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A visit to Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

A spectacular autumn day to visit a beautiful garden, decorated for the season. We brought our Halloween guests, Mr. and Mrs. Boo, for a trip to the beautiful Cheekwood Estates and Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee! A beautiful day to walk around the estate, with plenty of pumpkins, flowers, butterflies and an amazing mini train track. Watch the video to follow us along!

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is an arts and botanical garden located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It is open year-round and garden hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Days/hours may change for holidays.) Cheekwood also offers a variety of special events and tours for both adults and children throughout the year. The Gardens are located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, TN.

Cheekwood is located within the Old Hillsboro Village historic district, one of the most prestigious and wealthiest areas of Nashville in the early twentieth century. During the 1880s, James Cheek, along with his father-in-law, Lemuel H. Burge, and Burge’s son-in-law, William Taylor Potter, began developing their land on the northern edge of Hillsboro Village, then outside of the city limits. The Cheek family owned the property until 1962, when Mrs. Frederick Binkley, Sr., donated the estate to the Nashville chapter of the American Association of University Women . In 1971 the Board of Cheekwood was formed, and the Federal government classed Cheekwood as a 501(c) organization, a private foundation.

The Board of Cheekwood’s first president, Mrs. Binkley, Jr., immediately set aside 350 acres to serve as the Botanical Gardens. A variety of outdoor flower gardens, including a rose garden with over 4,000 plants, and a variety of specialty gardens, including an iris garden and a water garden with three unique fountains, are open to the public. The Gardens are particularly well known for their annual displays of azaleas, hosta, day lilies, and peonies for the spring, and an impressive and extensive display of more than 100 varieties of dahlias. A Scottish garden was added in 1982 and the following year a sculpture garden was established.

In addition to the Gardens, the public areas that make up the 14.5-acre Cheekwood Estate site include the historic Visitor and Education Centers, The Anderson Arboretum, and the McMein House. Visitor Center exhibits display works by modern and traditional craftsmen and women. The Cheekwood property also includes the 1908 McMein House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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