FAQ’s

The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is….

  • A self-guided tour of 75+ eclectic, private gardens + businesses highlighting urban gardening
  • Organic vegetable gardens + free range chickens to cottage, formal, whimsical, + serene.
  • Ponds, pools, fountains, outdoor showers, arbors, raised beds, koi ponds, and more.
  • Architecture: Queen Anne, Italianate, Second Empire, Stick, Craftsman,+  Colonial Revival.
  • Home owners will be on hand to answer questions.

What if I can’t do all 75+ Gardens?

  • See as many gardens as you want.
  • Visit: Urban Forestry, “Ask-A-Master Gardener” , The Dixon Gallery + Gardens, Memphis Botanical Garden, + Storm Water Dept.
  • Listen to garden speakers from 3-4:30pm at 1000 Cooper.
  • Shop, stop to eat and drink.
  • You have a lot of options. Enjoy the experience!

Where are the Headquarters, restrooms, food and drink?

  • Purchase your tickets, pick up maps, and buy t-shirts at the Gazebo at Cooper + Young.
  • There are 22 restaurants in the neighborhood, serving all kinds of food and beverages. Girl Scout troop #13348 will be selling water.  MemPops will be selling ice-cream near the gazebo.

Where do I Park?  Is biking a good idea?

  • There is ample parking along all the streets in the neighborhood. Additional parking lots will be marked with signs
  • Yes, The Cooper-Young neighborhood is bike friendly.
    • Park your bike at the bike valet across from the gazebo, then walk to the gardens, or
    • Sign up for a guided bike tour of a section of gardens: Contact Kim at 299-5887,
    • Rent bikes at Revolutions Bike Co-op, 1000 Cooper.

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

  • The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is May 20-21, 2017, Rain or Shine. Garden tour hours are 9-3pm.
  • Our speakers will be from 3pm to 4:30 in the 1st Congo Sanctuary at 1000 Cooper Ave,
    • Sat., 3-3:30pm, Chris Masin— “Rain Barrels”
    • Sat., 3:30-4:30 Lisa Orgler—“Create an Out-of-the-Ordinary Theme Garden”

    • Sun., 3:00-3:30, Mary Wilder— “Creating a Rain Garden”

    • Sun., 3:30-4:30, Lisa Orgler— “Creating Structure in Your Garden”

  • Before May 5— $15 for a 2-day ticket and a chance to win a gift basket valued at $200,
  • After May 5—$20 for a two day ticket. There are no single day tickets.
  • Garden Walk Tickets

Where are the gardens on the walk?

  • The garden walk takes place throughout the Cooper-Young neighborhood.
  • The May issue of the Lamplighter newspaper has the garden walk map and garden description.
  • The map will be delivered to all Cooper Young residents the 1st week in May.
  • Additional copies can be picked up: Burkes Book Store, Otherlands, Java Cabana, the CYCA office
  •  Look for the yards signs.
  •  ****Homeowners are not required to show their garden both days.

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

  • Well-behaved dogs on leases 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.

What should I consider bringing with me?

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

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