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Get to Know Your Buds

Get to Know Your Buds

It’s an understatement to say that we’re itching for spring to arrive at Overton Park.  But while the landscape is largely still monochromatic, there’s an opportunity for some early bloomers to shine.  Time to see how well you know your tree and shrub buds! We only have a couple of saucer magnolias in the park […]

Your Burning Park Questions…Answered!
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Your Burning Park Questions…Answered!

It seems like there’s always something going on in Overton Park.  Right now we have construction at Rainbow Lake Playground, some lovely blooms beginning to show at the formal gardens, and tons of activity at Overton Bark.  But what about some of the other things you might have noticed?  You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. […]

The Other Memphis Belle

The Other Memphis Belle

Overton Park was already home to a tribute to the Memphis Belle, with a monument in Veterans Plaza honoring both the famous plane and the woman who inspired it, Margaret Polk.  This week, a different kind of memorial was added just a few steps away, with the planting of three ‘Memphis Belle’ deciduous holly trees. […]

Rainbow Lake Playground January Update

Rainbow Lake Playground January Update

We’re a little over one month into the construction project at Rainbow Lake Playground, and we wanted to share some exciting news.  The project is 2/3 of the way to its funding goal, with $270,000 raised of the $400,000 needed to complete the project. AutoZone has funded the construction of The Spiderwebs, our new cargo […]

Scenes from a Winter

Scenes from a Winter

by Melissa McMasters One of the wonderful things about living in Memphis is that wintertime isn’t so harsh that we have to remain locked inside, huddled under blankets, unless we’re particularly tough. (Being outside in the summertime is, of course, another story!)  Overton Park is proof of that–it’s often full of people running, walking their […]

Building a Bike Gateway, Part 1

Building a Bike Gateway, Part 1

Follow along as Overton Park Conservancy and our community partners work to build a bicycle-pedestrian connection at the Sam Cooper/East Parkway entrance to the park. When people drive down Sam Cooper Blvd. and turn onto East Parkway, they know they’ve found Overton Park–there’s a large sign at the end of the street that tells them […]

2012: The Year in Review

2012: The Year in Review

This week marks the last of Overton Park Conservancy’s first full year of managing Overton Park, and has it ever been a busy one!  We’ve had incredible support from volunteers, donors, our board of directors, our partners at the other organizations that call the park home, and every person who comes to the park and […]

400 New Plants in the Ground

400 New Plants in the Ground

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about nearly 200 new trees and shrubs that were scheduled to be planted in Overton Park.  Now that the planting is done, we’re thrilled to report that the actual number of trees planted was 300, along with 100 shrubs. You’ll see the new trees everywhere from the […]

Nearly 200 New Trees Coming to Overton Park

Nearly 200 New Trees Coming to Overton Park

Overton Park certainly has its share of incredible trees.  From hundred-year-old tulip poplars in the Old Forest to the majestic magnolias around the formal gardens, there’s no shortage of beautiful colors and textures to enjoy year-round. Of course, there’s plenty of room for more!  As some older trees near the end of their lifecycles, and […]

Overton Park Conservancy Gives Thanks

Overton Park Conservancy Gives Thanks

This is Overton Park Conservancy’s first Thanksgiving since forming in December 2011, and the past year has given us an incredible list of things to be grateful for.  In honor of the holiday, our staff shares some of the things that make them thankful to have such a special place to come to work every […]

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