Memphis Botanic Garden

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cookinwithherbs susan belsinger, contributor
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Redbuds are blooming throughout the southern states right now--they are gorgeous, small trees with edible flowers that are floral and sour.
Solomons seal is a lovely ornamental, as well as a medicinal herb--this variegated one is particularly showy.
The Herb Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden is worth a visit to see the new spring growth.
This healthy patch of nettles should be harvested now so that it will have regrowth later in the season; it will reach about 5 feet in height by summer.
The yellow blooms of this wood sorrel are edible as are the leaves; they provide a lemony tang to salads.
I love the way this plant blooms in the center of its leaves--miners lettuce tastes rather like spinach.
Lungwort, known as Pulmonaria, is such a delight in the herb garden with its polka dot leaves and multicolored blooms.
The mints in the Memphis Herb Garden are contained in pots which are sunk into the ground--to discourage their spreading habit.
Trilliums are just blooming by the little creek near the herb garden in a wooded area.
These gorgeous peonies are located in the Asian Garden at MBG--they are such wonderful showy spring blooms.
Redbuds are blooming throughout the southern states right now--they are gorgeous, small trees with edible flowers that are floral and sour.Click To Enlarge

Redbuds are blooming throughout the southern states right now--they are gorgeous, small trees with edible flowers that are floral and sour.

Photo: susan belsinger

On the road in the southern U.S.--just did a program last week at the Memphis Botanic Garden--the herb garden there is popping springtime. See what is showing out there. There are many medicinal and culinary herbs, as well as ornamentals and natives.

I visited the Memphis Herb Garden the first season that it opened about five years ago and it has come along way-- from a newly planted garden--to one that is filled in and matured nicely. It is fun to see a garden grow into its own; if you get a chance visit the herb garden when you are in Memphis.

Redbuds, miner's lettuce, wood sorrel are a few of the edible flowers blooming this time of year. Nettles are honking in size and just brimming with vitamins and minerals, however beware when harvesting them--be sure to wear gloves. Get outside and see what is blooming in your yard that you might be able to harvest for supper.


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