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Floating Island in China Pond creating Habitat Restoration

Check out our latest Conservation Habitat in the China Pond located in the China Exhibit. In June 2012, the Water Quality and Horticulture Departments collaborated on a Habitat Restoration within the China Pond. A Floating Island made up of four parts and connected through hidden cables was covered with Peat Moss and planted with a pallet of perennials.   Purpose of the Floating Island The purpose of the floating island was to use plant material that would reduce... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Leaves, leaves, and more leaves

What have you done with your leaves? At the Memphis Zoo, the Horticulture Department collects our leaves at the end of the “drop season.” This started due to the Dinosaur experience. We saved the leaves to use as a mulch to conceal our equipment. The leaves were left at the end of the season and we discovered in September a wonderful pile of composted material which we call leafy bits.   Uses  We use the “leafy bits” compost as mulch on our flower beds and around our tree... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fall Displays of Mums

Fall color is best depicted through garden mums. It is time to say good-bye to our summer perennials and annuals and say hello to a different palette. Chrysanthemums are hardy and come in a variety of bloom shapes and colors. They provide that wonderful transition to the winter garden. Their bloom time occurs during October into November.    At the Memphis Zoo, we have several Fall Displays to provide your family a wealth of photo opportunities. There is a mum bed tucked in between... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, October 18, 2013

Rice...And HarvestFest!

Rice is grown in six states. Arkansas produces more than 50 percent rice in the U.S. There are specialty varieties or long, medium or short grain rice. The Rice Federation has developed a great website that showcases rice, its nutritional information, publications and its farm assistance.    You will find our Rice Paddy Pond at the corner of the Pig Exhibit. It is a raised bed filled with water. We raised three 24” x 36’ planters with bricks. Inside the planters, we filled the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cotton... and HarvestFest!

On September 28-29, Once Upon A Farm will bring back Harvest Fest. The event will showcase all the important factors that make up the family farm. One of those components is cash crops. Today we will look at cotton. Cotton is found in the Hibiscus family and has beautiful flowers. Gossypium hirsutum is the genus and species of local cotton.    Currently, our cotton plants are found between the pig and cow yards. The flowering has finished. What you will find is actual... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, September 16, 2013

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