Category: Gardens

Plant Profile: Common Sunflower, Helianthus annuus

Each year, the Dixon grows the annual sunflower Helianthus annuus in the Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden. Helianthus comprises a genus of around 70 annual and perennial species. The name Helianthus comes from the Greek helios , or sun, and anthos , or flower, alluding to the flower parts. Native to North and Central America, the sunflower is a member of the aster and daisy family, Asteraceae, and has been used in making flour or processed for oil, medicines, and soap since... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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Growing Strawberries from Seeds

Who doesn’t love strawberries? Let's learn about how you can take seeds from a strawberry and grow your own fruit at home! Click here to download PDF ¿A quien no le gustan las fresas? ¡Aprende como puedes sacar las semillas de las fresas y cultivar esta fruta en casa! Haga clic aquí para descargar PDF   Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, May 21, 2021
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Plant Profile: Azaleas

Evergreen azaleas are the backbone of spring color in the Mid-South. Our climate and soil are perfect for these plants that transplant well, and are easy to grow and propagate. They are unsurpassed as flowering shrubs. Azaleas like a fair amount of shade, and well-drained slightly acidic soils, both of which are prominent in established neighborhoods in the Mid-South. They do not like competition from shallow rooted trees such as maples and magnolias, but most hardwoods like oaks are fine... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, May 2, 2021
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Companion Planting: Herbs

Who doesn't love planting? On Saturday, April 10 we had our monthly Kids in the Garden for ages 7-10. We talked about companion planting and herbs. We also planted our own herbs as well! In this video, Youth Garden Instructor Allison Hopper teaches a little bit about companion planting and how to plant herbs. Join us for our next Kids in the Garden which will back on site at the Dixon on May 8. Check out for more information and to register.   Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Thursday, April 15, 2021
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The Dixon Garden Fair: Plant Sale

The sale will feature a wide range of plants from difficult-to-find natives to choice shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Shoppers have an opportunity to choose from an excellent selection of native azaleas, ferns, and other shade perennials appropriate for the Memphis area, as well as herbaceous and Itoh peonies. An email will be sent confirming the time and instructions for signing in. Please make every effort to arrive on time as time slots will be honored as closely as possible. COVID-19... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Monday, April 5, 2021
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Houseplant Care with Kim Rucker

Today is National Houseplant Appreciation Day, and while we don't need an excuse to enjoy all things horticulture at the Dixon, we decided to ask Cutting Garden and Greenhouse Manager Kim Rucker for some tips for beginners.  Do your research….introducing new plants into a home with pets requires some initial planning. Many plants are toxic to pets and children. Cats especially will chew on foliage if they are stressed or left alone. The most reliable... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, January 8, 2021
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Phoebe Cook Lecture: Page Dickey

The Phoebe Cook Lecture series brings outstanding speakers in horticulture, conservation, and floriculture to Memphis, and was established and endowed by the late Phoebe Cook Welsh in memory of her mother, Phoebe Cook. Gifts from the Welsh family, the Memphis Garden Club, and friends in the Memphis community continue to fund this series.  Page Dickey, acclaimed author of eight books, garden designer, and co-founder of The Garden Conservancy. Page has been writing about and... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Science Experiment: Why Leaves Change Color

Why do leaves change color? We are going to use chromatography to see why they do! Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Saturday, October 24, 2020
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Late Summer Gardens Part Two

We are ending the summer season with a look at a few native plants with Dale Skaggs, Director of Horticulture. Visit the Dixon in all seasons!   Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Late Summer Gardens Part One

Join us as we tour late #summerblooms in the gardens and prepare for the fall with Dale Skaggs, Director of Horticulture. Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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Caladiums with Dale Skaggs, Director of Horticulture

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Posted by Kristen Rambo at Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Nature Experiment: Warm and Cold Fronts

Bring the weather indoors with this fun kitchen experiment! Learn how warm and cold fronts move and mix with some simple supplies you can find at home. Click here to download the activiy sheet.  Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Thursday, May 28, 2020
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