by Sherri McCalla

The August Work Study was attended by 6 victims volunteers. It was a nice range of people from Master Gardeners, Memphis Herb Society folks, and no affiliation persons. As usual for this time of year, it was hot enough to fry an egg on the concrete in the formal area of the Herb Garden.

We started off working 20 minutes in the Iris Garden (thank you, thank you, thank you!), then moved into the shady areas in Herb. The 6 were given instruction on the identification of mulberry weed and Asiatic smartweed (whoops! This involves another article as I thought what we have is Virginia smartweed. Sigh.) and then let loose to eradicate them. I spoke pretty much non-stop on my favorite subject while the happy little herbies wreaked havoc on the noxious weeds. Ya’ll know, I give people a heads-up if they don’t want to hear me, to move out of range of my voice! I really, really miss being able to gather herbs and come into the Horticulture building and use those herbs to make a snack, a balm, or an infusion, etc. The last 30 minutes we removed “extra” herbs from the herb garden so they could go home with the volunteers to either plant, eat, or both. I spoke so long that I began to lose my voice by the end of the event. Hopefully, the Herb Society has gained a couple more converts and we will see more of them. It was a most lovely group of people!

Come on out and join us. We work hard, but I hope you will have fun as well as take herbs home:

Future Work Studies:

Please note that the guidelines have changed for these events due to Covid-19. Please check the Memphis Botanic Garden’s website and Facebook pages for current information as the guidelines are subject to change.

All three hours will be spent outside. The event will be cancelled if it is raining. Please stay home if you feel unwell in any way. You may have your temperature taken to attend this event: do not attend if this bothers you. Please bring your own mask (required to enter any buildings on property). 6 feet spacing will be maintained. We will be weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden or Iris Garden. As we work, we will learn about the appropriate topics. I will have sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer available. Bring your own gloves. Please bring your favorite hand tool for weeding and grooming (soil knives, Cape Cod weeders, old kitchen knives, trowels, pruners, etc.). Please dress appropriately: sun hats and closed toe shoes are suggested. Handouts with tips, recipes, and instructions will be available by email to participants. Please enter at the Visitor’s Center and come on out to the Herb Garden as you arrive (the front desk can give you directions if needed).  If you have any questions not covered here, call Sherri McCalla @ 901-636-4134.   

Upcoming Dates

9/12 Balms
September 12. Herbal Work Study: Balms. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

10/10 Bitters
October 12. Herbal Work Study: Bitters. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

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