Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Those Plastic Shopping Bags!

One of the first speakers during MAMG Intern Training is Linda Overton Phillips, recycler extraordinaire.  And one of the tips she gives us is how to crochet plastic shopping bags into a super cool tote bag.  Well, a student at Memphis College of Art is taking it one step further!  Have you ever thought that these bags could be an art medium?

Kim Thomas - Untitled Circle 2011

Kim will be telling her story at the Brooks Museum this Thursday night (December 1) from 6:30 to 7:15.  More information can be found HERE.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Church Health Center Meditation Garden

One of the many projects that Memphis Area Master Gardeners are committed to is a meditation garden at the Church Health Center.  Volunteers recently got the garden cleaned up for the winter and one of the Church Health Center's employees sent this note:

A Note of Thanks:

I love what you all do for our meditation garden. While you were weeding here, I spent Saturday afternoon weeding at my home and boy, was I worn out by the end of the day!

Thank you all for the laborious hours you spend for our staff, members, patients and for the community to enjoy! There's little more relaxing than a beautiful garden, a waterfall, and a beautiful fall day!!!

Assistant Director of Integrated Health Wellness

Sometimes we forget what an impact our work has on so many people.  I'm thankful for all that we do in the community to enrich lives in ways that we don't even know about.  We sometimes take what we do - and our ability to do it - for granted.  We're so fortunate to be in a position to give to others.

Meditation Garden at Church Health Center

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Picture is Worth...

Did you know the official website for Memphis Area Master Gardeners has a photo gallery?  Just click on "Photo Gallery" (duh) in the site directory box on the left side of the screen.  For your viewing convenience, just click HERE.  Lots of pictures about our doings, including this one of a new installation at the Davies PAR Garden:

Speaking of PAR, we're so excited that this wonderful demonstration garden is going to be on the 2012 Through Our Garden Gates tour!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Autumn in England

Ok, Jane Austen fans:  remember that scene in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice when Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) proposes to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) in the rain?  (the first proposal, where she refuses him and they have a big fight?)

Well, that scene was filmed at Stourhead in Wiltshire, in the Temple of Apollo.  The BBC interviewed Stourhead's gardener recently and posted this glimpse of the garden in autumn.  Oh my.