Yard of the Month: Couple creates “rooms” in cramped Cooper-Young cottage yard

By Sharron Johnson January is an interesting time to think about gardens. Most, if not all of the foliage and flowers have all but disappeared, which leaves us with the bones of the garden. The exposed bones are the blueprint where one begins with garden design. The bones can consist of evergreen plants, trees, and shrubs, or they may be structural, such as raised beds, partitioned areas, decked areas, and buildings. Gazebos and...

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Free spirit’s personality planted firmly in Cooper-Young yard
Nov02

Free spirit’s personality planted firmly in Cooper-Young yard

By Sharon Johnson If you’ve driven down on south Cox Street, just past Walker Avenue, you couldn’t help but notice a “plant-topia” bursting at its seams. This space, officially 1041 S. Cox, has belonged to Heidi Knochenhauer, originally from Placerville, California. This home is a light brown house with tan and sky blue accents that sits very close to the street. Let me put it like this: If you were to draw a hopscotch on the front...

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Cooper-Younger transforms modest yard into whimsical oasis
Oct22

Cooper-Younger transforms modest yard into whimsical oasis

By Sharron Johnson Connie Arduini, a native Memphian, moved to Dallas, Texas where she met and married Chris and brought him to her hometown after a nine year absence. In October of 1991 they bought the sturdy, nondescript bungalow located at 2053 Nelson. All the yard possessed was an enormous willow oak tree on the northwest corner of the property that is still there and grass. Connie says, “blah is the only way to describe it.”...

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Yard of the Month-September: Cooper-Young resident found stress relief in corner lot yard challenge
Oct02

Yard of the Month-September: Cooper-Young resident found stress relief in corner lot yard challenge

By Kristan Huntley When you have a house that is located at the corner of two intersecting streets, it can be a challenge to keep up both the front and the side yards, but not for Marge Palazzolo at 792 Meda. Marge has lived in the cute yellow house at the corner of Meda and York for around nine years. When you drive by, one of the first things that catches your eye are the simply stunning red crepe myrtle trees. The trees were not...

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New Orleans provides inspiration for Cooper-Young yard gem
Aug12

New Orleans provides inspiration for Cooper-Young yard gem

By Sharron Johnson In 1992 Robbie Dixon moved to Memphis from New Orleans looking for and needing a change of scenery after the passing of his partner. He first moved to Williford St. From there moved to Cox and Harbert and then set his sights on Cooper Young. He leaned toward the look and feel of his home in New Orleans — tall ceilings and space for a garden — which he found in his current home at 2160 Elzey. After a two-year lease...

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Yard of the Month: Grandparents grow garden spot on Young
Sep16

Yard of the Month: Grandparents grow garden spot on Young

By Libby Flynt For the first time since I’ve been in charge, our Cooper-Young Yard of the Month was nominated by my neighbors! So thank you, neighbors, for keeping an eye out and appreciating these beautiful yards. Sal and Georgene Cachola moved from Montana to 2093 Young in 2009 to be near their grandchildren. Their house had been renovated, so Sal started with nothing but a few weeds in his yard. With the generous help of a...

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