Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
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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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  • Melissa J
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    What an amazing hotel with history to share. It was wonderful to take the boat ride and hear the history. Shop, go for dinner, explore, or just sit and take in all the beautiful plants and waterfalls. Excellent place
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Roving38052
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful time
    This is an amazing place, several restaurants, amazing resort and rooms and the gardens were beautiful. The downside if you are not staying at the resort, close parking is expensive. If you don't care to walk, you can park int he mall parking lot and walk into the gardens, its free.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Debra K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcome to the Rain forest
    Wonderful place! We went to see the gardens which were simply amazing. The plants were so beautiful and so well cared for. Everything was just gorgeous. We ate lunch at one of the restaurants located in the garden as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 26, 2023
  • 1971wiel
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful venture
    Free experience. The gardens were beautiful ... so many different views. We would have loved to have lunch but the restaurant was reserved for a private party. Such a beautiful place to walk around and view. Next time we will stay here!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Dreamer24244047124
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opryland in Christmas
    I went to Opryland for Christmas, and wow. It was truly something. The colors, the light shows, the vendors. It was all amazing. It was like being inside a Hallmark movie. Vendors were giving out hot chocolate and selling treats. Some of the food and treats were overpriced, which was expected. There were lots of kids so I would suggest going on a weekday. But the glass ceiling made it so exciting, especially when it started snowing later. The biggest perk is that its free!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 10, 2023
  • LisaRenee_Recommends
    McKinney, Texas130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views with exceptional service
    Beautiful property with exceptional service. Chelsea was fantastic at check-on, getting the room requested. So many things to do here. Live music, a wide range of restaurants from casual to pricey. Lots of walking and very spread out so decide what you want to be near. Atrium views with balcony are worth it! We requested a room near the live music. There are quieter areas as well. If you are there for a conference you may want to stay closer to conference hall. Would definitely stay here again!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written July 29, 2023
  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like Disney, but in a controlled environment...9/1/23
    The last time I visited it was for a weeklong convention with Sherwin-Williams back in 1988. Other than meetings and award presentations, we only got to see The Mandrell Sisters at The Grand Ole Opry. This time we drove over from our timeshare a half mile away, and parked in a lot that had a broken exit gate so we avoided the $35 parking fee. I was already having a good time. We went in to the convention center, worked our way around the multiple atriums, found the waterpark and the arcade and visited Pisano's Restaurant and Carvel's sundae shop for dessert. We phoned home for the third time during our mid afternoon visit. There were lots of families excitedly discovering the amenities, and riding the boat through the river paths. I was intrigued by the fact that they used water from 1700 different sources to fill the waterway for it's installation way back when. The plaques explain which ones were used in each state, so it was fun finding our waterways from back home. I had to drag Jaclyn away so we could make our show at the Ryman Auditorium.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Tourist745353
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opryland hotel
    The Conservatory there is so beautiful, so meticulously maintained, and so amazing in its diversity, l would go, just to see that. But also the hotel has cute restaurants, ice cream places, sit down spots for a drink, and walking paths with benches where you can stop and really meditate on the beauty. Then, there’s this river! With boats on it! And yes, it cost us $32 to park, but it was well worth this money.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • l g
    Hampshire, United Kingdom174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    Absolutely beautiful resort. We stayed here for 4 nights and loved every minute of our stay. We were lucky enough to have good weather so we could use the outdoor pool. The only comment I would make about this is the sign that insists you shower before entering the pool but there aren't actually any showers in the pool area which is a bit odd. Food on the complex is very expensive but we couldn't resist a breakfast from Cinabon. Our server was adorable and the buns and frozen lemonade were delicious but very overpriced. Most food venues on the complex close at 10pm so after getting back from a late excursion I managed to grab a chicken ceasar wrap but at 14 dollars it was a really expensive snack. The complex itself is absolutely stunning with beautifully maintained gardens. The Halloween decorations were fantastic especially the witches flying around the ceiling. We did the boat trip which was really silly and quite expensive but if you're young at heart or have kids with you is well worth dojng as we thoroughly enjoyed it. Beware you will be charged 25 dollars a night resort fee for staying here but the rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean and the resort is in a great location as it's about a 15 minute drive from downtown Nashville and the airport and a 10 minute walk to the Grand ole Opry. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely recommend it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • CRAIG C
    Utah297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Download the App
    You can get lost in this place fast … you have to download their map just to figure out how to find your way. It’s a beautiful place that was slightly decorated for Halloween. The last time we were there was 25 yrs ago, so we enjoyed the garden. You will see lots of people staring at their phones as they try to navigate this multi-level garden/restaurant area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 29, 2023
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BackPacker622675
Kanawha, IA6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We wanted to park and spend a couple hours exploring the arboretum and eating lunch at one of the many restaurants. There is no hourly parking. We were going to be charged $37 just to park for 2 hours. Super sad.
Written April 11, 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay at Gaylord Opryland. We appreciate your loyalty to Marriott Hotels & Resorts and thank you for being a valued Marriott Bonvoy Member. We are sorry to hear that you were upset with the parking fees at our resort. Our team works hard to make sure all guests are aware of this information pre-arrival as well as upon arrival/departure. We do have complimentary parking at the mall adjoining our event center. Please note that your comments will be shared with my hotel and parking leadership teams and will be addressed internally for future improvement. As a valued guest, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and we hope that you have the opportunity to visit our resort again in the near future.
Written April 11, 2024
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Simon C
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great lazy river and food, esp honey flavored wings. Flowrider experience was disappointing because the long wait and the entire ride may stop for many minutesvso that lifeguards could put waiver band on those in the line. Having a separate staff may help with this. Some people also lost ring abd other valuables bc they didn't require people to remove them. The waterpark inside lacked hot tub and I feel that at least adult only pool could be hot. Would love to come back and see changes
Written March 23, 2024
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Dear simoncW863BZ, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay. It was truly a pleasure hosting you and we appreciate the review. We want to take this opportunity to apologize about the experience you had here at our resort as the level of service you experienced is certainly not our standard. Using this feedback, which will be communicated to our hotel leadership team, we can really get the full scope of areas we need to work on to enhance our guest’s experience. Our team strives to provide world class customer service and we always want each one of our guests to feel like they are taken care of in every aspect of their stay. Thank you again for the review and we hope you will give us the opportunity to host you in the future.
Written March 24, 2024
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Lauralux
Mesa, AZ167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Took so many pictures and rode the little boat thru the resort, this is a beautiful property. While we did not stay there, I wish we would have planned to eat at the restaurant in the gardens. The gardens are breathtaking and well worth a few hours spent. Its free and relaxing and well worth the short drive over. The resort looks like a lovely place to stay, but very much a tourist trap with the shops and restaurants etc. But the gardens are a must see.
Written March 20, 2024
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Kaylea D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful hotel experience! Our sons loved sound wave water park and my husband and I enjoyed the peaceful walks through the atriums
Written March 7, 2024
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GeorgeOrange
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was a wonderful rainy day place to view the gardens. Beautiful waterfalls and good maps to guide you through. We parked for free at the mall. Put Regal Opry Mills in the GPS which is the movie theater part of the mall closest to the Opryland entrance.
Written March 6, 2024
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Alice
Atlanta, GA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I love walking through the gardens at Opryland. It is my favorite botanical garden because there are no pesky bugs around. They also have an amazing variety of plants that you would normally see in this region. Love the tropical plants, palm trees, and banana plants. The views are breathtaking not just of the trees but also the lovely waterfalls throughout the hotel.
Written February 1, 2024
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jdfisha
West Bend, WI141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
This was my fourth time at this resort- and each time it is outstanding. Perfect for any age, family, couples, business etc. the stay would be great without leaving the property. Nice rooms, gorgeous atrium. A destination resort.
Written January 28, 2024
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Kathy H
Saint Louis, MO300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you are out at the Ole Opry you must go here. The gardens are lush and cheerful. The waterfalls are awesome. The fountains with their light and music shows are cool to watch. The boat trip is good fun, pricey but honestly worth it. There are tons of restaurants and shops. A good time for all.
Written January 27, 2024
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Tiffany C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited the ICE exhibit and walked the hotel atrium area. Be warned the boat ride is now $23.99, despite what I read online. We decided that was too much. Otherwise, it was a great visit.
Written December 20, 2023
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Dawn P
Seneca, Missouri5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The indoor gardens decorated for Christmas was absolutely stunning. We also took the Christmas outdoor horse-drawn carriage ride that was amazing. Our driver was friendly and the music and lights were wonderful. There were even old time carolers outside singing as we ended our ride. I would highly recommend this. The only negative thing about the Gaylord was the price of parking. We didn’t expect to pay $35-40 just to park.
Written November 27, 2023
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