...but don't stomp on our newly planted palms! The adjacent Palm Collection features Chinese Fan Palms selected from ones growing in the mountains of China that are better able to adapt to our winters. The Prehistoric Plant Trail is a child-centered play area that is reminiscent of prehistoric times. There are dinosaur statues, chunks of faux-fossilized wood, a stone cave, and a dig pit for uncovering fossils. Planted in the area are plants that have been around since prehistoric times, such as ferns, palms, magnolias, holly, Dawn Redwood, the largest leaf ginkgo and a Sequoia tree! Our volunteer “Carpenter Dudes” have been busy maintaining the structure of this play area, making it the perfect shady spot during August.
See if you can find some Tennessee Fossils in this area next time you visit. Click here for a map of the Garden.
Fossils found in Tennessee show us that Memphis was once covered by a warm shallow sea which was part of a bigger Gulf of Mexico. During the Cretaceous flooding, this sea was home to a giant sea-going reptiles called Mosasaurs as well as fish, snails, clams and sharks. When the waters receded about 70 million years ago, it left an abundance of fossils preserved in the remnants of the ancient seabed. These fossils give us a glimpse into one of those times when Memphis was not the green city of grass, trees and flowers we see today.
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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)