Adult Education & Wellness Programs

Adult Education & Wellness Programs

Design your own floral arrangement, sculpt a ceramic mug, or take a yoga class! Our wide variety of adult education programs encourage lifelong learning and a deeper connection to horticulture, art, and wellness. From hands-on workshops and classes to educational talks, there are always unique opportunities to develop new skills and get inspired!

Learn more about our Adult Education and Wellness Programs policies by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact Arielle Altenburg at aaltenburg@cheekwood.org.

Wellness Opportunities

Programs and Policies

Public Programs operational support has been provided by Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

SOLD OUT - Botanical Watercolors for Beginners: Sunflowers

Saturday, October 3
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studios 

Get in the harvest spirit with a botanical drawing and painting class featuring a quintessential fall bloom! Led by Nashville botanical artist Mary Gwyn Bowen, participants will learn foundational watercolor painting and illustration techniques to capture the essence of the sunflower. All materials provided to create 1-2 watercolor illustrations. 

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $46.40; Not-Yet Members: $58

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SOLD OUT - Succulent Pumpkin Centerpieces

Saturday, October 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studios
 

Impress your guests with a succulent pumpkin centerpieceBethany O’Neill, owner of The Succulent Bee, will guide participants through succulent care basics and how to build a stunning fall decoration using succulent cuttings, moss, and, of course—pumpkins! All materials provided to take home a medium-sized arrangement

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $44; Not-Yet Members: $55 

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SOLD OUT - Meditative Mandalas

Saturday, October 10
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studios
 

Find the perfect blend of art, horticulture, and wellness with this therapeutic workshop led by Planted Self Care owner Christine Croom, MS. Learn about mandalas (Sanskrit for “circle”), which hold symbolic and meditative qualities. Participants will then mindfully arrange fall blooms and plant material in a mandala design on a float frame. All materials and supplies will be provided to create a contemplative work of art. 

Capacity is limited to 15 participantto allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $44; Not-Yet Members: $55 

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SOLD OUT - Autumn Containers

Saturday, October 10
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studios 

Design and assemble a colorful fall container
arrangement with Cheekwood gardener Shannon Pruitt. Participants will use a mixture of mums, pansies, and other ornamental plants to create cohesive and aesthetic product. All materials and supplies provided to take home a container to enjoy this fall and into the cooler months. 

Capacity is limited to 12 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $49.60; Not-Yet Members: $62 

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SOLD OUT - Introduction to Night Photography

Saturday, October 17
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bradford Robertson Color Garden
 

David Duplessis of Tennessee Photographs will teach you the basic principles and concepts of night photography in one of the best night-time settings – Chihuly at Cheekwood! This class is designed for beginner photographers. Please bring your camera, lenses, a tripod and a shutter release. Participants will meet at the entrance to the Bradford Robertson Color Garden. 

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Cloth face coverings are required in outdoor areas except when maintaining a physical distance of at least 6’ from other visitors. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $44; Not-Yet Members: $55 

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Image courtesy of David Duplessis/Tennessee Photographs

Dale Chihuly, Summer Sun, 2010 © Chihuly Studio

SOLD OUT - Mini Zen Gardens

Sunday, October 18
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studios 

Join Kelly Savoca, owner of Cotton & Moss for an afternoon of zen! Participants will craft their own zen garden, or Japanese rock gardens, using soil, sand, rocks, and succulents. All materials provided to design and build a small meditative garden space perfect for any area of your home or office. 

Capacity is limited to 12 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $54.40; Not-Yet Members: $68 

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Beaded Jewelry Basics

Saturday, October 24
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studios 

Learn the basics of beaded jewelry with Joy Walling, owner of OmiBeadsUsing semi-precious stone and colorful glass beads, participants will create simple, eye-catching jewelry inspired by Chihuly at Cheekwood’s colorful glass pieces. All materials provided to produce a small set of bracelets. 

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $44; Not-Yet Members: $55 

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SOLD OUT - Tree I.D.

Celebration Gifts at Cheekwood

Saturday, October 24
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Bradford Robertson Color Garden

Connect with Cheekwood’s Vice President of Gardens Peter Grimaldi 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 IV Arboretum. Participants will meet at the entrance to the Bradford Robertson Color Garden.

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Cloth face coverings are required in outdoor areas except when maintaining a physical distance of at least 6’ from other visitors. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $10; Not-Yet Members: $10 + General Admission 

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Pup Portraits

Saturday, October 31
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studio

Discover your inner pupcasso while creating a portrait of your furry (or scaly or feathery) friend! No previous painting experience is necessary—your pet’s portrait will be sketched onto a canvas before you are guided through the painting process. All materials and equipment will be provided to create a 16×20” acrylic portrait of your pet to take home. While painting aprons will be supplied, participants are encouraged to wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty.

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood. Registration closes three days before the workshop to allow sketching time. Please email a high-resolution image of your pet with your registration to aaltenburg@cheekwood.org. Headshot images of your pet from the shoulders up with uncluttered backgrounds work best. Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to gardens.

Members: $52; Not-Yet Members: $65

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