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Forcing Spring Flowering Shrubs and Tree Branches Into Bloom

Memphis Botanic Garden's Director of Horticulture Rick Pudwell really dislikes the word 'forcing' when talking about bringing spring flowering bulbs and other plants as well as flowering branches into bloom at times other than their normal season. He likes to think of gardening as a more gentle pursuit that involves working with nature instead of against her. That being said, it seems that gardeners will do almost anything to enjoy fresh flowers when the weather is cold and not... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, December 12, 2019

Prehistoric Plant Trail

Before there was My Big Backyard, the Prehistoric Plant Trail was a favorite among families with its dinosaur statues, fossil dig pit, cave tunnel and other special features. This garden showcases unique plantings, interpretive signage, interactive play and learning opportunities for guests of all ages. The Education Department designed special curriculum to utilize all aspects of the Prehistoric Plant Trail. Students will dig being a paleontologists for a day as they study and learn... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Memphis Garden Club Container Garden

Guests walking along the main Garden loop will find a hidden jewel in the Memphis Garden Club Container Garden. This garden is located just beyond Daffodil Hill within the Azalea Trail and is a perfect resting point halfway through a visitor’s tour.  Nearby gardens are Daffodil Hill, the Hosta Trail and the Hydrangea Garden. The Container Garden is a patio garden that holds a circular bed with a Sweet Bay Magnolia under-planted with shade perennials. There are at least a dozen... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, September 27, 2019

Celebrating Ten Years of My Big Backyard

   Join us this month in celebrating the 10 th  Anniversary of My Big Backyard. Our Horticulture and Education teams have been working hard to get us ready for our birthday celebrations and this garden has never looked better. We are so appreciative of everyone who has played a role along the way to get us where we are today. From The Little Garden Club of Memphis planting the initial seeds and the many local foundations, corporate funders and... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, August 29, 2019

5 Plants to Look Out for in a Survival Situation

Is it just me or are 70% of TV shows about the apocalypse right now? And did you know that 68 million Americans have purchased survival gear to prepare for doomsday?! Whether you are a serious “prepper” or just someone who occasionally wonders how you might cope in a survival situation, the subject of using plants for food and medicine is quite an interesting one. This isn’t intended as an in-depth guide to herbal medicine (you might want a more academic article... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Monday, August 19, 2019

Tenth Annual Forrest Spence 5K Promises Fun for Families

The Forrest Spence 5K raises funds for non-medical needs of critically or chronically  ill children and their families.   The 12th annual Forrest Spence 5K is a wonderful event for all ages. On Saturday, Aug. 24 , bring your friends and family to walk or run the 3.1-mile course starting at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The Forrest Spence 5K begins at the Memphis Botanic Garden at 8 a.m. This fun filled day includes a 5K, food, door prizes, music, 1-mile fun run, 100-yard... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Thursday, August 8, 2019

Perfect time to visit The Live Garden

   The Live Garden looks especially beautiful this summer. This spacious grassy area of the TruGreen Lawn is not only the perfect setting for many of our Garden events, but also an inviting space for visitors to enjoy a picnic day under the tall trees or near the lake that borders the east side. The west side of the area features a long pathway known as the IP Living Wall. It is a dramatic display of annual flowers that stand out in the distance for their color and... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Delta Heritage Garden

       Walk through the Delta Heritage Garden this summer and you will see watermelon vines twining through the okra, the broad, velvety leaves of tobacco, and pink-tipped flowers that will give way to bright bolls of cotton. These plants, as well as the many others growing in the Delta Heritage Garden, tell the story of the Delta South, and make tangible the region’s history and culture. More than just history, though, the garden is an active and productive urban... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Castle Redeux...The Recycled Ruins

       Kids and grown-ups alike will go back in time as they visit the newest addition to Playhouse Lane in My Big Backyard. Thanks to a grant from The Children’s Foundation of Memphis, Castle Redeux…. The Recycled Ruins is the perfect area for fairy-tale, adventurous play. With the help from regional artists, Bernhard Meck and Tim Pace who assisted with the design of existing art elements in the Garden, this medieval castle was designed and made almost... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Wednesday, April 17, 2019

April's the perfect time to see new plantings in the Iris Garden

This past fall Memphis Botanic Garden received a large donation of well over 500 Iris rhizomes from Schreiner’s Iris of Salem, Oregon. This planting of over 35 new varieties will be a welcome as well as beautiful addition of new Bearded Iris to our collection. Six other Iris beds were also planted with 63 varieties of Bearded Iris donated by Virginia Hill, a past member of the Memphis Iris Society. Her son Doug Hill, is the newest member of our Horticulture team.... Read More
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at Friday, March 29, 2019


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