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As the year comes to a close...

2013 was the 60th anniversary of the Memphis Botanic Garden and will go down as one of our most memorable. Memorable because, to name a few, we opened the Asian Garden that has already been recognized as a premiere destination, recorded our 7th consecutive attendance year at Live at The Garden, added three new digital signs that improved our communication with the public and enhanced ... Read More
Posted by Jim Duncan at Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Solstice Frost Flowers

What is it about this time of year? Most of my friends love the hustle and bustle of Christmastime. I, however, not so much! There is so much to do – both at home and at work (see my previous blog post!) The days seem dark, dreary, and cold. Monochrome seems to rule the landscape: tan grass, brown leaves, chocolate tree trunks, gray pavement, pale sidewalks, and gray skies. Color seems to be a forgotten item except for a lone Holly tree and Holly berry. Blackbirds fly in huge groups like... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Little Free Library" in My Big Backyard!

Playhouse Lane in My Big Backyard has a new neighbor! Our brand new Little Free Library, designed and constructed by volunteer Bob Hathaway, is located just off the path between Conifer Corner and the Ever After House, capping the western edge of Playhouse Lane. This location is convenient to the Story Circle, as well as our hammock swings, which are perfect spots to spend a few quiet moments with a good book. The Little Free Library  movement has recently caught on in Memphis,... Read More
Posted by Drew Massengale at Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Plant Care

With proper care, popular holiday plants can be kept alive long after the season. Here are some care tips for common seasonal favorites: Amaryllis: Keep in bright light, let dry out between waterings, fertilize, do not water the bulb, and remove spent flower stalks. Cyclamen: Keep in bright, indirect light, keep moist, and fertilize. Kept moist, these will continue to live all year, flowering each winter. Poinsettias: These can be kept in any kind of light, but let them dry out... Read More
Posted by manny pailet at Monday, December 16, 2013

What does Horticulture DO in Winter????

So. I was talking to an acquaintance the other day, and she said something about me being bored at work.  I didn’t understand this statement and asked for more details, thinking I had missed something in our conversation. She said, “You know, with nothing to do.”  I was still at a loss and said so. She continued, “It’s winter. You don’t have anything to do, it must be nice.”  I nearly choked trying not to laugh and offend her.What do we do in the winter?  For non-plant... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gleaning: Reaping the harvest for those in need - Guest post by Tonia Anderson

(Tonia Anderson is the West Tennessee Gleaning Coordinator for The Society of St. Andrew, an organization whose volunteers glean nutritious produce from farmers' fields and orchards after the harvest. This food is delivered to those in need.  - See more at ) I can't believe it is December already and that the Farmers' Market at the Garden has been closed for over a month now.   Thank you for another great season of gleaning at the market. We... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, December 3, 2013


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