2016 has been a great year! Here are some of our accomplishments:
` 34,930 were served through our field trips and outreach programs.
` We continued our Free Membership Program, ensuring access to need-based households.
` Families have been “digging” the Dirt Pile, a new interactive feature in My Big Backyard.
` We drew record crowds (again!) for our 16th season of Live at the Garden , launched a new Live at the Garden website, and grew our social media interactions to reach new audiences.
` Our Education Team celebrated author Roald Dahl’s would-be-100th birthday with a month-long series of weekly story times, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory family movie night, and a school festival based on the botany of candy.
` Through our designation as the West Tennessee Urban Forestry Center for Excellence, we provided educational programming and arboretum assistance for 11,521 people.
` We continued to work with community organizations, like Ballet Memphis and Memphis Food & Wine Festival, to utilize the Live Garden for public events and performances.
The Garden hosts 232,000 guests annually through admissions, programs, rentals, and events. It costs $8,987 a day to fund our operations.
Make a donation today so that we can continue to offer these programs and Garden experiences through 2017.
We are proud of their accomplishments and thankful for the talents they bring to the Garden.
We created the Lost Boys Lagoon this summer to give people of all ages the chance to be pirates and enjoy the
experience of a tropical forest biome. I really enjoyed working on this project because it was hands-on and our inner child really came out when we were designing this space.
-Will Embry, Horticulture Assistant
I enjoy working in the Butterfly Garden because I have a lot of creative freedom, independence to research and design the plantings, and a strong sense of connection to the space. Work as a horticulturalist is not always
glamorous, but having the support to bring my ideas and vision to fruition has made it a rewarding venture. I am also excited to announce that, in 2016, we were officially certified as a Monarch Waystation!
-Carson Ellis, Horticulture Assistant
The best part of my week is working with our Volunteer Tree Team. We maintain the Certified Arboretum and
Conifer Reference Garden. We are currently working on a project that allows visitors to use their smart phones to pull up tree information on our Arboretum map. For instance, did you know that George Washington's favorite dessert was pawpaw?
-Laurie Williams, Botanist/Adult Education Coordinator
Since becoming “Mister Drew” in 2010, I’ve seen many
Caterpillar Club kids grow from shy toddlers into outspoken pre-schoolers as they learn and play in the Garden. Caterpillar Club is our earliest chance to inspire awe in nature, engaging children in topics like trees, insects, birds, and veggies. I love that friends sign up in tandem to establish play dates, when they could easily meet without coming to an organized program. It is especially rewarding to see alumni as they visit, knowing that the Garden holds a special place in their hearts.
-Drew Massengale, Education Program Coordinator
2016 was the inaugural year for Summer Symphony at the Live Garden, in partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Over 2,000 people enjoyed picnicking on the lawn to the beautiful sounds of the MSO and guest artist Susan Marshall. Special lighting effects and a children’s play area made it special for the entire family. We are
already planning for 2017, and expect that this will
become a Memorial Day tradition!
-Sherry May, Live at the Garden/The Live Garden
Coors Memorial Garden is a new transitional space
between the Prehistoric Plant Trail and Hydrangea Garden. I enjoyed the challenge of the osmanthus plantings, which were so large that we had to use heavy equipment to place them alongside smaller plantings and hardscape. Once we’ve finished the walkways and added a birdbath , this will be a favorite shady spot for Garden visitors.
-Jeff Reynolds, Horticulture Manager
"Most of my days are spent planning media campaigns, designing advertising, and looking months into the future for ways that we can share the Garden with the public. On Wednesday afternoons, during Farmers' Market season, I get to walk away from my desk, talk with our "family" of growers, bakers, producers, and artisans, and indulge my love of fresh foods. We all have diverse responsibilities here, but that's part of what makes it fun to go to work each day."
‐Jana Wilson, Director of Marketing/PR (and Farmers' Market Manager)
Dear Garden friends,
Buzzy and I have a passion for this place! For the staff, for the gardens, for the mission.
Our 96-acre garden, nestled in the heart of Memphis, is a jewel in the crown of achievements for our city. We give because we believe in the Memphis Botanic Garden. To our faithful donors, we say, “Thank you!” For those who might have lapsed or are haven't fallen in love with the Garden yet, we say, “Join us!” If you need convincing, please contact us. We will take you on a tour that will knock your socks off and turn you into a Garden fan.
While spring, summer, and fall are our busiest months, January and February are just around the corner. YOUR GIFTS NOW help us through the slow months. Our Garden is open year-round, rain or shine, hot or cold. Our needs and expenses continue whether we have visitors and events or not. We need donors like you to help provide a continual source of income.
Year end is a wonderful time to take stock and look back. As you will below, we have had another exciting year, and we could not do it without your generous support.
Please take time to make a special gift, give a membership to a friend, increase your membership level, and challenge your friends and co-workers to do the same.
Join us in supporting this Garden that we love so dearly!
Janet Misner & Buzzy Hussey
President and Vice-President
Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation
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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)