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 the
ever-growing interest in DIY vegetable gardens and local foods, the
Horticulture staff has chosen "edibles as ornamentals" as our theme for
this year. We will be incorporating a wide variety of edible plants into
our summer bedding schemes throughout the garden, including okra, sweet
and hot peppers, eggplant, artichokes, corn, amaranth, basil, and many
Look for these among the summer annuals, selected specifically to
highlight the ornamental and aesthetic qualities of common and uncommon
vegetables, and consider substituting edibles for purely ornamental
plants in your home garden.
With this theme in mind, we are hosting, in collaboration with The Little Garden Club of Memphis, Edible Landscaping Talk and
Cocktails with Rosalind Creasy on April 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Edible landscape guru and acclaimed author
Rosalind Creasy will present a fun and informative talk on the benefits of
integrating herbs and edible plants into your ornamental landscape.
Before and after the talk, bid on
horticultural consultations, gardening prizes, and other unique silent auction
items with an earthy twist. We’ll wrap up the evening with a cocktail reception
and book signing, where you’ll also be able to purchase a selection of plants
to take home and start your own edible garden.
MBG members $25/non-members $35.
Tickets available at memphisbotanicgarden.com/ediblelandscaping or by calling
For updates and more!
Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)