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
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.
For updates and more!
Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)