MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Botanic Garden is asking for your help as they publicly launch a fundraising effort to improve the grounds.
Inch by inch, million by million, the Memphis Botanic Garden plans to make 96 acres grow.
“Every five or six or seven years, we do a major capitol initiative to keep the garden fresh, to keep it growing if you will,” said Michael Allen, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden.
On Monday, representatives with the Botanic Garden announced their Nourish Greenprint Improvement plan, which includes 14 separate projects costing $6 million. So far, $2.5 million has been raised.
“The private sector is putting a lot of money into this to improve a governmental-owned facility, and that just raises the quality of life for everyone,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
Allen said there are gardens that need an infusion of new energy.
“Our grounds could use some updating and modernization, and our visitor’s center also needs to be modernized,” Allen said.
One of two new gardens in the plan is an urban demonstration garden to show Memphians how to grow in compact spaces. The Botanic Garden will also add a chicken coop.
“The fastest growing hobby in the United States right now believe it or not is chicken raising,” Allen said.
Every year, 40,000 children come through the space for fun and education. Kayla Lingerfelt’s two sons enjoy the hula hoops. She says her family is looking forward to an improved experience.
“It’s just going to be more fun for us we have a whole lot of fun while we’re here,” Lingerfelt said.
The entire project will take an estimated three years to complete.
“Everything we do here has got an educational component to it and this will only help us make that better,” Allen said.
If you want to donate to help the Memphis Botanic Garden, you can do so by clicking this link.