talks about Live at the Gardens
by Jerome Robinson
Live at the Garden is now in it’s 18th music-filled year! Sherry May sat down with us to talk about the Shows, the History, and the Benefits to the Memphis Botanic Gardens.
Beginning June 5, 2001 with our first performer, Memphis’ own Issac Hayes, Live has grown into one of the most successful outdoor entertainment venues in the United States, voted by Memphians as Best Event in Memphis last year! Live is a series of 5 concerts, beginning in June and continuing through fall each year. Season tables and season lawn tickets are hot commodities! Individual show tickets are also sold through ticketmaster.com.
The Interview . . .
About Live at the Gardens
Over the past 17 years, Live at the Garden has played host to such great artists such as Rob Thomas, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Goo Goo Dolls, Diana Ross, Styx, ZZ Top, Robert Plant, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Train just to name a few.
With 2,500 people seated at white linen-cloth tables, and 4,500 people partying on the lawn, where else can you sip a cold beverage, relax and listen to some of the hottest touring artists in the world? Whether you bring in your own food and drinks, pre-order from one of our Live at the Garden caterers, or purchase on-site, Live at the Garden has everything you need for a great Memphis night!
Things to Know Before you Go!
No Firearms, Weapons,ﾠSmoking, Professional Recording Devices, Thrown Objects,ﾠLarge Umbrellas, Grills, Drones, Laser Pointers, Pets, Illegal Drugs or Paraphernalia, Fireworks or Pyrotechnics, Musical Instruments, Tables, or Solicitation of Any Kind!ﾠ All coolers, bags and purses are subject to search.
WHAT IS MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN DOING ABOUT MOSQUITOES IN THE AREA?
All water gardens, lakes, pools, etc. are stocked with fish to eat the mosquito larvae. All fountains or other water sources without fish are treated with chlorine or are constantly moving out an overflow to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching.
CAN I PURCHASE FOOD AT THE CONCERTS?
Of course! Several vendors will be on-site to tempt you with tantalizing Garden treats. We also feature Buster’s Botanical Bar where thirsty concert-goers can purchase a great selection of refreshing beverages. You can also pre-order food from one of our preferred caterers and pick your food up at the Kroger Food Court, located right inside the gates.
WHAT IF I FOR SOME REASON I CANNOT USE ALL OF MY TICKETS FOR A CERTAIN SHOW?
Tickets are non-refundable. But, if you will not be using your tickets and would like to put them to an even better use, please inform us! We will donate unused or returned tickets to our charitable partners, The Ronald McDonald House and the Stax Music Academy.
WHEN DOES LIVE AT THE GARDEN BEGIN?
All shows start at 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated on the ticket face. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. ALL TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
WHAT IS THE ADMISSION COST?
TruGreen Lawn tickets start at $40 each plus fees. Gossett Motor Cars Pit tickets are $75 each plus fees. The Pit is standing room only, right in front of the stage.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
All performances take place, RAIN or SHINE. There are NO REFUNDS, exchanges, or rain checks due to rain or inclement weather.
Check Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for any updates before to heading to the concert in case of dangerous weather situations.
WHAT IF I JUST WANT TICKETS TO ONE SHOW?
For individual show tickets, log onto www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 to purchase tickets.
CAN YOU SEE THE STAGE FROM THE LAWN?
All lawn seating is general admission and located behind the table seating sections. Although we do not guarantee visibility of the stage from the lawn area, we do have four big screens. All concerts are broadcast to the lawn via a state-of-the-art video and sound system.
CAN YOU SMOKE AT LIVE AT THE GARDEN?
Smoking permitted in the smoking area only. Smoking area located to the east, by the lake.
CAN I UPGRADE MY LAWN TICKET FOR RESERVED SEATING?
Yes. Patrons may upgrade their lawn admission ticket to reserved seating (subject to availability) at any concert by paying the difference between the lawn admission and the cost of the reserved-seat ticket. Upgrades may only be made in person at the box office, on the evening of the performance.
I KNOW I CAN BRING MY OWN PICNIC TO THE PARK. WHAT CAN’T I BRING?
Refer to the Prohibited Items
ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED AT LIVE AT THE GARDEN?
Of course! Families are always welcome. All we ask is that you supervise your children so that everyone can enjoy the performances. As a courtesy to others, if your child becomes fussy, we ask that you be prepared to remove them from the concert area. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Every concert patron requires a ticket.
DOES MY 9-MONTH OLD NEED A TICKET?
Due to fire codes everyone, including children of all ages, needs a ticket – NO EXCEPTIONS!
CAN I BRING MY CAMERA?
No audio or visual recording devices (including video) are allowed. However, you may take photos before or after concert performances. No photos are allowed during the performances.
WHAT ABOUT PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES?
Parking for patrons with a valid handicap license plate or other authorized identification is available. Facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PARK?
Free parking is offered in the lot located at Southern and Perkins. Click here for directions and parking information.
WHO SHOULD I CALL IF I NEED LOST AND FOUND?
To check to see if your item was turned in to Lost and Found, please call the Memphis Botanic Garden front desk at (901) 636-4100 the Monday after the concert.