Cheekwood to offer discounted entry this weekend

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Estate

The gardens will be in bloom during half-price admission this weekend at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Estate in Nashville, Tenn.

Take in the view of thousands of beautiful blooms and enjoy half-price admission this weekend when visiting Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville.

Admission will cost $10 for adults, $6 for youth ages 3 -- 17, $9 seniors at least 65 years old and $8 for college students. Guests also will receive free parking.

This 55-acre botanical garden and historic estate was recently named the sixth best botanical garden in the United States of America by USA today, according to a Cheekwood Estate and Gardens press release.

This national recognition is cause for celebration and the two-day discounted entry cost, according to the release.

"We are so thankful for the community's vote earning us this distinction and excited to offer this half-price weekend to encourage new and returning visitors to experience the wonder and beauty of Cheekwood," said Cheekwood President and CEO Jane MacLeod. "Our 12 gardens are in full bloom, making it the perfect time to enjoy a truly spectacular seasonal display and see first-hand why Cheekwood has been recognized as one of top botanical gardens in the nation."

Twenty gardens and arboretums across North America were nominated by a panel of experts for the poll and USA Today readers nationwide had the opportunity to vote for their favorite organization.

Cheekwood, a member of American Public Gardens Association, is the only botanical garden in Middle Tennessee. It's collection includes:

•An arboretum featuring 124 distinct tree species, certified by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council as a Level 4 Arboretum and Center of Excellence and listed on the Morton Register of Arboreta.

•The Carell Dogwood Garden, featuring a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection with more than 228 specimens, 14 different species, and 23 varieties of dogwood.

•Historic boxwood and daylily collections, and significant display collections including magnolia, hydrangea and the Herb Study Garden.

•A native plant collection featured prominently in the historic Howe Garden and on the 17-acre Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail.

•The Rose Study Garden with more than 70 species of roses that bloom from April through October.

During the half-price weekend garden tours are slated for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tours of the Cheekwood historic mansion are scheduled for 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

A variety of food trucks will be on site with food and beverages available for purchase 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

Interactive, family-friendly "Storybook Houses" are on view in the gardens, complemented by "Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children's Book Illustrations" in the Mansion Art Galleries. Also on view are "Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations" presented in partnership with Frist Art Museum, and "In Bloom: Works from Cheekwood's Permanent Collection."

"We are working hard all day, every day to care for Cheekwood's gardens and plant collections as well as its historic buildings, museum and fine art collection," MacLeod said. "I am excited to share that we are nearing completion on the two-acre Bracken Foundation Children's Garden, another spectacular addition to our botanical garden that will bring nature and creative play to young children and the thousands of elementary school students who visit on free field trips each year."

Enhancements also are being made to the Blevins Japanese Garden, MacLeod said.

"(Also) a major renovation concurrently underway on the beloved Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail," she said. "All of these new and improved features will be fully open in Spring 2020, in conjunction with Cheekwood's 60th anniversary as a public institution, and we are excited for all of Nashville and the city's tourists to enjoy them."

To purchase tickets call 615-353-6965 or visit www.cheekwood.org. For more information, call 615-356-8000.

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