A Magical Night at Overton Park

Thanks for bringing the magic!

The weather was chilly, but the 450 guests who attended the third annual A Magical Night at Overton Park were filled with nothing but warm feelings. As they wined and dined and listened to great music, our park supporters celebrated the park’s progress and talked about exciting new projects yet to come. Our theme this […]

Spherical densiometer

A leafy learning lab

The Old Forest State Natural Area is full of mysteries. Why do some large trees withstand a windstorm while others fall? How old are our oldest trees? What plants are regenerating when a big tree falls and creates a gap that lets sunshine onto the forest floor? What replaces the invasive plants like kudzu and […]


A busy weekend in the park

There’s an awful lot going on in the park this weekend, and a number of these events will come with parking restrictions. Here’s your guide to what to do in the park this weekend: Aaron Neville at Levitt Shell, Saturday at 6:00p.m. Each year our friends at Levitt Shell put on more than 50 free […]

Photo by Charles Uffelman

Volunteer Rock Stars

This weekend, the University of Memphis Student Leadership & Involvement council hosted its first Service on Saturday of the fall semester. More than 100 members of U of M fraternities chose to spend their Saturday in Overton Park, thanks to a fantastic effort coordinated by Park Friends and Memphis City Beautiful.  Here are a few […]

Rhodes volunteers

Combating the Kudzu

If you’re reading this anywhere in the Southern United States, you’re bound to be familiar with kudzu. This plant, which is native to Asia, was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant in 1876.  It was distributed widely as a garden plant, as food for livestock, and as an erosion control aid for […]