The Hosta Trail at Memphis Botanic Garden is a national display garden sanctioned by the American Hosta Society in 2006 and completed in 2007. It is funded by an endowment managed by MBG which was primarily funded by Larry Tucker, one of our Society’s founders, through his speaking tours and his book, Made in the Shade.
This year MBG is planting a backdrop of azaleas to focus attention on the beds. David and Carol Sams have donated complementary plants from their extensive garden in Jackson, TN. We will also add new plant markers throughout the trail.
MSHS is one of few plant societies that completely maintains its area. People who have signed up to volunteer on the Trail will be notified by email when workdays are scheduled. Furniss Harkness is the coordinator of the Trail this year. Though usually on Saturdays, volunteers are welcome anytime to spruce up the Trail because the eradication of mulberry weed is on-going.
We are currently seeking volunteers to visit the garden weekly for weeding. You can sign up here.
The Trail includes new areas devoted to miniature hostas, to hostas “born” in the western United States, and to “Hosta of the Year” honorees. More than 300 hostas are planted in wire baskets to deter the dreaded voles.