Cheekwood Announces Cheekwood In Bloom Events

55,000 Tulips To Bloom At Cheekwood This Spring And Events Every Weekend

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - by Claire Brick Corby

Cheekwood is the best place in Nashville to experience one of nature’s most dramatic and exciting performances—the arrival of spring.

Cheekwood will welcome the new season with broad strokes of fresh color and life during Cheekwood in Bloom, with 55,000 stunning tulips of every hue bursting from our incredible gardens.  The seasonal celebration will also feature over 250 varieties of daffodils, bright pops of dogwood color, classic magnolias, vibrant iris, stunning viburnums and more.

“We’ve spent months preparing for the spring season,” said Hillary Steinwinder, director of Education and Public Programs at Cheekwood. “We know Nashville expects a spectacular display of blooms and color, and this year will be exceptionally beautiful. We’re excited to continue some of our most loved programs, like Spring Art Hop, and we’re adding some new activities, too. We’re thrilled to share it all with our members and guests throughout the spring!”

With a full calendar of special spring activities, garden tours and musical experiences, visitors of all ages will find the perfect spring day at Cheekwood. Following is a full schedule of all events and programs; complete details are available at cheekwood.org

SATURDAYS:

Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities

Saturdays, March 23 – April 27         

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Visitors can drop-in on Saturday to create spring-themed art projects – open to all ages.

Live Music: Nashville Jazz Workshop Ensemble in the Herb Garden

Saturdays, March 23 – April 27

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Garden Tales

Saturdays, March 23 – April 27

10:30 am

Using song, dance, and interactive reading, storyteller Rachel Sumner will bring nature-themed books to life. Weather permitting, the program will be held in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Live Music: Steinway Piano Society Members in the Museum of Art

Saturdays, March 23 – April 27

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Enjoy the sounds of live piano music as you stroll through the galleries.

Guided Garden Tour

Saturdays, March 23 – April 27

11:00 am

Guided Museum Tour

Saturdays, March 23 – April 27         

11:00 am – Collection & Exhibition Tour

1:00 pm – House & History Tour


SUNDAYS:

Guided Greenhouse Tour

Sundays, March 24 – April 28           

12:00 pm 

Visitors are invited to join Cheekwood’s expert garden staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Production Greenhouses. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guided Museum Tour

Sundays, March 24 – April 28           

1:00 pm 

Topic: House and History: Cheekwood as a Country Place Estate

Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music

Sundays, March 24 – April 28           

2:00 pm  - 3:00 pm

Talented musicians from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music will come to Cheekwood this spring to offer a fantastic Sunday concert series in the Museum’s intimate Drawing Room.  

March 24:        Blair Chamber Choir

March 31:        Gayle Shay, mezzo-soprano, and Jennifer McGuire, piano

April 7:             Jared Hauser, oboe

April 14:           Jessica Blackwell, violin

April 21:           Student Ensemble

April 28:           Lauren Coplan, piano

Specialty Programs

Saturday, March 23

12:00 pm

The Nashville Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream Storytime

Dancers from the Nashville Ballet will use beautiful costumes and movements to tell this famous Shakespeare tale. Visitors will enjoy the bountiful blooms and delightful dancing, plus learn a few ballet steps from the best in the business.

Saturday, March 30   

SPRING ART HOP              

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visitors will celebrate the beauty of the season at Cheekwood’s 21st annual Spring Art Hop. Over 20,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the gardens for egg hunts every half hour as well as arts and crafts, musicians, live entertainment and more!  Special Event Rates Apply.

$15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $8 Kids 3 – 17, Free 2 and Under. 

$5 Cheekwood Members, Free for Cheekwood members’ children.

Saturday, April 6        

Family Day in celebration of Dorothy O’Connor’s Shelter

This fun day of art and activities is planned in honor of the 2013 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence and the opening of her exhibition. Visitors will have a chance to meet the artist as she discusses her work in the gallery.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm:  Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities & Community Art Project

12:00 pm:  Artist Remarks in the Gallery

Saturday, April 13      

TACA Day

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Members of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) will be ready to show visitors the ins and outs of their trade through hands-on demonstrations, and discuss how flowers and nature inspire their work.

Saturday, April 20      

“Canopy Climb” Experience   

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Climb to new heights and explore Cheekwood’s trees like never before! Get a unique ‘tree’s-eye view’ of the Garden as you hang out amongst the branches. Facilitated by a certified international tree-climbing specialist, ascend to the crown of a tree with the same rope and saddle method used by canopy researchers, employing the safest and most versatile climbing techniques for the beginner. The entire experience includes a brief tree-climbing introduction and safety lesson, gear fitting and instruction, ascent, exploration, and descent and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
The Canopy Climb is first-come, first-served and open to adults and children ages 5 and over.

Earth Day Family Concert with Ginger Sands
12:00 pm
Sing, dance and celebrate the earth with an exciting performance by a talented local musician and garden enthusiast!

There’s more. Check out our visiting Worm Farm from Worm’s Way to learn how our slimy friends help the environment.

Saturday, April 27      

Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck & Wishing Chair Productions present Many Moons

12:00 pm

The entire family will enjoy this musical version of Many Moons, the Caldecott-Award winning classic that dives into the world of wizards, princesses, and a bit of mystery! Featuring the fabulous Peeko Puppets, this show will have visitors hooked in no time.

Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.  Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5.  Parking is $3 per car. Admission during Bruce Munro Light Nights will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members.  For further information call 615 356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org



This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Coffee with the symphony, yoga under the stars, ghost hunts, music and art exhibits from the Roman Empire to the Civil Rights Movement, here’s what’s going on across Tennessee this week. For a complete list of events, visit  tnvacation.com/calendar . Ongoing  Statewide –  Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development dedicated ... (click for more)

Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

Inside the walls of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute’s freshwater field station, scientists are conducting vital research to better understand and protect the Southeast’s unparalleled diversity of aquatic life. When it comes to achieving the Institute’s conservation mission, however, people aren’t the only ones doing the heavy lifting. The building is an active participant, ... (click for more)

City Officials Believe Fish Kill In Small Creek In Hixson Is Related To Weather Changes

City officials said they believe a fish kill in a Hixson Creek is related to weather changes. Officials said, "The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is presently investigating the cause of the large numbers of dead fish seen in a wet weather conveyance that runs into the Tennessee River. At this point, officials believe that the cause is related to weather   occurrences earlier ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Approves Funding For $2.3 Million Camp Jordan Upgrade; Christopher Harris Chosen As Administrative Hearing Officer

The city of East Ridge is continuing to make improvements and upgrades in the city’s appearance and facilities. At the Jan. 11 city council meeting, approval was given for moving forward to make improvements at Camp Jordan Park. This overhaul for the 40-year-old park includes upgrades to restrooms, concessions, fencing, bleachers, grading baseball and softball fields, turfing the ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We’re The Angriest State

WalletHub, a financial-health website that has found it can draw a lot of attention by ranking the states on which is “fattest,” smartest, and so forth, has just announced its “sinful” rating and Tennessee churches should be ashamed of the job they are doing in making the Volunteer State a haven for puritans. Then again, our tourism may soon explode … remember Sodom & Gomorrah. ... (click for more)