We like where we are! Central Gardens is located in midtown, just minutes from many great restaurants, parks, museums, great schools and universities, 10 minutes to downtown and 15 minutes to Memphis International Airport.
A few minutes by car (15 minutes by bicycle, a bit longer on foot) from the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Memphis College of Art in Overton Park, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Children’s Museum of Memphis, and the restaurants and entertainment of Overton Square, Evergreen and Cooper-Young. West, the University of Tennessee and the Medical Center are just down the street. Downtown and the river are just down the street from there. East, the Pink Palace Museum and the University of Memphis are close. Audubon Park is just beyond. The interstate is just outside our boundary in one direction and the Parkways in the other.
Churches and schools are also at home within the borders of Central Gardens. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, seat of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, anchors one end of Belvedere Boulevard. The Immaculate Conception High School for Girls, middle through 12th grade, is on the grounds along with the coed lower school, the Cathedral School. Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with its Tiffany windows is in the heart of the neighborhood at Belvedere and Peabody with accompanying Grace-St. Luke's School. Idlewild Elementary School on Linden was established in 1851 and is now an optional public school. Majestic Idlewild Presbyterian Church overlooks our northern edge just as storied St. John’s Methodist does on the west. Also just to the west are the optional public schools of Bellevue Junior High and the city’s oldest high school, Central High School.
Central Gardens has been described as a front porch neighborhood where you can enjoy a glass of lemonade or wine with a neighbor while watching your children play in the street. We use our front porches as additional living rooms connecting us all as neighbors and friends.
One of the characteristics of a beautiful neighborhood is its landscape. Central Gardens is full of beautiful old trees which shade the lawns, walks and homes. Unlike the blandness and cookie-cutter nature of new developments, Central Gardens, with its beautiful and interesting tree-lined streets, offers levels of visual interest and authenticity not offered elsewhere in Memphis or the Mid-South. Central Gardens was designated a Level III Accredited Arboretum by the State of Tennessee on May 31, 2008. One of only two in the state, it is the only arboretum in West Tennessee and is home to more than 90 species of trees, many over 80 years of age. Most designated arboreta are located in botanic gardens or parks, so this rare distinction is a point of pride for us.
If you love excellent craftsmanship, fascinating diverse architecture, grand trees and a diverse neighborhood that reflects the soul of our unique city, Central Gardens is the neighborhood for you. Join us!
Central Gardens AssociationP.O. Box 41382 • Memphis, TN 38174-1382
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