7 Things To Know About The 2023 Cooper Young Garden Walk

2023 Cooper Young Garden Walk This Weekend

Happening May 20-21, 2023, the 8th Annual Cooper Young Garden Walk is literally the perfect early summer activity in Midtown to explore all the neighbors' cute, fun, quirky, interesting, lovely, green gardens. 

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 90+ 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. 

green garden with red bridge
Photo by @vintagemodernmemphis on Instagram

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! (this is last year's but you can get familiar with the flow of the Garden Walk— I'll update when they post the updated map)

McHaney Garden Picture 5

7 Things To Know About The 2023 Cooper Young Garden Walk

1. It’s this Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, rain or shine.

2. Buy tickets ($30) online or at the GAZEBO at Cooper St. + Young Ave. Kids 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

3. Access to 90+ gardens and backyards in a neighborhood full of eclectic and quirky gardens.

4. Ride the bus shuttle around if you get tired! Look for the Backbeat Tours Bus to rest your legs and get a higher view of the gardens.

5. Find 20+ vendors, 5 musicians, 20+ educational booths, and guest speakers all around the neighborhood.

6. There’s a Blooming Hat Contest! Wear your funky hat and you could win up to $200 in cool prizes. The categories are Peak of Chic, Mad Hatter Prize, Vintage Old School, Flower Power, and Sweet Sprouts. Fill out the hat application and learn more.

7. You know you want to be nosey and see what folks have going on in their backyards! This is your chance to see secret gardens, cute patios, amazing flowers, chicken coops, and more with zero shame.

More info at https://www.cooperyounggardenclub.org.


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 20th and Sunday, May 21st
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine

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