Q. What and where is the Cooper Young Garden Walk?

 

  • A self-guided tour of 85+ eclectic, private gardens + businesses highlighting urban gardening, chickens, edibles, water features, art, native plants, whimsy, she-sheds, showers, and imaginative plantings.
  • Our walk is non-competitive and open to any gardener in Cooper-Young, from the beginner to seasoned gardener.
  • The garden walk takes place throughout the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Look for the white garden walk signs in front of open gardens.

Q. How will I see that many gardens? 

  • Most likely you won’t be able to.  No problem.  Choose a themed route and visit those gardens. Next year, pick a different route to follow. Or come both days, and see as many as you can. The main thing is to enjoy the experience!  We have a shuttle bus this year!.
    • Edibles (Orange) – Growing food, native plants, chickens, bees, composting
    • Elegant (Purple) – Structured design
    • Eclectic (Yellow) – Art, whimsy, a combination of styles
    • Short on Time (Red) – 24 gardens of all themes, specially selected for you

 

Q. What else will I see?

  • Saturday, May 19, 9-10 am,  1000 Cooper Street. “Restoring Nature back to Urban Landscapes” by noted Native Plant speaker, Dr. Doug Tallamy.
  • Sunday, May 20, 4-5 pm, 1000 Cooper Street. “Specific Native Plants for Specific Places” by horticulturist, Chris Cosby.
  • Master Gardener-led mini-talks on “Native Plant demo gardens”
  • Educational booths and vendors: TN Native Plant Society, Urban Forestry, Ask-A-Master Gardener, Nonconnah Creek Conservancy, Storm Water Dept., Clean Memphis, Memphis Herb Society, TN Federation of Garden Clubs, Urban Bike Food Ministry, Girl Scout Troop #13348, Tyger Tyger, Green Beetle Art
  • A chance to buy raffle tickets for beautiful crafted wooden raised bed, metal art sculpture, or shade garden plant arrangement.

 

Q. Where are the Headquarters, restrooms, food, drink and shuttle?

  • Purchase your tickets, pick up maps, and buy t-shirts at the Gazebo at Cooper + Young.
  • There are 28 award-winning restaurants in the neighborhood, many offering special discounts to visitors. Girl Scout Troop #13348 will be selling water and girl scout cookies.
  • The 6 shuttle stops are noted on the garden walk map.

 

Q. Where do I park?  Can I bring my bike?

  • There is ample parking along all the streets in the neighborhood.
  • Yes, The Cooper-Young neighborhood is bike friendly. Park your bike at any of the Ginkgo Leaf bike racks in front of businesses, then walk to the gardens.
  • You can also sign up for a guided bike tour of 20+ specially selected gardens. Sat. May 19, 10:30 at 1000 Cooper Street.
  • You can rent bikes at Revolutions Bike Co-op, 1000 Cooper, at the bike arches.

 

Q. What is the cost, dates and hours of the walk?  Is there a rain date?

  • The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is May 19-20, 2018, 9am-5pm, Rain or Shine.
  • Early bird tickets until May 5 are $20 (includes drawing for 2 gift baskets valued at $400 each). After May 5th, $25 for a two-day ticket.
  • Garden Walk Tickets

 

Q. Can I bring my dog?  What about strollers or wheelchairs?

  • Well-behaved dogs on leashes are permitted only if the garden sign says so. Please respect the homeowner’s request and clean up after your pet. Thanks.
  • Not all gardens are conducive to strollers or wheelchairs because of narrow paths or walkways.  Check the garden sign for any limitations.

 

Q. What should I consider bringing with me?

  • Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen +/or hat, camera, rain poncho, sunglasses, and pen to take notes.

 

Q. I am coming from out of town.  Where can I find lodging?

  • 1st Congo Hostel: 1000 S Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104, 901-278-6786
  • Memphis Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/s/Memphis
  • Memphis Convention Center: http://www.memphistravel.com/memphis-hotels