Idea Garden

A pirate ship has crashed in My Big Backyard!! Explore the "island" and see what tropical treasures can be found there! 



This year's Idea Garden is "Lost Boys Lagoon," and it is the perfect interactive and educational exhibit for both adults and kids. Vistiors can enjoy this beachy paradise in My Big Backyard that includes a pirate ship with a true 'spinning wheel,' tropical plants such as various edibles, black willows, and much more.

The Chusan or Chinese Windmill palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, a grove of which forms the basis of our Idea Garden design this year, are used to create this beachy feel, combined with white sand and complementary coastal forest plants.

Bamboo sticks of various lengths and widths are around the 'island' so children can use them to build their own 'shelters.'

Don't miss the buried treasure chest with information on the tropical plants and how these plants are used.


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Each season, the Idea Garden in My Big Backyard offers a new theme featuring whimsical plantings and creative ideas to try at home. Past themes have included an all-natural play space with bean teepee and cucumber tunnels, Monsters Alive!, The Wizard's Garden, CandyPlantLand, ReGarden, The Artist's Garden, and Fairies, Gnomes, and Hobbit Homes.

Click the pictures below to see a photo gallery of previous Idea Gardens.


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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.

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Adults $10.00
Seniors (62 & over) $8.00
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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