Central Gardens Association was founded in 1967 and is open to all residents of the neighborhood. Our vision is to be a premier, residential neighborhood in the Mid-South. Our mission is to sustain and enhance the quality of our historic neighborhood by preserving its environmental and architectural character, and to encourage a sense of community among its residents.
Benefits of Membership
The Association provides a variety of benefits to its members and to the neighborhood, including:
Home & Garden Tour
An annual event since 1976, the Home and Garden Tour is our neighborhood’s primary fundraising event. In addition to marketing Central Gardens to Memphis and the Mid-South, the tour helps to enhance property values and provides a unique selling feature for our neighborhood.
The tour takes place the Sunday following Labor Day each year and typically features six or seven of our beautiful historic homes. Recent tours have attracted over two thousand visitors. The tour is featured prominently by The Commercial Appeal newspaper, which provides unparalleled exposure compared with other Mid-South home tours.
Proceeds collected through ticket sales and home sponsorships are used to fund all other Central Gardens Association events throughout the year. Learn more, or get involved with this year’s Home and Garden Tour.
Block and Quandrant Parties
Central Gardens host a number of block and quandrant parties. The association is available to help publicize and act as a "how to" resource for putting a party together. These parties offer an opportunity to meet neighbors in a casual, family-friendly, and fun setting.
Free Tree Replacement Program
The tree replacement program was created to help reforest/retree our beautiful neighborhood. To benefit from this terrific neighborhood perk, members of the CGA may request a free tree to be planted on your property. General membership in the CGA is only $25, and each tree costs approximately $190, so this is a great deal! Greg Touliatos & Associates, Inc. was selected by the CGA board to conduct the homeowner property evaluation and perform the tree installation. Each applicant's front or back garden is carefully evaluated for soil, sun and aesthetics. A tree is then recommended, and trees which fit within the Arboretum guidelines are selected whenever possible for the front garden only. For the back garden, we offer a selection of trees that will grow tall to replace our canopy. To learn more about the tree replacement program, click here. To request a tree, complete the brief form on this page, and a member of our Beautification Committee will contact you.
Median plantings, maintenance, and weed control
Median plantings, maintenance, and weed control enhance property values. The CGA commits dollars each year to this beautification project. Currently, the large medians are receiving this benefit. With increased membership and donations, we can expand this program. If you are interesting in supporting this effort, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 4th Parade
The CGA July 4th Parade offers casual family fun, neighborhood camaraderie, and an historic preservation experience.
To review our by-laws click here.
Communications including eNewsletter, website, and Facebook page and other social media which keep residents informed.
CGA Dedicated Phone Line
Residents can readily reach a board member with questions using the CGA dedicated phone line: (901) 343-6242.
Memphis Landmarks Commission
Communication and advocacy with Memphis Landmarks Commission to maintain and enhance property values.
Safety and Central Gardens Patrol
Excellent relationship with Memphis Police Department via the Safety Committee, which increases the safety and security of our neighborhood. Management of relationship with Phelps Security to increase resident safety by providing Central Gardens Patrol.
Holiday Festivities and WinterFest
Purchase and installation of 250 wreaths on our vintage lampposts throughout the neighborhood. This initiative makes Central Gardens festive during the holidays and enhances the neighborhood. WinterFest provides a family fun day for neighbors to celebrate the holiday season together with lots of festive holiday activities.
Our style guide ensures consistent print communication, recognition, and branding to present a strong and unified brand to the community.
Walking Tour Booklet and Free App
The CGA Walking Tour booklet offers a unique experience for residents and visitors. Learn how to get the free app here.
The CGA Online Store offers tee shirts, caps, plaques, and other neighborhood gear for purchase by residents.
Perimeter signage indicating Central Gardens borders, which promotes our neighborhood to other Memphians and visitors.
Distribution of newcomer packets, which welcome new residents to the neighborhood. To request a packet, contact Ruth Henderson at email@example.com.