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We're Excited About Environmental Education!

Happy New Year Garden lovers!  Perhaps some of you have resolved to going green this year and I encourage everyone to practice a new green habit!   We, the Youth Education team at MBG, are passionate about leading a green lifestyle (always a work in progress) and connecting children with nature to instill an appreciation for what Earth provides us. We all come from diverse backgrounds, giving us each the perfect blend of creativity and inspiration that allows us to implement a... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Friday, January 4, 2013 | 2 comments

Hawks and Owls Call MBG Home

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear." ~Baba Ram Das If you've had the opportunity to explore the Garden as much as I have, you may have had an exciting sighting, as one visitor did recently. After one of our youth education classes, I was notified that a visitor had come upon a large bird sitting in the middle of one of the Wildflower Woodland trails. We went to go see the bird, it didn't want to move, and just sat, uncharacteristically, in the path while she walked... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 0 comments

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

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

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

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

Don't just sit there twiddlin' your green thumbs!

Perhaps you've noticed...the weather is cooling down, rain has greened things up, and fall is officially just around the corner. It's time to get back outside and start working on your own little piece of paradise, and we have plenty of opportunities for education and inspiration at the Garden this month! Wednesday, September 12th, Commercial Appeal columnist Fred Morgan will present a brown bag lunch talk on Tree Care Do's & Don'ts for the Homeowner , from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. ... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Monday, September 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Signs of Autumn

Even though our long summer drought has been interrupted by recent rains it is good to be aware that wasps and other stinging insects are irritable and defensive at this time of year. Dry weather, shorter days and a small supply of nectar all added together make them ready to sting if you invade their space. Try to stay away from blooming plants during the hottest and sunny part of the day and move with slow deliberate motion. Usually they are more tolerant of your presence early in the day... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Monday, September 10, 2012 | 0 comments


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