Memphis Botanic Garden celebrates 60 years of growth in 2013!
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Located just outside the eastern boundaries of the city, the land that is now Audubon Park was formerly the location of a home built in 1854 by Geraldus Buntyn. The city of Memphis secured this and adjacent property to create a new park in 1947.
||Display gardens began in 1953, when a group of iris lovers planted 2500
rhizomes donated by the family of Mrs. Morgan Ketchum. Soon thereafter,
in 1957, the Memphis Men’s Garden Club and Lumbermen’s Club began
planting trees to create the W.C. Paul
In 1958, the Magnolia Garden was planted. In 1961, the Memphis Wildflower
Society “rescued” a large number of native plants threatened by road construction and placed them in a 4-acre area to become the Wildflower Woodland.
The signature Japanese Garden of Tranquility, Seijaku-en, was
established in 1965 by members of the Memphis Bamboo Chapter of
Ikebana International. This area is one of the most recognizable and
photographed spots in the Mid-South, and draws tourists and locals to
the Garden all year round.
Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden thrives, thanks to ongoing volunteer
support from the
Memphis Area Iris Society. The W.C. Paul Arboretum has expanded to
include the entire 96 acres of the Garden’s grounds, and was recently
designated as the Tennessee Urban Forestry Center of Excellence by the
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. The “Tree Team,” a group of dedicated
volunteers, identify and care for the more than 150 documented species
of trees that make up the arboretum.
|New areas continue to crop up, including My Big Backyard family
garden, which has become a popular destination for children to play and
learn in nature. Memphis
Botanic Garden is home to the region’s largest Herb Garden, opened in
October 2011, and the Delta Heritage Garden, established in the summer
of 2012 to showcase crops representative of those raised in the South’s
agriculture era. The most recent space, the Nature Photography Garden,
opened in the summer of 2013. || |
True to its roots, Memphis Botanic Garden continues to grow as a product of community support and
involvement. For a more extensive history of the Memphis Botanic Garden, visit www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/history
FYI: we're celebrating our 60th with a Diamonds & Denim party, Friday, September 13th. Click here for tickets and information...and join us as we ring in the next 60 years!
For more information, contact Jana Wilson at 901-636-4121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.