Cooper-Young Garden Walk Celebrates “Hats On To Gardeners”

(Above photo of Cheatham-Barron House, circa 1887. By Kenzie Campbell)

The Cooper-Young Garden Club (CYGC) has announced the location, dates, and theme for its highly anticipated 2022 Cooper-Young Garden Walk.  “Hats On To Gardeners” will take place in the historic, vibrant Cooper-Young Community in Memphis, TN from Saturday, May 21 through Sunday, May 22, 2022.

The 2022 event will give garden hosts the opportunity to be as colorful as their gardens.  “Hats On to Gardeners” plays right into the hands of the unique individuals who make up this quirky one-of-a-kind neighborhood.  Gardeners, vendors, speakers, and visitors will be encouraged to decorate a hat of their choice in a manner that reflects their garden style. Zany, offbeat, beautiful decorated hats will be available for purchase.

The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is the largest event of its kind in the South.  It has grown over the past six years to include 100+ urban gardens and draws visitors from as far away as the Mid-West and Connecticut.   The CYGW has been increasing its share of the rising garden tourism segment every year. There have been enough enquires about the 2022 event that plans are being made to partner with new Midtown hotels.  Additionally, the beloved “BackBeat Tour Bus” will be shuttling visitors to the different neighborhood quadrants.

The Cooper-Young neighborhood is part of Midtown Memphis, and was developed in the 1900s.  Architectural styles include Craftsman bungalows, four-squares, shotgun houses, and Victorian. These houses sit side-by-side with post-war clapboard homes and recently expanded and renovated properties. Some historic homes were built as early as the 1880s.  The diversity of housing styles along with some of the finest restaurants in Memphis are reasons to visit the neighborhood.  Visiting gardens as diverse as the architecture and the residents make Cooper-Young a great travel destination.

The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is famous for combining the fun side of outdoor living with the more serious themes of native plants, sustainability, and bringing back our pollinators. People anticipate the CYGW because it offers great ideas for small urban spaces.  The neighborhood has a variety of interests ranging from bee-keeping to chickens; composting to hydroponics; flowers to vegetables. We also show off our outdoor living spaces: stand-alone artist studios, gazebos, pergolas, screen porches, and the ubiquitous garden shed.

The weekend has a festival feel with vendor booths, music, art, hands-on learning, and expert advice. Ticket holders receive discounts at local award-winning restaurants and breweries to enhance their visit to the neighborhood and give themselves a chance to build their energy for more garden views. 

 Photo by Helen Perkins, Modeled by Demetrius Boyland, Hat designed by Justin Bowles, Cooper-Young resident and artist.
 Photo by Bill Patton, Backbeat Tours,