CHEEKWOOD ANNOUNCES FREE ADMISSION ON NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY
NASHVILLE, TN. – In celebration of the fifth annual National Public Gardens Day on Friday May 9, 2014, Cheekwood will offer its visitors a full day of free admission, live music and special tours of its spectacular gardens. Now in its fifth year, this nationwide event is designed to bring community members to their local green spaces, raise awareness of the importance of public gardens, and spread a message of conservation, education, and environmental preservation.
This event takes place during one of the most visually stunning seasons at Cheekwood, with many flowers and trees in full bloom and plenty of color painting the gently rolling hills. Between the hours of 10am – 2pm, live jazz in the herb garden will set the scene for a springtime stroll, and visitors are encouraged to participate in guided garden tours offered every hour on the hour.
Visitors should visit http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org/content/cheekwood-botanical-garden-museum-art to get their free admission coupon. Parking is not included in free admission.
National Public Gardens Day is presented by the American Public Gardens Association and the Rain Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit the APGA National Public Gardens Day page (click here), visit www.NationalPublicGardensDay.org, “LIKE” the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page, and follow the Twitter feed, @NPGD.
Founded in 1940, Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association is an organization devoted to strengthening the public gardens throughout North America. With over 70 years of work increasing cooperation and awareness among the gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 500 public gardens located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and seven other countries. Their members include public gardens as well as arboreta and zoos. APGA has also built up an international network of individual members in the U.S., Canada and 24 other countries. APGA is committed to increasing public awareness of public gardens, and to advancing public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through leadership, advocacy, and innovation. http://www.publicgardens.org.
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 presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Its attendance and membership have dramatically increased in recent years, and the institution has become an increasingly accessible and relevant place in the Nashville community. In 2013, Cheekwood welcomed over 300,000 visitors, making us one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 12,000 member households.
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday nights May – October, open until 10 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.