Cooper-Young Garden Walk

The Cooper-Young Garden Walk is the largest event of its kind in the South. It has grown over the years to include 100 or more urban gardens in this colorful neighborhood of Midtown Memphis. 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.

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Garden Talk – Philodendrons and Aroids

Different species of Philodendrons and Aroids, which include common houseplants will be discussed, as well as how to care for and grow these plants. Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. Talks typically last about 1.5 hours. Guests should wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring drinking water. Tickets for the talk are $10 for Edison Ford members, or $15 for non-members. Registration is only available at the door.

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Introduction to Florida Gardening – Part II

In Part II, participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Florida Friendly Gardening,” including learning the proper use of fertilizers and soil amendments. Plants have unique pests, and their identification will be covered as well as when to use chemical versus biological controls as recommended by the Green Industries Best Management Practices concepts. Weed identification and diseases will also be covered, along with a discussion on selecting plants for a Florida landscape, followed by a question-and-answer session. The last 20 minutes of class will be held in the Butterfly Garden. Cost: $35 for Edison Ford members; $50 non-members.

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Introduction to Florida Gardening – Part I

Part I of this two-part class provides a foundation of how plants work, their nomenclature, and understanding of unique weather patterns and unusual soils found only in Florida, zone 10. This class will educate participants with identification of both Florida native and non-native plants, and how to recognize invasive plants. Palms will also be discussed and the class will spend the last 20 minutes in the Palmetum. Cost: $35 for Edison Ford members; $50 non-members.

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