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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
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615 889 1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an...

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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Go and spend the day, it is amazing! Great food, great shopping, helpful staff. Just wish the rooms were a bit more economical for families

Reviewed 18 August 2016
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Go and spend the day, it is amazing! Great food, great shopping, helpful staff. Just wish the rooms were a bit more economical for families

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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This is a must see !!! It is so close to the mall, and the Opry. And FREE PARKING at the mall. Great to walk around in.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

These gardens make you stay even more relaxing. It makes a good place to rest after walking the sprawling campus that is the Opryland Hotel.

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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on these gardens on a trip to the Opry and I'm gland we did. The entrance to the hotel boasts a topiary elephant which is magnificent. It could have been false foliage but it looked good anyway. The borders were very pretty and beautifully maintained. The atrium was delightful and the sound of running water was very soothing,... More 

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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We love Christmas at the Opryland Hotel...but just about anytime is wonderful. It's a first rate hotel, so get your checkbook out. Other than that...have a great time.

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Burke, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

We did not stay at the hotel, but spend several hours there just walking around. It is absolutely gorgeous and a must see location in Nashville!

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Castro Valley, California
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

Beautiful, cooling, indoor gardens with a few topiary figures, flowers, waterfalls, fountains and streams. The sound of the water is refreshing. Tropical feel to it all.

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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We were here years ago. They have redone the gardens taking out some of the beautiful gardens and replaced it with a large bar area in the center. I suppose it is more profitable for management

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Reviewed 16 August 2016

I'll bet you haven't seen many hotels like this one, and I'm not talking about the rooms; I'm talking about the gardens. For example, the boat ride through the gardens takes 12 minutes. (I suggest you take it. It will save a lot of steps.) Have a drink (or two or three) beside the Cascades. It is an extremely peaceful... More 

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Reviewed 16 August 2016

The Opryland Hotel Gardens is a family favorite it opened in 1984. We all enjoy strolling through them at night or in the day.

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