Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden ©
The Memphis Botanic Gardens are a sensory delight through which to stroll at any time of year. The 96-acre site at Audubon Park, in the east of the city comprises 26 formal gardens each focusing on a theme or species, ranging from a tranquil Japanese garden to the magnificent Municipal Rose Garden, an organic vegetable garden and a tropical conservatory. Highlights are the Ketchum Memorial Iris Garden, at its best in April and May, and a Sensory Garden designed to be enjoyed by the disabled.
The gardens host a weekly farmer's market on Wednesday from April to October, providing locally grown and sourced produce and delicacies. From February to October, Tuesdays aon the Terrace are also hosted by the gardens, providing an evening of wine tasting with proceeds going to support school-going children. Fratelli's Cafe, located between the Water Garden and the sculpture Garden, provides delicious lunches and snacks in a tranquil environment.
Three annual plant sales are hosted by the gardens, with all the proceeds going to various educational and horticultural programs. Throughout the summer months, the gardens host live concert evenings, inviting visitors to bring picnics and relax on the lawns for the duration of the concert.
Address: 750 Cherry Road
Telephone: (901) 576-4100
Opening times: Daily 9am-6pm (3 April to October); 9am-4:30pm (November to 2 April). Closed major holidays.
Admission: $8 adults, $5 children 3-12.