Don’t forget to sign up the kids for our Summer Camps!  Click here for more information.


May 10Mother’s Day Brunch at the Garden – Presented by 4Memphis Magazine and Eden Spa & Laser. Treat Mom to an unforgettable experience in the Japanese Garden, featuring a gourmet buffet, live music, children’s crafts, and outdoor family fun. Carriage rides and adult beverages available at additional cost. MKX Photography will be on-hand for family portrait sittings at a nominal fee. 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. MBG members $45/non-members $55/Children 2-12 years: $10/Under 2: FREE. All tickets $55 at the door day of event, based on availability. Tickets available online here or call 636-4131 to confirm by phone.


May 2-28All Things Great and Small Show Number Two by Students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier – Exhibit is open to the public and free to view in Fratelli’s Cafe Gallery MondaySaturday 11  a.m.- 2 p.m. only. All exhibited work for sale. Call 636-4100 for information.

May 6-30 – Heartbeat by Marilyn Trainor Storey and Chris Morrow – An interior designer and an art teacher inspired by Poland exhibiting in the Visitors Center Gallery. On May 6, there will be an Opening Reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All works for sale. Free public viewing during regular garden hours. Call 636-4100.

May 26, 28, and 30 – Intermediate Photography with Mark Kalagias: 3-Part Series – This course requires students to come equipped with a DSLR camera, tripod, and a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed. Instructor will have a limited number of tripods to loan to students in need. Laptop needed for session three only. All 3 sessions: MBG members $195/non-members $225. Sessions 1 (Session 1: Escaping Auto.March 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m) and 2 (Session 2:  Shooting Raw. March 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m) only: MBG members$130/non-members $150. Session 3 (Session 3: Post-Production Editing. March 28, 2 – 4 p.m.) only: MBG members $65/non-members $75. Call 901-636-4128 for information.

May 30 – Photography Basics: Composition – Join photographer Mark Kalagias of MKX Photography for a class on photo composition that will help you take more pictures you love with fewer clicks of the shutter. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. MBG members $25/non-members $30. Call 901-636-4128.

May 30 –  Jewelry Class: Sawing Sheet Metal – In this workshop, students will learn all the ins and outs of one of the most basic and useful of jeweler’s tools. Students will learn about proper blade loading, which saw blades to use, how different materials respond, how to mark material for sawing, inside cuts and more.  Projects for the class will be mostly about learning how to use the saw and will be technique based, however, there will be a small pendant project that students may complete in class or at home, depending on the speed at which they work, and practice pieces can be turned into charms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. MBG Members $70/non-members $85. Call 901-636-4128.


May 12 – Food Truck Garden Party – Presented by Oak Hall and Vineyard Vines. Come join us for dinner al fresco, featuring live music by Joshua Cosby and Jeremy Stanfill, cash bar, and local food trucks. Kids will love the new Memphis Parent Play Zone; Co-Motion Hoopers will be there. 5 -8 p.m.MBG members $5/non-members $10, includes one drink. Tickets available at the gate.

May 27Home School Days-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –  Ages 5 and up. Join us monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! Learn all about our natural resources, and make a handmade paper creation.2 – 3:30 p.m. MBG members $4/non-members $5 per child, does not include Garden admission. Call 636-4100.

May 29Fairies, Gnomes, and Hobbit Homes – Presented by First Tennessee Foundation. Put on your wings and pointed ears and join us for a magical evening with family in My Big Backyard! 6- 8 p.m. MBG members $10/non-members $15. Click here for tickets.

Farmers’ Market at the Garden–  Wednesdays through October 29. Shop from a variety of goods that are locally grown and produced. 2-6 p.m.Open to the public.


May 1 and 8Garden Tram Tours – Join docents from the Memphis Botanic Garden for a tram tour of the beautiful grounds. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free to members or with paid Garden admission.

May 9Mid-South Hosta Society Annual Hosta Sale and Hosta Garden Tour – There will also be tours of  the Hosta Display Garden Trail. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Free admission to the sale.

May 11 Build It and They Will Come-Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat  Mike Berkeley of GroWild, Inc., a native plant nursery in Fairview, TN, will launch our summer lecture series with a program on the use of native plants in the home landscape.6:30 – 8 p.m. WRC & MBG members FREE/non-members $4. Call 452-6500 or 636-4116 for more information.

May 15-17 – Memphis Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale – Friday (Sales only) 12.-5 p.m./ Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Exhibit & Sales)/Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Exhibit & Sales). Free admission. For information, or call 901-428-2890.

May 16 – Phillip Watson Lecture: Garden Magic – Join the Memphis Area Master Gardeners and Memphis Botanic Garden for this lecture, virtual garden tour and book signing by Phillip Watson, author, internationally known garden designer, and host of QVC’s Cottage Farms. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. MBG members $20/non-members $25. Reservations required. Click here for tickets. Call 636-4131.

May 17 – Signs of Spring Walk – Participants will meet in the visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. 1 p.m. Free with Garden admission.


May 4Memphis Knights Big Band at the Garden – Tap your toes or jitterbug across the floor to the sounds of the Memphis Knights! Doc Popcorn concessions will be available. 7 -9 p.m.Admission $5 at the door.

May 26 – Vine to Wine at the Garden: Ooh, la, la! – Presented by IBERIABANK. Indulge in a collection of French wines accompanied by delectable hors d’oeuvres by Eclectic Catering.  6-8 p.m. Members $25/non-members $35. Tickets online here or call 901-636-4131.

April Sustainability Month Events

STAR Press Conference – (Apr 2, 3:30). Memphis-Shelby County was recognized for “national excellence” as one of the nation’s most sustainable communities with a 4-STAR Award.  Join Mayors Luttrell and Wharton as they announce the 4-STAR award.  Press conference will be at United Housing, Inc. office on 2750 Colony Park Dr.

Earth Month Business Conference – (April 7, $90).  The Office of Sustainability joins FedEx, ISSP, The Sustainability Consortium, CRG Sustainable Solutions and other sponsors for a conference on sustainable supply chain for businesses. Special emphasis will be on sustainable packaging, sustainable purchasing and recycling. The full agenda can be found here:

Neighborhood Redevelopment Conference (Apr 15-17, $150).  Scholarships are available!  This is a national conference in Memphis with workshops about innovative approaches to neighborhood redevelopment and community building.

Faith-in-Action Memphis CleanUp – (Apr 18-26).  Join Memphis City Beautiful to volunteer as an individual or as a team to eliminate blight in our city. Sign up

Free Mulch Giveaway – (Apr 18, 6am).  City of Memphis Public Works has mulched 25,000 tons of yard debris since last year and offers it to Memphis residents for earth day.  Load your own, while it lasts starting at dawn.  315 S. Hollywood St. Liberty Bowl parking lot.

Earth Day 30 days Straight – (Apr 1-30).  Clean Memphis has scheduled a cleanup each day during Sustainability Month so join in! Several events will coincide with the Faith-in-Action program.


Earth Month Activities at the Botanic Garden – (Apr 1-30).  Conservation challenge hikes, tree tag treks, environmental playhouse, and earth-friendly boxed lunches will all be featured daily for the month of April at the Botanic Garden.


Home Landscape Workshop – (Apr 2, 9am). Learn about creating an earth-friendly “TN Smart Yard”.  Registration of $35 includes handbooks, soils tests, and rain gauge. Lunch provided.  Collierville Town Hall  901-752-1207 to RSVP.
Architecture Lecture: No Place Like Utopia – (Apr 2, 6pm, Free).  Join UM’s Architecture Department to hear Katherine Lambert, Principal at MAP Architects, San Francisco CA.

Garden Tram Tours at the Botanic Garden – (Apr 3, 10, 17, 24).  Every Friday in April, MBG’s knowledgeable guide will be available for short tram tours, with environmental tips and other fun facts about the Garden.

Eco EGGstravaganza – (Apr 4, 10-4pm).  Egg hunts with children at Shelby Farms Park, $5 per child.
Energy Finance Workshop – (Apr 8, 10-2pm).  Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and schools are welcomed to attend to learn how to receive technical assistance to support energy management projects in public buildings.

CSI Build/It Design & Construction Conference – (Apr 9, 12pm).  Free.  Learn from panelists, speakers, and 53 design and construction vendors at Minglewood Hall for the latest building products that build better cities.  Paul Young, formerly with the Office of Sustainability, will be speaking at 3pm

Electronic Recycling: Christian Brothers HS – (Apr 11, 9-1pm).FREE event.  Take your e-waste Christian Brothers High School (5900 Walnut Grove Rd) for responsible recycling.  Businesses and individuals welcomed, no limits.

Greenline Garden workshops (kids) – (Apr 11, $5). Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Master Gardeners team up for a workshop series each month for kids grades 1-6.  Other workshops are: May 9, June 13, & July 11.

MEMFix: Pinch District – (Apr 11, 11-4pm).  This event will showcase how a great street and thriving public space can serve as a catalyst for economic vitality and neighborhood redevelopment and will not only prepare for the increase in traffic from the Pyramid, but also to temporarily reinvigorate the Pinch neighborhood and will feature live music, pop up shops, and food trucks!

Healthy Memphis Food Festival – (Apr 11-12).  Broad Ave Arts District will have a pop-up market of food vendors, wellness businesses, and local music and art. Free.9am-8pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun.

Signs of Spring Walk at the Botanic Garden – (Apr 12, 1:30pm). Participants will meet in the visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond.


Trail Dedication at Olive Branch City Park – (Sun, Apr 12, 1:30pm).  Join Olive Branch as they dedicate a new trail!

Harahan Bridge Walk with Jimmy Ogle – (Apr 12, 2pm).  Free. Hear from Historian Jimmy Ogle as he takes you on a fascinating history while walking across the bridge that will soon become a bike trail.  Details here:

Wolf River Conservancy Fundraiser – (Apr 14, 5pm).  Young Ave Deli.

TN Greenways & Trails Forum (Montgomery Bell) – (Apr 15-17, $99).  Join in educational workshops and networking while learning the latest trends in greenways and trails.

Zone IX Flower Show & Project Green Fork – (Apr 15, 2-5pm).Memphis Garden Club and Little Garden Club at will host a regional flower show (covering 5 states) as well as a conservation exhibit showcasing Project Green Fork as a model for other communities in restaurant sustainability. Event at the Botanic Garden. This event will strive to be zero-waste.

University of Memphis Earth Day – (Apr 16, 10-2pm).  Join students at the Oasis Garden (east of the UC near Zack Curlin parking garage).

Wolf River Conservancy Faith-in-Action Clean up – (Apr 18, 9-12).  Join WRC for one of the Faith-in-Action Clean ups near downtown’s Mud Island.  They are looking for volunteers.

Electronic Recycling: Sacred Heart School (Southaven) – (Apr 18, 9-1pm). FREE event.  Take your e-waste Sacred Heart School (5150 Tchulahoma Rd, Southaven, MS) for responsible recycling.  Businesses and individuals welcomed, no limits.

ZeroLandfill upcycling program – (Apr 18 & 25, 10-2).  The architecture & interior design community has donated their sample library for the crafting public to have for free. Volunteer to get first dibs on items.


Adult Greenline Garden Workshop – (Apr 18, 9am, $5). Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Master Gardeners team up for a workshop series each month. Plant Companions will be taught this month.

Earth Day 5k – (Apr 19, 2pm, $25).  After this 5k race at Shelby Farms, you will have a chance to plant a tree.
Natural Areas Celebration at Overton Park – (Apr 19, 10 & 11am).  Free. Overton Park is celebrating TN Natural Areas Week with two nature hikes in the Old Forest. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about birds and butterflies from local experts. RSVP to if you plan to attend.
Memphis Green Drinks – (April 21, 6:30pm).  Join this social organization of environmental-minded folks to network and socialize. This month’s guest speaker will be Keith Cole from Wolf River Conservancy. This month’s venue is still being determined – please check for an update in early April.

Clean Memphis Fundraiser – (Apr 22, 6pm, $35).  WiseAcre Brewery.
Arbor Day of Service at Shelby Farms Park – (Apr 25, 10-12).  Enjoy a presentation from CleanMemphis to learn about the Heart of the Park enhancements and how trees contribute to a healthy watershed then plant trees with the park!  To register:

V&E Artwalk – (Apr 25, 11-6pm).  Fourth annual artwalk features 60+ artistic vendors, silent auction, children’s area, music and food.

Run the Farm 5k/10k – (Apr 25, 8am, $20/30).  Agricenter International’s “off road” trail race with after party!  Proceeds benefit educational programs.

Tour of Parks with Jimmy Ogle – (Apr 26, 2pm).  Free. Walking tour of parks along the Memphis riverfront.  This month is the tour of the Cobblestone Wharf and Sultana.

Tennessee Naturalist Walk at the Botanic Garden – (April 26).  As you walk through the Garden, watch for TN Naturalist stations to learn fun facts and tidbits about local flora and fauna, including some you may find in your own backyard.

Harbor Town 25th Anniversary – (Apr 28, 4pm, $25). Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Harbor Town with ULI-Memphis.  Take a tour with Tony Bologna, see a presentation on Harbor Town results 25 years later, and listen to a panel discussion with some of the key start-up players.

TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards & Forum – (May 7, 9-3pm). TDEC will host a recognition ceremony and sustainable transportation forum to recognize outstanding and voluntary achievements in advancing sustainable transportation in the state.

National Geographic geo-tourism website – Nat’l Geo is doing a geo-tourism website for the Mississippi River and all tourist places along it!  If you have a special place or locally owned business in Shelby County that you would like to include, please upload it.  This will tie their global brand with our cool local places!  More information can be found here:

Christine Donhardt, ASLA

Senior Planner

Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability


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Botanic Garden Job Fair

Friday & Saturday
April 19th & 20th

(No Sunday Sale this year!)

Memphis Botanic Garden’s largest plant sale of the year features a huge assortment of perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and trees, plus specialty garden items by local artisans.

Expert Garden staff and Master Gardeners on-hand to assist with purchases and plant care tips.

Stop by and spin the Earth Challenge Trivia Wheel for a chance to win an eco-prize!

Admission to the sale is free to the public.

Garden members receive 10% discount on ALL purchases at the sale! Not a member? Join now or at the plant sale to qualify for your discount!

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