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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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Must see at Christmas time!

Beautiful is all I can say. Christmas decorations were everywhere. It's hard to take it all in! Map available to make sure you get to see it all. It's such a big place. Rooms are... read more

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Beautiful is all I can say. Christmas decorations were everywhere. It's hard to take it all in! Map available to make sure you get to see it all. It's such a big place. Rooms are high. Nothing spectacular about them. Next time we return to see Christmas decorations, we will stay at a nearby hotel and walk over. Rooms were... More 

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We purchased all day tickets for ICE, ice skating, ice tubing, snow ball, cookie decorations, scavenger hunt and train ride. It was so much fun for adults and my 10 year old kids. We were there the entire day!! The tickets are pricey but we took advantage of the play all day. There are great food venues, shops and even... More 

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We have stayed at the Gaylord in Florida, which has a much better layout. The hotel room is expensive, with extra charges for resort fees and self parking. The indoor pool was small considering the huge size of the hotel, and our room had a tight bathroom. The holiday decorations were fun to see, but in order to avoid the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You could spent hours just taking in the beauty of these gardens, between the boat ride, water light show and the beautiful lights and plants one can relax with a drink and food and take it all in..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really don't even know how to describe this location - magical, strange, beautiful, bizarre, stupendous - a mix of all all these things. We went to take a walk around after reading so much about it in tourist books and would recommend everyone do the same. It is surreal walking through these huge, gorgeous gardens then looking up and... More 

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Hotel was outside of Nashville, either a $25 cab ride or the sporatically run shuttle, Despite being largest hotel in America without a casino, dining options for late night or breakfast are minimal. Only option available is Starbucks and premade salads and sandwiches. Expensive hotel which then takes on a daily resort fee which includes NOTHING. Everything else is ala... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Go check it out great millions of Xmas lights plants & waterfalls awesome experience we all loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a gorgeous hotel. It is a must see in Nashville. We were part of a bus trip and all went well. The breakfast in the Tennessee Ballroom was perfect. Lots to see and do. Puts you in the Christmas spirit with the holiday decorations that are outstanding. The carriage ride was a little disappointing but all the other attractions... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, and the rooms are beautiful, but what a disappointment the Gaylord Opryland hotel is. We have had this reservation for a month for my birthday and my in laws anniversary. We were put in a handicapped room, right on the main road, in a most obscure location. The cable is limited,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed at the resort in Texas years ago for a work convention. I remember it being a really unique resort and a lot of fun to walk about. When we decided to visit Nashville, I wanted to check out the gardens. We also purchased a Groupon to see the ICE! exhibit. That was awesome and I highly recommend it!!... More 

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