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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
Phone Number: 16158891000
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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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Taking advantage of things to do in Nashville, this place is huge and something to do for everyone. The walk is a workout and the view is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Taking advantage of things to do in Nashville, this place is huge and something to do for everyone. The walk is a workout and the view is great.

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What an amazing hotel ! Huge, spread out and the atrium is magnificent! Several cafes and restaurants which are all wonderful although some a little expensive . The indoor gardens and waterfalls are beautiful and extremely well done, not too hot to wander around. Would love to come back and stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent an afternoon walking around everything was so clean and beautifully maintained. Lots of fun shops to look around in. Would love to return and spend a night or two in their rooms.

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Some of our family familiar with Nashville recommended that we visit here. Our hotel was located across the road and provided a shuttle over. We loved the gardens here. My favorite was the lily pad pond. But it was all tropical and very beautiful with flowers, waterfalls, streams and ponds and a large fountain display. Theres three areas of lush... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was beautiful, took a boat ride on the canals lovely greenery and a few animals. Lots of shops to browse and quaint eating places Iwould stay here if I was ever to go back at least one night. Operyland is in walking distance

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We live in Nashville and have quite a few out of town visitors. Almost everyone wants to see the hotel and gardens. They are pretty year around, but spectacular at Christmas. Everything is up by Thanksgiving, so you can go early. I like seeing it at night when the lights inside and out are so pretty. We generally go after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful and open! Love the decorations at Christmas! Great place to just walk and talk or to just sit and think!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After eating at the Opry Backstage Grill, I took my family from New Jersey to see the Gaylord. We parked in the Mall parking lot adjacent to the Gaylord Special Events Center so we wouldn't have to pay for parking and it's a quick walk past the Event Center to the Delta Portico Entrance to the hotel. From there we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

OMG!!!!! What a huge hotel this is, it's beautiful but they should give you a map of this place. I was lost so many times and no one else seemed to know where to go either. It is a Spectacular Breathtaking Hotel but not knowing which way goes where is majorly confusion. They did have signs but they didn't seem... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place amazes me. There is so much attention to detail, from the hotel itself to the places/ plant life/ cafes, etc in the center of the hotel. This is a wonderful place to go for a walk with a date or with your family. You don't have to stay in the hotel to enjoy it's beauty.

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