Behold Memphis’ Most Amazing Backyard

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 3rd 2010 2921 0

My Big Backyard is the sort of place that I (and probably my parents) wish had existed when I was a kid.

My Big Backyard is the Memphis Botanic Garden’s newest addition, a 2.5 acre children’s area that’s part garden and part playground. And yes, it being there is like hanging out in the backyard of your childhood dreams.

Treehouses, My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Gardens

Treehouses, My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Gardens

The designers thought of everything – there’s a row of themed playhouses, tree houses that are accessible to all (via giant ramps), musical instruments, a wading stream, swings, a puppet theater, and a rack of hula hoops that are perfect for using in the open field at the center of the garden.

Moss Couch, My Big Backyard, Memphis Botanic Garden

Moss Couch, My Big Backyard, Memphis Botanic Garden

It’s a seriously beautiful place. A path runs through My Big Backyard, but you don’t have to stick to it. There are hundreds of plants and flowers, some of them bent into sculptures or teased into shapes that kids can climb into. The garden also features the work of more than 20 local artists and sculptors.

The feature that seemed to to be the biggest hit with kids when I visited the garden was the thunderstorm. Every 30 minutes, a mini-downpour of rain falls from the edge of the pavilion roof accompanied by low thunder rumbles.

Rainstorm, My Big Backyard, Memphis Botanic Gardens

Cool off in My Big Backyard's rainstorm.

My Big Backyard is appropriate for people of all ages – there’s a separate play area for smaller children and plenty of things that families can do together. If you need a break, there’s a large “house” with indoor activities, bathrooms and concessions. Admission to My Big Backyard is included with regular admission to the Botanic Gardens.

If you want to see more of the yard before you go, check out this photo gallery.

My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Gardens

750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 636-4106


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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