What and where is the Cooper-Young Garden Walk?

A self-guided, self-paced tour of 50+ eclectic, private gardens + businesses highlighting urban gardening throughout the vibrant neighborhood. Visitors will see edibles, chickens, herbs, water features, art, native plants, whimsy, she-sheds, composting, a backyard theatre and imaginative plantings.

Our walk is non-competitive and open to any gardener in Cooper-Young, from the beginner to seasoned gardener. Look for the white garden walk signs in front of open gardens.

What are the times, dates, and cost of the garden walk? Is there a rain date?

The Garden Walk is 9 am to 5 pm, May 18-19, 2019.  Rain or Shine. 
Tickets are good for both days.

There are 3 TICKET OPTIONS:

  • On-line ticket sales: cygardenwalk.eventsmart.com
  • Snail Mail —Check Payable to: Cooper-Young Garden Club, C/O Katie McHaney, Treasurer, 805 S. Cox, Memphis, TN 38104 (memo line: CYGW TICKETS)
  • Ticket outlets: (Check only, payable to Cooper-Young Garden Club,  memo line: CYGW tickets).
    • Stone Soup Cafe, 993 S. Cooper Street
    • Palladio Gardens, 2231 Central Avenue
    • CYBA Office, 2120 Young Avenue

TICKET PRICES:

  • $15, Feb – May 5th Early Bird General Admission. (Get entered into a drawing for a “MEMPHIS STAYCATION PACKAGE” valued at over $500). 1 Night Abnb, 2 tickets to Graceland, 2 massage gift certificates from Midtown Massage, 2 Gift certificates to the Beauty Shop and a gift certificate from Stone Soup Cafe.
  • $20, May 6- May 19.

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 like. The main thing is to enjoy the experience!  We provide a shuttle bus.  There are also electric scooters (birds) and bikes to rent. 

  • Edibles (Orange) – Edibles, herbs, native plants, chickens, bees, composting, rabbits
  • Elegant (Purple) – Structured design
  • Eclectic (Yellow) – Art, whimsy, art studios
  • Secret Gardens (Red) – Homes with hidden back gardens

What else will I see?

  • Garden speakers and demonstrations
  • Educational Booths
  • Botanical Art Vendors
  • Garden raffles
  • Porchscapes + Tablescapes by Bee Inspired Staging, LLC
  • Many kinds of raised beds, a Tower Garden, and a wormery

Where are the headquarters, restrooms, food, drink, and shuttle located?

  • Purchase your tickets, pick up maps, and buy t-shirts at the Gazebo Headquarters at the corner of Cooper + Young.
  • There are 28 award-winning restaurants in the neighborhood, many offering special discounts to visitors.
  • The shuttle stops are listed on the garden map.

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. Sat. May 18, 2019,  at 1000 Cooper Street.
  • You can rent bikes at Revolutions Bike Co-op, 1000 Cooper, at the bike arches.
  • There are electric scooters/electric bikes around the neighborhood for rent.

Can I bring dogs, 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. Thank you for understanding.
  • 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 bring with me?

  • Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen +/or hat, camera, rain poncho, sunglasses, water bottle, and a notebook and pen to jot down plant names and notes. A cloth bag for handouts, snacks, and purchases.

I am coming from out of town. Where can I find lodging?

What other attractions are nearby?

Plan to arrive a few days early or stay later to take advantage of the many tourist attractions Memphis has to offer.

How do I get there?

Directions from:

  • Traveling I-55: Information coming soon
  • Traveling I-40: Information coming soon.
  • Bus Routes to Cooper-Young:  #2 and #35. Use TransLoc App to plan your route and track real-time bus arrivals.

Distances from:   Downtown: 14 minutes, 4.9 miles          Airport: 11 minutes, 5.1 miles

WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS GO?

The Cooper-Young Garden Walk raises money to beautify our community through both garden club projects and by funding “Block Beautification Grants”. The Cooper-Young Garden Club is an umbrella organization under the Cooper-Young Community Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization.

Your purchase of garden tour and drawing tickets, along with the generous support of our sponsors, will make that goal possible. 

MORE QUESTIONS?

Contact Tour Committee at: cooperyounggardenclub@gmail.com  or call 901-299-5887.

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