Last Saturday I had a chance to visit one of my favorite Richmond spots, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Jonah Holland, the marketing guru for the gardens, took a group of local bloggers on a special tour. In addition to the wonderfully appointed new rose gardens, and the children's area with a great climbable Mulberry tree, the special Butterfly exhibit is worth the trip alone.
One of the garden's secrets is unfolding on a plot behind the conservatory. What looks to be about an acre of land has been cultivated and worked by volunteers in growing a host of vegetables- tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplants and other goodies. And the best part of the equation is that Richmond's Foodbank stands to benefit with a goal of 10,000 pounds of fresh produce this summer.
Lewis Ginter was one of the city's 20th century visonaries. And the garden does a great job of maintaining his legacy. Plan to attend Green Tonic on August 4-5 to learn about " Urban Gardening for Health and Wholeness." For more details check out the website and take time to smell the flowers