Mississippi’s climate, and directed him to find design inspiration through visiting the impeccable Japanese gardens in the Birmingham and Memphis Botanic Gardens.
The plant part is easy because, other than architecture and style, as far as plants go a walk around my own neighborhood in Fondren could easily be a walk around Kyoto. In spite of our native plant enthusiasts’ hand wringing, something like eighty percent of our landscape plants are from Japan or China.
Oh, we love our native yaupon hollies, southern magnolia, dogwood, redbud, bald cypress, oakleaf hydrangea, palmetto, prickly pear cactus, and summer phlox, Louisiana iris goldenrod, and purple coneflower. All of which, by the way, are now commonly grown all over Japan.
But let’s face it, when someone thinks of a classic Southern landscape, after swooning over our incredible magnolia the first plants they usually gush over are not Southeastern natives. We can probably no longer garden without azaleas, camellias, crape myrtles, hydrangeas, and pink Japanese magnolias, all of which are from Asia, along with wisteria, Japanese maples, nandinas, ginkgo, flowering quince, kerria, spirea, pears, bamboos (many), Japanese persimmon, aucuba, flowering apricot… I can go on and on, but you get it.
And who among us doesn’t have all-to-wall St. Augustine or bermudagrass, groundcovers like Lirope and mondo grass, Asiatic jasmine, and perennially favorite flowers from daffodils and daylilies to hosta, iris, and chrysanthemums (Japan’s national flower)? All from Asia.
And we love them. Besides, it isn’t the plan... https://www.lobservateur.com/2022/01/23/using-plants-from-all-over/
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Published 6:58 PM EDT May 27, 2019
Morris Jones was setting flowers on the gravesite of his uncle and brother on Memorial Day morning at the re-opened Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett as he began to reflect on the dedication his relatives made.
Jones, 54, ... https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2019/05/27/memorial-day-veterans-galilee-memorial-gardens-reopened/1228987001/
A tree you love in April may not be your favorite one in November.
As a young child, growing up in Memphis, my dad volunteered with the Memphis Men’s Garden Club to establish an arboretum. I remember those little trees — they were about my fifth- grade size. On a visit to Memphis for my 40th class reunion, I had an opportunity to wander through the towering canopies of those cute “little” trees. What a difference a few decades make!
Arboretums speak to us about permanence. They offer an opportunity to see what a little sapling at the nursery will look like as an adult.
Arboretums are created for visiting, to help us discover trees that grow well in our climate zone and to experience an amazing variety of trees we may not encounter in our neighborhood.
We’re fortunate to have several outstanding arboretums that are part of larger botanical gardens in the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Botanical Gardens has a global collection, but for me, none is more spectacular than the magnolias that bloom in late winter and early spring.
In addition to the magnolias, towering redwoods, more than 50 varieties of maples, and even more varieties of pines are cultivated at the 55-acre garden in Golden Gate Park. If you are considering investing in a statement tree, you owe yourself an exploration of this garden.
The Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley is filled with a renowned collection of manzanitas and California lilacs as well as many other trees that thrive in our Mediterranean climate.
UC Davis features a Mediterranean arboretum. UC Santa Cruz Arboretum maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest.
Markum Nature Park and Arboretum in Concord offers 2.4 miles of trails that will introduce you to 45 species of trees, many native to California.
For those looking to bring a tropical tree indoors or add to their greenhouse, the Conservatory of Flowers houses a large collection of exotic palms as well as citrus, tropical fruits, coffee and cacao.
I can plant a vegetable garden over a weekend and enjoy the fruits of my labor in 60, 90, 100 days. But trees? Trees are for the long term — think next generation, think permanence, think of an investment in the future. Passionate visi... http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20151225/FEATURES/151229898