Newlyweds bring new life to neglected corner of Cooper-Young
Nov01

Newlyweds bring new life to neglected corner of Cooper-Young

By Sharron Johnson Have you ever driven down a street that you’ve been down thousands of times before and notice that something is different? We all have. But every once in awhile you drive past that same spot, and you are taken aback: Whoa! What is different? That jungle is gone from that corner. Holy cow!! Look at that new design/layout! I drive the streets of Cooper-Young looking for the right garden to feature on a weekly basis,...

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Historic York home’s expansive front yard holds unique urban forest

By Sharron Johnson A backset lot on York Street, one of a handful in Cooper-Young, is our October yard of the month. Eloise Wood is the proud owner of this slice of our community at 2244 York. She is the mother of one son and grandmother to four grandsons. What I mean by a backset property is the house is situated at the very back quarter of the lot leaving 75 percent of the site for a front garden. Having so much of your garden space...

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Quaint two-story home masks expansive Cooper-Young oasis
Apr12

Quaint two-story home masks expansive Cooper-Young oasis

By Sharron Johnson There is a great property situated behind a parking lot at the northwest corner of New York and Young, a quaint two-story house with a tone-on-tone gray paint job. There is an ever so slight use of maroon trimming the window panes with black shutters and a black front door. The owner has added the most artistic window guards. None like I’ve ever seen before. Obviously custom art pieces, they are beautiful! The porch...

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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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