10 Tennessee Botanical Gardens That Will Leave You Breathless

This spring and summer, there’s no better place to get lost than one of these stunning Tennessee botanical gardens. Their meandering pathways are lined with vibrant colors that will lead you and your family on a magical journey into nature.

In addition to gorgeous flowers, these gardens are a great place to view butterflies, bees, and birds of all kinds. Now is the time to get outdoors and enjoy all the natural beauty Tennessee has to offer!

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Tennessee Botanical Gardens

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Gardens

University of TN Gardens

This wonderful collection of over 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropical plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses is recognized as the official botanical gardens of the state of Tennessee. Many of the plants in the garden attract a variety of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The garden is also a TN Certified Arboreta. This botanical garden is open all year and is free to the public.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Knoxville Botanical Garden

This wonderful botanical garden is FREE to the public and is filled with seasonal flowers and foliage throughout the year. Nature-based educational programs are also available for children and adults throughout the year. This facility also hosts summer camp programs.

Garden Conservatory at the Gaylord

Garden Conservatory at the Gaylord

River Gardens Preserve

River Gardens Preserve

Belmont Mansion Gardens

Belmont Mansion

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Overton Park Formal Gardens

In addition to lovely manicured gardens, Overton Park Conservancy offer a variety of other attractions including large-scale interpretive sculptures, an outdoor playground, picnic areas, and nature trails with a focus on native plants for pollinators.

Hope Botanical Garden

At Hope Botanical Garden, guests can enjoy 8 different themed gardens: the visitors’ garden, the maze garden, the pink garden, the meditation garden, the water garden, the Japanese garden, the native garden, and the children’s garden

Crescent Bend House and Gardens

Crescent Bend is most known for its expansive tulip beds that bloom in early spring. In addition to the flowers, the mansion is also available for tours.

The gardens and museum are temporarily closed to visitors but hope to reopen soon.

Baxter Gardens

Baxter Gardens is the most elusive of all the gardens on this list. This garden sprawls across the grounds of a gorgeous private estate. To give the owners their privacy, the garden is only open for the month of April each year.

The garden is sectioned into various themed areas including a Japanese garden, a fairy garden, and more.

The owners are gracious enough to allow free visitation as long as guests are respectful of the plants and their property. There are no public restrooms or picnic areas onsite.

Did we miss one of your favorite Tennessee botanical gardens? Please send us the details so we can add it to the list.

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Erica Cardinal
Erica is a long-time resident of East TN and the founder of East TN Family Fun. She's also a sucker for a good adventure. Together with her hubs and kiddos, she spends her time exploring, homeschooling, and making memories.

2 thoughts on “10 Tennessee Botanical Gardens That Will Leave You Breathless”

  1. Hello Erica, I love to do gardening very much. These gardens are great place to view butterflies, bees, and birds of all kinds. It’s time to enjoy the natural beauty. It is a very amazing blog and nice photography. Thanks for sharing such an awesome blog.


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