Although our Garden Club was founded in January 2015 with eleven members, you would think we’ve been around a lot longer with all the projects we’ve accomplished in a mere year and a half.

The Cooper Young Garden Club was founded January 2015 as a way to bring fellow plant lovers together. The first year was all about developing friendships, sharing gardening tips, swapping plants, and hosting a members’ progressive garden tour. Later we got more ambitious!

Check out our impressive list of accomplishments:

  1. started the garden club Jan. 2015
  2. removed the tree grates from all Ginkgoes lining Cooper + mulched with bark
  3. looked into creating a neighborhood arboretum
  4. 4 members of our club took the Urban Forestry Tree ID class
  5. elected officers
  6. joined the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs
  7. received an ioby grant to “Green Up Memphis”
  8. held a members only garden walk to enjoy each other’s gardens
  9. decided our gardens were pretty darn impressive–began planning our 1st official garden walk 2106
  10. celebrated our 1st Annual Garden Walk with 500 visitors and 29 gardens/green spaces on tour.
  11. put in 5 huge planters at key corners into the neighborhood
  12. decorated the Gazebo for the holidays
  13. mulched the Ginkgo trees with river rock
  14. participated in many “Yard-A-Month” clean up mornings
  15. presented, “Defensive Plants for Security”-Judi Shellabarger at CYCA meeting
  16. had informative garden speakers at monthly meetings:
    1. “Hydrangeas”=Linda Lanier
    2. “Gardening with Native Plants”=Deb Foehring
    3. “Gardening for Monarchs”=Susan Wallace
    4. “Container Gardening”=Katie McHaney
    5. “What We Can Learn from the Buffalo Garden Walk”=Kim Halyak
    6. “Getting Ready for Our Garden Walk”
  17. sold “Come Fall in Love with Cooper Young” t-shirts
  18. had a Garden Club garage sale
  19. some members joined the Horticultural Society
  20. nominated gardens for “Yard of the Month” + wrote articles for Lamplighter=Sharron Johnson
  21. Interviewed local Landscapers for inclusion in Lamplighter-Kim Halyak

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