These permanent collections are currently on display at the Garden:
Boehm Porcelain Collection
In 1988, the Boehm Porcelain Collection was donated to the Garden and displayed in the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center. In 2005, the collection was placed in a set of specially lighted cabinets in the Goldsmith foyer. Ladies from the Memphis Garden Club and The Children's Foundation provided funds and leadership for this project.
Ray Harm Collection
Graciously donated by Mrs. Geraldine Haspel
Ray Harm is the co-founder of the modern limited edition print industry in America and has been a nationally known wildlife artist for over 30 years. His pictures are appreciated for being from living animals and wildflowers, sketched on location, not copied photographs. The Harm Collection is housed in the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center.
Robert Ridgway first edition version of Color Standards and Nomenclature
Generously donated by Mrs. Charles Wilson
The American ornithologist and botanist Robert Ridgway (1850-1929) encountered an almost infinite number of colors on his many voyages of discovery through the world of nature. In the course of time, he also became aware that the accuracy required for the scientific description of colors would only be possible through some form of standardization. He therefore proposed a color system which was published in 1912 under the title Color Standards and Nomenclature. This book is housed in the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center.
My Big Backyard Art Collection
In August 2009, the Garden opened My Big Backyard, an area designed to reconnect children with nature through play and learning. More than 20 Mid-South artists contributed to this project by creating functional works of art that invite young and old alike to play outside. To view a printable guide to the My Big Backyard art collection, click here.
On loan from R.T. Parish
These unique creations in the hallway of the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center are crafted from pieces of driftwood recovered from the Mississippi River.