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Stop and Smell the Roses: A Guide to Local Gardens in Memphis

Photo: Memphis River Parks

As we welcome in the warm weather, take some time out of your busy schedule to ‘stop and smell the roses’. Grab a friend and enjoy an afternoon at one of our lovely, local gardens here in Memphis. Whether you take a leisurely stroll or plan a fun photoshoot,  just remember to take your allergy medicine first! 

 

Memphis Botanic Gardens 

Photo: Flower “Bed” at My Big Back Yard in Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Gardens provides a space for guests to frolic amongst a wide variety of gorgeous plant trails and gardens, containing hydrangeas, azaleas, irises, roses, and more. 

If you’re looking for something a little more interactive, the garden also offers youth and adult classes where you can put your green thumb to work to learn more about plant care, ecosystems, and environmental issues. 

Hungry during your visit? Stop by Fratelli’s Cafe for a delicious lunch, or bring your own treats to enjoy at this prime, picnic location. 

Entry fee:

  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for seniors
  • $5 for children ages 2-12.
  • There is no entry fee for children under the age of 2, and for Garden Members. 

Make sure to be mindful of their COVID-19 regulations before you go

 

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Photo: The Dixon’s annual exhibition of spring bulbs has been a Memphis tradition since 2009

Dixon Gallery and Garden is a 17-acre campus that’s made up of multiple gardens for visitors to explore, including the Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden, Woodland Garden, and Formal Gardens. 

The grounds feature a diverse collection of flora, and you might catch some critters hopping alongside you. After you have finished enjoying the garden, take a tour within the art museum or enjoy a bite at their on-site restaurant, Park + Cherry. In a place that’s so pretty, I know you’ll want to take pics. Photography is allowed, but there are exceptions and rules

Due to COVID, Dixon Gallery and Gardens is limiting the number of visitors, and asks that individuals reserve a time to visit both the gardens and museum.

Entry Fee:

  • $7 for adults
  • $5  for seniors ages 65 and over
  • $5 for students ages 18 and older with ID
  • $3 for children ages 7 – 17
  • No entry fee for children ages 6 and under

 

TIGUrS Garden

Photo: TIGUrs Garden featuring mural by @meganvix

TIGUrS Garden is a University of Memphis initiative created to incorporate more gardens into the urban areas. The program was created to move the university towards becoming a more sustainable campus. 

Not only are there beautiful blooms on display for your viewing pleasure, but the garden also offers free food for the community! Items such as peach trees, Jerusalem artichokes, and sweet potatoes have been harvested in the past. We recommend messaging them to see what’s in season, and to set up a time to pick up produce!

There’s no entry fee to frolic around this space. Just be mindful that this is a college campus.

Agricenter Sunflower Field

Photo: Memphis Llamas in Sunflowers Field at Agricenter International (Taken by Phillip Van Zandt Photography)

Agricenter International cultivates a stunning sunflower field each year for guests to visit and enjoy for free. The center plants over 78,000 seeds that bloom into  a beautiful backdrop for strolling, picture-taking, playtime with the pups, and more. The flowers begin popping up mid-summer, and usually lasts throughout the fall. P.S. You might want to wear mud boots because things could get a little dirty. 

 

Oaklawn Garden

Photo: Fresh blooms at Oaklawn Garden (Taken by: City of Germantown)

Oaklawn Garden, located near Germantown Elementary, showcases six acres of beautiful daffodils, azaleas, dogwoods, and more. The garden, in addition to the rest of the 10-acre Lanier Farms, provides beautiful scenery year round—and is a short walk away from the community garden, the Farmer’s Market location, and a number of local parks. 

Learn more about what Lanier Farms has to offer here.

 

River Garden at Memphis River Parks

Photo: There are fun facts about the meadows hidden all over the River Garden at Memphis River Parks downtown

While your rolling along the Mississippi River, pop into the River Garden at Memphis River Parks to see what’s sprung up. From Sunshine Mimosa and Crimson Clovers to Mountain Mints and Blazing Stars, there’s a whole lot of color coming from the grounds—and it compliments the downtown, skyline views quite nicely.

Did we miss your favorite local garden? Tell us about it in the comments!

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