This year’s Cooper Young Garden Walk theme is all about sustainable gardening, planting for pollinators, and embracing native plants. Visitors can:

    –hear noted native plant expert/author, Dr. Doug Tallamy, discuss the importance of using natives in the landscape (Saturday, May 19, 9am-10am, 1000 S. Cooper)
    –hear local horticulturist/native plant guru, Chris Cosby, discuss “Specific Native Plants for Specific Places”, (Sunday, May 20, 4-5pm, 1000 S. Cooper)

    –visit native plant demo gardens and hear mini-talks by master gardeners

    –talk to representatives from:
    TN Native Plant Society–
    Urban Forestry–best native trees for the Mid-South
    Nonconnah Creek Conservancy–fern give-aways
    Clean Memphis–pollinator literature
    Storm Water Memphis
    Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District 1–Finding a garden club in your area

    –visit the Peabody Elem School garden and find out what pollinator hotels are

    –see native plants/trees labeled throughout the neighborhood

    –learn about beekeeping and favorite pollinator plants

    –learn what plants are invasive and what are better choices