Cheekwood in Bloom

Cheekwood in Bloom

March 21 - April 26

Every spring, Cheekwood becomes the Southeast’s premier spot for celebrating the new season and enjoying the return of bold, vibrant color to the landscape. Sweeping views, large-scale colorful plantings, budding trees and special programming make Cheekwood a favorite destination for families, groups and nature lovers from across the region.

Cheekwood in Bloom by the Numbers
• 150,141 bulbs planted last fall
• 108,929 are tulips
• 145 tulip cultivars represented
• 30,121 daffodils (with 18,000 behind the Pineapple Room alone!)
• 11,091 hyacinths and 22,165 violas and pansies

March 21 – April 25

Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us in the studios each weekend and create an interactive springtime-themed art project – open to all ages!

*New for 2015* Garden Demonstrations
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy garden-themed activities on Saturdays in April in the Color Garden, from investigating bugs and making a fairy gardens to learning to care for trees and more. Open to green thumbs of all ages!

March 21
Friendly Bugs and Big, Bad Pests with Dr. Steve Murphree

March 28
Friendly Bugs and Big, Bad Pests with Dr. Steve Murphree

April 11
Backyard Beekeeping, presented by Warner Parks Nature Center

April 18
Creating Fairy Gardens

April 25
“Who Speaks for the Trees?”

Live Music: Jazz in the Herb Garden
with the Nashville Jazz Workshop Ensemble

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Take a seat in the garden and enjoy the soothing sounds of our talented friends from Nashville Jazz Workshop.

Garden Tales
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy songs, dance and interactive reading as we bring your favorite nature-themed children’s books to life in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Live Music: Piano in the Museum Drawing Room
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Local pianist Gunther Knaup will create a beautiful soundtrack for the perfect Saturday stroll through the galleries and historic mansion.


Saturday, March 21
Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck presents The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
12:00 p.m., Frist Learning Center courtyard
Join us as the Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck presents an original Tom Tichenor marionette play about a little rabbit who learns a valuable lesson when his wish comes true. Running time: 30 minutes

Saturday, March 28
Nashville Ballet presents Ferdinand the Bull
12:00 p.m., Massey Hall
This Picasso-inspired interpretation of Ferdinand the Bull will be a perfect spring outing. Bright costumes, music and graceful choreography tell the beloved tale of the bull that preferred flowers to fighting.

Saturday, April 4
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate spring in style with egg hunts, crafts, performances, music and more at the 23rd annual Spring Art Hop. A favorite tradition in Nashville, this special event is packed full of activities and excitement for families and kids of all ages. We’ll be hiding over 30,000 eggs, so don’t forget your basket!

Special Event Pricing:
Member Adults $5, Member Kids FREE
Non-member adults $17; Seniors $15; Children 3-17 $10; Children 2 and under are FREE
Free passes are not valid for special events

‘Egg’cellent Magic Show
12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Our favorite magician is at it again with tricks and riddles to make everyone giggle, and he’s bringing some of his furriest, big-eared friends!

Musical Petting Zoo, presented by the Country Music Hall of Fame
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop by to look at, learn about and PLAY guitars, banjos, fiddles and more. Instructors from the Country Music Hall of Fame will be on-site to offer guidance – and applause!

Landscaping for Birds and Wildlife
presented by Warner Park Nature Center

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Warner Park Nature Center will be on hand to give tips and demonstrations on landscaping with wildlife in mind. Get inspired and learn how to welcome beautiful birds, playful bunnies and other wonderful springtime creatures to your backyard!

Saturday, April 11
Mr. Steve, The Music Man
11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., Frist Learning Center Courtyard
Come on down for a fun mix of classic tunes and original songs that will have you singing, dancing, laughing, and learning. It’s socially conscious music for kids that actually ROCKS!

Saturday, April 18
Fairytale Day
Enjoy an enchanted day at Cheekwood! Our weekly Garden Demonstration, Garden Tales storytime and Studio ‘Art’ivities will all take on a fun fairytale theme for the day.

Franklin School of Performing Arts
11:00 a.m., Howe Garden
Join us in the Howe Garden for an enchanting presentation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Cremona Strings Ensemble
1:00 p.m., Howe Garden
Join us in the Howe Garden for a string performance that will fill the garden with lovely springtime melodies.

Saturday, April 25
Celebration of Trees
Join us as we observe National Arbor Day with fun, tree-themed activities all day! Stop by our Tree Transplanting Station and take home a tree seedling to transplant in your own backyard, learn everything about tree care at our Garden Demonstration or make time for one of our regularly scheduled Guided Arboretum Tours.

“Canopy Climb” Experience
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Arboretum Lawn
See Cheekwood like never before! This 20-minute tree-climbing experience includes a safety lesson and expert instruction, plus incredible views! First-come, first-served; open to adults and children ages 5 and over.

Wildlife on Wheels
12:00 p.m., Massey Hall
The Nashville Zoo is coming to Cheekwood! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn interesting and fun facts from expert animal educators and see our honorary animal guests as they venture to our grounds. You’ll be wild about this show!

March 22 – April 26

Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music
2:00 p.m.
We are honored to partner with Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music to host some of Nashville’s finest musicians in the Museum of Art’s intimate Drawing Room.

March 22
John Johns and Nolan Harvel, classical guitar

March 29
Blair chamber ensembles

April 5 (Easter)
Blair voice majors in concert

April 12
“Fiddle Frenzy,” directed by Crystal Plohman

April 19
Piano students in concert, presented by instructor Craig Nies

April 26
Lauren Coplan, piano

3:30 p.m.
Attention all readers and book lovers: Cheekwood has a special series of literary programs just for you! Join us in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden to listen as celebrated local authors share their stories, describe their processes and offer ‘behind-the-text’ accounts of their work.
Offered in partnership with Parnassus Books. Space is limited; first-come, first-seated.

March 22
Ariel Lawhon, author of The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress

March 29
Young adult novelist Kristin Tubb presents The 13th Sign

April 5
Carson Morton, author of Stealing Mona Lisa

April 12
Children’s author Jessica Young presents her new book Original

April 19
Jeff High, author of Each Shining Hour: A Novel of Watervalley

April 26
An Afternoon in Italy with Alana White & Kim Teter

March 21 – April 26

Guided Tours
Tours are free and no reservations are required.

Guided Arboretum Tour
11:30 a.m.
A walk among Cheekwood’s magnificent dogwoods is one of
Nashville’s favorite spring rituals! Join one of our expert garden
guides to explore over 14 species and 23 cultivated varieties of
dogwoods as well as many other flowering trees.

House & History Tour
12:30 p.m.
Learn about the early 20th Century design and construction of our
Mansion and grounds, and explore Cheekwood’s place in the
American Country Place Estate Era.

Collection & Exhibition Tour
     1:30 p.m.
Learn about the Museum’s collections and current exhibition by
noted landscape artist Charles Brindley, Trees of Myth and Legend,
on view until April 19.

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