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Info, Info, Anywhere?

  Where do I go for plant information? The old school way at the local library? The internet? My next door neighbor? Educational TV? Hmmmm. Maybe all of the above (if your neighbor is a professor, a horticulturist, or an Extension Agent, or so)! I really love libraries: the smell and feel of a book in my hand is one of my favorite things. Going to a library can be problematical, however, I usually need the plant information while I am at work and the hour or two that is needed to get to... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Memphis Potters' Guild Member, Jen Winfrey

      The Memphis Botanic Garden features blooms that last year 'round!     Memphis Potters' Guild Member, Jen Winfrey is famous for her sculptural  and mosaic flowers: works of art that never wilt, and they are just a sampling of the functional and decorative examples of the ceramists' art available at the Memphis Potters' Guild Holiday Show, November 20 - 21, in the Botanic Garden's Goldsmith Civic Center.           Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 0 comments

MBG Arborist Chris O'Bryan talks trees

During the summer at MBG, our camps get kids hooked on trees, wildlife, soil, gardening, and nature in general. In preparing for the Backyard Explorers Camp (July 20-24) for ages 10-12, I really wanted these tween-agers to receive input from local professionals in the natural sciences that their interests can turn into careers. For our day focused on trees and forests, who else would be my special guest other than our very own Garden Arborist? Chris O’Bryan has been part of our... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Friday, October 30, 2015 | 0 comments

November is a month for Giving Thanks

  November is a month for Giving Thanks.  We’d like to express our heartfelt appreciation for all of those who help to enhance the Garden and support our operations by making donations for trees, benches and garden plantings.  The beautiful bed at the end of the Four Seasons Garden was recently renovated to include a formal boxwood border and new seasonal plantings.  Grandview Garden Club has adopted this bed as a way to honor the memory of several of their past... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Wilderness Children // Michelle Duckworth // Visitors Center Gallery

Image above titled: Searching , Michelle Duckworth ABOUT THE SHOW "The feeling of being a child and looking with wonder and fear at the big, wild world around us is a theme I find myself repeatedly exploring in my work. In the struggle to make sense of our individual realities, to find the way out of our personal wildernesses, stories are often necessary. Stories we are told by others as well as those we tell ourselves. Some of the scenarios depicted in my pieces are inspired by... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 0 comments

24th annual Urban Forestry Conference

The 24th annual Urban Forestry Conference was recently held at the Memphis Botanic Garden with the theme of ‘Walking in Memphis-The Future of the Urban Forest.’ This conference focused on important issues facing urban forest resource issues.  The conference concluded with the 17th annual Tree Climbing Competition at the Garden. Contestants competed in five events and the Master’s Challenge for the state title.  This picture shows MBG staff Chris O’Bryan being ‘rescued’ as an... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Monday, October 26, 2015 | 0 comments

At Cross Purpose // Erin Jennings // Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

About The Show " At Cross-Purpose is a survey of two bodies of work comprised of night and infrared landscape photographs. While both series function autonomously, each addresses an inherent anxiety to do with perception and viewing. Our relationship with darkness is fraught with longstanding tension derived from a justified fear of potential harm due to an inability to assess one’s surroundings. This work is an exploration of existence outside of the safety of the domicile and an... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Bridge Over Tranquil Waters

If you have visited the Garden lately, you would have surely observed the renovations taking place on the zigzag bridge, or in Japanese, yatsuhashi. Since I started working at the Botanic Garden just over 4 years ago, I’ve heard several stories of its origins. Some have called it a meditation bridge, in that you have to focus on your path, otherwise you could end up having an unforeseen swim.  Another bit of folklore that has been used in association with zigzag bridges is... Read More
Posted by nick esthus at Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 0 comments

"Along The Garden Path" by Harrison and June Caldwell of Caldwell Forge and Enamel

About The Show " Along the Garden Path  invites the viewer to look with truly open eyes at the beauty that is all around us. Too often, we look without seeing, walk by without stopping, or pass the time without really living each moment. The “path,” in life as in art, is before us. We must step into each moment in mindfulness."    - June Caldwell Artist MBG Interview MBG: June, your mediums are both oil painting (is it acrylic?) and enamel on... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Monday, September 28, 2015 | 0 comments

"On The Grounds" by the students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier

About the show from Fred Rawlinson:  "On the Grounds refers to a collection of paintings that were created by the Atelier Artists of Fred Rawlinson’s Studio and Gallery in Germantown TN. The artists scheduled field trips to the Memphis Botanic Garden to sketch and photograph. Images from these field trips were then taken back to the studio where they were used as inspiration for the paintings to be displayed at the garden. Thus, every painting in this show is inspired from an... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Monday, September 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Ode to the Herb Garden Volunteers

   The last Herbal Work Study brought in 4 volunteers (Jane, Barry, Josie and Sarah) to help weed and  groom in the Herb Garden – one Saturday  a month gains me 4 to seven new helpers .  I also  have a few “regular” volunteers: John on Mondays, Lisa on Wednesdays, and Kathy on Fridays. Then there are is Evelyn who will come gather stinging nettles when their harvest time is near and I can’t possibly take care of that one more task. What am I talking about?... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Monday, September 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Tough Talk

As gardeners, we are used to dealing with the vagaries of natural forces. Changes in rainfall patterns, insect and disease pressure, fluctuating maximum and minimum temperatures, and a myriad of other unexpected phenomena of greater or lesser import that serve to remind us that the only constant in nature is change. Acceptance of such natural phenomena is not so difficult, given that we can do little to change them. We simply adapt to the current reality and make the necessary edits to our... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Pop-Up Plant Sale - One day Only!

The Memphis Botanic Garden’s greenhouse manager and grower, Manny Pailet, is extremely dedicated to his plants, even planning his vacation times around when particular plants need special attention in order to be at their best. With help from volunteers like Anne Knapp, who has volunteered on and off for the past ten years, Pailet has timed many varieties to be in bloom just for our Pop-Up Plant Sale that will be held on October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   “We have... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Preserving Your Herbal Harvest

         Whew! It is that time of year again: when the praying mantises are large enough to see, the Argiope aurantias (garden, or writing spiders) are spread out in every other plant crevasse, the wasp nests are big enough to create wasp/human unrest, the overlooked weed waves ten feet tall, and fall can be felt looming in the distance. As a herbalist, this pending “end” is reminding me that it is now, or never! Many of the herb plants have blossomed into... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 1 comments

Ex Voto // Katie Maish // Fratelli's Cafe And Gallery

About The Show: "This body of work is about my son, Jack, and the way my husband and I brought him into the world via in vitro fertilization. The IVF process is intensive, fascinating and, while emotionally and physically exhausting, completely worth it. During this process, I thought about the fertility rituals and festivals around the world and the way they incorporate elements of the natural world into them. For instance, Hōnen Matsuri is a fertility... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Friday, August 21, 2015 | 0 comments

The Secret Life Of Trees // Miriam Oliphant // Visitor Center Gallery

About The Show:  "I love the inspiring richness of Trees. They absorb powerful earth energy, which flows through them, up and out toward the light of the heavens, as they reach for the source. Their radiance flows out to all in their presence. Unseen, magical qualities can be experienced and conjured through trees - the light and energy of the creator in its various forms. Secret worlds have long been imagined through and around trees. In this body of work, I joyfully explore... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Friday, August 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Vertical Plant Portraits // Randy Burns // Visitors Center Gallery

About The Show:    “The structure of plants, every crease, bump, and  crevice in a stem, leaf, or bloom: these are the things that interest me in the world of plants. Highlighted on a lightly shadowed background, these plant portraits are more than just studies in botany. These images give the plants a presence—a center stage presence.  All plants display a world of their own upon closer  inspection. While generally most people are not in a position to... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 1 comments

Nature Inspired // Lee West // Paintings On Paper And Canvas in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

About The Show:   "My inspirations come from the many shapes and subjects that Nature manifests. This show depicts my perceptions of various aspects of the Four Seasons. Imagination combined with creative thought evolved into my finished work." "Sunset At The Lake" MBG Artist Interview: MBG: I have a feeling you have been painting for a long time! How many years have you been painting and did you work in any other medium before paint?  Lee West: I... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Spirit Of Havana // David Gingold in the Visitors Center Gallery

About The Show:   These photographs were made in 2012 when retired Radio Broadcasting Executive, David Slocum Gingold, visited Cuba to photograph the people and architecture of Havana. David captured the spirit of Havana several years before the city was more freely available to photo-journalists. He met this challenge using Nikon single lens reflex bodies and Nikon lenses. Post processing was kept to a minimum so that final prints would be true to what was seen through his lens.... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Friday, July 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Smoky Mountain Sunrise // Lyn Kyle // Landscape Photography in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

About The Show: " "Smoky Mountain Sunrise" is a collection of photos taken at sunrise in both spring and fall in The Great Smoky Mountains. To me, there is no place more beautiful than the Smoky Mountains. Add a little fog at sunrise and it is just breath-taking. The one lane roads swallowed in fog draw me in making me want to see what lies beyond. The fog hangs like a blanket over the trees and meadows. It is simply a beautiful sight to see." - LYN KYLE Artist Interview: ... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 4 comments


Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing social networking service that allows users to post photos, videos, and comments for all the world to see and enjoy. It's a great way to share special moments with friends, family, other institutions, and professional networks. Many horticultural institutions are now using Instagram as a way to reach out and share their work with the broader public because this platform makes it so easy to share fleeting garden moments and real time... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Have Plants – Will Travel

Over the past month and a half, I have racked up many miles in my car, just a touch over 5,000 of them. Sundry reasons led me North, South, East, and West, traveling thru places such as Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Scranton, PA, Hartford, CT, Chattanooga, TN, New Orleans, LA, and Orange Beach, AL. When traveling, I am very observant of and fascinated by the changing elements. Whether it’s the weather, cars, skylines, or people, my unoccupied mind is sieged and overwhelmed with the redefining... Read More
Posted by nick esthus at Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteers from EDR - - A guest post by Neil Williams

On May 21, the Garden welcomed a hard-working group of volunteers from EDR. Big thank you to those volunteers, for their time, enthusiasm, and this follow up note from one of the crew!       EDR would like to thank you and the staff at the Horticulture Department for allowing us to volunteer in the Children’s Garden. Kyle McLane was extremely pleasant to work with, and he made the afternoon very enjoyable. This was actually my first time visiting the Botanic Garden,... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Now that school’s out, it’s time to get your summer rolling...

  …and you don’t have to take a vacation to an exotic location to do so. Memphis is full of outdoor summertime fun, and there’s plenty of it to be found at the Garden. If the kiddos aren’t already signed up for summer camps, we still have a few spaces available. They’ll dig (no pun intended) the various nature-themed camps, designed for learning and play for ages 5-13. We’re also hosting our... Read More
Posted by Jana Wilson at Friday, May 29, 2015 | 1 comments

"Springtime Whimsy" Sharon Israel

About The Exhibit: “Springtime Whimsy” is a show dedicated to the joys of nature and the world reborn. My work is influenced not only by the tangible, but also colors and movement in the environment around me. I am fascinated by the interplay of both light and dark and the world within the negative space. Each piece of glass is hand cut, wrapped in lead and soldered to create the one of a kind pieces. MBG:  I'm curious about the expressive therapy you did working in... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Monday, May 25, 2015 | 0 comments

"The River Over Us" Chandler Pritchett

About the exhibit:  Using water as a reference, these paintings serve as an abstract investigation of empathy.  There are a number of ways to approach easy questions in the world.  "Why is the sky blue?" I could use scientific language to explain how solar photons and ozone interact and how the rods and cones in our eyes interpret those interactions. The simple question might be the wrong question though--forget what you know about photons. On this June day in the garden,... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Friday, May 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Carrying on the Herb Fest tradition

For 25 years, on Memorial Day weekend, visitors flocked to Anthony’s Herb Farm in Brighton, TN, for their annual Herb Festival. Anchored under the giant oak tree in the front yard of their country home, the festival featured talks, demos, vendors, and herbs...lots of herbs! If you've ever attended, you'll likely remember sampling herbal teas, lemonade, cookies, cakes, dips, and other treats in lawn chairs around the old oak. Whether it was your first time or you were a seasoned veteran,... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 2 comments

"Heart Beat" by Marilyn Trainor Storey and Chris Morrow

Exhibiting this month are an interior design and stylist team. The exhibit is a taste of what they create for events and permanent spaces. They work in many mediums, forms and sizes, illustrating their flexibility. It was a nice coincidence that Memphis In May chose the country Poland and our May artists find inspiration in the Polish art deco artist, Tamara De Lempicka. They channel her color palette and her dramatic flair. About the Show: Heart Beat embodies the universality of... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Friday, April 24, 2015 | 0 comments

The Garden Club of America 2015 Zone IX Awards Banquet

  It was a big night for the Memphis Botanic Garden at The Garden Club of America 2015 Zone IX Awards Banquet at Memphis Country Club.  The event was highlighted by the attendance of Laura Bush from Founders Garden Club of Dallas who received a Civic Improvement Commendation.  The other Civic Improvement Commendation was given to Jim Duncan, to recognize the accomplishments of the Memphis Botanic Garden.  Commendations are given to non-GCA members. Ruthie Bowlin... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 0 comments

"From News To Nature" Karen Pulfer Focht in the Visitors Center Gallery

Memphis Botanic Garden is excited to present one of Memphis’s finest photojournalists! Karen Pulfer Focht was a photojournalist with the Commercial Appeal for 25 years and was able to change lives and policy through the power of her photographs. Many of her images are difficult because real-life news is often difficult, but Karen holds each story and the people in them, very carefully and lovingly in her frame.  Karen has the eye and knowledge to look for the moment that... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Friday, April 10, 2015 | 0 comments

"Outside In" fine art photography by Rick Barnard in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

About the show: “My photography is about the extraordinary beauty of our great country. I see it in the vivid colors and dramatic shapes of the western deserts; in the lush woods and rolling hills of the mid-Atlantic. I want to portray the haunting moonscapes of the Utah outback, the mystery and serenity of the eastern forests and the dancing waterfalls of America’s enticing rivers. “I hope my photographs inspire others to pause for reflection and think anew about the natural world... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Bringing Earth Month home to the Mid-South

Now that spring has arrived, we are gearing up to celebrate another Earth Month at the Garden! And while it may seem like putting together a full month of eco-friendly activities would be a walk in the park, (ouch, bad pun) there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to get things ready.   International Paper has generously supported this project for five years, enabling us to offer ... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Monday, March 30, 2015 | 0 comments

"All Things Great And Small" by students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

  About the show: "The theme of our exhibition, All Things Great and Small is adapted from a line found in the Anglican hymn" All Things Bright and Beautiful”. The paintings that hang in this exhibition chronicle the wonderful relationship between creatures and their environment. The author of the Hymn sought to express this concept through words and music The Atelier community, as artists, seek to portray this kinship of all things not by words, but by visual imagery. The... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Monday, March 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Fall bulbs...Spring blooms!

       By Maricela Rodriguez-Lou, Annual Seasonal Color Specialist      Spring bulbs are an exciting attraction for our visitors. When they bloom, visitors get that springtime feeling. They are wonderful plants; they bring color to our beds and spark ideas, trends, and features that visitors can apply in their own gardens. Most spring flowering bulbs are dormant during the summer months, but here in Memphis, (zone 7B- a warm climate with a... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 3 comments

ARTISTS' LINK in the Visitors Center Gallery

From AL:     " ARTISTS' LINK, formed in April 1989, is an all-volunteer organization created as a resource and support group for Memphis-Area visual artists and as a link between artists and the community. In addition to sponsoring  public forums, exhibitions, lectures and other activities, the group holds free public monthly meetings. Each year Artists’ Link supports a local community effort. This year we will be sponsoring a fundraiser called, Incognito, to support... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Why Winter is Cooler Than You Think

If you look with a little perspective, you'll find a heart-shaped puddle melting from our recent snow in the picture on the left.  It certainly represents my feelings about snow and ice. This is one of my favorite times to walk outdoors.  This might be your only chance all year.  Check out your neighborhood or head over to the Garden tomorrow to make your own discoveries. Here's a glance at what I found... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 3 comments

Did You Know - Arboretum

  Did you know the Garden has an Arboretum Guide?  An arboretum is like a museum of trees. MBG has received Level IV status from the TN Urban Forestry Council, the highest level possible. When you visit the Garden, pick up an Arboretum Guide, which is a map of the numbered trees. You can find the corresponding trees with tags in the Garden. See if you can find a Southern Sugar Maple on... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | 0 comments

"Collected Fragments" by Rachael Grant in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

I'm thrilled to present the mixed media collage work of Rachael Grant exhibiting in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery, this month of February. There are two weeks left to come see all seven pieces in person, so come have a look! Read on to learn more about her process in an exclusive MBG artist interview... About Materials: In the beginning, did you have a love of making collages and were always seeking printed source material or was it a love of the printed imagery you were finding that led... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Monday, February 16, 2015 | 0 comments

The Memphis Botanic Garden Winter Plant Sale

      The Memphis Botanic Garden Winter Plant Sale will be held on February 13th and 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.   The Winter Plant Sale is sponsored by   By mid-February most gardeners really want to touch something green and beautiful and we will give them the opportunity to do so. We will have a great selection of lush tropical selections such as Dracaenas, exotic forms of Philodendrons, a large selection of ferns and many,... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 1 comments

MUSINGS FROM A VOLUNTEER - guest post by John Peterson

For 8 or 9 months of the year, volunteers in the Herb Garden are actually in the Herb Garden—planting seeds, setting out transplants, pruning, thinning, shaping, weeding, harvesting. But in cold weather, our work is indoors, and it usually involves seeds.  Seed-bearing parts of plants are dried and stored in bags or envelopes until we clean them, separating the seeds from the chaff. The differences in seed structures are fascinating. Some, like the seeds (really fruits) of... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 1 comments

Witch Hazel in the (Herb) Garden

   A few weeks ago, I was raking leaves in the Herb Garden. While raking, I slowly became aware of a sweet, musky undertone filling the air. Now, sweet smells in the Herb Garden are almost always present-especially the Juicy Fruit Gum smell of the Kapoor Tulsi Basil – so, I tend to just think, “Yummm” and keep working.  That day, I pulled leaves out of some boxwoods, bumped into a witch hazel, and realized I had a snoot full of witch hazel blooms tickling my nose hairs. Ah,... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Friday, January 2, 2015 | 0 comments

The Nature Photography Garden in Winter - guest post by Deb Foehring

   All is still…or is it? Walk through the Nature Photography Garden in winter and you might not think there is much going on, but a closer look will reveal that, in fact, a great deal is happening. The birds know this, as do a myriad of small mammals. As you enter the garden, the grasses and sedges along the path are golden and rusty brown, their green, photosynthetic pigments decomposed and their matter and energy stored in roots until next spring. Weakened stems... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Monday, December 22, 2014 | 4 comments

"Fire In The Delta" by Kathryn Daniel in the Visitors Center Gallery

Kathryn explained to me that her work is expanding out of the fire paintings into some new territory. Some of this work is green and looks at the fields in the seasons before burning. This may be spring and summer or harvest may look at the plants or the creatures and people that inhabit these rural landscapes. The artist talks about being inspired by master's renditions of the landscape, specifically Rousseau. (ps. The actual painting above has a blue sky, pardon the gallery... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Eagle Project - guest post by Matthew Scott Roberts

     For my Eagle Scout Project I built an outdoor classroom at the Memphis Botanic Garden to replace one which had to be removed when the new stage was built. It is now called the 'Woodland Classroom.' I designed and built six benches and a table out of Red Cedar. The benches and the table were built to accommodate children who come to the Memphis Botanic Garden for field trips. In addition to the benches and tables, my crew and I cleared the site, lined the area with... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Friday, December 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Recent Landscapes by Elizabeth Garat at Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

About the show in the artist's words:    “Recent Landscapes” includes both small alla prima plein air paintings and larger studio paintings. The scenes are from here and from excursions to Italy and France.  Landscape painting lingo: plein air = painted on location from direct observation alla prima=  painted in one 2-3 hour session Paintings made en plein air, alla prima are by necessity small.  About the artist: ... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 0 comments

The Artist Group Of Memphis Self-Curated Group Show

About the show from Joy Routt: In  the late 90's Artist Joy Routt and her friend Julie Hooker showed their art together.  They had so much fun, they thought maybe other artists might like to join their group. Mostly through word of mouth, Joy and Julie found an eclectic group of fun, easy-going artists that enjoy working together to sell their art. What makes our group unique is that we have artists from different backgrounds, with such different... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 0 comments

"Arboreal Effulgence" by Miriam Oliphant at Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

All images of art courtesy of the artist:  Ethereal Serenity, mixed media $395 About the Show in Miriam's words: I admire trees in all their radiant splendor, their effulgence. A symbol of life and humanity, they have much to offer us. Trees are amazing microcosms of exchange and flow of water, nutrients, gases and good energy. With sustenance from the earth, cooling water, refreshing air and the light of the sun, they grow in stature and strength and eventually blossom into... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Scariness in the Herb Garden

    Halloween is just a few days away and it seems as if everything is trying to get into the groove this year – even the Herb Garden.     While weeding the other day, I felt as if I was being watched. I shrugged, looked around, and spied an eyeball plant (Acmella oleracea) staring at me with its bulbous fishy eyes. This plant has also been called toothache plant, buzz buttons, Szechuan buttons, and Para cress.  An ancient plant, it has been used to deaden... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 1 comments

Winter Tips for your Water Garden

If you have a water garden, here are some tips for getting it through the Winter.  Stop feeding your fish. They are cold blooded and cannot digest when the water temperature is below 50 degrees. It can actually decompose inside of them and cause them to die. Goldfish and Koi  will live through winter cold as long as the pond doesn’t freeze to the bottom. Hardy water lilies, pickerel rush and other temperate climate plants can stay right where they are in the pond. Remove... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Cooler temperatures perk up plants!

Summer has finally come to a close. Cooler temperatures and regular rainfall perk up many plants in our gardens. Fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. If you plant them now while the soil is still warm and the air is cool, they will get established before winter sets in and will perform much better than spring planted specimens because their roots will grow all winter as long as the soil temperature remains at 40 degrees or above. This is also the only time to plant... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Monday, October 20, 2014 | 0 comments


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