Today! Celebrate Spring at the Cherry Blossom Picnic on March 18

The Memphis Botanic Garden is hosting a Cherry Blossom picnic tomorrow, Saturday, March 18, for kids of all ages. Details are below.

When: Saturday, March 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Memphis Botanic Garden

What: Attendees can enjoy family-friendly activities including creating kimono dolls and koi windsocks and learning shodo name writing and origami. The event also features performances by 901 Taiko, a koto performance, a tea ceremony demonstration, and guided tours of the Japanese Garden. Plus we’ll have Asian-inspired food trucks on-site for a picnic lunch and a signature cocktail and other spring spirits will be available from our cash bar.

● This event is in partnership with Japan Outreach Initiative, the University of Memphis, and the University of Memphis Japanese Culture Club.

● Free with Garden admission


● Koto Performance from Maika Yamaoka at 10 am

● Stax Academy’s 901 Taiko performances at 11 am & 1 pm

● Guided Tour of the Japanese Garden from Memphis Botanic Garden’s Horticulturist Robin Howell at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

● Japanese Tea Ceremony with Way of Tea Tennessee at 2 pm

● Stations from Anime Blues Con, Ikebana International Bamboo Chapter, University of Memphis Language Club

Visual and Educational Opportunities:

● Japanese Garden tours

● 901 Taiko taiko demonstration

● Tea ceremony demonstration

● A koto performance

● Scenic B-roll of the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden as the cherry trees and other spring favorites bloom

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 260,000 visitors each year, Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment.

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