The new Herb Garden, opened in October 2011, is a global garden containing 300 species of endangered and threatened plants from around the world.
This garden was created to function as a learning garden. It teaches our horticulturalists how to cultivate these endangered plants, to find out which of them thrive in the Midsouth, and also offers hands-on educational experiences for adults and youth introducing them to the diverse uses of herbs.
The formal sun area is arranged by uses such as: medicinal, culinary, teas, fragrances, and dyes.
The Woodland is divided geographically into three sections:
1. East Coast & Southeast US woodland plants 2. Asian woodland plants 3. European woodland plants.
Between these two areas sits a metal arbor with benches created by metal artists from the Memphis Metal Museum. Planted around this seating area are old species roses, comfrey and honeysuckle all part of a romantic, cottage herb garden style.
The Herb Garden's hardscape plans were designed by Tom Pellett and Larry Griffin. Baltz Concrete who put in the pervious concrete also designed the decorative elements you'll find in the Herb Garden. The plant selections were curated by Chris Cosby, Senior Manager of Gardens, with input from Memphis Herb Society.