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Category: fall

Complimentary Colors In The Fall Landscape (Guest post by Stephanie Cosby)

Late Fall and the onset of Winter light challenges the photographer with it's harsh cool light and cold temperatures. The best times to get softer light referred to as the "Magic Hour" or the "Golden Hour" in photography is the first and last hour of sunlight on a typical sunny day. In Memphis, right now that would be 7am - 8am and 4pm - 5pm, both chilly times when your fingers feel frozen and the camera is sluggish. So, even though I didn't pick the best time of day to shoot for this post (2pm... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 0 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


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

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

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


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