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  • 5 Easy Tips for an End-of-Summer Garden Makeover - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    bring back into active bloom for September until frost 2 WEED VIGOROUSLY Keep the weeds out to make sure the good plants get the sunlight nutrients and water they need Fall mulching will greatly keep down the weeds as well as keeping a neat and tidy look 3 USE INTERESTING FOLIAGE Fill in bare spots with plants with beautiful foliage herbs are often a good choice Use basil rosemary variegated sage and golden oregano 4 PLANT ANNUALS Although they only last one season annuals can provide blooms until frost Use them to fill in a perennial garden or containers where color is desired as a focal point in the fall garden Check plant nurseries and garden centers annuals are often discounted at the end of the summer Some great fall and winter annuals include ornamental kales and cabbages as well as pansies and violas which will often persist and bloom until spring Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden uses them to provide winter interest and also complement the bulb display in the spring 5 PLANT CHRYSANTHEMUMS When garden hardy chrysanthemums become available select and plant them in late August or early September before flowers open most have color tags to indicate floral effects Space at least one hand s width apart Planting chrysanthemums before they bloom helps establish the root system resulting in longer lasting flowers These plants will brighten up any fall garden and extend the enjoyment until spring flowering bulbs are planted in late October or early November Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s 2013 Fall Plant Sale is Friday September 20 10 a m 6 p m and Saturday September 21 9 a m 3 p m About Beth Monroe Beth Monroe is public relations and marketing director at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden She feels honored to be part of

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  • A Bloomin' Workout: Nudge Yourself to Get More Out of Your Garden Membership - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    my health Friendly competition and learning what sort of workouts my coworkers enjoy has allowed me to get to know them better and encouraged me to make healthier choices at least when they are around I ve been so impressed with my coworkers Who knew that Steve Garden Shop Assistant was such a workout aficionado doing cardio elliptical and a fitness class all in one week and leading the Nudge Lewis Ginter Club Leaderboard Or that Heather Children s Garden Horticulturist does 180 minutes of Yard Work every day Wait I think we did know that We just call it gardening Of course gardening is great exercise and gardening is what we do That s one of the many reasons why this partnership is a great fit Plus I love giving my coworkers High Fives when they do something great Fitness is really important to the Garden staying active and fit is part of our culture Did you know we offer morning and evening yoga and Tai Chi at the Garden Some other botanical gardens have also had great success with walking clubs Would you be interested in a walking club here at the Garden Walking is a great walk to relieve stress boost energy improve health and walking with friends or soon to be friends makes you more likely to show up Did you know that it is roughly 25 miles from Visitor s Center to Bloemendaal House or Children s Garden Chances are every time you come to the Garden you walk at least a mile We hope that you join Nudge and that you join the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden club on Nudge I can t wait to give you our blog readers a High Five when you do Yoga in Flagler Garden About Jonah Holland Jonah

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  • What's Your Favorite Butterfly? - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Holland by Sally Stockslager Assistant Butterfly Curator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Philaethria dido or Scarce Bamboo Page butterfly In the Butterflies LIVE exhibit my favorite butterfly changes like the weather changes This week the Philaethria dido or Scarce Bamboo Page butterfly has caught my heart Green is an uncommon color in the butterfly word so it stands out among its peers This butterfly is found in Mexico south to the Amazon Basin 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 Tips

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  • Joe Pye in the Sky - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    See the bright spot of blue That s Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica But if you really want to be impressed stop for a minute Look closely at a bloom You ll see the green leaves are complemented by a dark pink stem and the heads of the flowers are many up of tiny pointed buds just right for bees Bee And if you hold still you might even spot a butterfly So pause under a tree take a seat on a bench just stop a moment It may be a weed but Joe Pye has quite a lot of beauty in store if you re willing to look for it Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus left and a Viceroy Limenitis archippus right About Caitlin Puffenberger Caitlin Puffenberger is a former PR Marketing Intern You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming Student Teacher Art Show http ourlittleacre blogspot com Kylee from Our Little Acre Beautiful photos But that s not a monarch in your one photo It s a Viceroy and a common identification mistake http lewisginter org blog Jonah Holland Oh Kylee we went back and forth on that one quite a few times It looks like a Viceroy because of the black pattern on the rear part of the wings right Let me send this over to our Butterflies LIVE staff and see if they can research it some more Thanks again for pointing out your concern that it might be incorrect so that we can confirm the ID I ll post a comment here again when I hear back from them http lewisginter org blog Jonah Holland Kylee After talking to our Butterflies LIVE staff we agree it s a Viceroy Thanks so much for tipping us off I ll correct it in the

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  • Dig In! at the Richmond Public Library Summer Reading Finale - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Children s Garden Kristin Mullen Early Childhood Program Developer and volunteers will feature On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole Caroline lives on Meadowview Street But where s the meadow Where s the view There s nothing growing in her front yard except grass Then she spots a flower and a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all Activity Make a recycled seed ball Create a seed ball to start of your own wildlife habitat at home Here are the steps Mash recycled shredded paper with water to create paper pulp Squeeze out the excess water Flatten and sprinkle with dill seeds Roll into a ball Throw seed ball into your garden Dill is a host plant for swallowtail caterpillars and a delicious herb for your kitchen Carrot Soup by John Segal Rabbit s favorite time of year is spring when he can plant his garden He plows plants waters weeds and waits for his carrots to grow while looking forward to eating carrot soup But at harvest time he finds that all of his beloved plants are gone As he asks his neighbors if they have seen his produce each one skillfully avoids answering Disappointed Rabbit returns home to discover that his friends have organized a party and cooked his favorite soup Activity Toss together your own carrot soup What ingredients will you put in YOUR carrot soup Choose your plastic vegetables and toss them into the soup pot from afar how many of your ingredients make it in We hope you can join us 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

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  • The Gift of Luna - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit or seen them but did you know there is a story behind them The Garden s naturalist friend Linda McBride gave us 15 of her Luna moth Actias luna caterpillars for display After receiving permission from the USDA who issues our exhibit permit we eagerly housed our new caterpillars in a large net with fresh American sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua tree leaves to eat Since that time all of the caterpillars have made cocoons Come join us this week and see what other surprise visitors we have If you d like to meet Linda McBride in person she will be teaching a class at the Garden on August 13 entitled Butterfly Gardening The class is FREE for Garden Members and 15 for others Register now Naturalist Linda McBride discusses basic butterfly anatomy and reproduction for species common in our area and food and nectar plants She ll discuss basic requirements for a butterfly garden emphasizing native plants our local pollinators prefer and touch on dangers to these insects including predators and habitat loss Following the presentation Linda will have a show and tell with live specimens Interested participants may join Linda for a brief garden walk to observe pollinators in 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 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

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  • An Insider's View of Butterflies LIVE! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    1st 2013 An Insider s View of Butterflies LIVE by Jonah Holland by Sally Stockslager Assistant Butterfly Curator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The transformation As an assistant butterfly curator in the house of butterflies aka Butterflies LIVE I wear many hats Sometimes I am a gardener teacher or butterfly body guard The variety in my job lends to many interesting observations The hot humid conditions are designed with the butterflies not humans in mind I help people to understand they are a visitor in the butterflies home and to be a good visitor by being careful where they step I love showing them all the amazing things going on if they take the time to observe Look at what I saw on Saturday I imagine this caterpillar saying I hope someday I will be as beautiful as you Wow miracles do happen I will be just as beautiful as you now I am hanging with my peers Monarch chrysalids in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit 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 Tips Visiting Busy GardenFest Garden s E news Sign

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  • Finally, a Reason to Love the Sweet Gum Tree - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    our neighbors who had none When my kids were 2 and 6 still in that seeking to please stage where they relished any job with responsibility I d send them out with a bucket from their sand toys and tell them to bring me back as many prickly balls as they could find Later when they were no longer enamored with the task I offered them a nickel for each one And finally we resorted to the family raking them on a regular basis and using our now 8 year old boy to stomp them down standing in the trashcan like a human tamper So when I walked into the Butterflies LIVE exhibit yesterday and saw a new display case filled with sweet gum branches my jaw dropped What where they doing in here And then I saw it the most beautiful lime green caterpillars ever They were climbing all eating the leaves Turns out Luna moths use the sweet gum tree Liquidambar styraciflua as a host plant It s not the only tree the caterpillars will eat but it s one found commonly here in the Richmond area The timing of the addition of the luna moths to our Butterflies LIVE exhibit is perfect too Did you know that this week is National Moth Week It is Look for some surprise appearances of other moths in the near future too Be sure to tune into the Garden s Facebook page we ll let you know when these guys transform into beautiful Luna moths And finally after 8 years of living in my house I have a reason to be grateful or the sweet gum trees in my back yard Also me and my kids have something else to look for in my backyard besides those prickly gum balls About

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