(2018 Garden Walk info will be updated Jan. 1, 2018)
The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is….
- A self-guided tour of 90+ 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 90+ 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