There’s a place in Memphis where uninterrupted silence in the middle of a bustling city can be experienced.
It’s a place where you can meander through wooded trails as enchanting as if they were plucked from a storybook; gardens as brilliant and colorful as you can imagine.
It’s a place where you can walk the wood floors of a museum and sit on a stone bench to ‘hear yourself think’ all in one location.
It’s Dixon Gallery & Gardens and it’ll quickly become one of your favorite places in Memphis.
Sure, you go to Memphis for the blues and barbecue. But, come to Memphis for the blooms, too.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens has 17 acres and, through April 29, 2017, is the site of more than 230,000 blooming flowers as part of “Hello Holland: 230,000 Tulips.” From tulips to azaleas and daffodils, enjoy an afternoon at Dixon.
The working flower farm, Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden, has something in bloom nearly each month. Approx. 30 different types of flowers and plants grow in this area. As you meander through the rows of pristinely-kept florals, keep your eye out for frogs hanging out near the frog sculpture as it was built to allow newborn frogs to climb from the fountain.
Keep walking until you get to the Woodland Garden, home to ferns, wildflowers, oak and hickory trees. As you stroll, you’ll hear nothing but birds singing and the crunch of stone under your feet. Cross the decorative bridges and spend some time hearing the babbling water feature. It’s here that a contented sigh may escape you.
Spend as much time as you like in the Woodland Garden; then continue to the Formal Gardens to see seasonal color displayed in a “sacred geometry” pattern, originated in Persia. Walk the paths to see water features accented by glorious blossoms and sculptures tucked away throughout the area.
To finish your journey, make your way to the museum to see some priceless porcelain, paintings, and work from local and regional contemporary artists. Currently on exhibition is the “Mallory/Wurtzburger: A Retrospective” through April 7 which features work from artists like Kate Bradley, Brian Russell, Kong Wee Pang and others. The Dixon’s own collection has more than 2,000 fine and decorative arts objects including sculptures, pewter and more just waiting for you to discover.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, and open until 8 p.m. every third Thursday.