Who are the TIGUrS?
The University of Memphis' Tigers Initiative for Gardening in Urban Settings (TIGUrS)
garden serves as a community model for demonstrating responsible, affordable environmental
stewardship through proven urban agricultural methods. The garden project was started
as a sustainability initiative to get students more involved in growing their own
food. Several harvest days are held each year, and faculty, staff, and students can
visit the garden at any time to pick produce that is in season. A variety of fruits,
herbs, and vegetables are available in the main garden, located just east of the Elma
The initiative not only offers a setting for learning sustainable agriculture, but
also provides participants with high-quality, organically grown foods at no cost.
The TIGUrS model can be applied almost anywhere in the community. Volunteers get hands-on
experience with soil reclamation and improvement, organic pest and disease management,
and environmentally conscious structure design and usage.
The garden was launched in 2009 by Karyl Buddington, director of U of M Animal Care
Facilities, and a team of volunteers.
TIGUrS is the first and only student grant-funded program of its kind offered at no
cost and without restriction by a state university in Tennessee. It was selected
to receive the 2012 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award. One of 11 winners,
the community garden project was recognized in the Excellence in Environmental Education
and Outreach/Schools category.