Adult Group Programs

Whether you are a garden club, a church class, or just a bunch of friends who want to get together to do something fun, your group can plan an educational outing at Memphis Botanic Garden.

For more information or to schedule a program for your group, call our Adult Education Department at 636-4128.

Garden Talks

Program usually lasts 45 minutes, with additional time allowed for questions. Garden staff can be scheduled to speak to groups on a wide variety of topics. See the suggestions below, or call with your own idea.

On-site talks $50
Off-site talks $75
$100 for evening and weekend programs.
Call for pricing outside Shelby County.

Garden Club Partners receive $10 discount on Garden Talks.

Available Topics:

  • Annuals and Perennials Bamboo in the Garden
  • Children’s Gardens
  • Conifers
  • Container Gardening
  • Gardening with Wildlife
  • Garden Design Principles
  • Herbs
  • Garden Therapy
  • Hydrangeas
  • Memphis Botanic Garden History
  • Orchids
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Plants of the Bible
  • Plant Propagation
  • Proper Pruning Techniques
  • Spring Planting / Fall Planting
  • Tree Planting and Care
  • Tropicals
  • Water Gardening Basics

Garden Workshops

Each program lasts 1½ hours depending on the workshop and can be scheduled daily, Monday through Friday. There is a minimum of 10 participants.
Priced according to program needs and supplies.

Call 636-4128 to discuss details.

  • Container Gardening: Discover the key to putting together the perfect container arrangement. From shape and height to texture and color combinations, you’ll learn what it takes to make eye-appealing seasonal indoor and outdoor containers. Themes, including ornamental, edible, and even aquatic, can be arranged to suit your group’s interests. Containers provided or you can bring your own.
  • Herb Gardening: Learn herbal folklore, along with the many medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic uses of herbs, tour the Herb Garden, and pot up your own windowsill herb garden.
  • Fairy Gardens and Terrariums
  • Floral Design: Horticulture Director Rick Pudwell offers popular programs on flower arranging, covering everything from the basic mechanics to themed designs. These may be set up as either hands-on design classes or demonstrations. Arrangements may be auctioned at the end of the program to raise funds for your group.

Guided Tours

Staff or docent-led tours of the Garden can be arranged for your group. Tours last about 1½ hours and focus on general history of the Garden, with its 23 different display gardens and collections.

Groups pay Garden admission plus $45 fee for each private tour guide. Each guide can handle approximately 20 people.

Garden Club Partners receive $10 discount on guide fee.
Admission discount available for groups over 20.

Note: If your group has members who cannot manage a 1 ½ hour walking tour, a seven-passenger tram is available for an additional $20 fee.

The following special Garden tours are also available and can be tailored to the interests of your group:

The Herb Garden: The Herb Garden is one of the South's largest collections of useful plant species from around the world. This tour focuses on plants from three main areas: woodland, meadow, and formal herb garden.

Notable Trees: Memphis Botanic Garden is certified as a Tennessee Level 4 Arboretum. Learn about some of the most noteworthy and unusual trees in our collection.

Seijaku-en: Become immersed in Japanese culture with a tour that tells the stories behind the half-moon bridge, koi pond, bonsai trees, and other features rich in symbolism and folklore.

Summer Butterfly Tour

Spring Woodland Tour


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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $8.00
Seniors (62 & over) $6.50
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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