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Turn your herbs into incense!

Want to spice up your life and add a little fragrance to it at the same time while reducing your footprint?   Try making your own incense! Choose the herb or herbs you would like to dry such as red Cedar, lavender, rosemary, sage, or maybe even (if you grow it) a little bit of mugwort.   Cut your chosen herb, bundle the stems with cotton string, and hang out of the way until they are dry. Once they are ready: gather a heatproof container, a hotpad, a charcoal... Read More
Posted by sherri mccalla at Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Magenta Munchkin - Pick of the Week

This week, the volunteers chose a Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) called Magenta Munchkin.   This is a dwarf variety that matures to only 3' tall and wide.  Plant in full sun and deadhead the flowers to encourage repeat bloom.  This is a striking color and we have a number of new dwarf varieties that have proven to be hardier than the first available dwarfs.   Mark your calendar for the fall plant sale...OCTOBER 7TH!!!! Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Notes from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

I first began attending native plant conferences in 2013, as an intern with the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Looking around the 2017 Plant Natives! Conference hosted by Chattanooga’s Wild Ones chapter this past March, the attendees of these conferences haven’t changed much (standing together, we make a nice camouflage blend of Indiana Jones hats, head-to-toe khaki, and floral-patterned blouses), many of the same speakers are “making the rounds”, and the core... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at Sunday, August 27, 2017

Forrest Spence 5K

  It is that time of year again!  Time to get outside, enjoy some of the many wonderful things our city has to offer, and time for the Forrest Spence 5K!  For ten years, Memphis has supported the Forrest Spence Fund; a fund that was founded by Brittany and David Spence in memory of their infant son, Forrest.  Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide for the non-medical needs of critically and chronically ill children and their families, the Fund is an... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, August 24, 2017

This week the volunteers chose Salvia greggii "Wild Thing" as their plant of the week!

This week the volunteers chose Salvia greggii "Wild Thing" as their plant of the week.   "Wild Thing" is a chance seedling collected from the wild.  It is vibrant pink instead of red and hardier than the species.   Salvia greggii is a hummingbird magnet and an evergreen perennial that prefers full sun and soil on the dry side.    It blooms from May until October, but often you'll have sporadic flowers throughout the... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Indian Pink - Volunteer Pick of the Week

    This week's "Volunteer Pick of the Week" is Indian Pink or Spigelia marilandica.  This is a beautiful shade to part shade native perennial that grows in moist woodland conditions but tolerates dry shade and goes well with Hosta, Columbine and Heuchera .  It grows in clumps, 15" to 24" tall, and blooms profusely in late spring and periodically throughout the season.  Deadheading promotes re-bloom, but it self seeds so... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Kitchen Classroom

  I am Katie McIntyre, an intern at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, sponsored by The Little Garden Club of Memphis. Over the summer, I have spent my time in My Big Backyard. As part of my internship, I have learned from many specialists about different styles of design, pruning, planting, growing, flower arranging, and color schemes. I have learned about the different varieties of trees, flowers, herbs, and produce, and where they can be best grown in a garden according to the sunlight.... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at Thursday, August 3, 2017

This week's PLANT PICK!

Each week's spotlighted plant is grown and chosen by our dedicated nursery volunteers. This week's volunteer pick is a variegated Carex, or Japanese sedge. This is a great grass for a moist to wet location.   It can tolerate full sun, but looks best when protected from the hottest afternoon sun, although it will grow in fairly heavy shade. It matures to about 12" tall, 18" wide, and is... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at Tuesday, August 1, 2017


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