Memphis Botanic Garden

Client

Memphis Botanic Garden

Services

Wayfinding Consulting

Memphis Botanic Garden, which includes 30 specialty gardens and an arboretum spread across 96 acres, initially approached fd2s about creating a new wayfinding map. After surveying the grounds, however, the fd2s team quickly realized that much more could be done to improve the visitor experience. 

fd2s collaborated closely with the Garden’s executive staff and landscape architecture firm to develop a program of signage that supports a retooled orientation plan for the site. By concentrating information at “launch points” where the primary loop trail intersects with garden entries and smaller trails, the system consolidates orientation, directional, and interpretative information on a minimal number of signs. This approach increases usability, minimizes visual clutter in the natural environment, and efficiently uses the non-profit’s limited signage budget. 

The signage system, which is being rolled out following a multiyear phasing plan developed by fd2s, gets additional personality from an organic pattern that incorporates photos from around the garden.