Yard of the Month: 2083 Young Ave.

By Sydney Ashby

Jason Whitworth (right) has lived on Young Avenue since 1997 with his wife, Amber (center) and children Autumn and Graham. Photo by Sydney Ashby.

One of the unexpected side benefits of the Cooper-Young 4-Miler is that it sometimes entices participants to become permanent residents of the neighborhood.

Jason Whitworth saw the house at 2083 Young Ave. for sale when running the race and decided to purchase it in September 1997. Since then, he and his family have filled the yard with beautiful plants, trees, shrubs and vines.

In early spring, the first thing you’ll notice are the row of pink azaleas that line the front yard. Two crape myrtles anchor either side of the yard and Jason’s stepdaughter, Autumn Rose, planted the colorful pansies at the base of the trees. There are marigolds in the planters that will (they hope!) keep the critters away. And finally, Jason and his wife, Amber, planted the grapevine trellis in the side yard.

Although too young now, you may see Jason’s son, Graham, cutting the yard in the next few years while Francis the dog stands watch. Jason says that he likes living in Cooper-Young because he’s able to get to know his neighbors and enjoy the strong sense of community our neighborhood cultivates. He also enjoys people watching during the CY Festival each year.

Congratulate Jason and his family for being named May’s Yard of the Month. And thanks to Midtown Nursery for sponsoring it again this year. Stop by and pick up a few things and who knows your yard may be next!

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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