Category: Horticulture

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Beautiful Butterfly Garden (and Technology, too!)

Have you been to see our Butterfly Garden this season? You can find the Butterfly Garden across from the Birds and Bees Exhibit. It has so much to offer. There are flowers for nectar and host plants galore. A host plant is one that the butterflies lay their eggs on and then the caterpillars consume. A nectar plant contains nectar for the butterfly to enjoy. But what you may not be aware of is the latest technology is at work.  The Zebra Swallowtail is the Tennessee State... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, August 30, 2013

Good Vines vs. Bad Vines

At the Memphis Zoo, the Horticulture Staff are constantly pulling weeds. Some of those weeds are vines and some are very bad.       The worst is Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). When P.I. is spotted at the Zoo, it is promptly removed. We do our utmost to not allow it to grow in areas where animals or guests are located. We do have several other vines that ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Magnolia grandiflora or Southern Magnolia

Their blooms are so fragrant. You walk past opening flowers in the early morning or late evening and the fragrance stays with you. The bloom time is from May through June. Creamy white fragrant flowers are in abundance now.   Magnolias can reach 60 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 50 feet wide. It is considered evergreen. However, during this bloom time, some leaves fall but not all of them. The top sides of magnolias leaves are shiny and waxy. Some undersides area coarse and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 10, 2013

Topiaries Add So Much to a Landscape

Topiaries are structures a gardener can add to their landscape. They can become permanent structures or temporary. Horticulture has placed 10 topiaries throughout the zoo. Ours are in animal shapes and close to the animal size (some a little larger, some a little smaller), but topiaries can be in any shape or size.    Most topiaries begin with rebar bent into the desired position and size. Then a chicken wire mesh is fitted around the rebar using small welds or wire. Sphagnum moss... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Red Buckeye

If you are interested in planting some native plants this year, consider Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia . It has been blooming for several weeks now. The flower time is from mid-spring through early summer. Red tubular flowers borne in panicles (elongated cluster of flowers) at the tips of the branches. Each panicle can be four to eight inches long when in bloom. The individual flowers are tubular and about 1½ inches long. Hummingbirds are attracted to them.   The shrub or small tree is... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 29, 2013