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Lunch and Lecture

3rd Thursday of every month
Botanic Hall / Potter Meeting Room
12:00 – 1:00 pm
$18 members / $30 non-members (includes lunch)

Cobb Salad
Grilled chicken, sliced avocado, grape tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard cooked eggs, English cucumbers and crumbled gorgonzola served on a bed of mixed greens with Buttermilk Ranch or Balsamic Herb dressing.

Cold Salad Trio

A delectable pairing of our famous Cheekwood chicken salad, Albacore tuna salad and fresh fruit salad served on leaf lettuce with cranberry cream cheese finger sandwiches and artisan crackers.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

The Pineapple Room’s famous chicken salad with Granny Smith apples, celery, pecans and mayonnaise served with lettuce and sliced local tomatoes on wheatberry bread.

Southwest Veggie Wrap

A seared chipotle tortilla filled with grilled vegetables, fire roasted corn and black beans, Pico de Gallo, shredded Romaine lettuce and cheddar jack cheese, accompanied by buttermilk ranch dressing.

Turkey Brie Panini

Hickory smoked turkey, roasted peppers, grilled onions, baby spinach, sliced avocado, melted Brie and basil pesto aioli on Panini pressed Cuban bread.

Drink Options include Fruit Tea or Water

*Lunches prepared as described above; no substitutions allowed.

After lunch, stay for an interesting, interactive, and educational program on exhibit-related or seasonal topics.  What a great way to spend your lunch hour! 

Lunch & Lecture

Charles Brindley: Exploring Creative Process through Quality of Emotion Experience
(click here to purchase tickets)

Thursday, March 5

Join us as Charles Brindley discusses his current exhibition, Trees of Myth & Legend. Charles Brindley is best known for exquisite rendering of his best loved subject: trees. With approximately 100 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend is a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his painting career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. The artist will address the broader creative process of personal journey through quality of emotion experience and the value of being alone with a subject. We will learn to incorporate these processes into daily life to develop an appreciation for the inspiration waiting just beyond our own doors.

Dogwoods: Great Plants for Southern Gardens*
Thursday, March 19
Ask people what their favorite flowering tree is in the South, and dogwoods are sure to be near the top of their list. As the North American collection holder for dogwoods, Cheekwood displays dogwood species from around the world. Join us as we discuss some of the best dogwood choices for middle Tennessee. You won’t believe the incredible diversity of shapes, sizes, blooms, and fall color that can be found in the dogwood genus!

Wicked Lunch and Lecture*
April 11, 12:00 pm
$40 Cheekwood Members /$50 Non-Members
Join us for a box lunch and lecture on Wicked Plants: The Plant that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, Amy’s book of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. Meet with the author for a book signing and shop “Art from the Earth”, a select group of garden design dealers.

Bountiful Blooms at Cheekwood*
Thursday, April 16
Cheekwood’s Garden Staff planted over 100,000 tulips last fall to create a stunning springtime display in our gardens. Among these tulips are 105 new cultivars, which we are experimenting with in our new Tulip Trial Garden. Join us as we take a deeper look at all of our tulips, how we create this stunning springtime show, and which tulips have become our new and all-time favorites.

*Starting with the MARCH Lunch & Lecture, Cheekwood will be transitioning to a new ticketing system which will take you to a new secure page. In order to receive the Member discount, you must Sign In or Register at the top right corner of the new page. Thank you for your patience during the transition.

Call the Education & Public Programs Department at 615-353-9827 with any questions

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