Asian Garden #mbgasiangarden
The Asian Garden features plants from East Asian countries, mainly those of China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan that have similar climates and growing conditions that exist in Memphis. Memphis Botanic Garden Horticulturalists use this garden to evaluate the garden-worthiness of recently introduced Asian woodland species.
This garden is intended to simulate the feeling of being in an East Asian forest landscape by using mostly Japanese, and a few Chinese design elements. The path style is called "tobi-ishi", a Japanese term meaning "skipping stones or "flying stones" and is a design element used to slow ones pace through the garden, as well as invite visitors to look more closely at what they're seeing.
Previous to being the Asian Garden this space was officially the Maple Grove. It was deemed the Maple Grove when the late nurseryman, Plato Touliatous, donated the original Japanese Maples in honor of his parents. In 2012 Plato Touliatous passed away and his family donated many plants from Plato's nursery with the request they be planted in the Maple Grove. Chris Cosby, Senior Manager of Gardens, and Nick Esthus MBG's former Japanese Garden Curator designed what is the Asian Garden today. They are 25 different Maple species in the Asian Garden.