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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 Garden2 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 and function as garden sculpture. It is always a challenge to meld art with the landscape, but this exhibit will allow us multiple opportunities to showcase both the gardens and sculptures in creative ways. A large number of the pieces will stand alone with the landscape that is already in place and serve as an accent or focal point where they are positioned. Some of them will even be placed in aquatic situations such in a fountain or the Japanese lake. 

The White Bison sculpture is exactly what it sounds like and is positioned on a pedestal. White Bison do occur in nature and are always revered as sacred to Native Americans. Since this iconic animal of the plains occurs in nature on prairies and grasslands, we are planting a flowing line of Native American grass behind this piece. Some of the grasses used in this planting will be Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Little Blue Stem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Big Blue Stem (Andropogon gerardii), and Switch Grass, (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah.)

On a hill near the Moon Gazing Pavilion will be the Painted Ponies. Since horses are a world-wide species from the Steppes of Mongolia to the Pampas of Argentina to our American West, I think that a pleasing mixture of grasses from several parts of the world would be appropriate to accent this grouping as they race through the landscape. Here Pampas Grass (Cortaderia sellona from Argentena), Foutain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Etouffee’ from Asia), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolpis), and Muhly Grass, (Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘Undaunted’) both American natives, will mingle beautifully in one planting.

In the large flower bed at the East end of the Four Season’s Garden, the sculpture titled Star Unfolding will be backed by upright Purple Barberries. At its base will be clustered a low planting of Dwarf Sasanqua Camellias. The delicate Pink blossoms and small evergreen foliage will form a fitting anchor to this elegant sculpture. 

The staff has worked hard prepping for this new exhibit and hope to see you soon at the Garden visiting Origami in the Garden2.

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 9:14 AM


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