The Buzz

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

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

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

American Conifer Society Honors Memphis Botanic Garden

  The Memphis Botanic Garden is now home to one of only four Conifer Reference Gardens in the state of Tennessee. The Conifer Collection, established in 1981, and updated in 2002, has been recently groomed, labeled and mapped, by a diligent team of volunteers led by MBG Adult Education Coordinator Laurie Williams. This Collection consists of approximately 300 individual plants and includes 100 different species.  In order to be certified as a reference collection, the... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kristen Zemaitis awarded Environemental Educator of the Year for the State of Tennessee

  Kristen Zemaitis, a long time and dedicated employee of the Memphis Botanic Garden and a member of our Youth Education Department, was awarded the Educator of the Year for the State of Tennessee from The Tennessee Environmental Education Association (TEEA).  TEEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental education programs throughout the state. Its goal is to develop a world population that is aware of the environment and committed to work toward... Read More
Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at Thursday, October 16, 2014


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