Central Gardens is a beautiful neighborhood in Memphis Tennessee. The neighborhood full of decades-old trees is open to the public year-round, but during the summer months, it becomes an oasis for residents and visitors alike. There's something for everyone at Central Gardens, from formal rose gardens to playful children's play areas. If you're looking for a place to relax or take your family for a day educating them about tree specimens on a sunny day then this is where you want to go!
Central Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee is the only level 3 arboretum within West Tennessee and one of two within state lines. The classification requires at least 90 tree species to be recognized as a category three arboretum, but Central Gardens has well over 100 types of trees with some specimens dating back 80 years or more.
Central Gardens, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built primarily between 1850 and 1930 and originally served as a home to the city's wealthy middle-class residents who moved east during the heyday of the cotton boom, which shifted to East Parkway in what is now Midtown, by 1900. According to historian Barbara B. Viser, the area that became Central Gardens was originally part of the estate of Solomon Rozelle, who had established in Shelby County in 1815 on 1,600 acres of then-wooded wilderness. Rozelle's children acquired the land when he died in 1840. C. W. Rozelle acquired 30 acres of what became Central Gardens in 1853, according to records.
Judge William Roland Harris bought 40 acres from B. L Rozelle in 1853 and erected Clanlo Hall on what is now Central Avenue, making it the oldest residence in Central Gardens. But this wasn't the only house built here - there's also a smaller home called Harbert Place that was constructed by Beryl Leslie Rozelle himself! There are various subdivisions across Central Gardens such as Merriman Park, Harbert Place subdivision Bonnie Crest, and big estates that were broken down into lots to form different neighborhoods within Greater Memphis Area.
The architectural style of Central Gardens spans 83 blocks, 1,540 structures, and 511 acres in Midtown Memphis. This diversity represents the prevalent tastes of middle-class residents during the early 20th century as well as urban residential community planning best practices at that time period.
Central Gardens is a beautiful place to visit in Memphis. If you love seeing trees dating back several decades then this is a place to visit.
Memphis, Tennessee, has some of the country’s most diverse and gorgeous botanical gardens. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
These amazing gardens are located just down the street from our location at Summer Avenue between Estridge Drive and Eastern Drive. Stop by for a visit anytime!