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Come see the new Asian Garden!


We are celebrating the official opening of our new Asian Garden on Tuesday, November 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Horticulture staff and Garden designers will lead brief tours of the area from 3:00-4:30, with a brief dedication to follow.

The Asian Garden is the result of a recent restructuring of the original Japanese Maple Grove, creating a peaceful and contemplative forest environment that honors the diversity of East-Asian woodland plants. The decision to create this Asian garden came from a desire to showcase plants from East Asian countries, mainly those of China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Southern Himalayas. Since many of these countries have similar latitudes and growing conditions to those of Memphis, they host many disjunctive species, species that were geographically separated millions of years ago but are closely related.            

The original planting of the Japanese Maple Grove took place nearly 30 years ago, with trees donated by the late Plato Touliatos in honor of his parents, Dan and Erasima Touliatos. In memory of Mr. Touliatos, the Memphis Horticulture Society donated an ‘Osakazuki’ Maple and flagstone pathway in 2012. Also in 2012, the Touliatos family donated 50 maples and other trees of East Asian origin, dedicated to the horticultural legacy of Plato Touliatos. Garden beds were added under the canopies and planted with a collection of Asian woodland perennials, bush plantings of azalea, hydrangea and other plants to complement the trees.          

The latest plantings and pathways showcase existing and newly-planted Japanese Maples. These easy-to-traverse pathways are designed not only to please to the eye, but also to accent the plantings and landforms, and to slow the visitor’s pace through the garden. A small bench offers visitors a spot to sit and enjoy the beauty of the garden. The Asian Garden will be a serene spot for visitors to relax while also providing a setting to evaluate the recently introduced woodland plants.

Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at 10:30 AM


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