Nothing announces, “Springtime in Nashville!” quite like Cheekwood in Bloom. With 150,000 colorful beauties popping up, it’s an annual sight to behold. Tulips, crocus, daffodils, magnolias, hyacinths and other flora adorn the grounds — family photo ops!
What better way to welcome folks back to the garden this spring than with a dramatic reference to Holland and the iconic imagery of fields of tulips planted in production?
Featuring three-foot bands of orange, red, yellow, and pink throughout the Color Garden accompanied by giant interactive windmills, visitors will feel like they have stepped into the tulip fields of Holland.
“Cheekwood in Bloom is one of the most exciting times of the year when the thousands of bulbs planted by our team of gardeners and volunteers in the fall suddenly come to life in a magnificent burst of color,” says Peter Grimaldi, vice president of gardens and facilities at Cheekwood. “We’re especially excited to showcase our creative interpretation of Holland’s famous floral displays and other new happenings during this year’s festival.”
NEW FOR 2021
Interactive, socially distanced wellness opportunities, part of Cheekwood’s new Wellness 360 initiative, will encourage relaxation and reconnection with nature and include classes led by local instructors such as yoga, meditation and forest bathing. As an additional part of Wellness 360, Cheekwood will open an extra hour early on Wednesday mornings so visitors can enjoy mindfulness walks on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.
Family friendly offerings this spring include two interactive ‘kidmills’ featuring telescopic, prismatic, bug-eye viewing tubes, the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, Trains in the Turner Seasons Garden, dog events, native plant sale and more.
Cheekwood is also introducing the Great Spring Art Hunt on April 2 and 3 and announcing a call to artists to be featured during the event. Guests are invited to hop throughout the gardens looking for nine large-scale bunny sculptures decorated by local artists. Cheekwood is currently accepting applications from Nashville artists interested in participating; design entries can be submitted to cheekwood.org/call-for-art by Feb. 21.
Typically closed on Mondays, Cheekwood will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the festival. Advanced reservations are required for all happenings, including workshops, classes and general admission. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Admission is $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.