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Martin Boxwood Garden Reflecting Pool at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Cheekwood is considered one of the finest early-twentieth century estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the extraordinary 1930s estate, with its 30,000 square foot Mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with period rooms and art galleries, showcasing works from its permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The property includes 13 distinct gardens including the Blevins Japanese Garden and the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, as well as a 1.5-mile woodland trail featuring modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is a three-time USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden. In 2020, the grounds were awarded a Level II National Arboretum Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum.

Awards  

  • 2021

    Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) (2021)

    • Award of Excellence for Hiroshi Sato exhibit
    • Award of Commendation for En Plein Air
    • Award of Excellence – Where Flowers (Virtually) Bloom: Cheekwood Marketing Campaign

    Travel Pulse (2021)

    • Best Botanical Garden in Tennessee

    Style Blueprint (2021)

    • Best Botanical Garden in the South

    American Public Garden Association (APGA) (2021)

    • Hansell Marketing Award
  • 2020

    Tennessean Best of Music City (2020)

    • Best Art Gallery
    • Best Seasonal Attraction

    Nashville Scene Best of Nashville Reader’s Poll (2020)

    • Best Art Happening for Chihuly at Cheekwood
    • Best Wedding Venue
    • Best Outdoor Fun

    ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum (2020)

    • Level II National Arboretum Accreditation

    Nashville Parent Best of Parenting (2020)

    • Best of Nashville: Best Museum
    • Best of Williamson: Best Museum (2nd Place)

    Kids Out & About Top Places to Take Kids (2020)

    • Cheekwood was named #2 (behind Nashville Zoo)
  • 2019

    USA Today 10 Best (2019)

    • Reader’s Choice Best Botanical Garden

    Nashville Scene Best of Nashville Reader’s Poll (2019)

    • Best Local Event/Festival for Holiday LIGHTS
    • Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners
    • Best Outdoor Fun
    • Best Canine Outing for Dog Nights of Summer

    Nashville Parent Best of Parenting (2019)

    • Best Museum
    • Best Tourist Attraction

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