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Butterfly Garden like Monet's Garden (guest post by Stephanie C. Cosby)

Right now the Butterfly Garden is a riot of color and the butterflies are out enjoying the nectar. Big banks of purple Asters, Butterfly Bushes, Lantana, Salvias...and lots of benches to sit and watch (or listen to butterfly wings!). I love that an entire garden can be created just for the butterflies. I love that in our extremely scheduled and fast lives we can head off to a remote corner of the city; which is the Butterfly Garden, at the back of the Memphis Botanic Garden, and we can just... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Sunday, October 28, 2012 | 1 comments


It’s finally fall!  The weather is turning and so are the leaves!   The ash trees by Ray Deaton Lake (a.k.a. "Audubon Lake) at the back of the Garden provide some of the best fall color at MBG. When you get just enough wind the golden leaves dance in the wind all around. It’s a picture perfect scene. The weather will be perfect tomorrow for our annual Halloween Hike that begins in this beautiful spot and takes you and your family on a fun hike through the Garden, with... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, October 26, 2012 | 0 comments

An Apple a Day

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but at Memphis Botanic Garden it also brings school children to the Harvest Festival. Our Harvest Festival is taking place this year October 23-26 and October 29-November 2 . This is an annual event and a tradition for many schools. It helps supplement the lessons they have learned in the classroom.   This year we added a new and exciting station all about apples and apple cider. With the help of a grant from Tennessee... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, October 26, 2012 | 0 comments

Behind 'The Back 40' - Natural Garden Design (guest post by Stephanie Cosby)

If you were thinking about stopping by the Botanic Garden for a walk in the next few weeks, you will not be disappointed. Each garden or area has its special purpose, but right now (this month), there is one area not to miss! The Botanic Garden calls it The Back 40 , or among staff, 'toward the compost pile'. It's the area between the MBG side, side bank of Audubon Lake and the Butterfly Garden. You might know it as the area in the back with huge trees.  Further on, behind those trees,... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 0 comments

En Plein Air

"En plein air" is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. For centuries, artists have taken advantage of the benefits of plein air painting, drawing on the inspiration of their natural surroundings, fresh, invigorating breezes, and light conditions that are especially conducive to creating beautiful works of art. Recently, during a walk around the grounds, I happened upon a group of students with instructor Chantel... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Arrival of the Stone Queen…

Our Herb Garden has a new guardian watching over the five hundred resident plants. Memphian Steven K. Hickman recently donated the statue to MBG in honor of Jimmy and Mary Ann Graham. Steven says that they found the statue several years ago while on an antique-buying trip to Europe. He believes the statue may be portraying Eleanor of Castile…the 13th Century queen who inspired the “Eleanor Crosses”. ( ). Eleanor died in 1290... Read More
Posted by Mary Helen Butler at Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 0 comments

To pull or not to pull...

The battle over yellow nut sedge has begun in the new Nature Photography Garden (NPG). This is a serious weed, or plant thug as I like to call it, in the mid south and through out the United States. The major issue with this weed is its tenacity. Growing in low damp areas, it spreads by underground stems (rhizomes), which are attached to small nodules or nuts. This leads to the plant forming small, but growing colonies which can extend to 10 ft. It also spreads by its tiny seeds. Thinking... Read More
Posted by nick esthus at Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 2 comments

Botanical Biergarten: a special event celebrating a new partnership! (Guest post by Claire Moss)

(Claire Moss is the Executive Director of Harwood Center, and it has been a pleasure working in partnership with Claire and her staff, board, and volunteers. Thanks, Claire for posting with us!) Harwood Center and the Memphis Botanic Garden are excited to announce our new partnership focusing on children in the Memphis Community.  Founded in 1957, Harwood Center is a specialized education program for children aged 18 months to 5 years who are experiencing delays in their... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Fall at the Garden

  Most people think of the Spring when they consider visiting the Memphis Botanic Garden but if they do, they are missing the wonderful offerings of Fall at the Garden.     Late afternoon especially is nice because the  light from the West adds a special glow to the ground and for some reason, the smells of the garden seem to accelerate during this time.  Whether you are visiting the woodlands, wandering through the year old Herb... Read More
Posted by Jim Duncan at Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 2 comments

Gardening in Small Spaces

As time goes by, it seems like all of us have less time for almost everything that is a part of our lives.  Gardening is certainly not an exception.  The trend seems to be larger homes on smaller lots or apartments or zero lots without a really defined garden where often times most gardening is done in pots or other containers.   I prefer using the English term “garden” rather than the American “yard” when referring to an outdoor planting.  A garden could then be a... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Monday, October 1, 2012 | 2 comments


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