March events at Memphis Botanic Garden

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March 1 – 28. 2018 MGAL Star Artist Juried Exhibition. Memphis Germantown Art League presents it annual Star Artist Juried Exhibition at Memphis Botanic Garden. This exhibition in the Visitors Center includes a diverse array of subjects, styles, and media from selected members who have won local, national , or regional awards. A reception will be held on Sunday, March 4 , 2-3:30 pm and is open to the public. For more information, call 636-4100.

Fridays in March. Spring Tram Tours. 10-noon. Join docents from the garden for a tram tour of the beautiful grounds of the Memphis Botanic Garden. The tram will leave the tram bed approximately every 20 minutes from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Free with regular garden admission (cancelled if storming). No reservation necessary.

Friday, March 2. Night Lights Campfire Party. 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Families will get the chance to discover the wonders in the stars and marvel over what can glow under our feet. We’ll provide hot dogs, s’mores, and cider. Advanced tickets required, limited space available. MBG members $10/non-members $15. Tickets available through

March 3 Pruning with Robin Howell. 9:00-11:30 a.m. Walk through the garden with MBG’s Curator of the Japanese and Asian Gardens to learn about tree and shrub pruning. This class will cover tools, timing, and techniques. Dress for the weather as this is an outdoor demonstration and practice class. Optional: bring your own pruning tools to practice what you have learned. Class size limited to 20; register early to avoid disappointment. 901-636-4128 for more information or to register by Feb. 28th. $8 MBG members ($15 non-members).

March 3- April 28, 2018. “Papercutting of Countryside and Cities” by Gillian J. Furniss. 11am-2pm. Monday-Saturday. Fratelli’s Cafe. This unique art exhibit combines the art of papercutting with the beauty of landscapes in cities, towns, and countryside. The artist, Gillian J. Furniss, as Assistant Professor of Art Education at Mississippi University for Women, was named 2016 Mississippi Art Education Association Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. This new collection of black and cream paper papercutting depicts her interests in the arts, natural sciences, and the interconnectedness of life.

March 3 and 4. Weekend Oil Painting with Judy Nocifora 1:00-4:30 p.m. Join in the fun with these stress-free and casual painting classes. Small classes provide individual attention and are appropriate for all skill levels. Acrylic painters welcome, but instruction will be in oils. Judy is an award winning teacher and painter who has traveled and studied with some of today’s finest contemporary painters. She is thrilled to be able to share her expertise with you. Follow Judy on Facebook- or Instagram @joypainting. Prepayment due by Feb. 26. Class size is limited, register early to avoid disappointment. 901-636-4128 for more information, supply list, or to register. $95 MBG members ($115 non-members).

March 7 Who is hatching? (Homeschool Days) For children ages 5 and up, join us from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! Themes change each month, with activities geared toward enhancing your home studies curriculum. Price $4/members and $5/non-members, does not include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4100 to register.

March 7, 14, 21 and 28.. Acrylic Painting with Gay Rhodes. 9:30-12:30. Join Instructor Gay Rhodes for this 4-session painting series where students will gain new skills from the instructor’s 20-plus years of teaching experience. Topics will include planning and sketching for a painting, and mixing and applying paint in a variety of techniques. Most students will complete at least two paintings. All classes will begin with a demonstration. All levels welcome. To see more of this instructor’s work look on Facebook, Gay Rhodes ART. For art questions Prepayment due by noon March 5th. For more information, supply list, or to register, call 636-4128. $125 MBG members ($150 non-members).

March 10th. Herbal Work Study: Herbal (almost) MREs. 8:30 -11:30 a.m. (8:00 a.m. sign-in). Weather permitting, the first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden. Work will be moved indoors in case of bad weather. Labor is traded for education when Sherri demonstrates Herbal food mixes in jars. All that will need to be added for prepared food is the wet ingredients. Participants will leave with recipes for a beverage, soup, and dessert. Please arrive at the Horticulture Building in the south end of the parking lot between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The group will leave the building promptly at 8:30. Please dress appropriately: wearing layered clothing is suggested for this time of year. Please note: this learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system: you must work the first two hours (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) to attend the last hour of class (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), making this a free event! If you have any questions not covered here, call Sherri McCalla, 901-636-4134.

March 11. Signs of Spring Walk. 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Visitor’s Center and walk the beautiful grounds of Memphis Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free with garden admission. No reservations necessary, canceled in case of rain.

March 12th. Herbal (almost) MREs. 10:00-11:30. Join Memphis Botanic Garden’s Herb Garden Curator, Sherri McCalla, for this hands-on class of prepared herbal products in a reusable jar. Participants will leave with one beverage, one soup, and one dessert, recipes, instruction cards and gift tags. All that needs to be added for ready to eat food are the liquids. 901-636-4128 for more information or to register by March 8th. $18 MBG members/$25 non-members.

March 12 – 16. Spring Break Camp. 9 am – 3 pm. Ages 6 – 9. Around the Garden in 5 days
Explore the beauty and mysteries the garden holds by investigating a new garden each day.
Campers can travel with us the whole week or enroll by the day. Snack will be provided, campers will need to bring their own lunch. MBG Members $150/ $30 a day
Non Members $200 / $40 a day. Register online at

Mondays, March 19th –April 9th. Drawing Nature with Sally Markell. 10-12:30. This 4-session class will use living flowers and plants from the garden to capture realistic results with graphite. The emphasis will be on observation and pencil technique. All levels are welcome and all supplies are provided. See the artist’s work at 901-636-4128 for more information or to register by March 14th. MBG members $180/non-members $210.

Saturday, March 24th. Silver Clay Leaves. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Unique and beautiful jewelry DOES grow on trees! Want to learn how? Join us for a class by jewelry artisan and ArtClay Senior Instructor Brandy Boyd. She will teach you how to use fine silver paste to immortalize a leaf in a pure silver pendant. Perfect for beginners or someone wanting to brush up on their metal clay skills, everyone will leave class with a completed fine silver pendant perfect for gift giving or keeping. It will even come with a ribbon necklace so you can wear it home! Just bring yourself and a desire to create and learn. All materials and tools will be provided for use. Class size is very limited to allow plenty of one on one instruction. 636-4128 for more information or to register. $80 ($95 for non-members).

March 29th. Easter Centerpiece with Rick and Regina. 10:30 a.m. – noon Join Rick Pudwell, Memphis Botanic Garden’s Director of Horticulture and Regina Berryman, internationally known designer for this hands-on class using fresh flowers and fresh vegetables. All supplies are provided but students will need to bring some hand tools. Prepayment due by March 22nd. 901-636-4128 for more information, tool list, or to register. $40 MBG members/$55 non-members.

March 31. Family Egg Hunt. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Spring wouldn’t be the same without the Garden’s annual Egg Hunt, complete with age-friendly areas, magic, and a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Bring the little ones to the 2-and-under Bunny Hop area for a mellow, hunt-at-your-own-pace space, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 3-4 year olds will have their own hunt at 2:30 pm; 5-7 year olds at 2:45 pm, and 8-10 year olds at 3:00 pm. Family prize egg hunt begins at 1:00 pm, and ends at 4:00 pm, or when all eggs are found. (1 prize egg per family, please!) Everyone will enjoy kids’ crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. Photos with the Easter Bunny and concessions available at additional cost. Advance tickets at MBG members $6/non-members $8. Under 2 free. Convenience charges apply to online ticket purchase. Tickets $10 at the gate, based on availability. Call 636-4100 for information. Note: My Big Backyard will be closed during this special event.

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