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November is a month for Giving Thanks


November is a month for Giving Thanks.  We’d like to express our heartfelt appreciation for all of those who help to enhance the Garden and support our operations by making donations for trees, benches and garden plantings.  The beautiful bed at the end of the Four Seasons Garden was recently renovated to include a formal boxwood border and new seasonal plantings.  Grandview Garden Club has adopted this bed as a way to honor the memory of several of their past members.  Another attractive addition recently completed is the large metal arbor and matching benches in the Herb Garden.  Built in memory of past Herb Society President, Joe Haas, this artistic piece was designed and constructed by the National Ornamental Metal Museum.  It has already served as the site of a Wine Tasting food station, a Fairy Tea Party photo booth, and an anniversary picnic for two!  When it’s not being used for events, the arbor is a lovely place to relax and take in the sights and fragrances of the Herb Garden.    

In recent weeks we have been able to add some unique new tree specimens to build our Arboretum collection.  A Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) has just been planted near the Blecken Pavilion close to one other that we have in hopes that seed production of both trees will  increase.  We look forward to seeing the unusual white handkerchief-like flowers on this tree next year.  Another new addition to Daffodil Hill is a Sunspire Magnolia.  This columnar magnolia reaches 20-25’high, but only 6-12’wide, and has distinctive yellow flowers.  In our Japanese Garden, we will be adding an Okame Cherry that will show off brilliant deep pink blossoms to herald in the Spring.  All of these were able to be added because of members like you who recognized that tree memorials are a wonderful way to honor a loved one while at the same time helping MBG accomplish its mission.    

If you would like to show your thanks for a special family member or friend, please contact Mary Helen Butler at 901-636-4116 or at  We have several benches still available in our newly renovated Rose Garden as well as a wish list of new trees that we would like to plant on our grounds.

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 10:30 AM


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