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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an international reputation for its service and amenities but is equally well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and romantic Southern species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord Opryland are among the most exquisite in the world. Meticulously selected and lovingly maintained by a staff of 20 full-time interior horticulturists, the landscaping is a colorful, year-round paradise tucked inside this amazing resort. Each of the gardens is housed under one of the hotel's soaring atriums, creating a series of breathtaking horticultural wonderlands. An elaborate climate-control system keeps the temperature at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Relative humidity stays around 55 percent most of the time. There is also an air exchange system to ensure air in the atriums does not become stale. The system exchanges air four times in a 24-hour period. The Garden Conservatory features a collection of 10,000 tropical plants, representing more than 215 species. Towering palms and banana trees rise 60 feet above the atrium floor. In all, there are 37 different families of trees represented, including ficus, banana trees, palms and a sampling of miniature orange trees. In August 1982, months before opening, a staff of 10 began landscaping the Garden Conservatory, which was at that time one of the largest facilities of its kind in a single, glass-topped room in the world. Many of the taller plants were put in place before construction was completed, in advance of installing the thousands of flowers that add color and texture to the majestic space. It took staff 3 months to install the gardens of the Garden Conservatory Atrium. A precise drip-irrigation system was developed that allows many plants to be watered slowly over the course of several hours. The soil is a special mixture of pine, peat and cypress bark solelite developed specifically for the environment. For the Cascades Atrium, dozens of Florida nurseries were visited before staff selected more than 8200 tropical ornamental plants representing 449 species. Plant varieties range from an Alexandria palm tree towering more than 40 feet high to six-foot-tall ginger bushes and jasminum vines. Sunlight levels are higher in the Cascades than in the Garden Conservatory, providing a sustainable environment for different plant varieties. Beyond the Cascades is the Delta Atrium, an amazing indoor garden with a subtropical feeling. Even though it is an indoor environment, 370 trees and palms--between 20- and 40-feet tall--share space with thousands of smaller plants. To create the appearance of the outdoors, black olive trees and West Indian mahoganies were chosen for their resemblance to oaks. Unlike oaks, they do not shed their leaves. And in true Southern tradition, Spanish moss trails from their imposing branches. Design of the Delta's gardens began two years before the Delta's opening in June 1996. Most of the plants originated in Florida. It took 32 tractor trailers to transport them to their new home in the protected environment of the Delta Atrium. The Delta is a true garden of the South with 120 sabal palms, tall lady palms, camellias, banana trees and cycads. Primary hedging plants are ever-blooming gardenia and camellias pittosporum (both green and variegated). There are 1500 plants representing 30 varieties of camellias in the Delta. Two 40-foot-tall Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolias) accent the front of the Delta Mansion. ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the largest non-gaming hotel facility in the continental United States and the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. The newly-renovated resort features nearly 3,000 guest rooms and more than 700,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space.
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“boat ride” (458 reviews)
“beautiful hotel” (148 reviews)
“self parking” (46 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

Although we didn't stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort, we enjoyed walking through the gardens. They were in the process of decorating for Christmas making the place all the more beautiful.

Thank crvisitor41
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fabulous landmark, lots of activities and beautiful decorations. Plenty of places to grab a drink or to eat. Nice shops as well.

Thank Margaret60993
Reviewed yesterday

Lobby of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, was my favorite thing to do in Nashville. Hard to explain the how beautiful this place was, you totally JUST have to go see it!

Thank LoriLynn9264
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful scenery and the Christmas lights are lovely. A little crowded but worth it. Parking and traffic can be hetic so go early and have dinner at the cascade resturant.

Thank Tammy H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place was amazing. It’s something to definitely see while in Nashville. I would even suggest going back at night bc the whole place just lights up :)

Thank Katie L
Reviewed 2 days ago

$29 to park. We wanted to walk through the hotel as many had recommended but we could not get near the place. Mall at OprybMills also congested area. Glad we did our shopping at Mall at Green Hills.

Thank Nancy3259
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took about two hours and strolled through all the different gardens. There are also small shops with unique products alongside the gardens. We saw the largest Christmas tree ever and definitely a treat to see beautiful greenery when everything is covered in snow at...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens is a beautiful place to visit even if you aren't staying there. There is beautiful gardens, a boat ride, lots of shops, and restaurants to see. We were lucky enough to to see them light the 3 million lights for...More

Thank FloridaButterflies
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our friends here for a walk through the gardens and I think their jaw's stayed open the whole time. When admiring one of the many orchids we ran into one of the gardeners who was beaming with pride when we told him how...More

Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful Resort with artificial water falls, and half a mile creek, where you can have a boat ride.. wonderful experience and lot of Photo Ops

Thank kaypee_2012
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11 September 2017|
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Response from Angie M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is expensive at the resort. If you go to Opry Mills Mall next to it and park as close to the brick wall as you can it is an easy walk to the resort and that parking is free.
9 September 2017|
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Response from adelaselva | Reviewed this property |
I dont know. I did not sleep here. I only stayed the whole day here. Great place to escape the heat. I did not see any animals around though.
22 July 2017|
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Response from gingersnapsmama | Reviewed this property |
My favorite places (not in the resort) are Pucketts and BB King's Blues Bar.