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Memphis Garden Clubs Bring Weed Wrangle to Memphis + Shelby Farms Park

Green doesn't always mean good.  In a recent Commercial Appeal article , Lichterman volunteer Arch Johnston stated that Memphis' forests looked foreign to him, they were so overridden by invasive species and unhealthy. The photo below captures what he was seeing.  To me, and most other untrained eyes, this image looks like a full, healthy forest that is thriving and green even in the winter when this photo was taken. Most people wouldn't believe that the picture... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-29-16 | 0 comments
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Honeybee Haven: The Shelby Farms Apiary

Have you ever seen these boxes in the park before and wondered what they’re for? The answer? Honeybees! This bee yard, known as an “apiary,” is home to thousands of bees working to keep our gardens healthy and produce local, sustainable honey right here in Shelby Farms Park.  You might have known that the honey you eat comes from Honeybees, but did you know that Honeybees also play a critical role in producing many of the fruits and vegetables you eat? Each day, worker... Read More
at 10-20-15 | 1 comments
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Building Biodiversity | New Native Trees Coming to Shelby Farms Park

Hey Park fans! Recently, I posted about our biodiversity here at Shelby Farms Park and how we’re working to strengthen our web of life here at the park through our ten-year privet removal plan .  But removing species from the park doesn’t create a “web” itself; there’s a critical second step.  That’s why I’m back today to talk about how we’re strengthening our biodiversity, not through removal, but through additions!  Once invasive species are cleared out of the park,... Read More
at 10-6-15 | 2 comments
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