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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

Volunteering at the Memphis Botanic Garden - guest post by Bill Ferrell

Volunteering at the Memphis Botanic Garden has been a part of my life since 2001 when I began helping with the Spring Plant Sale.  It was such a great opportunity to learn more about plants, to meet many like-minded people and to learn from them as well.  MBG is a treasure that has often been overlooked in the Memphis community.  I am pleased to see the Garden increasing in popularity and visibility in the past few years.  As a volunteer and Board Member, I can view the... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Come see the new Asian Garden!

     We are celebrating the official opening of our new Asian Garden on Tuesday, November 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Horticulture staff and Garden designers will lead brief tours of the area from 3:00-4:30, with a brief dedication to follow. The Asian Garden is the result of a recent restructuring of the original Japanese Maple Grove, creating a peaceful and contemplative forest environment that honors the diversity of East-Asian woodland plants. The decision to create this... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Monday, October 21, 2013

The reasons to plant in the fall are many!

When the temperature starts to drop at this time of year most people think that it is time to mow the lawn for the last time, rake leaves and then put away their gardening tools until spring. Autumn really is the best time to plant most trees shrubs and perennials. It is the only time to plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.   The reasons to plant in the fall are many. For one the soil usually is easier to work than in the spring when rains are ... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Monday, October 14, 2013

Insects are Incredible at the Memphis Botanic Garden!

On September 9th and 10th the Youth Education Department at Memphis Botanic Garden hosted the Incredible Insects educational festival for elementary students. Several hundred students from local schools and homeschool groups came to the event. Multiple stations were set up along the Hosta/Hydrangea/Magnolia Trails for the groups to go through as they learned about the amazing life of the most diverse animal world. Students got to take a peek into the underwater world by sampling pond... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We're hitting the big 6-0h!!

  Memphis Botanic Garden celebrates 60 years of growth in 2013! (click on images to view large photos)   Located just outside the eastern boundaries of the city, the land that is now Audubon Park was formerly the location of a home built in 1854 by Geraldus Buntyn. The city of Memphis secured this and adjacent property to create a new park in 1947. ... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Day at Ave Maria- guest post by Ashia Aubrey

    Horticulture Therapy is the engagement of a people in garden activities that allows them to improve a sense of well-being and to achieve therapeutic goals. It uses plants and gardens for healing and rehabilitation. Horticulture Therapy can be used for people with physical, mental, or emotional challenges or even for job training. Studies have shown that success with plants... Read More
Posted by Ashia Aubrey at Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tour of the Garden-guest post by Ashia Aubrey

My first tour of the Garden was with my supervisor Mary Helen. It was my third week interning in the PR/Marketing department and I was going on my first tour since my last visit in elementary school. I noticed a lot had changed and more sites had been added. During the tour, I visited the ninety-six acres of property and the twenty-three gardens. I enjoyed the specular view and I was surprised to see so much of what Memphis Botanic Garden offered. ... Read More
Posted by Ashia Aubrey at Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Summer at The Botanic Garden-Guest post by Ashia Aubrey

I remember calling Memphis Botanic Garden asking to speak with someone in the PR/Marketing department. I was extremely nervous because I really wanted to intern at the Garden and was afraid of hearing that one rejection word that everyone hates, “no.” Luckily I got called back for an interview, for which I was very nervous and extremely early. The entire time during the interview process I kept replaying in my head, “please, say yes, please, say yes, please, say yes,” and they did. My... Read More
Posted by Ashia Aubrey at Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The "Secret" Garden-Guest post by Mary Ann Cooper

Mary Ann Cooper is a member of West TN Shutterbugs photography club in Jackson, TN. When group members were given an assignment to take photos of blooms early this spring, Mary Ann called her friend, Rita Randolph, for advice on where to find beautiful blossoms. Rita suggested that she contact Memphis Botanic Garden, and our Director of Horticulture, Rick Pudwell, arranged for Mary Ann and Saige Turner to take a private tour of the Garden’s orchid house. She was kind enough to share some of... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pinus thunbergii (Japanese Black Pine) Pruning

May is a busy time of the year in the garden.  There is a plethora of planting, including annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. The education staff is busy teaching students all about our world and the plants inhabiting it. Live at the Garden is ramping up for a busy season, and weddings are constant. All of these activities are vital to the garden and its continued growth, but in my humble opinion (granted that it is VERY subjective), one of the most important tasks to accomplish during... Read More
Posted by nick esthus at Thursday, May 23, 2013

Family Camping in My Big Backyard was "In-Tents"!

On April 12th, MBG education staff hosted the first ever  Family Camp Out in My Big Backyard.  13 families made the garden their home for the evening and enjoyed a fire-roasted dinner and s'more's bar!  Bacon, icing, vanilla wafers, and of course marshmallows were just some of the fantastic array of potential toppings for s'mores with a twist!  We highly encourage you to experiment with new toppings at home!  A warming, hearty oatmeal and sausage breakfast was... Read More
Posted by Charity Siebert at Monday, May 20, 2013

A rose, by any other name, still smells as Swede. (Guest post by Eron Raines)

  In your schooldays, prior or present, most of you reading this made acquaintance with the noble structure of taxonomic nomenclature, the system of using scientific names that are associated with most everything alive now or sometime in the past. Perhaps you remember, less fondly but with more respect, the father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus , who is attributed with the reformation of the... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Presenting 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year...

There may be no force in the natural world more difficult to contain than the avid gardener awaiting the arrival of spring! With the official start of spring on March 21, people are anxious to take advantage of the first balmy day to dig and plant, eager to reap their brightly-blooming rewards. While some cold-tolerant varieties may be planted in early spring, much Mid-South planting should wait until after the average frost date, April 15. With this in mind,... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, April 19, 2013

Sweden in Memphis! by Wendy Robson

Change is in the air! While the familiar signs of spring are emerging all around us, the horticulture staff at the Memphis Botanic Garden has prepared perhaps the earliest welcome mat ever for Memphis in May’s featured country, Sweden, by transforming the front of our Visitor Center into a smorgasboard of Swedish-like botanicals. With a bold nod to the mixed forests of fir, pine, and birch, which dominate... Read More
Posted by wendy robson at Friday, March 8, 2013

Reduce, reuse, ReGarden!

2013 Idea Garden: The ReGarden We've all heard "Reduce, Reuse, Recyle" but what about ReGarden?  When you visit the Idea Garden in My Big Backyard this spring, you will see this in practice! We are taking items like old tires, pallets, and even a boat, to create this unique garden design! Features will include creative borders, structures, and containers made from re-purposed materials. A “Funky Flower” interactive display will give you a chance... Read More
Posted by Gina Harris at Friday, February 15, 2013

Hands-on Valentine's therapy - guest post by Laurie Williams

    On January 23rd, Memphis Botanic Garden’s Outreach program went to Martha’s Manor to make Valentine's cards for the troops overseas. Martha’s Manor is a day program for women with developmental disabilities. The ladies had a blast and completed 55 cards and envelopes. The workroom looked like Valentine’s Day blew up in there! Schilling Farms YMCA is coordinating the effort to make sure the cards are sent in a timely fashion. They will be collecting cards... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Beauty of Houseplants! MBG Winter Plant Sale Feb. 8th,9th 9-5pm (guest post by Stephanie Cosby)

The beauty of houseplants is this: If you pick the right plant, put it in the right pot and place it in the right spot in your home can bring a bit of the living, breathing outside... inside . That, my friends, is what is SO AWESOME about keeping houseplants. Living, breathing houseplants help create quality air in your home. Beyond the physical benefits, there is the added bonus of  being close to natural beauty . { In the above photograph there is a piece of glass... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Thursday, January 24, 2013

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


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