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Volunteering at the Memphis Botanic Garden - guest post by Bill Ferrell

Volunteering at the Memphis Botanic Garden has been a part of my life since 2001 when I began helping with the Spring Plant Sale.  It was such a great opportunity to learn more about plants, to meet many like-minded people and to learn from them as well.  MBG is a treasure that has often been overlooked in the Memphis community.  I am pleased to see the Garden increasing in popularity and visibility in the past few years.  As a volunteer and Board Member, I can view the Garden from several different aspects and while the plants play an essential role in its success, it is the people, the staff and volunteers that keep it going and growing.

My favorite part of volunteering has been meeting and becoming friends with people I might have never met otherwise. Gardeners are a unique breed and MBG is blessed with some of the hardest working, most plant loving and creative gardening folks to be found anywhere. I enjoy working with these people, organizing the plant sales and figuring out how to increase the sales volume or bring in more customers. It provides me with a unique opportunity to pass along what I have learned to others and to continue learning.

I feel a special pride as we sell the plants and I see them going out into the community. It is rewarding to know that there are others in Memphis that feel as strongly as I do about the wonderful opportunities MBG has to offer and who have a desire to make their homes and Memphis a more beautiful place for us all.

As a past Master Gardener, as a current member of both the Mid- South Hosta Society and Memphis Horticulture Society and as the President of the MBG Board for the 2013-2014 term, I feel that volunteering has become a vital part of my life. I encourage everyone to come join us as we endeavor to create beauty in the very heart of the Memphis. I look forward to seeing you and perhaps working beside you soon.                                                           

-guest post by Bill Ferrell  

Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at 1:20 PM


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