Cheekwood is located a convenient distance outside of Nashville, in the exclusive Belle Meade part of town. It was enjoyable seeing all the spectacular houses and properties on the drive down there. The gardens themselves are done very nice. There are 5-6 separate garden areas scattered around the grounds, each one different then the others. It's not a big place, so it's an easy walk between garden areas. We got to the gardens when they opened, so had the place almost to ourselves for the first 90 minutes or so. The mansion is also interesting to see and I highly recommend the docent tour so you can find out a little bit of the background of the family behind Maxwell House Coffee and where the term, "good to the last drop" came from.
If you're a member of a botanical garden from another city, check to see if they have a reciprocal agreement with Cheekwood. Our garden did, so our two admissions and parking today were free (saving us $31)