Cheekwood Gardens

Last month, I accompanied DH on a trip to Nashville for a few days.  He had an open afternoon one day, so we went to visit Cheekwood Mansion and Cheekwood Botannical Gardens during the Harvest exhibition.  This is a huge estate with an American Country mansion and 55 acres of gardens built in 1929.  We only got to a small fraction of the gardens, taking the Harvest tour walk and getting to a couple of the specialty gardens, but we had to skip the Sculpture gardens because we ran out of time. Visiting in the fall, they had a wonderful array of autumn color gardens. This orange gerbera daisy attracted one of the many butterflies in the Bradford Robertson Color Garden.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

The entrance was inviting us to keep walking, with pumpkins, gourds and autumn squash lining the walkway.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Walking paths were accented with pumpkins, and full of autumn blooming flowers.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

They do a fun pumpkin house every year. The frame of the house has small hoops of metal that cradle the pumpkins without damaging them.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

It is surrounded by bales of hay to define a ‘yard’.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Inside the bales, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins available for purchase.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

In the meadow next to the bar, a ‘tree’ made of potted chrysanthemums made a beautiful autumn display.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Next to that was a tower with orange and white pumpkins, so festive for the season.  Workers were still arranging more pumpkins under the trees for an event later in the week.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Autumn color abounded in the flower gardens as well.  This area is part of the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Orange impatiens were profusely blooming near the visitor center.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

All along the walking path out from the visitor center, lanterns were placed for an upcoming evening event.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

On the other side of the visitor center, more autumn pumpkins and gourds on display.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Rows of small yellow chrysanthemums in front of tall dark elephant ears had surprise pumpkins placed here and there.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

This was the first time I ever saw a ‘black’ elephant ear, never knew they came in this color.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Monarch butterflies sporting autumn color wings were everywhere, feasting on the bounty of nectar.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

These flowers and butterflies were in the Wills Perennial Garden.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Stunning color, rows of flowers, it was gorgeous in every direction and every path.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Again, a surprise of pumpkins tucked into the floral displays.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Coming back around after several hours of walking and seeing the mansion, we came upon the pumpkin house again.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

I should mention here that the entrance fee to see the gardens, mansion, art museum and the rest of the estate was $20 per person, but when I told the gatekeeper that we were members of our local arboretum, we got in free just by showing our membership card.  Many arboretums have reciprocal agreements like this, so if you are a member of your local arboretum, be sure to ask when you go elsewhere.  I took over 100 pictures of the gardens, but will stop here.  I’ll save some of the others for another post.  Tomorrow, we’ll visit the mansion.  It is gorgeous!

Thanksgiving is coming fast, and just in case you want to try it, my post on Brining Turkey will show you how to brine and bake the most moist and succulent turkey you have ever eaten.  The meat is moist and tasty even after a day in the frig too!

Do you like to visit pumpkin patches and fall gardens?

 

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21 thoughts on “Cheekwood Gardens

  1. Yes! My neighbor & go every year to Mitchell Farms (an hour and half drive) mostly to buy the green peanuts to boil- delicious! There is always a wonderful display of pumpkins & tour which includes a really wonderful area for the kids to see, including scarecrows & train ride! I will have to remember to take some pictures next time we go!

  2. Nice photos and thanks for bringing back my memories of visiting here last year. Tennessee has many fond memories for me and your Cheekwood garden tour is wonderful, thanks.

  3. Phyllis Smith

    Gracious! What a lovely place to visit. That first picture of the butterfly on the flower is pretty enough to frame. What a marvel the pumpkin house is, quite a feat to accomplish, slaoa fantastic mind to dream that one up. Thanks for sharing.

    Phyllis.

  4. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Lovely photos! A visual delight!! Thanks! Gardener P. Allen Smith has a pumpkin house each fall on his garden estate near Little Rock, AR.

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; I so enjoyed sharing your walk through the garden. Every photo is splendid and thoroughly enjoyed by me. I kept thinking to myself that with all of the pumpkins and gourds spread throughout that in the process someone developed some pretty fine muscles along with some pretty sore muscles. LOL. Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous photos with us. Have a great day!

  6. Sue H

    Wow! A feast for the senses! I’ve never heard of Cheekwood House or Gardens until now. Nashville is only about 5 hours from me. Sounds like a fun weekend visit. Have you been in the spring? It’s probably quite impressive then too.

  7. What a grand display, the many pumpkins, do they grow their own? Down here, they are about $5 for a medium grey one!!! The little house, the tower, some with flowers around, and orange impatiens, so right with the theme, usually reds and pinks are favourites down here.

  8. Beautiful, Carole. I love Nashville. I am surprised that the pumpkins can last so well. I associate Nashville with warmer weather – enough for impatiens to flourish anyway. It sure looks like I place I should visit some time. ~smile~ Roseanne

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