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Hot Time (Cool Drinks) in the Herb Garden:

Well, all, it is just plain hot . It is very hard to drink enough water in this kind of heat (you know it is bad when you've downed lots of water, but can't remember the last time you visited the restroom!) This is the kind of weather that begs for herbal water. Grab a handful of herbs (basil, mint, lemon balm, thyme, Texas tarragon, and or fennel - whatever you like to eat!) - either singly, or mix and match - rinse them, then twist and scrunch them, mash them, and put them into a pitcher.... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer doldrums? What summer doldrums?

                Summer has traditionally been a time of relative little activity in the Youth Education Department at MBG. School is out, so booking for field trips and in-school programs tends to drop a bit. But not so this year, according to Kristen Zemaitis, Youth Education Manager: "I just booked three more classes for this week," she tells me on an already busy Tuesday morning. It can be a wonderful break for daycare centers, camps and youth... Read More
Posted by Drew Massengale at Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Education Staffer Heads Out West for Conservation Training!

    Safari Club International Foundation sponsored 2 Tennessee teachers to attend the American Wilderness Leadership School in Wyoming this summer. I, Charity Novick, Education Programs  Coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was one to receive this chance of a lifetime.  Partially sponsored by SCI and Memphis Botanic Garden, I received a week-long training on Wildlife Conservation, National Archery in the Classroom Program, Wilderness Survival, and Outdoor... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Missing the mosquitoes? Didn't think so...

Have you wondered why the mosquitoes have not been as much of a problem as usual this year? The answer is fairly simple. We are about 11 inches below normal in rainfall for this year. They just don’t have an abundance of puddles in which to reproduce. So much for the old wives' tale of a mild winter will equal lots of bugs! Click here to learn techniques from the American Mosquito Control Association on how to control the mosquitoes in your own yard. Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Monday, June 25, 2012

Nick Esthus' first blog - New water garden design

Hello everybody, This is my first blog post ever with more to come!! I am the horticulturist who cares over the Japanese garden, Japanese Maple Grove and the now-under-construction Nature Photography garden. But like any good gardener, I must wear many different hats. That is why I am writing on the new design for the Water Garden located in our visitors center. Although simple, the design is harmonious with the small space that encompasses it. It will feature humble yet precise plantings... Read More
Posted by nick esthus at Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Irrigation Anyone?

Behind by 11 inches with the rain.  Need water in the Herb Garden.  Even Mediterranean plants want water! The formal beds are watered by drip irrigation.  Nice - no wet leaves, less mildew, little to no splashback of mud onto leaves bringing disease.  But, I am learning, irrigation lines can clog with trash in the lines (no - I have no idea how trash gets into the water lines! I'll find that out and get back to you!).  The "valves" then may stick in the "on" position... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Tuesday, June 19, 2012


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