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50th anniversary of the Memphis Garden Club Sculpture Garden

 

Memphis Botanic Garden is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Garden Club Sculpture Garden. Established in 1968 as a way to combine art and plantings, this Garden continues to be the starting point for the vast majority of visitors and groups touring our 96-acre garden as well as a focal point for visitors dining in Fratelli’s. Thanks to support from members of Memphis Garden Club, the Sculpture Garden underwent a major renovation in 2014 with a new focus on the sculptural qualities of plants and the addition of major art pieces. “With the 50th anniversary in sight, the Memphis Garden Club Sculpture Garden renovation was a high priority for our garden club. The garden uniquely blends a formal garden and Memphis art in a public landscape. We want to ensure that this courtyard entrance into the Memphis Botanic Garden remains a place that promotes education, beauty and social gathering,” says MGC member Ruthie Bowlin. More recently, a new sculptural railing was created by the Metal Museum of Memphis and dedicated in memory of Mary Wilbourn Robinson by her family and friends. Many thanks go to MGC member Ruthie Bowlin for spearheading the revival of this garden and to David Lusk of David Lusk Gallery, who serves as a consultant on the project. “The Sculpture Garden is fantastic gateway to the rest of the gardens, but it’s also an inspiring survey of regional sculptures.  The two earliest pieces date to the 1970s - one by Ted Rust and another by John Mcintyre, and most of the others are current works by Memphians Greely Myatt, Carroll Todd, Yvonne Bobo, Jim Buckman, Roy Tamboli, Cecil Humphreys and Brian Russell.  The Sculpture Garden is an exciting spot to stroll through, or to spend time contemplating 3-dimensional contemporary art,” says Lusk. Click here for more information about this Garden and a detailed summary of all the sculptures.

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 12:31 PM

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