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It is exciting to see that the annual “Greening of Memphis” is happening. Flowering trees and all sorts of bulbs are in bloom. The landscape is awakening its softer side after the winter and its time for us to get outside while the temperatures remain relatively mild.

Check out the many trails at the Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Or meander the garden paths at The Dixon. With Food Truck Fridays returning this month, admission to the gardens is free on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Looking to add to your own little patch of green? You’re in luck because this is also the month for our local Spring Plant Sales. Dates for the one at MBG are April 12, preview party; and April 13 & 14, plant sale. Lichterman Nature Center will hold its sale on April 13, too. The Dixon will not hold its Spring Plant Sale this year; however, some plants will be for sale when they host the Memphis Flower Show, April 14 & 15, which is open to the public, free of charge. The Dixon is also offering Saturday morning tours of its Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden.

Another way to “get your green on” can be found at our area farmers markets. Locally grown produce that has been nurtured on area farms and is now making its way to a farmers market near you. But before you head out the door, there are a few markets that, for one reason or another will be missing this seasons: Arlington Open Air Market - Walker Street; Church Health and MIFA Farmers Market - Union Avenue; Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market - Cherry Road; and MFM Squared - Court Square in Downtown Memphis. Some of these markets, like the one in Arlington, expect to return in another season or two, with bigger and better facilities. The others...well, not so much. But don’t despair, there are plenty of markets taking place across our community, and many of them will open this month.

If the timing of these markets doesn’t mesh with your schedule, there’s something new since last Spring that might help — a Farmers Market delivery service call SingBean. You can pick and choose what you want and how much you want from a variety of farmers by going online to
www.singbean.com. Customers can pick up their orders at Trolley Stop (704 Madison) on Wednesdays, from 3 - 8 p.m. Free deliveries are available on Wednesdays, 3 - 8 p.m. for orders of $25 or more, in selected zones (see the delivery map on their website). Watch for them to grow their hours as the summer season progresses.


Emily Adams Keplinger