for holiday decorations doubles as pruning so carefully consider where to cut for maintaining the plant s natural form Prune branches that butt against structures or cross other limbs and always take the cut back to a lateral branch Some berries are poisonous such as mistletoe so keep those arrangements and small objects out of reach for small children and pets Cuttings may last longer if the freshly cut ends are soaked overnight in water or sprayed with an anti transpirant that reduces water loss Research what works best with each plant before treating since some foliage may turn black become sticky or wither more quickly if improperly treated The same applies to preserving leaves flowers and stems Determine whether the plant typically responds better to air drying or silica gel Identify plants before cutting Poison ivy can add color but the inherent cost could be an itchy rash Avoid at risk native species and insect infested plants Regularly check natural decorations for freshness and have a backup plan for replacing fresh greenery Recycle or compost spent greenery Sampling of Virginia s native decoratives Evergreens White pine loblolly pine longleaf pine American holly Atlantic white cedar Eastern red cedar North American fir Leaves Southern magnolia mountain laurel galax Branches Red twig dogwood Berried shrubs Winterberry mistletoe Acorns Willow oak burr oak overcup oak Cones Eastern hemlock loblolly pine longleaf pine Bark River birch Seedpods Seed heads Sweetgum tulip poplar Southern magnolia Virginia thistle cattails Branches Maple birch wild rose willow Leaves Sassafras red maple silver maple Flowers Oakleaf hydrangea flowering dogwood Harvest at prime bloom during growing season then preserve and store until needed Native magnolia seedpods and hemlock cones are paired with cones from non native Japanese cryptomeria Editor s

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  • Are You Crafty? Join us for Crafty Wednesdays! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    year our theme this year is A Natural Love Affair and I am even more excited to bring Crafty Wednesdays to GardenFest The Garden has been decked out with birds bees butterflies and flowers I couldn t think of a better way to celebrate this theme then to tie our weekly Crafty Wednesdays activities into our Wildlife Tree located in the Children s Garden I chose to make a few eye catching and easy to make ornaments that would help feed our furry and feathered friends I featured these decorations on the tree which is located by the entrance to the Children s Garden Representatives from Keep Henrico Beautiful and CVWMA shared some clever craft ideas and fun takeaways Last night I looked on as our visitors were crafting away stringing bits of dried fruit to make a festive feeder for birds and squirrels Many families took their crafts home so they could enjoy watching the local wildlife enjoy their treats for their own home A large number of generous visitors also donated their hard work to the Wildlife Tree When I walked over to the tree this morning it was full of new decorations As I looked underneath the tree I saw the remnants of nibbled on ornaments Our gifts are being appreciated This year we also partnered with Keep Henrico Beautiful and Central Virginia Waste Management Authority CVWMA with bonus craft activities Crafty Wednesdays is held from 5 8pm on Wednesday nights during Dominion GardenFest of Lights except Christmas Day December 25 and New Year s Day January 1 On Dec 31st we will have a whole different kind of celebration planned with our New Year s Eve Family Frolic so be sure to check that out I hope you come visit me Classroom 1 in the Education

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  • A Natural Love Affair in the Library - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    scientist with a natural history museum Jan Brett has bordered almost every page with illustrations of specimens that would be found in a natural history museum rocks shells feathers seed pods fossils So naturally the library had to be decorated that way too I sent out a call for donations to create a nature study in the library Chlamys madisonius a fossil from the lower James River Mortar and pestle from the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville The results of my search have been fantastic We have stuffed birds snake skins minerals rocks and fossils We have buckets of shells for playing and posters for studying We have an oryx skull cypress knees and shark teeth Sand dollars petrified wood a four hundred year old pestle and mortar the list goes on and on And we have terrariums and miniature gardens There truly is something for everyone in the library As always our horticulturists have outdone themselves with our two trees a summer tree in the main room and a spring tree in the reading room Lots of dried botanical materials from our garden are used on the trees and the scenery around them corn snake skin from the Children s Garden snake Amazonite found in Amelia County on loan from the Richmond Gem and Mineral Society If you save the library for last on your GardenFest visit you ll be happy to know that we have comfortable chairs so that you can rest and reflect on all of the beautiful things you ve seen at the Garden If you come to the library first seeing all this natural beauty will energize you for your grand walk around the garden Whether first or last on your itinerary your library visit is guaranteed to be fun and educational About

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