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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
Phone Number: 615 889 1000
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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We spent sometime at the gaylord opryland resort gardens and I would highly recommend a visit. The gardens and the hotels are beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent sometime at the gaylord opryland resort gardens and I would highly recommend a visit. The gardens and the hotels are beautiful.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a hard time finding anything. Most places to eat were only open in the evening, and the ones that were open at lunch time were nearly impossible to find. Boat ride was a waste of time and not worth the price. Also very difficult to even get out of the place.

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There was only one negative thing about my visit so I'll get it out of the way first. I reserved a king room and got two queens. When I called service from my room I was essentially told too bad. I was stunned. I went down to the desk and they were equally mortified about my call. They immediately upgraded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very tropical garden in a big resort under a dome, yet you feel like the only person in a tropicL wonderland. We stayed at the Gaylord, and I enjoyed walking this beautiful conservatory every morning.

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We didn't stay here, but did a self-guided tour. The grounds are absolutely breathtaking. They house many restaurants and are also a convention center.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The gardens are not what u will expect .they are confusing to navigate . It was very crowded since its part of the grand ole Opry resort and there were multiple conventions going on . Parking is $24 but if eat in one of there wonderful resturants parking us free .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped at the Gaylord before & after attending the show at the Grand Old Opry. It is unbelievable! so much fun just to walk around and take in the sights. Be careful not to get lost!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the site of Opryland this modern resort is luxurious and innovative. The inside is planted with thousands of plants and there is a small river running through where you can take a boat trip. Plenty of shops and restaurants and, if you have a photo taken, they do not rip you off. Expensive to park at 24 dollars!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

to stay there is just too expensive and unneeded for us, but we always stop by and walk around and have lunch when in town. now as far as parking, there used to be "the big rock" in the back of the mall where you park near and then find the walkway, over the little bridge over to an entrance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another must see when in Nashville. Botanicals from all over the world and beautiful water features.

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