CHEEKWOOD RANKS 6TH IN THE NATION FOR BEST PUBLIC GARDEN
NASHVILLE, TN. – Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art has been named one of the Best Public Gardens in North America in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest sponsored by USA TODAY. Among the 10 winners, Cheekwood placed 6th on the list.
Cheekwood was one of 20 public gardens nominated for this award by a panel of travel and garden experts, with the top 10 winners determined by a public vote on the 10Best website. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest announces 20 nominees in a new category each week, followed by a 4-week voting period.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be included in the list of 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award winners,” said Jane O. MacLeod, Cheekwood’s president and CEO. “Being chosen by the public to win this award is a big honor— and it proves that Cheekwood ranks among some of the most celebrated and well-known gardens in the world. This recognition aligns with the momentum we’ve been building over the past few years. As more people experience our grounds, museum and programming, Cheekwood’s reputation is truly evolving from a Nashville treasure to a national treasure. We are so grateful to everyone who voted for Cheekwood, both for their support and for helping us earn even more wonderful exposure.”
Other public garden nominees for the 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award included Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (1st), Butchcart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia (3rd), and Chicago Botanical Garden in Chicago, Illinois (5th). The winners will be promoted in the April 4 print version of USA TODAY as well as on usatoday.com/travel. Nominees were previously announced and promoted across Gannett media’s 81 local newspapers and 23 television stations during the voting period.
“USA TODAY is thrilled to have this method of sharing what 10Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most,” said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. “Our readers are well-informed, well-traveled and opinionated. At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them. A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”
10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site's uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields - and their cities - but also discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. In 2012, 10Best.com averaged more than 700,000 monthly unique visitors generating approximately 28 million page views. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.
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.