7 Things To Know About The 2022 Cooper Young Garden Walk This Weekend

2022 Cooper Young Garden Walk This Weekend

I loved exploring all the neighbors' cute, fun, quirky, interesting lovely green gardens last year. The CY Garden Walk is literally the perfect early summer activity in midtown.

The Cooper Young Garden Walk started as one day event a few years ago, featuring just 25 neighborhood gardens.

Today, the two-day celebration of creative home gardens features more than 100 home gardens that you can explore on foot and enjoy the outdoors this weekend. It's going to be better than ever! Meet some gardeners, get inspiration for your own space, and enjoy this laid-back event.

You can tour the gardens at your own pace throughout the day, or hop on and off the free Backbeat Tours shuttle, which will be going around in a 20-minute-ish loop around Cooper Young. 

I recommend you make a day out of the Cooper Young Garden Walk. Grab your hats, sunglasses, and good walking shoes then head over to get some breakfast or coffee in the neighborhood. Start on one side of Cooper for the morning, then stop for some lunch. In the afternoon, head down the other side of Cooper.

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, and don't get hung up on trying to see them all. There will be a map available, so pick a direction and go exploring!

McHaney Garden Picture 5

7 Things To Know About The 2022 Cooper Young Garden Walk

1. It’s this Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 from 9am to 4pm each day, rain or shine

2. Buy tickets ($25) at cooperyounggardenwalk.com or at the GAZEBO at Cooper St. + Young Ave.

3. Access to 90+ gardens and backyards

4. Ride the bus shuttle around if you get tired! Look for the Backbeat Tours Bus

5. Find vendors, educational booths, and guest speakers all around the neighborhood

6. There’s also a pre-event with Keynote Speaker Carmeon Hamilton at Memphis Botanic Garden on Friday night, May 20th and tickets are $10 (available online)

7. You know you want to be nosy and see what folks have going on in their backyards! Secret gardens, cute patios, amazing flowers, chicken coops, and more.

More info at cooperyounggardenwalk.com. 

Three Reasons I'm Excited About This 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, hear from enthusiastic gardeners, and get inspiration for your own garden.

Go There: 

Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine

Tickets are $25 per person for adults; kids ages 14 and under are free.

Buy yours online here or purchase on site at the Gazebo at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue on the day(s) of the event.



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