The forecast for this weekend calls for snow. Ditto for the next weekend and the two following. This is not an act of God, and Mother Nature has nothing to do with it either. This particular precipitation comes courtesy of Little Blizzard Fluid Concentrate, a soapy substance that will be filling the air with snowlike flakes at the Memphis Botanic Garden for "Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard."
According to Jana Gilbertson, director of marketing for the Botanic Garden, a lot of research was done to find the best fake snow. They wanted something "universally friendly," something that is biodegradable and contains no wheat gluten. Because an estimated 110 gallons of Little Blizzard will be used in 11 days, its label was carefully studied and was found to be devoid of warnings. "It's non-toxic," Gilbertson says of the "snow," which melts in a minute or so. "It's totally harmless."
But "Snowy Nights" is more than snow. There's a light show set to music. The lights in the trees and on the Botanic Garden's Backyard structures are timed to circle the Leaping Lawn in intervals of 30 minutes. There's also crafts-making and storytelling and caroling. Plus, there's another attraction for these snowy evenings, fake or otherwise: hot chocolate and spiced tea.