From the moment you enter the Cooper-Young Historic District under the art railroad trestle, ginkgo-lined Cooper Street greets you. Welcome to the “hippest” neighborhood in midtown Memphis. Cooper-Young comprises almost 60 blocks and is home to more than 8,000 residents.
The majority of homes were developed from the 1890s to 1940s. Queen Ann, Victorian, Foursquare, Colonial Cottage, and Craftsman Bungalows all represent the diversity of home styles in this charming neighborhood.
The Cooper-Young Arboretum project was created by the Cooper-Young Garden Club to encourage community involvement within our own urban forest. Our arboretum encompasses trees found in front yards, parks, and schools within our neighborhood. Our plan was to bring this arboretum to our neighborhood streets where residents and visitors walk, exercise, shop, dine, and socialize. Our desire is to add to our already beautiful canopy of trees, beautify our neighborhood, improve our air quality, and teach our children to love the beauty of nature. We will be living in a tree museum.
The Cooper-Young Arboretum will be supported by the Cooper-Young Garden Club. Residents have agreed to maintain and care for their trees listed in the arboretum. The Cooper Young Garden Club sponsors a yearly tree fund reimbursement program to add to the list of tree species.
The Cooper-Young Arboretum is free and open to the public daily. Pamphlets may be picked up at the Cooper-Young Community Association office or online at cooperyoung.org.
Information about Cooper-Young Historic District may be found at the following websites:
Tours may be self-guided with the pamphlet and map or free tours of the neighborhood arboretum can be arranged by calling the Cooper Young Community Association office at 901-272-2922. For help on the walking tour, look for stenciled leaves on the sidewalk. The leaves will match you to the specific tree.
Tours will be conducted by members of the Cooper Young Garden Club, Kim Halyak, Judi Shellabarger, and Katie McHaney.
Visitors to the arboretum can expect to see a wide variety of trees. We have huge very old trees to those newly planted to view. We have a diverse number of conifers, oaks, and maples.
We have also included smaller trees/shrubs with mature growth less than 15 feet for added interest.
In creating this arboretum, we have added educational websites for our neighborhood schools and for those students who are homeschooled.