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Tis the Season of our Holly Collection

As the holiday season approaches, people frequently turn to the Holly for decoration, along with conifers and poinsettias. Their evergreen quality and colorful berries make them perfect accents for holiday decor, and are used in America as well as other other countries where Christmas is celebrated. Holly is native in England (remember “A Christmas Carol” with Scrooge) as well as other parts of Europe, China, Japan, Korea and of course the United States. ... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, November 20, 2018

MBG Horticulture Staff Preparing for the Origami in the Garden2 Exhibit

Memphis Botanic Garden staff is looking forward to hosting the traveling exhibit Origami in the Garden 2 and Director of Horticulture Rick Pudwell shares how the staff is integrating these new outdoor sculptures into the grounds at the Garden. While I have always thought of Origami as paper craft that originated in Japan, the exhibit on loan to us is actually made of metal. The pieces vary in size and because they are metal will hold up to the elements... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, August 29, 2018

11th Annual Forrest Spence 5K

It is August in Memphis!  The weather is warm and our city is bursting with fun family events. August would not be August without the Forrest Spence 5K!   For eleven 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 essential... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summer Internship by Anna Armour

  My first summer at the Memphis Botanic Garden is coming to a fast close! My name is Anna and I am a horticulture intern from Mississippi State University.  My major is in environmental science with a minor in horticulture. I have been exploring the grounds of MBG since childhood. I credit the Garden with sparking my interest in plants and learning how to care for them. When I was told to find an internship, MBG was the first place I wanted to apply. I was so elated when... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mid-South Hosta Society Trail

The Mid-South Hosta Society Trail is the perfect spot for a shady oasis on a warm Memphis day. It was organized by Larry Tucker, founder of the Mid-South Hosta Society, and dedicated in 2006. The garden is recognized by the American Hosta Society as a national display garden. The goal of this specialty garden is education - ‘Hostas From Around the Globe.’ It features hundreds of hosta varieties enhanced by companion shade plants, all in beds marked as to where the... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, June 21, 2018

50th anniversary of the Memphis Garden Club Sculpture Garden

  Memphis Botanic Garden is celebrating the 50 th  anniversary of the Memphis Garden Club Sculpture Garden. Established in 1968 as a way to combine art and plantings, this Garden continues to be the starting point for the vast majority of visitors and groups touring our 96-acre garden as well as a focal point for visitors dining in Fratelli’s. Thanks to support from members of Memphis Garden Club, the Sculpture Garden underwent a major renovation in 2014 with a new focus... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, May 17, 2018

Delta Heritage Garden

The Delta Heritage Garden honors our region’s history of self-sufficiency and our relationships with plants, demonstrating how traditional horticulture is applicable and informative in today’s sustainable agriculture and gardening practices. Plants indicative of the South tell the story, including vegetables, herbs, and flowers. If you’ve walked through the gardens recently, you may have noticed that the Delta Heritage Garden has nearly doubled in size, with thanks to... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mason Food Jars

Well, the calendar might say we are still in winter, but nature itself is telling us that spring is on it’s way. The days are getting longer and the plants (the ones that long stretch of very cold temperatures we had didn’t damage!) are beginning their growth overdrive. This is the time for pruning and grooming. It is so very nice to cut back last year’s dead growth from the herbaceous perennials and see the new green growth hiding below. The time for relaxation is gone.... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Ketchum Memorial Garden

Morgan C. Ketchum and Marion P. Kirkland met while attending Vanderbilt University. Miss Kirkland was the only women in her graduating class of 1898. She studied English Literature and German Philology. Her uncle was the chancellor there and he enjoyed hybridizing irises.  A painting and photo on Vanderbilt’s website show Chancellor J.H. Kirkland with bearded irises nearby. Mr. Ketchum moved to Memphis in 1898 and practiced law. Morgan and Marion married Nov. 7, 1900 and... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, March 22, 2018

Backyard Chickens

  We are bringing chickens to the Memphis Botanic Garden and there is a lot to think about! Even though I have raised chickens for years, it was not long into my research that I realized I needed help. This is when I turned to our Director of Horticulture, Rick Pudwell, life-time bird enthusiast, for help. So, after talking with him at length—we are in the middle of planning and designing a large-scale ‘back-yard’ coop, you see—and reading an essay he wrote... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Blooms at the Garden

          Spring at the Garden is the most beautiful time of year and it’s all due to the MBG horticulture staff’s hard work of planting thousands of bulbs during the winter months. Here’s what to look for when you visit in March: The small Crocus flowers are members of the iris family and one of the first to come up. You’ll find purple, yellow, orange, and striped varieties in our display beds. Some of the of ... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Saturday, February 17, 2018

Memphis Botanic Garden Recognized Globally as a Must-Visit

Here at the Memphis Botanical Garden we pride ourselves in offering a space in which locals and visitors alike can create, reflect, and give back to our wonderful community- and nothing pleases us more than receiving global recognition for our efforts. Last week, Flight Network , Canada’s leading online international travel agency, listed our Botanic Garden amongst just 17 other local establishments as an absolute must-see during a flying visit to Memphis. The List ... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Monday, February 12, 2018

Greenhouse Plant Collection

The Memphis Botanic Garden's Greenhouse houses many wonderful tropical plants that the horticulture staff tends to throughout the year for use in the building with events and for summer display containers. Part of the Garden's mission is to establish and maintain groups of like plants. We have many excellent collections such as our Ilex (hollies), Magnolias and conifers. We also have a number of plants not currently on display. The Sansevierias, collectively called... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, January 24, 2018


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