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 agriculture project which seeks to adapt traditional agricultural techniques and ethos of self-sufficiency to inspire and educate modern growers. A series of new interpretive panels helps to communicate this message.
Guests are often curious about what happens with the produce grown in the garden. Most of the harvests go home with volunteers in appreciation for their support and time; the Memphis Botanic Garden would not be possible without our dedicated and hardworking volunteers. This year, though, some of the produce will be available for purchase at our Visitor Center, with all proceeds returning to the continuing development of the Delta Heritage Garden. Look for this year’s garlic harvest at the check-in desk on your next visit for an opportunity to take a taste of the Garden home!
As one of the Living Campus investment areas of MBG’s Nourish Greenprint 2021 campaign, the Delta Heritage Garden’s displays and programming will be growing by leaps and bounds in the coming years. Some development has already begun thanks to the gifts from The Knapp Foundation and Phoebe Miller. This Spring we were excited to bring a new element to the garden: a historic cabin which was relocated and restored to overlook the garden. This structure encourages guests to imagine life as a homesteader, and provides a space where our horticulturists and education staff can store materials to lead work and study events with our community. The structure is not currently open to the public, as we continue to develop the interior, but guests are welcome to sit in the shade of the cabin’s porch-- we recommend bringing a glass of iced tea from Fratelli’s Cafe to sip while you do!
By Carson Ellis, Horticulturist at Memphis Botanic Garden
Photos by Taylor Herndon
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9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)