Explore The Herb Garden At Memphis Botanic Gardens

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 8th 2019 3440 0

The next time you’re in need of a break from the everyday grind, head to the Memphis Botanic Garden. The Garden offers  acres of beautiful flora in the middle of the city, with multiple sections for gardens, trails, orchards, and more.

Memphis Botanic Garden Herb Garden, Memphis, Tenn.

The Herb Garden features 300 herbs from around the world, with a focus on endangered plants.  There’s a formal garden full of cooking herbs, a wooded area with medicinal pants used by native Mid-Southerners, and a meadow for the plants that grow a little too enthusiastically to be contained in a regular garden.

Compass, Memphis Botanic Garden Herb Garden, Memphis, Tenn.

There are both paved paths and small trails through the beds so you can see (and smell) everything up close. The garden was designed to be a living museum of the history of plant use by humans, and a place for the Memphis Botanic Garden’s horticulturists to learn about these threatened plants. It’s also the perfect setting for hands-on education about herbs for kids and adults.

For non-botanists, all of the familiar favorites are there – think basil, lavender, saffron, etc. There’s also plenty to see for those of you who like your herbs little more obscure.

True Unicorn Root, Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, Tenn.

You’ll sometimes see special events and programming related to the garden (think sessions on herb use, herbal medicine, etc.).The herb garden is open during the Memphis Botanic Garden’s regular hours and is included in the price of regular admission.

Go there:

Memphis Botanic Garden

750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 636-4100

Originally published 2011. Updated 2019.

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  1. Looks interesting says:

    We will take a look at it next time we are in Memphis,

  2. Looks interesting says:

    We will  look at it next time we are in Memphis.

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