Beautiful families make beautiful yards


By Sydney Ashby

If you drive down Nelson Avenue between Barksdale and McLean, chances are you will see Georgia Woods outside either working in her yard or sitting on her front porch. She moved into 1845 Nelson in 2005, and the only item in her yard was a small white oak tree that needed some tender loving care. With help from her son, she transformed her yard and created two new beds by adding a variety of plants, bushes, and trees that bloom in waves. There are two beds containing an assortment of colorful flowers and plants with a border that Georgia’s son installed. Unfortunately, he passed away two years ago, but Georgia keeps a cedar in a pot in the bed closest to her house that he gave to her when it was about a foot tall. Now it stands over five feet tall and is a reminder of his helpful spirit.
The next time you pass by, notice the purple shamrocks; the dark pink azaleas; the red, yellow, and orange lilies; the boxwoods; and the light pink climbing rose bush. There are also a variety of hostas, rhododendron, mums in pots, and the two most prominent features: the white oak (looking much healthier) and plum trees. And to make sure the beds have visitors, there is even a small birdbath.
Georgia enjoys living in Cooper-Young, with both she and her daughter remarking how much they appreciate the quiet of their street. Georgia enjoys being able to sit on her front porch listening to the sounds of nature and talking to her neighbors. So the next time you see her, give Georgia a wave and thank her for helping to make Cooper-Young a great place to live, worship, work, and play.
Midtown Nursery at Central and Cooper is now a CY Yard of the Month sponsor. In addition to providing a new sign to display in the winner’s lawn, Midtown Nursery will also give each award recipient a $25 gift certificate. Thanks Midtown Nursery for your participation and generosity!

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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