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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
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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Beautiful over the top hotel. We had a room in the Magnolia section but it had 2 conjoining doors on either side so we asked to switch. (Front desk super friendly and... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2016
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Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful over the top hotel. We had a room in the Magnolia section but it had 2 conjoining doors on either side so we asked to switch. (Front desk super friendly and professional). We were switched into a really nice room in the Garden section. I think the rooms in the Garden section have been updated. Our room there was... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 19, 2016

The garden of the Opryland are amazing. The place is so large it is easy to get lost. From the plants to the streams and waterfall, they have amazingly recreated the outside, inside the hotel. In the middle of all the gardens are the bars and restaurants that take advantage of the setting, specially in the Cascades area,.

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

While we did not stay here, I certainly would have liked to. Hopefully next time that we visit Nashville we can! Beautiful, tranquil and peaceful. I could go on but I think you get my drift.

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Reviewed March 18, 2016

Don't know what to do when it rains in Nashville but don't want to hit Opry Mills? Head over to Opryland and meander around the atrium of the Cascades, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy feeling like you're outside on a beautiful day whilst actually being hammered by rain. Parking at Opryland is incredibly steep, so please be aware... More 

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Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Isn't what it sounds like... It feels like a Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean amusement park attract in a way. A little automated boat takes you around a man made waterway inside the hotel/shopping area. I enjoyed getting off my feet and having some cool moist air blowing on me from the pretend waterfalls. I liked it but probably not... More 

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Somers, Montana
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Reviewed March 18, 2016

Very pleasant place to take a stroll on a hot summers day. We took the little boat tour inside and that was relaxing also.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

You've never seen a hotel like this...anywhere. The gardens and river inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel are hard to believe. Lush. Beautiful. Great place to walk around or have some coffee or a meal.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

The atrium is beautiful, we had dinner at a restaurant at the hotel and we were seated in the garden, very nice.

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Manila, Arkansas
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

It's worth the trip to the Gaylord Opryland hotel just to walk through the gardens. Even if you're not staying there it's a must see. Walking to the gardens is so peaceful and calming. All the plants are meticulously paired and aligned to draw your eye to every level.

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Reviewed March 15, 2016

I had been here over 20 years ago, my husband had never been so it was a must. You walk in and are in awe. The gardens, waterfalls are breathtaking. We just walked and enjoyed the beauty. There is even a boat ride you can take, although I found that a little pricey. For anyone going to Nashville do your... More 

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