Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum
The Cheekwood Mansion is beautiful historic home located in Middle Tennessee.
Christopher T. Cheek moved to Tennessee in the 1800’s and started a wholesale grocery business with his son Leslie. Leslie met the young love of his life on a train from New York. He saw this beautiful woman and had to know who she was. It is said that Mr. Cheek bribed a porter on the train with a box of his cigars if he would tell him who she was. The rest is history.
In 1896 Leslie married Mabel Wood, they had two children together the first in 1908 and the second in 1915 and they moved to Nashville, Tennessee and Leslie went to work for his father’s business. The largest wholesale grocery distributor in the south eastern United States called CT Cheek & Sons.
During these years the elder Cheek’s cousin created one of the best blends of coffee, it was sold to the best hotel in all of Nashville, Tennessee ‘The Maxwell House’.
They later bought 100 acres of woodland in west Nashville, hiring Bryant Flemming to design and build the house and garden that would become Cheekwood.
It was completed in 1933 and the family moved into the mansion in January just two years before the death of Leslie.
Their daughter and her husband resided at the home until the 1950’s when they offered it as a botanical garden and museum of art. It was opened to the public in 1960.
Since opening to the public the Cheekwood Mansion it has offered to the people who visit world class art exibits.
Beautiful gardens and wonderful walking trails.
and in the winter a mile of Christmas lights are strung around the property.
Seasonal Festival information here
Over 400,000 people come to Cheekwood each year to enjoy its fine art, and walk the beautiful grounds.
They offer summer camp opportunities for children.
Craft time for little ones accompanied by parents with story time.
Wonderful school field trips for children to learn more about Cheekwood and the artwork she offers for all to enjoy.
Outdoor wellness classes with their Wellness 360 program.
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Cheekwood Adult Education Classes
They offer adult education classes from ceramics, flower arranging, yoga and more.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden Tickets
Tickets can be purchased to tour the Cheekwood Mansion and botanical gardens here — Tickets
You can purchase a ticket for just the botanical garden tour
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens Hours
Tuesday – Sunday | 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday Night Out | 5 PM – 9 PM
Cheekwood is closed on Mondays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
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