Reflecting Mr. Dixon’s English heritage, the gardens were landscaped in the manner of an English park with open vistas adjacent to smaller, intimate formal spaces.
The gardens were designed to take advantage of the fine tree specimens and to preserve the integrity of the woodlands. Pathways linking different parts of the garden together reveal only a portion of the garden at any one time. The tree canopy, comprised mainly of oaks and hickories, became the framework for the garden design based upon a formal cross-axis plan.
Built in 1998, the Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden is a working flower farm with something in bloom nearly twelve months of the year. The floral arrangements you will see inside the museum are usually created from flowers grown in the Cutting Garden and greenhouse-grown flowers. There are as many as thirty different types of plants and flowers growing at one time in this area
Woodland Garden and Formal Gardens.