Adult Education & Programs

PLEASE NOTE: All Adult Workshop participants are required to wear a mask indoors, and show proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid test result (within 72 hours of the class) upon arrival to the workshop.

Adult Education & 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 program policies by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact education@cheekwood.org.

Programs and Policies

Class and Workshop Proposal

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 - Meditative Mandalas

Saturday, September 25
10 AM – 11:30 AM

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, before mindfully arranging fall blooms and plant material in a mandala design on a float frame.

Non-members: $50

Members: $40

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Exploring Nature through Poetry

Saturday, October 2
10 AM – 12 PM

Writers have long been inspired by nature and the other-than-human world. Spending time in nature can stoke our curiosity and creativity, and writing about what we see in nature can deepen our ability to be present and observant. The Porch instructor Melissa Jean, PhD, will guide participants in writing poetry while outdoors and engaged with nature. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with other-than-human beings, learn mindfulness practices to deepen their sensory and intuitive experiences of the natural world, and practice writing about nature in intimate and inventive ways. Participants are asked to bring their own notepad and writing utensils.

Non-members: $50

Members: $40

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Buzzing Bees

Saturday, October 2
1 PM – 3 PM

Learn about the many ways in which bees contribute to our environment, from pollinating flowers and plants, to wax production, to making honey! Participants will hear from area experts about the many benefits of bees, and create some body care items using honey and beeswax.

Non-members: $50

Members: $40

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Portrait Photography

Saturday, October 2
10 AM  –  12 PM

Participants of this workshop will examine the art of William Edmondson in the exhibition The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework, and will discuss content, composition, and more with local photographers DaShawn Lewis and Kim Manson. After taking time to explore the exhibition, participants will focus on composing environmental portraits in natural light conditions. This is a beginner skill-level class. Advance registration required. Participants are asked to bring their own camera, and to dress comfortably for walking/sun exposure. Workshop includes access to the Gardens and Mansion on the date of your class.

Non-members: $45

Members: $36

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Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989). William Edmondson, Sculptor, Nashville, Tennessee, 1937. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Artist. 1964.3.1.</p

SOLD OUT - Botanical Watercolors

Saturday, October 9
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Get in the harvest spirit with a botanical drawing and painting class featuring a quintessential fall bloom – the chrysanthemum! Led by local artist Kay Kennedy, participants will learn foundational watercolor painting and illustration techniques to capture the essence of the mum. All materials provided to create 1 – 2 watercolor illustrations.

Non-members: $60

Members: $48

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SOLD OUT - Tree ID

Saturday, October 9
10 AM – 11 AM

Connect with Cheekwood’s Vice President of Gardens & Facilities 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.

Non-members: $15

Members: $13

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Pick Your Own Bouquet

Saturday, October 16
10 AM – 11:30 AM

As the weather cools, what does a rose garden need to thrive? Led by members of the Nashville Rose Society, this workshop will cover fall activities like fertilizing, spraying, watering, deadheading, and winterizing roses. Participants will leave with their own bouquet of roses from the Rose Study Garden. Vases will not be provided; participants are welcome to bring a vase if desired.

Non-members: $30

Members: $24

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SOLD OUT - Beginner Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and Hand Building

Saturday, October 16
12 PM – 3 PM

Get your hands dirty as you dive into the world of clay! This class offers an overview of the clay process — from forming a bowl on the potter’s wheel, to constructing vessels using a variety of hand-building methods. Participants will create 2-3 pottery dishes with the help of art instructor Kathryn Campbell. All work will be glazed by the instructors and ready for pick up 1 month after class.

Non-members: $65

Members: $52

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Become a Docent

Are you an avid gardener, an admirer of the arts, or intrigued by Nashville’s rich history? Do you enjoy sharing your interests and knowledge with your community? If so, you may be interested in Cheekwood’s Docent Program! Join the docent program and get behind-the-scenes information and training on Cheekwood’s 55 acres of gardens, historical mansion, and art exhibitions from Cheekwood staff. Cheekwood offers the opportunity to train as a Garden Docent, House and History Docent, and Exhibition Docent. As key members of our team, docents act as volunteer teachers and tour guides while sharing their passion for Cheekwood’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, gardens, and historical residence with visitors of all ages.

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