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Don't just sit there twiddlin' your green thumbs!

Perhaps you've noticed...the weather is cooling down, rain has greened things up, and fall is officially just around the corner. It's time to get back outside and start working on your own little piece of paradise, and we have plenty of opportunities for education and inspiration at the Garden this month!

Wednesday, September 12th, Commercial Appeal columnist Fred Morgan will present a brown bag lunch talk on Tree Care Do's & Don'ts for the Homeowner, from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Topics will include planting, watering, maintenance, and diagnosing pests and disease. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No need to call, just come early if you plan to order lunch from Fratelli's!

This Thursday, we'll celebrate the grand opening of our newest area, the Nature Photography Garden! For the past two years, Senior Manager of Gardens Chris Cosby, Japanese Garden curator Nick Esthus, and Horticulture Manager Jeff Reynolds have been laying out the design for this one of a kind Garden, which encompasses about an acre on the grounds. Join us for a ribbon-cutting at 5:00 p.m., September 13th, for the official dedication of this exciting fusion of art and ecology.

If you haven't attended one of our series of Great Gardens of the World talks, you'll have another chance Sunday, September 16th, at 4:00 p.m. Cheryl Converse will take us on a pictorial tour of New York Botanical Gardens' interpretation of the most iconic elements of Claude Monet's Garden in Giverny, France. Light refreshments are provided, so we need to know how many are coming...please call Laurie Williams at 636-4128 to register. MBG members $5/non-members $10.

Paul Little is back, by popular demand, with two chances to join his  Fairy House Workshop, September 19th or 22nd, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All supplies are provided to build your own Fairy House, but you should bring your own accoutrements (sea shells, stones, pods, marbles) to make your creation unique! MBG members $8/non-members $12. So that there will be plenty of materials, please call 636-4128 to sign up in advance. 

Now, here's a biggie! Volunteer Gardener co-host Troy Marden will present The Emerald Oasis, September 21st at 10:30 a.m. He'll talk design, focusing on the importance of texture in the garden, as well as plants that provide exceptional foliage and flowers...all in varying shades of green. MBG members $5/non-members $10. Call 636-4128 for reservations.

...and, talk about saving the best for last...our 2012 Memphis Garden Show and Symposium (a.k.a. Landscape Showcase, Marketplace, and Fall Plant Sale) will kick off with an evening of talks on Eco-Friendly Home & Garden living. This Green & Easy Gardening Forum is Thursday night, September 27th, at 6:00 p.m. Check out the list of speakers and their enviro-friendly topics, then join us to get geared up for the Show & Sale Friday and Saturday.

Oh, and if you want to mix and mingle with the landscape & garden designers featured at our two-day Garden Show, relax to the sounds of the Minor Street Strings, and nibble on brats & fall fare, you can buy tix online to the Oktoberfest Eve Party in the Pine Grove, Friday, September 28th, 6-8 p.m.

Whew! If that isn't enough to keep you from twiddling your green thumbs, check out our October calendar for more fall fun and learning at the Garden!
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 12:21 PM


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