National Gardening Day

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Compiled by Nancy Brannon

What better way to celebrate Earth Day month than in the garden! On April 14, 2021 gardeners around the country celebrated National Gardening Day, and the Garden Club of Virginia expanded the celebration to a week-long affair of garden tours across the state with Historic Garden Week, April 17-24, 2021. Memphis Botanic Garden encouraged everyone to get outside and “dig in” on National Gardening Day. And, of course, horticulturist Felder Rushing, “The Gestalt Gardener,” always encourages his gardening followers to “get out and get dirty.”

No doubt, April is one of the most beautiful months of the year with so many plants in bloom, including dogwood, azaleas, woodland flox, buckeye, some late blooming daffodils, tulips, and irises. It is also time to start planting those warm weather crops – like tomatoes, even as folks are harvesting the cool weather crops that flourish when temperatures range from lows in the mid-40s and highs in the mid-to upper 60s. Enjoy that cabbage, kale, spinach, and broccoli while it lasts! And harvest some of last fall’s turnips. They’re delicious boiled with some butter, salt, and pepper, along with a little Creole seasoning.

On April 15, 2021, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn., was Open Late for a free garden tour so folks could enjoy some of the beautiful blooms in the Dixon Gardens. The Dixon had some waddling visitors on Tuesday April 13: three ducks were filmed touring the gardens.

Just across the street, Memphis Botanic Garden hosted Spring Blooms at the Garden March 20-April 17, featuring Cherry trees in the Japanese Garden; native wildflowers such as Trillium, bellwort, Virginia bluebells, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and celandine poppies. There were hundreds of tulips to “tiptoe through;” Azaleas and Dogwoods, and hundreds of varieties of Irises. Memphis Botanic Garden offered its spring plant sale in person April 22-24, and April 26-30. If you missed it, you can still shop for garden plants online May 5-28. Fun features at Memphis Botanic Garden are the Fantastical Fairy Houses. Folks could learn how to build them in a late-April workshop with Becky Zee.

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