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!

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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.

Orchid Care 101 - VIRTUAL

Orchid Care 101

Saturday, February 5
10 AM  –  11 AM

Learn the basics of caring for orchids from Cheekwood’s Vice President of Gardens & Facilities, Peter Grimaldi. Peter will share foundational information for growing common orchids like Phaelenopsis and Cattleya—from lighting and watering, to temperature control, potting media, and pest prevention—that will keep your orchid healthy year-round. Capacity is limited to allow participant engagement as questions are encouraged.

Non-members: $15

Members: $12


Buds, Bark, and Branches! A Wintry Tree ID Tour

Saturday, February 12
10 AM  –  11 AM
Meet at the entrance to the Bradford Robertson Color Garden 

Take a winter walk and join Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, on a journey through Cheekwood’s arboretum. Learn how to identify the different tree species through various visual cues that are especially visible in the colder months.

Non-members: $20

Members: $16


Modern Calligraphy: Reimagining the Handwritten Letter

Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, February 19
10 AM  –  12 PM
Frist Learning Center Crumbo Family Studios 

Join local artist Lindsey Huff (@letteringlinds) and dive into a modern take on pointed pen calligraphy. Participants will learn calligraphy basics, from pen strokes to lettering the alphabet and adding flourishes, with inspiration from Cheek family handwritten letters dated back to the 1930s. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary.

Non-members: $50

Members: $40


Your Orchid Story: Orchid Portraits with Rolinda Stotts

Saturday, February 26
1 PM  –  4 PM
Frist Learning Center Crumbo Family Studios 

After a visit to Orchids in the Mansion, Rolinda will help you discover your own Orchid Story. She will guide you through an observation activity to help you see orchids with fresh eyes. Interactive experiences will then move in to creating an orchid portrait. Absolutely no art experience is needed. These activities are designed to enhance your passion for orchids and help you discover your Orchid Story.

Non-members: $60

Members: $48


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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