at the Memphis Botanic Garden has been a part of my life since 2001 when I
began helping with the Spring Plant Sale. It was such a great opportunity to learn more
about plants, to meet many like-minded people and to learn from them as well. MBG is a treasure that has often been overlooked
in the Memphis community. I am pleased
to see the Garden increasing in popularity and visibility in the past few
years. As a volunteer and Board Member,
I can view the Garden from several different aspects and while the plants play
an essential role in its success, it is the people, the staff and volunteers that
keep it going and growing.
part of volunteering has been meeting and becoming friends with people I might
have never met otherwise. Gardeners are
a unique breed and MBG is blessed with some of the hardest working, most plant
loving and creative gardening folks to be found anywhere. I enjoy working with
these people, organizing the plant sales and figuring out how to increase the
sales volume or bring in more customers. It provides me with a unique opportunity to pass along what I have
learned to others and to continue learning.
I feel a
special pride as we sell the plants and I see them going out into the community.
It is rewarding to know that there are
others in Memphis that feel as strongly as I do about the wonderful
opportunities MBG has to offer and who have a desire to make their homes and
Memphis a more beautiful place for us all.
As a past
Master Gardener, as a current member of both the Mid- South Hosta Society and
Memphis Horticulture Society and as the President of the MBG Board for the
2013-2014 term, I feel that volunteering has become a vital part of my
life. I encourage everyone to come join
us as we endeavor to create beauty in the very heart of the Memphis.
forward to seeing you and perhaps working beside you soon.
-guest post by Bill