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Mornings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in summer means you’ll hear the sounds of teenagers chatting between rows of Swiss chard & beets, cherry tomatoes & bell peppers. Teens, age 13-18, come work at the Garden despite the summer heat because they feel drawn to work in the Community Kitchen Garden — a large-scale gardening project that last year produced 12,454 lbs. of fresh, local vegetables to give to Central Virginia’s neediest citizens in 2012.

The Peter Paul Development Center Children's Garden Community Gardens allows kids to grow plants in the inner city of Richmond.

"Lynden Miller & the volunteers plant the Conservatory Garden’s North Garden borders with thousands of Korean Chrysanthemums."

Difu Wu, volunteer at Casey Trees. He says, "I enjoy learning about trees and giving back to the community as the trees I plant can benefit generations to come. I also enjoy meeting new folks – the people working and volunteering at Casey Trees are some of the nicest people to work with. The time and locations of events are also convenient for me. I am typically free on Saturdays when Casey Trees holds most of its events, and most locations are readily accessible."

John Boggan, botanist, plant breeder, and garden blogger in Washington, DC. .


In New Jersey, a Little Acre of Unsung Plants

Linwood Arboretum, a collection of unusual plants on a tiny plot, has been called “the smallest arboretum in the world.”

Student's at Richmond City Schools Carver Elementary working with Richmond Tree Stewards to plant 116 trees.

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Interview With Garden Writer Allen Lacy

"Allen Lacy is without doubt one of my favorite garden writers. For roughly forty years he has written about plants and gardens with passion, knowledge, and gentle (often self-mocking) humor. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Home Ground, In a Green Shade, The Garden in Autumn, Farther Afield, and The Gardener’s Eye. For a dozen years he wrote a newspaper column on gardening, first at The Wall Street Journal and then the New York Times...."