This year, Cheekwood was designated a Center of Excellence by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC). The Center of Excellence program serves as a way to enhance urban forestry at regional sites throughout the state of Tennessee.
We maintain a TUFC certified Level 4 arboretum to the highest standards throughout our 55 acres. With 12 gardens and a Nationally Accredited Cornus (Dogwood) Collection™, we offer more than 120 labeled and identified trees on site, representing the best trees to grow in Middle Tennessee.
Some criteria requirements for the Center of Excellence designation include:
- Qualified Level 4 arboretum
- Have a certified arborist on staff or on retainer as a member of a designated “tree team,” comprised of at least four volunteers including a Master Gardener or Master Urban Forester
- Serve as a community resource for tree information and education including at least four education programs each year on arboriculture or urban forestry
We strive toward excellence in all we do, and our Cheekwood team works diligently to maintain this excellence through various initiatives, including arboretum tours, special garden days and tree celebrations. Follow along with us on our website, blog and social media channels as we continue to work toward excellence.