15 October 2012

Sunflowers and Shelby Farms

This next guest blogger can be found a little bit closer to home.. she's in MEMPHIS!!! anddd she decided to talk about one of her favorite parts (which is also one of mine) Shelby Farms. It amazes me how much this park has to offer! But I'll stop talking and let her tell you all about it!

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Hello, TFOB readers! My name is Brenda and I blog at Don't Stop Believing. Like Alyssa, I'm a Memphian. I'm originally from South Florida, so I don't quite consider myself a native, but I've lived here for most of my life. Alyssa's enthusiasm for Memphis has inspired me to get excited about the good things our city has to offer! So today I want to share a little about one of my favorite parts of Memphis, Shelby Farms.

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Shelby Farms is one of the largest urban parks in America, much larger than Central Park in NYC. In addition to Patriot Lake, a really cool new playground, a disc golf course, walking trails, and the Greenline (my fave), it also has a huge, beautiful sunflower field that peaks at the end of summer.

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I took these sunflower photos last year and still have them as backgrounds on my phone. When it's in bloom, the field is a popular portrait destination – you see lots of professional photographers there! Behind the sunflower field is a corn maze, which is open now! Closer to Halloween, there's a "haunted" corn maze at night. Against my better judgment (I'm a little jumpy), I went to it once years ago with a group of friends. In the process of running from a guy with a chain saw (seriously), I dropped my cell phone in the middle of the maze. I figured I'd never see it again, but a friend called it and someone answered, and we were able to meet up so I could get it back. Moral of the story: don't take anything important into the haunted corn maze!


Another thing I love about Shelby Farms is the buffalo herd! The buffalo pasture is close to a major intersection, so you don't have to go far out of your way to see them. You can even adopt a buffalo – I've been thinking about it for a while.

Fall is one of the best times to enjoy Shelby Farms, so I encourage locals to have a picnic there or take a ride on the Greenline while the getting is good!

Thanks Alyssa for the guest post opportunity!


 Isn't that amazing! I always forget all the stuff you can do at Shelby Farms and those sunflowers... oh my gorgeous!! Hey, Jeremy... can we go there more often??

Oh -- now everyone... go to Brenda's blog Don't Stop Believing and say HELLO!



  1. bigger than Central Park? that's impressive! I'm jealous of all the sunflowers. I wonder if you could get married there? (hint hint :)

  2. That is sooo beautiful! I would love to get lost there! Thanks for sharing! xox, Pam


  3. I love the buffalo! They make me happy! I remember being a little kid and seeing them!

    And I also remember Starry Nights being at Shelby Farms (years and years ago! It's now at the agricenter!) And it was HUGE back then! It was so fantastic! It was one of my fave parts about the holidays!

    I almost got married at Shelby Farms before we decided on Gatlinburg :)


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