This past weekend weekend, on the occasion of my 40th birthday, I paid my first visit to the Memphis, TN Botanic Gardens. Although it is August in the South, and I was sweating like Snookie in a spelling bee.....I had a great time. Now, I have been visiting Memphis my entire life, but I had never been to, much less heard of this place. I recommend this hidden little gem to anyone visiting Memphis. Not necessarily in August, though. It's chock full of beautiful, colorful gardens, Japanese Koi Fish ponds, nature trails and lush green lawns. Here is a sampling of the 200 + photos I managed to take before near heat exhaustion. Enjoy!