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. For Docent Program inquiries, contact Abby Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
House and History
Cheekwood was built from 1929 to 1932 as the family home of Leslie and Mabel Wood Cheek and opened as a public institution in 1960. Cheekwood’s extraordinary 55-acre estate, with its Georgian mansion, collection of art, cultivated gardens and expansive vistas serves the public as a botanical garden, historic home and art museum. Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is a USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden.
The botanical gardens at Cheekwood feature 55 acres and 13 distinct gardens that showcase spectacular color and horticultural diversity. Cheekwood is a Level IV Arboretum and recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, showcasing 10 acres of woodland, 150,000 spring bulbs, and 25,000 annuals grown in onsite production greenhouses each year.
Art and Exhibitions
The Cheekwood Collection
Cheekwood’s permanent collection of art includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and decorative arts, with an emphasis on American Art produced between 1910 and 1970. The Cheekwood Collection features works by David Hockney, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and artists who lived and worked in Nashville, including Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Red Grooms, and William Edmondson.
Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail
Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail is a delightful 0.9 mile walk at any time of the year. A unique combination of art and nature, it traverses several habitats. Enjoy a dry limestone based area dominated by eastern red cedar and osage orange to an oak and hickory forest. Along the way you will encounter contemporary sculptures that were designed to be placed in a woodland setting.