Forestry and Gardening

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Recent record highs this winter may have you seeing green in your garden long before you should.
 

Salvia is a sage plant with bright purple flowers, that usually doesn’t bloom until the middle of summer.

“So it’s really strange that we see it still with some green foliage and those beautiful flowers,” says Grace Chapman Elton, director of horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
 

Elton says there are lots of plants she’d expect to be dead this time of year, but aren’t -pointing out another type of Sage, Pineapple Sage.

Students at Virginia Tech are getting a real taste of what it’s like to deal with invasive species.  Once they’re established, it’s almost impossible to eradicate them, but as we hear in this report, some are saying, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em.  Eat ‘em.

“OK most creative: We have a tie for second …”

Assistant professor of invasive plant pathology, Jacob Barney is announcing the winners at this invasive species potluck.

“And we have the crawfish cornbread.  But the clear favorite was the ice cream.”

Karl and Hari Berzins, along with their two children, live in a tiny home in Floyd County. Their whole home is smaller in square footage than the average living room. Much of the material is reclaimed: the roof, siding, and interior wood. In part two of our tiny home visit, we learn no space goes unused.

 

In 1974 the average new home in the U.S. was just shy of 1,700 square feet. By 2014 the average new home size was over 2,600 square feet.  Even with that trend there is an opposing one where homes are shrinking to sizes smaller than the average living room.

Today, we meet Karl and Hari Berzins who, along with their two children, live in a Floyd County home that's only 8 feet by 21 feet in total size.

Raise Your Own Pollinators

Jul 20, 2015

Virginia has lost 40-50% of its honey bee colonies since 2014, and a nursery in Richmond is taking action... urging its customers to help save these essential insects.

Jenny Jenkins Rash  is the Garden Center Manager at Sneed’s, a family owned nursery that’s done business in Richmond for 40 years.  Lately, she’s noticed something is missing from the lush grounds off Huguenot Road.

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