New Memphis Event: The First Cooper Young Garden Walk Is This Saturday

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 18th 2016 4141 0

The first-ever Cooper Young Garden Walk is this Saturday! You’re invited to tour 25 unique, eclectic urban gardens (20 homes and 5 businesses) by foot or by bike, at your own pace. Entry is $10 if you buy ahead of time here, or $15 on the day of the event.

Scroll down at bit for more details provided by event organizers.

Reasons I am excited about this new Memphis event:

a) It’s not food-centric. I, of course, love food-centric events but it’s nice to see something different.

b) Anyone can participate. No “tent” access required.

c) It’s much more than just plants or gardens. There’s also a chance to see the neighborhood on bikes, enjoy food and drink specials at restaurants, hear from garden experts, and get inspiration for your own garden.

McHaney Garden Picture 5

The Cooper Young Garden Walk is Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can tour the gardens at your own pace throughout the day, or join the guided Bike Tour

Early bird tickets are $10 and enters you a chance to win a $200 basket of goodies. Order tickets at Day-of tickets are $15 and will be sold at the Gazebo at Cooper/Young.
Garden styles run the gamut from organic vegetable gardens and free range chickens to cottage, formal, whimsical, and serene. You can visit the gardens in any order. The Brochure/Map will be available at the Gazebo at Cooper/Young, the day of the walk.


If you wanted, you could make a day out of it: get some breakfast in the neighborhood, visit the Cooper Young Farmer’s Market and the Tsunami market (in their parking lot), then get started on the tour down one side of Cooper. Then, get some lunch and head down the other side of Cooper.
There will be a keynote speaker, Carol Reese, at Jay Etkin Art Gallery at 10 a.m. and info booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gazebo, too.


Bike Tour Info
– BYOB (Bring your own Bike)
– Departs from the corner of Walker/Blythe (First Congo parking lot) at 11:15 a.m.
– Must have a ticket to participate
– Sign up in advance by emailing
– Bike Tour is family friendly! Kids under 12 are free on the walk.
– Questions? Contact

Restaurant and CY Business Specials:
1. Celtic Crossing – 10 percent discount all day with Garden Walk ticket + drink specials

2. Young Ave Deli – $6 Salzburg Gin Radler  drink special (gin and Stiegl Grapefruit shandy)

3. Sweet Grass Next Door – Farmer’s Daughter drink special (woody creek gin, cucumber, lemon, basil syrup) and a fritatta lunch special (house chorizo, wilson garden rainbow chard, woodson ridge farm spring onion, tomato, potato, hanna farm radish, salsa verde)

4. Me & Mrs. Jones: Chalk Paint Demos out front all day + tag sale with great deals on merchandise

5. Palladio Garden – Offering a 10 percent discount with walk ticket or brochure
6. I Love Juice Bar – 10 percent discount if you mention the Cooper Young Garden Walk

Other tidbits: 
– Gardens featured on the walk showcase many elements of gardening that appeal to novice and experienced gardeners including: Gardening in a small space, Small-scale Urban Farming, Working with a budget, New gardens, Established gardens, Entertaining outdoors, DIY projects, Creating outdoor spaces for dogs and children, Growing plants in the shade, Incorporating found objects into your garden, Raising Chickens and much more.

– Proceeds from the walk go toward beautification projects to improve the neighborhood entryways at Souther/Cooper and Cooper/Central

– PARKING: Parking is available on any of the neighborhood streets or at the church lot at Galloway/Fleece. The route is walkable, but some patrons may want to drive. Parking in front of homes is fine.

– Participating addresses are featured in the program (available at the Gazebo with ticket) and are marked with yellow flower signs. A route map is also available via our Facebook page.

– Restrooms: Available at Stone Soup Cafe at the corner of Felix/Cooper. Participants may not enter the homes of participating gardens.

Ed. Note: I’d like to give a special thanks to Kim Halyak and Apryl Childs-Potter for sending over this information. I’ve used their wording throughout the post.

Go there:
Cooper Young Garden Walk 2016
Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$10 early bird/$15 day-of
all ages (kids under 12 are free)

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. kaje David Simpson says:

    Events like these, brand new events which are unprecedented in the culture of memphis, ought have followup articles written on the outcome of the event. How the event went, attendance, and quotes from people who went, for all those who were not able to attend. It would certainly give the event some permeance in next year’s lineup of Memphis todo’s.

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