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Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo, or take ’ in Japanese, is probably one of the most consistently used plant materials in Japanese gardens; although not in the way you might initially think. Being a grass, bamboo is terribly fast growing, abundant, and is very aggressive, impeding all other plant growth in its vicinity. It is typically not planted in the garden for these reasons, but, due to its copious nature, structural stability and straightness, it makes for a fantastic building material, especially for fencing. ... Read More
Posted by nick esthus at Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Edibles as Ornamentals

  One of the biggest challenges for our Horticulture staff is choosing which plants to use for the seasonal displays each year. As plant people, we are aware of literally thousands of interesting and beautiful candidates, and one of the easiest ways to narrow the choices down is to choose a theme and use it as the guiding design principle. I'm not sure how many of our visitors are aware of the theme, but we use this approach each season to guide our selection process. In keeping with... Read More
Posted by chris cosby at Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Trees for Wildlife - by Linnea West

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Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Memphis Arbor Day 2016

 Approximately 50 people showed up to help celebrate the official City of Memphis Arbor Day. As one of Tree City USA’s requirements, the Memphis Tree Board holds an Arbor Day celebration each year. Tennessee recognizes the first Friday in March as Arbor Day. After the proclamation was read, Jan Castillo shared some thoughts on trees and the group went outside to plant a special Redbud tree that had been donated by The Dabney Nursery.  Dabney’s chose this particular Cercis species for... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Saturday, March 19, 2016

Guest Blog by John Peterson, Memphis Herb Society member

  A garden in late winter is a place full of promise, of possibility. A few plants—the deciduous magnolias, the camellias—are in flower, and the occasional daffodil is blooming, letting us know that spring has not forgotten us. But there is a different kind of magic now in unopened buds, in tender growth hidden under leaves, in roots of quiet dynamism. In the shady section of the herb garden, the magenta flowers of lungwort ( Pulmonaria longifolia ) seem to glow. Close by,... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, March 4, 2016


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