Q. What and where is the Cooper Young Garden Walk?
A self-guided tour of 75+ 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!
- Edibles (Green) – Growing food, native plants, chickens, bees, composting
- Elegant (Red) – Structured design
- Eclectic (Yellow) – Art, whimsy, a combination of styles
- Short on Time (White) – 20+ gardens of all themes, specially selected for you
Q. What else will I see?
- Saturday, May 19, 9-10 am, 1000 Cooper Street. “Benefits of Native Plants” 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
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 offering special discounts to visitors. Girl Scout Troop #13348 will be selling water and girl scout cookies.
- The 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.
- 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 prizes). 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