Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Art Museum – 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205
The weather on Sunday was a perfect warm and cloudless spring day, so the favorites and I ventured over to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens to see all the tulips in bloom. I haven’t been to Cheekwood in a long time, and never while the tulips were blooming, and it was just gorgeous! They boast over 100,000 tulips of different varieties, which are in peak bloom right now. It was so nice to see people relaxing on the grass, just taking in the day, some with sketchbooks or cameras, others taking naps, or catching up with friends and family.
Cheekwood has twelve different types of gardens over 55 acres, and feature formal English-inspired gardens near the mansion and a Japanese Garden. You can view all the garden types here.
Cheekwood began as the Cheek family’s country estate in Belle Meade. The family were investors in their cousin’s Maxwell House Coffee and earned a cool $40 million from its sale to General Foods (if you were wondering how the estate came about). Residential and landscape architect, Bryant Fleming, was given full control over creating the estate home and gardens which now make up the Botanical Gardens and Art Museum.
The gorgeous Georgian-style mansion turned art museum hosts renovated original architecture and murals, antiques, and a spiral staircase that was originally in Kew Palace (London). The upstairs houses the permanent collection and featured exhibitions which tend toward contemporary and modern art.
Although it is on the pricey side for admission ($16 and $5 to park), if you are in Nashville Cheekwood is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and being inspired by its beauty.
Stay tuned tomorrow for my favorite piece by featured artist Steve Tobin!