About

The Memphis Botanic Garden is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to being an exemplary center for horticulture and environmental enrichment. Serving over 40,000 school-aged children annually, and hosting over 225,000 visitors each year, Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Our 96-acre property includes 30 specialty gardens and a Level 4 Arboretum, which provide the ability to interact with various families of plants, flowers, and trees.

Our Mission

Enhancing lives by connecting people with plants to increase awareness and appreciation of our environment.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT
Kim MacQueen

VICE-PRESIDENT
David Scully

TREASURER
Steve Beussink

SECRETARY
Ryan Butterick

ASSISTANT TREASURER
Scott Adams

PAST PRESIDENT
P.Z. Horton

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael Allen

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Mary Helen Butler

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Sue Matthews

COUNSEL
Richard Spore

CITY OF MEMPHIS DIVISION OF PARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS DIRECTOR
Nick Walker

Jake Adams
Gwen Campbell
Diane Chambliss
Jennifer Coltharp
Judy Edge
Shirley Ford
Nick Goetze
Kristi Goldsmith
Kim Hall
Buzzy Hussey
Janet Misner
Sehrish Siddiqui
Lisa Snowden
Melissa Taylor
Kate Trammell
Julia Turnipseed
Tiffanee Wade-Henderson

Margaret Ann Burnett
William B. Dunavant, III
Bill Ferrell
Pat Funck
Howard Gober
Lyle Irish
Peggy Jones
Anne Keesee
Lon Magness
Bonny Martin
Blair Parker
Carol Prentiss
Julie Raines
Richard Spore
Joe Warren
Gary Wunderlich, Jr.

Garden Caretakers

In 1964, the Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation was formed and contracted with the City of Memphis to be caretakers of the Memphis Botanic Garden.

1964-1965 Eva Michie
1966 Evelyn Boyle
1967 Ellie Harwood
1968 John Pierce
1969-1970 Lois Eason
1971-1972 Katheryne Dickey
1973 Betsy West
1974 George Romeiser
1975-1976 Bonny Martin
1977-1978 Mary Gotter
1979-1980 Betty Millar
1981-1982 Eleanor Currie
1983-1984 Bonny Martin
1985-1986 Eleanor Currie
1987 Jeanne Coors
1988 John Canale
1989 Bob Blecken
1990 Dan Copp
1991 Jim Power
1992 Peggy Jones
1993 John Canale
1994 George Cates
1995-1996 Julie Raines
1997-1998 Anne Keesee
1998-2000 William B. Dunavant, III
2000-2001 Margaret Ann Burnett
2002-2003 Buzzy Hussey
2003-2004 Blair Parker
2004-2005 Gary Wunderlich
2005-2006 Jim Strickland
2006-2007 Lon Magness
2007-2008 Lisa Snowden
2008-2010 Richard Spore
2010-2011 Lyle Irish
2011-2012 Janet Misner
2012-2013 Pat Funck
2013-2014 Bill Ferrell
2014-2015 Howard Gober
2015-2016 Joe Warren
2016-2017 Janet Misner
2018-2019 Vance Lewis
2019-2021 P.Z. Horton
2021-present Kim MacQueen

1964-1970 Guy Robbins
1970-1971 Bryson Sloan
1972-1979 Walt Moloney
1980-1993 George Wise
1993-1996 Bert Adler Prosterman (MBG Foundation Director/Interim Exec. Dir.)
1996-1997 Steve Cohan
1997-2000 Huey Holden
2001-2004 Marilyn Ligon
2004-2014 Jim Duncan
2015-2016 Scott McCormick
2016-present Michael Allen

Contacting the
Memphis Botanic Garden

Main Phone: 901-636-4100
Main Email: info@membg.org

Michael D. Allen, Executive Director
Mary Helen Butler, Assistant Executive Director
Gina Harris, Director of Education and Events
Kent Thomas, Director of Facilities
Sue Matthews, Director of Finance
Daniel Grose, Director of Horticulture
Rick Pudwell, Director of Horticulture Emeritus
Olivia Wall, Director of Marketing
Jamison Totten, Co-Director of Radians Amphitheater/Live at the Garden
Sherry May, Co-Director of Radians Amphitheater/Live at the Garden
Michael Strickland, Director of Rentals

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