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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 were not hotel guest but heard about this place and wanted to check it out to see if it would be a place to stay in the future. My husband and I went alone and then took the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were not hotel guest but heard about this place and wanted to check it out to see if it would be a place to stay in the future. My husband and I went alone and then took the kids the next day because we thought they would love it. It really is a site to see. We have traveled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is pretty amazing property to view (1 time) i wouldnt think you would need to go again. We spent about 2 hours there walking around and taking the Delta boat tour - expensive for what it is but my kids wanted to go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in on the advice our Uber driver after visiting the grand ole opry and had no idea what to expect. What a treat. Next time in Nashville we are definitely staying there. The atrium had glass ceilings, a bar and restaurant. It made us feel like we were in the tropics. Our waitress was super friendly and there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have stayed many times & will go back again. A wonerful getaway place for a week or weekend. Take your ID EVERYWHERE in Tenn

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GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent visit to Gaylord Opryland. We appreciate your loyalty to our brand and thank you for visiting us once again on during your most recent trip to Nashville. It was our pleasure to welcome you back once more and we are overjoyed to hear... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't stay but we did have to check it out. We walked over 3 miles while checking it out. Kinda disappointed most restaurants didn't open until 4 or so. This place is so big it has an app. We talked to many people due to they were lost!! It's beautiful but I wouldn't be drinking while staying there you... More 

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GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent visit to Gaylord Opryland. We sincerely appreciate you choosing to stop by and explore our resort. However, we are sorry to hear that the restaurant of your choosing was not open at a time that was convenient for you. Our Food and Beverage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very amazing facility. Can't believe how big the indoor atriums are. Was neat how divided up in to different areas. Place was very clean. Lots of places to eat and drink inside as well as a boat ride inside it. Very amazing built place. Reminded me of something you would see in Las Vegas. If visiting the Opry house well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have stayed here twice and both times we thoroughly enjoyed our hotel stay. For Valentine, I took my wife here and we stayed 2 days without venturing out. It is easy to stay and enjoy the beautiful flowers and water falls in a climate controlled surrounding. The only thing lacking at this hotel are good restaurants. For the outlandish... More 

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Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stoped at the gardens after a tour of the grand old Opry! What a beautiful resort! plan on spending at least 2 hours here! between the shops food and attractions! so much to see and enjoy! we stopeed for a drinka nd an appetizer in the gardens was so relaxing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are truly magnificent during the day and at night. There are waterfalls and many varieties of plants. It is a pretty cool place to relax

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

my husband and i almost didnt go here. but i sure glad we did! beautiful property and the Gardens are a must see!

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