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These classes and workshops are for participants 18 years old and older only. Minors should not be brought into classrooms and other instructional areas.

The Cheekwood Gardening School Classes


Organic Gardening

March 9 | 9 AM

Learn about how composting, maintaining healthy soil, companion planting, and supporting native pollinators can help your garden to thrive naturally.

Instructor

Lisa Manning, Master Gardener

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Raised Bed Gardening

March 9 | 12 PM

Learn about the many benefits of raised bed gardening, and what you need to start your own raised beds at home.

Instructor

Natasha Gibbs, Cheekwood Garden Educator

Location

Courtyard Classroom/Cheekwood GROWS garden
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Building Better Dirt

March 9 | 2:30 PM

Participants in this class will learn about what soil needs to support healthy plants, how to understand their soil, and how to improve their soil by adding organic matter and rotating crops.

Instructor

Peter Grimaldi, Cheekwood Vice President of Gardens and Facilities

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Garden Checklist: Spring Vegetable Gardening

March 10 | 9:30 AM

Learn about the spring growing season for a variety of vegetables, along with their space, light, and water needs, and when to be plant them for a successful harvest.

Instructor

James Hearn, Master Gardener

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Starting with Seeds in Middle TN

March 10 | 12 PM

Garden Educator Natasha Gibbs will walk participants through the process of starting plants from seed, from seed selection to soil depth and spacing, and transplanting to your garden!

Instructor

Natasha Gibbs, Cheekwood Garden Educator

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Garden Pest Management

March 10 | 2:30 PM

From chemical deterrents to home remedies, learn about different pest control techniques you can use in your own garden to get rid of snails, slugs, and other garden pests.

Instructor

Paul Prill, Master Gardener

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Garden Checklist: Spring Flower Gardening

March 16 | 9:30 AM

From the earliest blooming snowdrop to the latest-blooming iris, learn about an array of spring flowers, and how to keep your garden filled throughout the season.

Instructor

Susan Lyell, Restoration Rose

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Ornamental Trees and Shrubs in Middle TN

March 16 | 12 PM

From dogwoods to tulip poplars and everything in between, learn about some of the many spring-blooming trees and shrubs in Cheekwood’s gardens, and which ones might work best in your own yard.

Instructor

Ellen Spicer, Artist’s Eye Landscaping

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
Register

Gardening with Native Plants

April 6 | 9:30 AM

From supporting native pollinators to preventing erosion, learn about the myriad ways landscaping with native plants can be beneficial to you and the environment.

Instructor

Sage McClain, Cheekwood Plant Collections Manager

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Designing and Growing a Parterre Garden

April 6 | 12 PM

Learn about the European tradition of parterre gardens, and gain inspiration for your own French-inspired outdoor space.

Instructor

Todd Breyer, Landscape Architect

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
Register

Designing with Annuals: The Burr Terrace Garden

April 13 | 9:30 AM

Take a close look at the Burr Terrace Garden, where an emphasis is placed on displays of annuals that echoes the plants used in The Bradford Robertson Color Garden on a scale that can be more easily replicated at your home.

Instructor

Mary Weber, Cheekwood Director of Horticulture

Location

Courtyard Classroom/Burr Terrace Garden
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Designing Containers: Spring

April 13 | 12 PM

Fillers, Spillers, and Thrillers! Join horticulturist Shannon Pruitt as she walks through her process of designing and arranging the container gardens on display at Cheekwood during Cheekwood in Bloom.

Instructor

Shannon Pruitt, Cheekwood Seasonal Display Manager

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Rose Gardening 101 or Growing Healthy Roses

April 13 | 2:30 PM

Led by the Nashville Rose Society, this class will cover the basics of rose care to include planting, pruning, water and sunlight needs, and troubleshooting common issues.

Instructor

Ron Daniels and John Wendler, The Nashville Rose Society

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
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Garden Checklist: Summer Vegetable Gardening

April 20 | 9:30 AM

Learn about the summer growing season for a variety of vegetables, along with their space, light, and water needs, and when they need to be planted for a successful harvest.

Instructor

James Hearn, Master Gardener

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
Waitlist

Spring Tree ID

April 20 | 12 PM

Learn how to identify different tree species through their bark, leaf shape and arrangement, and crown shape as you stroll through Cheekwood’s level II arboretum.

Instructor

Peter Grimaldi, Cheekwood Vice President of Gardens and Facilities

Location

Courtyard Classroom/Grounds
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
Register

Masterclass: Abandon Yourself to Design

May 11 | 9:30 AM

How do abstract ideas become real? People are familiar with the product of a successful design process, a beautiful garden. However, they rarely see all the “mysterious” steps leading up to it. What may appear to be an obvious conclusion results from controlled chaos. Design choreographs dynamic interactions between people, plants, and spaces. Successful gardens intentionally engage bodies, imaginations, and spirits. Tres Fromme will describe his experiences, outlining a framework for creating compelling gardens.

Instructor

Tres Fromme Principal, 3. Fromme Design, LLC, and Cheekwood’s Designer in Residence

Location

Mansion Recreation Room
Not Yet Members: $65
Members: $52
Register

Garden Checklist: Summer Flower Gardening

May 11 | 12 PM

Lantana, Zinnia, Coneflower- Oh my! Learn about the many brightly colored and heat-tolerant flowers that thrive in the Tennessee summers, and how you can care for them in your own yard.

Instructor

Ellen Spicer, Artist’s Eye Landscaping

Location

Courtyard Classroom
Not Yet Members: $40
Members: $32
Waitlist

Spring 2024 Workshops


Orchid Essentials

Location: Massey Hall

Learn about six common types of orchids and the requirements for growing healthy, blooming orchids in the home. Instruction will focus on selecting the right orchid for the right place and cover basic care and maintenance for new and inexperienced orchid growers.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Orchid Repotting Demonstration

Location: Massey Hall

Take the next step in orchid care and learn to properly repot your plants. Study the most common components of potting media and follow a step-by-step process for repotting orchids in this educational demonstration and lecture.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Orchid ID

Location: Massey Hall

Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Cypripedioideae, oh my! There are a wide variety of orchid types, each with unique care and lumen needs. Learn how to identify each orchid by the size, coloring, and even fragrance! The instructor will also inform on the light needs for each type and give suggestions on how to best provide for these elegant yet sturdy plants.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Orchids: Common Pests and Diseases

Location: Massey Hall

From aphids to scale, there are several common ailments to keep an eye out for as you nurture your orchid plants. Participants in this class will learn about a few common pests and diseases, how to identify them, and what you can do about them.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

At Home Garden Checklist: Spring

Location: Massey Hall

Spring has sprung, and warmer days are ahead – now is the perfect time to get in your garden beds! Join us for a (morning/afternoon) at Cheekwood and learn what steps to take to set your home garden up for success. Participants in this class will learn about soil preparation, starting from seed, mulch needs, spring perennials vs. annuals, and selecting the right tools for the job.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Kitchen Gardening

Location: Massey Hall

Compact and close to the one’s home, a kitchen garden is a small garden space used to grow herbs, salad greens, and/or small produce that can be used in day-to-day cooking. Participants in this class will learn about the differences between a vegetable garden and a kitchen garden, and what they need to start their own kitchen garden at home.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

When Do I Plant This: Spring Ornamentals

Location: Massey Hall

While it may still be a little chilly, now is the time to start planting for a successful spring and summer garden. Join Master Gardener (TBD) to learn about the growing season for a variety of vegetables and ornamentals, their space, light, and water needs, and when they need to be planted by for a successful season.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Companion Planting in Middle Tennessee

Location: Massey Hall

Did you know certain plants, when paired together, can help one another grow and thrive? Participants in this class will learn about common companion plantings in Middle Tennessee, and how they can help your garden by providing protection and nourishment, repelling pests, and attracting pollinators.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Raised Bed Gardening

Location: Massey Hall

Are you hoping to achieve a longer growing season, with healthier soil, bigger harvests, and easy access to your garden beds? Learn about the many benefits of raised bed gardening and what you need to start your own at home.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Spring Tree ID

Location: Massey Hall

Connect with a member of Cheekwood’s Gardens Team for a closer look into common trees in Tennessee. Learn how to identify different species through their bark, leaf shape and arrangement, and tree shape as you stroll through Cheekwood’s Level II Arboretum. Come back during the harvest season to see how these trees change in appearance from Spring to Fall.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Escargot Away! Irradicating Snails and other Garden Pests

Location: Massey Hall

From chemical deterrents to home remedies, learn about different pest control techniques you can use in your own garden to rid it of snails, slugs, and other garden pests.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Parterre Gardens: Garden Planning with French Influence

Location: Massey Hall

Learn about the European tradition of parterre gardens, and gain inspiration for your own French-inspired outdoor space.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Supporting Native Pollinators

Location: Massey Hall

Cheekwood’s Color Garden is bustling with a variety of pollinators, loving the tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth blooms. Join (TBD) to learn about the pollinators native to Middle Tennessee, and what you can do to support native pollinators in your own outdoor space.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Native Plant ID

Location: Massey Hall

Get down to the roots of some of your favorite Middle Tennessee plants! Master Gardener Paul Prill will demonstrate how to properly identify native plants, trees, and shrubs by characteristics like leaf shape, leaf arrangement, flowers, fruit, and more.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Landscaping with Native Plants

Location: Massey Hall

From supporting pollinators to preventing erosion, learn about the myriad ways landscaping with native plants can be beneficial to you and the environment, and our top ten native plant suggestions for Middle Tennessee.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Pet Friendly Plantings

Location: Massey Hall

Pets are cute, playful, and cuddly, but they don’t always have the best judgement when it comes to what they can and cannot eat. Participants in this class will learn about different plants that can be dangerous if ingested, how to spot them, and pet-friendly alternatives.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours

Sustainable Gardening

Location: Massey Hall

Conserve water, reduce your carbon footprint, and preserve the landscape! Participants in this class will learn what steps they can take at home to make their gardening practices more eco-friendly.

Not Yet Members: $70
Members: $56

25 Participants
2 Hours


Cancellation Policy for All Series

Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected] 72 hours prior to the program’s start date and time. The registration fee will be refunded less a ten percent processing charge.

Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable on and after the program’s start date. Cheekwood cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to illness or other personal situations.

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