Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville will host its 30th event on Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, at Music City Center in Nashville. The show, which is the largest of its kind in the United States, will feature world renowned speakers, more than 150 antiques and horticulture dealers, and expertly landscaped gardens. This year’s lecture line-up features once-in- a-lifetime discussions that highlight the show’s theme, “Legacy” from both local and international voices.
“We have created a speaker lineup that represents legacy through restoration, design, entertainment and home,” said Co-Chair of the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, Ashley Levi. “The 30th anniversary Show will transform guests as we travel from Europe to New York and back home to Tennessee and learn about generations of hard-working and talented tastemakers.”
The show’s keynote lecture explores the restoration odyssey of Ireland’s Ballyfin Demesne: an 1820’s Regency manor house situated on 614 acres in the Irish Midlands. Nina Campbell moderates the conversation among American businessman and art collector Fred Krehbiel, Irish Master Gardener Jim Reynolds and English Interior Designer Colin Orchard.
“Through our passion for restoring historic homes in a ruinous state, we have learned that it’s the broken windows, collapsing ceilings and dark rooms that make these places’ past stories so magnificent. It’s up to us to answer to their call and restore them to the life they once knew,” said Fred Krehbiel, who purchased Ballyfin in 2002.
The restoration of Ballyfin highlights the talent of Irish craftsmen who used traditional building skills to repair elaborate inlaid floors, gilding and stucco work to the house. Today, Ballyfin is a five-star luxury hotel featuring 22 individually designed rooms and suites, lavish interiors decorated with Irish art and antiques and rolling private grounds.
Chaired by Louise Bryan and Ashley Levi, the 2020 Show’s theme “Legacy” highlights the remarkable history of the Show. In addition to the Ballyfin keynote lecture, additional speakers will discuss their passions for design, entertaining and home. Featured lectures, speakers and moderators are:
? Ballyfin Demesne: The Restoration of an Irish Country House Nina Campbell in conversation with Fred Krehbiel, Jim Reynolds and Colin Orchard.
? Building Architecture Into Landscape: Bold Designs for Natural Beauty by Martin Wirtz, principal, Wirtz International.
? Born to Party, Forced to Work: 21st Century Hospitality by Bronson van Wyck, founder of Van Wyck & Van Wyck.
? Blackberry Farm: The Legacy of Home by Mary Celeste Beall, Proprietor of Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain, and Kreis Beall, Co-Founder and former Proprietor of Blackberry Farm.
The show also celebrates honorary chair Bunny Williams of Bunny Williams Associates. Considered one of the most talented names in design, Ms. Williams is also an accomplished business woman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist.
The show will take place Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, at the Music City Center in Nashville, and draws more than 15,000 attendees annually. Show proceeds benefit Cheekwood, a historic estate serving as a public botanic garden, woodland sculpture trail and art museum, as well as more than 20 Charities supported by Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) Charities.
For tickets, schedules and additional information, visit AntiquesandGardenShow.com or follow the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville on Facebook, Twitter (@antiquesgarden) and Instagram (@antiquesandgardenshow).