Thank you for inquiring about the Memphis Botanic Garden and considering a donation to help us fund an upcoming project. The Memphis Botanic Garden is located on 96 beautiful acres and is home to over 28 specialty gardens. Each year, the Memphis Botanic Garden hosts approximately 230,000 guests through daily visits, special events and rentals. The Garden is also a community resource that educates over 44,000 school children each year. That is 4.5 times the national average! 102 Memphis City Schools make up the bulk of our educational programs providing children who live in low-income and inner-city areas an opportunity to experience nature and play in a safe, outdoor environment.
Over time, the gardens and facilities require maintenance and renovation to meet the needs of our guests. We continually strive to exceed expectations through creative design, thoughtful plantings and teachable experiences. To do this, we depend on conscientious donors like you to help us fund projects that are outside of our operating budget. By using this financial strategy, the Garden has been able pay off all its debt, operate in the black each year, and consistently receive non-qualified audits. We would be happy to provide the most recent financial audit for your review if you wish. We value our relationships with donors and appreciate your commitment to helping the Garden grow!
There are many ways that we can honor your donation to the Garden. Naming opportunities are available for particular areas, stone placards can also commemorate your gift or we can design a special honorarium within the project. Memorials and honorariums are wonderful ways to honor a loved one, while helping the Garden accomplish our mission. Please consider donating to the Garden today! If you have questions or would like to talk more about the special projects listed below, please do not hesitate to call Selena Hulbert at 901-636-4102.
Conifer Garden Plantings - $10,000
Memphis Botanic Garden is one of only four Conifer Reference Collections in the state of Tennessee. The Conifer Collection, established in 1981, and updated in 2002, has been recently groomed, labeled and mapped, by a diligent team of volunteers and staff. Our plans are to build on our existing Conifer Collection by creating a new educational garden that will feature creative and practical ways to utilize conifers in landscape composition. By designing a series of ornamental display beds using standard conifers, dwarf conifers, companion plantings and stones, we will be able to demonstrate to visitors how they can effectively use these selections in home gardens, school grounds and local parks. This project will provide opportunities to educate the public about growing conifers, tree selection, new varieties, etc. through programming and interpretive signage as well as provide an opportunity for research collaboration with the University of Mississippi to evaluate the success of new introductions to our area.
Celebration Stroll Renovations – $10,000
Celebration Stroll is the primary pathway from the Visitor Center to My Big Backyard and celebrates each season with new plantings. This high profile area is in need of permanent bed borders to contain mulch and water from spilling onto the pathway. A permanent drainage solution is also necessary to keep the pathways free from water and to mediate nutrient and chemical run off into the Rose Garden and surrounding watershed. The addition of bed borders and a drainage solution will enhance the overall appearance of this high profile area and help us to steward the surrounding gardens and environment
Spring and Summer Blooms - $10,000
Each fall the Garden plants thousands of spring blooming bulbs throughout the Garden for guests to enjoy. This gorgeous spectacle draws thousands of guests to the Garden to revel in the start of spring. Each year gardeners choose new specimens to add to the tried and true varieties that have been planted for years. As the bulbs fade, gardeners start their spring planting of annuals to provide summer color to the Garden. This spring and summer color adds tremendously to the Garden and requires substantial time and money to complete. Your support would be recognized throughout the spring and summer on signage near spring and summer blooming beds.
Tree Maintenance and Air Spading - $10,000
The Memphis Botanic Garden is home to an incredible arboretum. We are currently designated as a Level IV arboretum, one of seven in the state of Tennessee, and the only one with a Center of Excellence designation. The trees located on our grounds require ongoing maintenance and care to ensure that they remain healthy and able to withstand the strong storms that occur in the Mid-South. This support would allow us to provide tree injections when necessary, as well as ongoing trimming and air spading.
Japanese Garden Pond Clean Up – $6,000
The Japanese Garden pond is the centerpiece of the Japanese Garden and provides a lovely environment for our resident swans and school of koi fish. Over the years, the pond water quality has deteriorated. Algae and other aquatic plant life have overtaken the pond. We would like to purchase an ultrasonic disruptor and aerobic microbes to restore the water quality of the pond.
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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)