Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville
Nashville , Tennessee
Tel: 615 356 8000
Concierge.com's insider take:
When garden-club doyennes dream, Cheekwood is what they see. This 55-acre spread on the edge of Belle Meade contains a dozen gardens planted to ensure colorful blooms no matter the season. Cheekwood's art museum has a permanent collection featuring contemporary stars like Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Red Grooms, one of Nashville's native sons. The Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail is a great synthesis of Cheekwood's strengths: Modern sculpture lines a one-mile path covered by indigenous shade trees. But the property's crown jewel is the Cheek Mansion, a stately Georgian Revival home that serves as the site of the annual Swan Ball, one of Southern high society's grandest events. The views of the formal gardens from the moss-strewn limestone verandas are lush, romantic, and a must-see.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Sundays 11 am to 4:30 pm.