Memphis Botanical Garden
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It's pleasant to walk around the large grounds of Memphis Botanical Garden and take in the tall, lush trees and occasional flowers. The Japanese garden has a red bridge over a lake full of koi, turtles, and ducks. A formal garden with bright flowers, the Iris Garden has a sculpture in the middle and a row of pruned trees that leads to it. The Butterfly Garden is full of flowers and in the pond nearby you can see lotus flowers in the summer.
Where Memphis Botanical Garden really excels is in its children's garden called My Big Backyard. Here kids can play happily for hours, running from house to house making up games. Amongst the adorable houses is a fairy queen chair adorned with a mushroom. There are a few objects to play with in the houses, such as pretend eggs. A waterplay area consists of a stream lined with rocks to climb. Giant "wormholes" complete with huge worms poised to enter are dug into the grassy hills, and kids love to crawl through. Stepping stones in the grass provide a spot to leap. There is a treehouse-style play area with twisty slide. Comfy bench swings are placed strategically throughout the garden.
Near the lobby is a garden with fountain, and a formal garden with modern geometric sculptures. You can eat lunch at the cafe though the choices are mostly gourmet sandwiches.
Another place kids love to play is Shelby Farms playground (12 minutes east), though it's best in winter as it gets very hot in summer.
While in Memphis, make sure you take a tour of Sun Studio (18 minutes west)- the best thing you'll do in Memphis.
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Memphis Botanic Garden is located at 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis TN 38117, call (901) 636-4100.
Open daily 9-6, during winter 9-4:30. Closed on Jan 1, Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov), and Dec 25.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors aged 62 and up, $5 for children aged 2-12.
This is an interactive map, you can zoom and move it.
Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.