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NASHVILLE, TN, January 25, 2012 – Cheekwood is known for its beautiful gardens and outstanding art collections and exhibitions. The 55-acre Art Museum and botanical garden also provides exceptional year-round programming for the Nashville community, and recently released its events calendar for 2012.

“Cheekwood’s new strategic initiatives are being realized through the offering of exciting exhibitions, garden events, and public programs aimed at bringing national renown to this Nashville treasure,” said Jane Offenbach, President & CEO of Cheekwood.

Cheekwood’s 2012 Event Calendar follows; additional events and programs will be added as the year progresses. All events are free with paid gate admission or Cheekwood membership. For more information, full schedules and details on any event, visit

Ongoing Activities at Cheekwood

Guided Museum ToursSaturdays, 1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Explore Cheekwood’s latest exhibitions and permanent displays on a guided tour with knowledgeable docents. Tours are free and no reservation is required; groups meet in the Museum Foyer.

Tuesdays for Tots—Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m./ Story Time at 10:30.
From September through May, Cheekwood welcomes Nashville’s youngest artists to Tuesdays for Tots Story Time and Drop-in Studio Activity, a special weekly event for little ones. Activities are typically based around the seasons or directly related to one of the Museum’s exhibits, creating a fun way to engage young children in the Cheekwood experience. All supplies are provided and there is no cost with regular admission; the activities are appropriate for ages 2 – 6.

Lunch and Lecture -- Third Thursday of the month, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Topics for Cheekwood’s monthly Lunch and Lecture series include educational gardening presentations and lectures on current exhibits, including a scheduled session with Mathilde Roussel, the 2011 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence at Cheekwood. The $15 fee for members and $25 fee for non-members includes admission to Cheekwood and lunch; advance registration is required.

Special Events

Wild West Weekend – March 3 - 4
Cheekwood has a special weekend finale planned in celebration of the final days of its Visions of the American West exhibit:

  • Kids Corral – Extended Saturday AM Arts & Activities|
    From western-inspired art and craft projects to cowboy sing-alongs, there will be something for every young cowboy and cowgirl!
  • Guided Tours – March 3, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. March 4, 2:00 p.m.
  • Cowboy Songs and Campfire Sing-alongs-- March 3, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    The program will be given by Robert Fry, Senior Lecturer of music history and literature at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music; it will feature traditional cowboy songs of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Fry will be accompanied by local fiddler Ben Sanders. Following a brief talk and demonstration, guests will construct folk instruments, learn a traditional cowboy song, and participate in a campfire sing-along.
  • Go West: Opera @ Cheekwood -- March 3, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    This family-friendly afternoon of music, cowboys and fun will feature members of Nashville Opera's Mary Ragland Young Artist Program performing beloved favorites of the American musical theater mixed with familiar American classics.
  • Live Music -- March 4, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    All are welcome to experience another afternoon of live music, this time in the Frist Learning Center courtyard, as Cheekwood bids adios to the Visions of the American West exhibit.

Family Day – Saturday, March 24
Join us for a day of art, activities, tours, and music in honor of the opening of Anatomia Botanica.

Cheekwood in Bloom—Weekends in April
Spring is one of the best times to visit Cheekwood and take a front-row seat for the new season’s arrival. This year’s spring blooms will deliver a massive dose of color, with over 22,000 tulips in the gardens; Cheekwood’s programming will be “in bloom” to match:

Spring Art Hop—April 7, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Over 20,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the gardens in preparation for the egg hunts every half hour at Cheekwood’s 20th annual Spring Art Hop. Visitors will also enjoy arts and crafts, musicians, live entertainment and more.

KaBloom! -- Saturday, April 14
Cheekwood has an entire day planned to celebrate the colors of spring, including family-friendly drop-in studio activities, demonstrations, guided garden tours and fun performances.

Arbor Day Celebration- Saturday, April 28
Cheekwood is thrilled to have recently been named a certified Level IV arboretum, with over 120 identified species of trees. The organization will hold a public celebration on national Arbor Day with guided tours, art activities, tree climbing demonstrations and more. To add to the excitement, the first 100 people through the gates will receive a free sapling-- a little bit of Cheekwood to plant at home.

Spring Sundays— Every Sunday in April
Cheekwood’s Sunday visitors will find engaging activities throughout the month of April, including guided museum tours, a special behind-the-scenes look at Cheekwood’s Production Greenhouses, and the Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, held in the Museum’s intimate Drawing Room every Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Highballs & Hydrangeas-- April 13, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Excitement swirls around Cheekwood’s signature Friday night cocktail fling. Guests will mingle on the gorgeous Cheekwood grounds and enjoy live music, light bites from Nashville Originals restaurants and a cash bar. Find more information and advance tickets at

Howe Wild! -- April 18, 6:00 p.m.
After a major restoration, Cheekwood will celebrate the re-opening of its popular Howe Garden with an evening of cocktails, dinner and a plant auction. The event will be sponsored by the Garden Club of Nashville and held in honor of Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor, who was instrumental in moving the Howe Garden to Cheekwood in 1968; she also gave the lead gift to restore the garden today.

Wine & Wildflowers -- April 19, 6:30 pm
On the evening following Howe Wild! Guests will enjoy a relaxing time with good friends and wonderful wine as Cheekwood celebrates the Howe Garden.

Howe Garden Opening Celebration -- Saturday, April 21, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Join us for a day of art, activities, tours, a scavenger hunt and music in honor of the opening of our newly renovated Howe Garden. Mrs. Howe’s lemonade and gingersnaps will be served and tours will be given every hour.

Maypole Dancing – Tuesday, May 1, 11:30 and Sundays in May, 2:00 p.m.
Guests will have a special opportunity to learn a traditional Maypole dance with the Nashville Ballet at Cheekwood. These interactive demonstrations are offered for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. A special May Day Celebration is planned for the May 1 session of Tuesdays for Tots, including a fun spring story and interactive Maypole Dance. All guests are invited to enchanting Maypole Dances and demonstrations every Sunday in May.

National Public Garden Day -- May 11
Cheekwood will celebrate its role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education throughout the community with a day of fun activities. Plans include live music, guided garden tours and an informal Coffee and Conversation with Cheekwood’s President & CEO, Jane Offenbach. Visit to learn about free admission.

Literary Garden Opening Celebration -- Saturday, May 19, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Join us for a day of reading, activities, tours and music in honor of the opening of our new Literary Garden, celebrating the remarkable life of Sigourney Cheek.

Fitness Fridays – Fridays in June, Gates open at 7:00am
Cheekwood will focus on community fitness in June, opening its grounds early for fun physical activity including Yoga in the Garden, Sculpture Trail Hikes and Stroller Strides. All activities meet at the Visitor Services Center and are free with gate admission.

Family Night Out -- Thursday evenings in June & July, 6:30 p.m.
Families are invited to pack a picnic for this family-friendly program series at Cheekwood, featuring performances, puppet shows, and fantastic night activities for the whole family.

Highballs & Hydrangeas -- August 17, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
For the second time in 2012, Nashville’s young and stylish will mix it up at Cheekwood’s signature Friday night cocktail fling. More information and advance tickets at

El Dia de los Muertos -- October 27

Cheekwood’s beloved Latin American festival, now in its 13th year, has become Nashville tradition. Guests enjoy lively music and dance, vibrant art activities and authentic Mexican food while learning about the culture of our Latin American neighbors, shopping in the bustling Mexican marketplace, and sampling fine cuisine from local bakeries and restaurants.

Garden Shows, Sales and Lectures -- Year-round
As Nashville’s premier botanical garden, Cheekwood’s plant shows and sales are legendary among avid gardeners. Visit for more information on any of the following:

  • March 31: Native Plant Sale
  • March 31 - April 1: Daffodil Show
  • May 3: Community Flower Show
  • May 5 - May 6: Bonsai Show
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