Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens events through April

by admin on March 12, 2017

Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners
Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Learn the basics of beekeeping by learning the common tasks that define the rhythm of the beekeeper’s year. Assistance in ordering equipment and bees, a workshop to assemble your hive with expert beekeeper help and hands-on instruction are all included.

Erica Lohan: Nature in Detail
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Saturday, April 29, 2017
Visit Gallery II in the Kelly Education Center March 4 – April 29 for Erica Lohan’s solo exhibition. Free with Garden admission.

Building Good Garden Soil: March
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Everything starts with the soil! Find out how to build your soil for spring gardening. Learn the characteristics of basic soil types, and how to analyze your own soils, including amendment techniques, drainage, and more. A garden walk shows you how Lewis Ginter horticulturists remediate different parts of the Garden’s soil. Instructor: Karin Stretchko, Agriculture Specialist, J. Sargent Reynolds Community College.

PokéMondays at the Garden
Monday, March 6, 2017
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So many people are having fun playing Pokemon Go at the Garden that we decided to celebrate with PokéMondays — every Monday March 6 – October 30. When you visit on Mondays during this time, we’ll have lures to attract even more Pokémon for our guests! The Garden is a great place to play Pokemon Go – lots of PokeStops, two gyms, a good variety of Pokemon, and a great place to walk and explore. To learn more about Pokémon…

Ginter in the Morning: March
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the collection, offered monthly except January, July, and August. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden.

Botany and Journaling with Lara Call Gastinger
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Explore botany and art together. Join botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger to learn how to use a sketchbook to observe the ways plants change each month. Explore strategies to condense the natural world within the pages of your sketchbook. This class meets once a month for three months to document seasonal changes.

Spring Pruning for Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees
Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pick up tips on how to prune shrubs and small trees for good spring growth. Instructor Joel Koci of Arborcare, Inc., describes the basics of pruning, discusses appropriate pruning times for various woodies, and demonstrates techniques. Bring questions about personal pruning problems. Joel Koci is a certified arborist, and holds a Masters in Ornamental Horticulture from Virginia Tech. He is an extension agent in urban forestry at Virginia State University.

Vegetable Gardening the Organic Way
Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn the basics of gardening the earth-friendly way! Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano discusses how to ‘go green’ with your garden, including soil amendments, plant maintenance and pest control. Heather focuses on growing vegetables in our area, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties that grow well in the Richmond area. Take home a packet of seeds to start your spring garden.

Rose Pruning 101
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join the Rose Garden Horticulturist, Laurie McMinn, for this introduction to basic rose garden pruning. Learn best practices for pruning, and spend time in the Rose Garden for a hands-on demonstration.

Pen and Ink for Botanical Illustration: March
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Primarily associated with scientific illustration because of its ease for reproduction in books and scientific journals, pen and ink is a valuable tool for the botanical artist. Instructor Lorraine Brevig helps you build and expand on your previous experiences with drawing and rendering in graphite. Become familiar with and practice the use of conventional dipping pens such as the crowquill, and experiment with technical pens such as a Rapidograph pen. Practice with a variety of drawing surfaces to create a clean,…

Floral Design with Tropicals
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Brighten up gray winter days with tropical flowers and greens. Instructor Mimi Cassick shows you how to create stunning, designs with these exotic materials.

Jacobean Embroidery: Illuminated Letters
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Students already familiar with Crewel embroidery design and stitch an illuminated letter using botanical elements (flowers, leaves, berries) for borders and background in the medieval style. The project can be framed or scanned, printed, and laminated for placemats and coasters to personalize your dinner service. Fabric and threads are included. A list of additional supplies is sent after registration.

Tree Care Symposium: Ensuring Best Practices
Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Look at how tree populations are changing and consider new approaches to adaptable species. Examine how to ensure best selection,planting, pruning, and maintenance practices, and updates on the effect of changing climates on insect outbreaks. Fee: $60 includes morning continental breakfast and lunch.

Digging In: Tips, Tools, and Time Savers
Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Instructor Beth Burrell helps you take your home landscape to new places in this class. Step-by-step advice on plants best suited for the Richmond area, site preparation, proper planting techniques, and the finishing touches are discussed. Perfect for beginning home gardeners or new homeowners!

Virginia Daffodil Society Show
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Sunday, April 2, 2017
Regular Garden admission The daffodil show features hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers.

A Million Blooms
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Thursday, June 1, 2017
Details: Included with Garden admission The Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more. Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly the Spring Plant Sale), and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Pinwheels for Prevention Garden
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Saturday, April 29, 2017
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels will be “planted” in the Terrace Lawn (adjacent to the Cochrane Rose Garden), each representing a child served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s Healthy Families program.

Ginter in the Morning: April
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the collection, offered monthly except January, July, and August. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden.

Richmond African Violet Society Show & Sale
Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Saturday, April 8, 2017
Free to the public; regular admission to enter the Garden Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 6-8, 2017 Hours: SALE: Friday, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. SHOW: Saturday, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lunchtime Lecture: Say It with Color
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
David Pippin shows you how to create a colorful arrangement by using hues of monochromatic colors to produce a sophisticated, subtle effect.

April Wine Dinner
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April Farm to Table Wine Dinner in the Cochrane Rose Garden — featuring locally sourced items paired with great wines. Reservations will be available at teahouseevents.com.

The Beginner’s Perennial Garden: Spring Session
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Perennials can provide almost year-round color in an easy-care garden. This workshop introduces you to hardy perennials, simple starter plans, and the basics of soil preparation. Instructor Beth Burrell (The Giving Tree) shares her years of experience as a landscape designer—including how to create a garden on a site with bad soil!

Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am – Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Regular Garden admission Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Runs April 14 – October 15, 2017.

Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit
Saturday, April 15, 2017 – Sunday, April 16, 2017
April 15 & 16, 2017 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Regular Garden admission Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days) during Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit. Easter Brunch in the Robins Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Also enjoy A Million Blooms!

WaterPlay | Weekends
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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WaterPlay During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

Easter Brunch at Robins Tea House
Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Regular Garden admission Enjoy a Price-Fixe Easter brunch in the Lora Robins Tea House overlooking the Asian Valley garden. Sunday Only. Seatings at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Reservations open Feb. 14 at teahouseevents.com. NO phone reservations please.

WaterPlay | Weekdays (Spring Schedule)
Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm
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WaterPlay During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

Basic Floral Design, Part 2
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
This class continues Mimi Cassick’s beginning class: expand your knowledge of composition, cut flower preparation, and mechanics for various types of arrangements. Fee includes all materials except floral snips.

Historic Garden Week Extended Hours (Wednesday only)
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Regular Garden admission To celebrate Historic Garden Week, the Garden has extended hours on this night only with historic Bloemendaal House open to the public; live music, dining, shopping and more.

Spring Container Garden Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Container gardens help you maximize small spaces and they’re easy to care for! Garden designer Beth Burrell shows you how to plan your container garden, from soil mixes and planting techniques to design tips and succession planting for seasonal color. Then create your own container garden under Beth’s guidance. Soil and plant material provided, students bring a suitable container.

Patio Vegetable Gardens
Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
No space for a traditional vegetable garden? Is your only open space a balcony, deck, or patio? Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano shows you how to plan an abundant vegetable garden with containers, including best plant selections, techniques for growing up, not out, and more.

Plants for Spring
Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Garden Horticulturist Dean Deitrich discusses reliable, interesting plants that provide ongoing interest as the seasons change. He includes tips for selecting, placing, planting, and caring for his selections as well as the dark side—what problems are common to them. Tour the Garden with Dean to see mature examples in place.

Bee Helpers: Plantings and Practices to Attract Pollinators
Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Learn how to support honey bees and other important pollinators in your own yard through companion planting and pesticide-free practices.

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