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My Big Backyard - Memphis Botanic Garden

by Maggie Tate (gardengirl)

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UPDATED! We visited the Memphis Botanic Garden over Memorial Day weekend. It is reputed to have one of the best childrens garden in the country.

I have looked forward to coming here for weeks.  We heard that the Childrens Garden (My Big Backyard) was one of the best in the country. So we loaded up the kids and went to explore it!  It was a perfect day for it - sunny, but not too hot.  We began the adventure with a picnic at the tables in the 'Kitchen Classroom.' Surrounding the picnic tables is a darling 'Garden Bed' and across the path a planted sofa and shoes.





There were opportunities to delight every sense - gorgeous flowers, a thunder and rain storm water play area.  Worm tunnels to crawl through, and a variety of play houses to explore.




I loved this whimsical house. 




The twig house was fantastic.  I was waiting for my kids to suggest building one  in the woods behind our house!



In addition to the whimsy, the Childrens Garden had themed areas - here is a shot of part of the butterfly garden with some beautiful coneflowers.




My daughter enjoyed the chrysalis swing in the butterfly garden.




The monster garden provided a lot of scary fun - potted monsters, monster caves and monster eyes hung on trees.




This Explore House was designed for I Spy.  Inside the playhouse were color themed mosaics.  List of objects to seek were hand written on boards above the mosaics.  You can't quite see it in this photo, but the kids could go inside and climb to peek out a 'second story' window above to the right of the door.




These painted bird house gourds were hung on a line between two very tall bottle trees around the very large bird house.




This house is the largest of all the play houses. Amazingly, it is supported in part by the stump of a large sequoia tree that is about 10 feet in diameter. 



And what bird's house is complete without a bird's nest.



We had a wonderful time exploring 'My Big Backyard' and if you are ever in the Memphis area,  the Botanic Garden is definitely worth a visit.


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that looks like such a fun place- next time I'm in Memphis!! I definitely think you should build the twig house- very Austin and groovy :)
FigTree commented on 06/02/10