Silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly-scarecrows created by our Nashville community will invade our gardens again this fall. Get in on the fun of Cheekwood Harvest by assembling a group in your school, workplace, church or neighborhood and designing your own custom scarecrow!

How to Participate

  1. Submit your registration form online (see below).
  2. Await further communication from Cheekwood staff.
  3. Begin brainstorming your scarecrow design.
  4. Pick up your scarecrow frame from Cheekwood (more details to follow).
  5. Design your scarecrow!
  6. Send in your group’s scarecrow name and your artist statement.
  7. Return your scarecrow to Cheekwood for display.
  8. Visit your scarecrow in Cheekwood’s Turner Seasons Garden!

Guidelines for Participation

  • Scarecrows must be family friendly and appropriate for all audiences. Entries that are not in good taste, overly political, or contain overt brand advertising will not be accepted or displayed.
  • Materials that can withstand being outdoors for the duration of the exhibition should be used. Any Scarecrow that deteriorates beyond acceptable condition may be removed by Cheekwood at any time.
  • Scarecrows are to be delivered to Cheekwood fully assembled during the dates and times specified in Cheekwood communications. If a scarecrow is not fully assembled, Cheekwood staff will be unable to install it.
  • Cheekwood staff will remove and dispose of scarecrows at the end of the exhibit if they are not picked up during specified times below.

Participation Timeline

Friday, August 10 By 5:00 pm Online registration forms due
Thursday, August 16 – Friday, August 17 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Participants must pick up Scarecrow frames at Cheekwood Visitor Services Center
Friday, August 24 By 5:00 pm Participants must send Scarecrow name and artist statement via e-mail to Cheekwood
Wednesday, September 19 – Thursday, September 20 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Participants’ completed scarecrows must be delivered to Cheekwood Visitor Services Center and installed by participant
Thursday, November 1 – Friday,  November 2 9:30am – 4:30 pm Participants may remove their scarecrows if they want to keep them
Friday, November 2 By 5:00 pm All remaining scarecrows will be removed and discarded by Cheekwood staff by end of day


To get in on this fun community event, simply complete this online form by 5 pm on Friday, August 10. After submitting this form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more information. If you have questions, contact Rachel at

The Scarecrows application is closed. Thank you for your interest in participating! Be sure to come see the Scarecrows during Cheekwood Harvest.

Questions? Contact Rachel Draper at

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