Archive for September, 2008

Please welcome guest blogger, Phyllis Laslett, who is the adult education coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
A little about Phyllis? The peaceful West Island Garden is her favorite part of Lewis Ginter, with the sarracenias (pitcher plants), shadbush, and iris offering wonderful color and variety. ….

Once upon a time in my life, I did want a colonial-style herb garden, but I got over that, along with a fondness for straight lines and boxwood. But, I’ve never gotten over book lust. Recently, an advance copy of the book Flowers and Herbs of Early America landed on my desk, and while normally I would give the title—and subject—a pass, the spectacular image of Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-Mist) on the cover convinced me to open it.

Lawrence Griffith, curator of plants for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, researched contemporary colonial records for references of plants commonly grown in gardens, then he trialed (grew in measured plots, kept detailed notes and collected seed) as many of these plants as possible over several years. He discusses not only classical and European references to these plants, but also includes his own notes from having grown the plants over many seasons. He’s upfront in his observations on the growth habits and appearance of each plant, and entries are generously illustrated with Barbara Temple Lombardi’s exquisite photographs. Even his brief section on ‘also-rans’ is informative.

Griffith will speak Wednesday, October 8 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at noon on his research and his book; copies of the book will be available for sale. Pre-registration is required: the lecture includes a light lunch, and costs $18 for Garden members and $28 for non-members. The book is $50—and it’s worth it. As Garden Executive Director Frank Robinson notes “Not only is this a useful work for the garden historian, historic gardener, and cottage gardener, but it has great relevance to twenty-first-century gardening.”

What’s not to like about a book with gorgeous photographs and an author who tosses off lines like: “Though ungainly, coarse, and pedestrian, viper’s bugloss has its charm.”!

Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s calendar for details.


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Photo by Heather Weimer, courtesy of the My Great Richmond Photo Contest
My Greater Richmond recently sponsored a photo contest all about our wonderful Richmond Region. This website is a great place to go and see beautiful photos of the Richmond and the surrounding area and to get ideas for things to go see or do. The best part of all? The first place winner for Henrico County was a photo of an amazing sunset right here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!

So, go check out the winning photos. Even the submissions that didn’t win, are really interesting to help us appreciate all the beauty we have here in Richmond.
And remember Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is part of your community. Yes, people drive from all over to visit, but sometimes it takes a beautiful photo like this to remind us what is in our own backyard.

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The Henrico Master Gardener Association will host the Henrico Harvest Fair, Saturday, Oct. 18th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park, 4001 Clarendon Road — just down Laburnum Avenue from Lewis Ginter. Admission to the festival is free.
Events will include classes, demonstrations, and family activities related to gardening — with topics including winter gardening, indoor herbs, buiding a rain barrel and more. Demonstrations will include beekeeping, pruning and composting along with hands-on activities.
In addition to adult classes, which are $10, there will also be $8 classes for children grade K-5. Pre-registration is required and the form can be accessed online or by calling 501-5160.

In addition, The Master Gardener Association will hold its Green Elephant
Sale of garden related books, tools and plants. And over 20 vendors will sell their products and services.

The Harvest Fair is presented in cooperation with the
Henrico Extension Office and the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks, and will be held rain or shine.

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