Storms delay events at Memphis Botanic Gardens

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"Flooding streets and clogged storm drains don't mix. Extremely heavy rains and dangerous lightning." - Shannon Chastain, Bartlett resident.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “We were doing fine until the rain caught us,” Jim Duncan, Executive Director of the Memphis Botanic Gardens, said.

More than a week of rain left behind soaked grass and a muddy mess at the facility.

“We were scheduled to have a donor recognition party on Saturday night and also the stage dedication,” Duncan said.

The events were forced to be postponed until later in the year.

“You know it’s rained now 18 out of the past 20 days,” Duncan explained.

The downpour followed with a downpour of problems.

“It was too wet for the sod cutters to get in the field,” Duncan said.  “So we don’t have any sod inventory right now.”

However, the Live At The Garden concert series is still scheduled to happen at it’s regular time.

“Next saturday night Little Big Town will be ready to go,” Duncan said.

Construction crews worked to put the final touches on the new stage.

Once all of the water dries, patrons will be able to break out lawn chairs on the fresh new lawn and enjoy the music.

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