The new year is a great time to start planning for spring, so for our January meeting the Cooper-Young Community Association will be talking arboretum, plants, and trees with CYCA member Judi Shellabarger and CYCA board member and sustainability committee chair Mike Larrivee.

How do you plan your spring garden? What should you plant? What’s the best tree for my yard? How do I plant a tree? Come to the January meeting and get all your questions answered by two well-known green thumbs.

Larrivee is the founder of Compost Fairy, and you can find him and his team every Saturday at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market. Shellabarger is a well-known neighbor and volunteer who enjoys gardening and sharing her knowledge with others. She is on the tree team of both the Dixon Gallery & Gardens and the Memphis Botanic Garden and the president of the West Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.

At the meeting, Shellabarger will give a presentation on one-of-a-kind trees in Cooper-Young, while Mike will discuss native trees and how to get yours planted. They will also discuss the 2014 Canopy Action Plan study that concluded that the Cooper-Young tree canopy is dwindling and the CYCA’s plan to reverse the trend by planting 100 new trees.

The January meeting will take place at 6 p.m. January 8 at our office, 2298 Young Ave. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. — Sheree Stubblefield

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