Rich Soil Exhibition at Memphis Botanic Garden

The fourth seasonal exhibition features 29 wired sculptures throughout the 96-acre garden.

Through May 5, 2023 to October 1, 2023, guests can take in the Rich Soil exhibition at Memphis Botanic Garden. The exhibition includes 29 sculptures in seven groupings.

two metal wire silhouettes of a man with crossed arms and other looking down

Each sculpture consists of thousands of pieces of wire hooked and looped together and is inspired by the movements of Alvin Ailey’s dance composition Revelations. Alvin Ailey was a pioneer and visionary in choreography and dance who created a platform for Black dancers. Revelations is seen as one of the most popular and best ballets in the world.

Designed by artist Kristine Mays, the sculptures pay honor to ancestors – “those that walked, lived on, and tended to this land–to the lives that have been overlooked and “forgotten” within our history.”

We got a chance to talk to Kristine who said it takes her about a month to create one sculpture. She does it all by hand and eyes - she doesn't sketch it out in advance. She creates and lets the pieces come alive as she goes.

Be sure to visit the display signs to scan the QR code for an audio tour by Kristine who goes into the story of the pieces.

photo of five wired dresses standing in a circle pond
display sign for "soon and very soon" section with five metal wire sculptures of body silhouettes in background

Ticket Information

MBG Members enjoy free unlimited access to the exhibition by showing their membership card at the entry. Click to join!

General admission to the garden includes the exhibit. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk. Reservations or advance purchases are not required.

Ticket prices for non-members:
$12 adults
$10 seniors (62+)
$7 children (2-12)
Free for children under 2

They also offer interactive school tours for students which is pretty cool too.

wired man sculpture with legs up in jumping toe touch
ancestral spin sign that reads "dancing between the veil of flesh and spirit, only the quiet will truly hear."
wired metal dress sculptures up close


Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117


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Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I'm a Memphis-obsessed transplant and I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, finding a new restaurant to eat too much of or at one of our breweries! I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me!

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