For release: March 25, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
Whether your interest is bees or sustainability, community gardens or the spiritual
aspect of gardening, there will be a program for you during the “Guests in the Garden”
speaker series at the University of Memphis beginning Wednesday, March 27. The other
presentations will be April 3, 10 and 17.
Sponsored by TIGUrS, the Tigers Initiative for Gardens in Urban Settings, at the University
of Memphis, the series will feature a different speaker each week. They will all
take place in the University Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The first three will be in
Room 308, the fourth in Room 304.
The schedule of topics and speakers is as follows:
- March 27 – Protecting Pollinators for the Garden, by Richard Underhill, vice president
of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association. He will discuss how to create a pollinator
garden, how to provide safe nesting places for bees and other native pollinators,
and the relationship between pollinators and agriculture.
- April 3 – Making a Garden Out of a Wasteland: A Christian Theological Perspective
on Food Justice, by theologian Dr. Emily Holmes. She will discuss the relationship
between the land and religion and ethics, and the meaning and symbolism of food beyond
just the value of nutrition.
- April 10 – Community Gardening in Memphis: Then, Now, and Tomorrow, by Chris Peterson,
executive director of GrowMemphis. He will explore the history and importance of
community gardens in Memphis, the state of community gardens today, and explain how
his organization supports gardens throughout the city.
- April 17 – Sustainable and Edible Landscapes for the Mid-South, by Kalki Winter of
eScapes. He will offer his expertise on how to create sustainable, site-specific
landscape design using native and zone-appropriate plants along with recycled and
repurposed building materials.
For more information, call 901-678-2359.