Friday, May 29, 2015

Sun after Rain

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

And, I would add, sun after rain...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apply Now to Become an Extension Master Gardener!

The 2016 Master Gardener Program Application is now posted on the Memphis Area Master Gardeners website.

Who are Tennessee Master Gardeners?  To quote from our website:

Tennessee Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who help the local Extension Service share gardening information with the community. All volunteers are initially trained through 40 hours of classroom teaching and 40 hours of hands-on experience. Master Gardeners who continue to participate in the program after completing their initial training provide at least forty hours of service annually and continue to learn with a minimum of eight continuing education hours each year.

State-wide, there are approximately 2,438 active Master Gardeners in 57 counties. For the 2014 fiscal year, Tennessee Master Gardeners provided 177,693 volunteer hours which is equivalent to $3.5 million worth of services. Nationally, there are approximately 94,865 active Master Gardener volunteers in the United States and Canada who provided 5.2 million volunteer hours in 2009 which had a value of $101.4 million.

The Master Gardener Program is offered by The University of Tennessee Extension. Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden/landscape programs. This is only possible through the training and utilization of volunteers, known as Master Gardeners. The Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG) provide services to Shelby County under the supervision of the University of Tennessee Shelby County Extension Service.

Beyond this description, I can tell you that you will meet and become friends with the best folks ever.  You'll work hard, give back to the community, learn constantly, and have more fun that you can imagine!

Come join us!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Congratulations to Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners!

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The demonstration garden at the Governor's Mansion in Nashville, TN has been awarded "Best Demonstration Garden" in the United States and Canada by the International Master Gardener Association Search for Excellence program.

The kitchen and cutting garden, which opened in September, 2013, has been visited by more than 3,000 visitors and has produced more than 2,700 pounds of produce.  Maintained by volunteers from the Davidson County Extension Master Gardener organization, the garden is a showcase for the use of heirloom seeds and organic fertilizers and pest controls.

Congratulations to our fellow Extension Master Gardeners!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blooming with the Mid-South Hydrangea Society

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bloomstruck’

As a member of the Mid-South Hydrangea Society, I have gained so much knowledge about these classic beauties.   

Since forming in 2004, membership continues to grow which allows area gardeners a chance to share, learn and experience everything Hydrangea!

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Wedding Gown’
There are four meeting per year.  Join us at 7 pm on the 2nd Monday in February, April and October at the Memphis Botanic Garden.  The June meeting is actually the annual garden tour.     As part of your membership, you receive four issues of the In Bloom! newsletter which is packed full of hydrangea information.

Each meeting highlights a featured speaker to advance your hydrangea knowledge base.  Visit the Mid-South Hydrangea Society website for more information and download a membership application.  Membership is just $10 annually.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Twist-n-Shout®
Upcoming hydrangea events:

Mid-South Hydrangea Society 
11th Annual Bloomin’ in June Garden Tour & Plant Sale

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Make an early stop at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens for the Hydrangea Plant Sale & Bloom Display at 9am – 11am then tour fantastic gardens in east Memphis from 10 am to 1 pm

Hydrangea National Conference

July 14, 15 & 16, 2015

at the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA

Premier speakers and sponsors, make this a conference not to be missed for any hydrangea lover.   Click here for details on this special conference.


Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Let’s Dance® Moonlight™

Reap the benefits and find time and space for hydrangeas in your schedule and your landscape.  Join the Mid-South Hydrangea Society!

Dawn B