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Good Health With Herbs

  Summer is upon us! It is hot and humid, but our herb gardens are in full tilt! What to do? I just read a report that says that over 40% of American adults do not get enough sunshine to produce the vitamin D needed by the body. It only takes about 15 minutes of sun exposure for our bodies to produce the needed vitamin D. Let’s go get our dose of vitamin D and enjoy our garden at the same time!  Gather together the following items: basket, bag, or cloth to carry your herbs;... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Friday, August 29, 2014

Scent and Gardening

Disclaimer: This blog is not really about gardening: this blog is about scent (and memories), and scent is definitely tied to gardening!    Today is Monday and I am working in the Herb Garden. The dew has all the plants glistening. The sounds of birds fill the air – along with the low roar of cars in the distance and the encroaching sound of leaf blowers. The scents of Holy Basil, cilantro and the odor of gasoline mixed with oil exhaust from the leaf blowers do a tap dance on my... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Tree Show No. 1" by students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier at Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

September 5 - October 2, 2014 Work on display and available for purchase in the Fratelli's Cafe Gallery  Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. * (Tree Show No. 2 coming in October!) About Tree Show No. 1 from Fred Rawlinson: "Forests have always had deep-rooted symbolic meaning in virtually every culture on Earth. Forests have been thought of as the abode of the nature spirits. Forests are a refuge from danger as well as a home of dangerous wild animals. Forests... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Cloth / Paper ~ Cutting Edge" by Phyllis Boger and Antzee Magruder at the Visitors Center Gallery

Edges of Forest - Phyllis Boger, Sunset Afterglow - Antzee Magruder  September 3-28 On display and available for purchase in the Visitors Center Gallery. * Opening reception September 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  with a free “pop-up” recital from 30 Days of Opera with Opera Memphis! * The work of Phyllis and Antzee both give much emphasis to line and the edges of shapes and materials. It calls to mind the details in a Gustav Klimt painting with its... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Cosby at Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Critters

 Moles and Voles are 2 rodents that most gardeners love to hate. They are different species and have different diets, so the methods for controlling each is different. Moles dig long, raised tunnels, usually in your lawn. They eat grub worms, earthworms and some other invertebrates, so it is really difficult to control them with a poison bait. They are blind and nocturnal so you rarely see them, only the damage. If you are lucky and actually see them moving in the tunnels... Read More
Posted by Rick Pudwell at Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Gardening

Summer is a time of constant weeding, watering, and watching. Warm-season weeds like crabgrass and pigweed thrive in the hot weather and can take over garden beds seemingly overnight. Be sure to remove these undesirables before they set seed to break the cycle of infestation, and mulch well, 1"-2" of your mulch of choice, to prevent new weeds from germinating. It is critical to keep newly-planted plants well watered through the hot days of summer. Again, mulch is the key to maintaining... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Monday, August 18, 2014

What does it mean to be a Tree City USA? -Guest post by Eric Bridges

We recently asked Eric Bridges, President of the West TN Urban Forestry Council, for an overview of Memphis' recent designation as a Tree City USA. His response gave us some great perspective, so we thought we'd share it with you. Thanks, Eric, for all you do for our trees and our city...and for letting us share your insights so others can better appreciate this accomplishment! There are 4 requirements to become a Tree City: 1. Municipal tree care ordinance. This is an ordinance... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, August 15, 2014


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