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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
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Reviewed June 12, 2017

It is hard to find words to describe the grandeur of this resort. Thankfully signs will guide you as you explore the beautiful gardens, murals, shops and restaurants. OR any staff member will recognize the confused look on your face and offer assistance. We took...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2017

This was definitely a neat place to check out but rather confusing and overwhelming. It took us over a half hour to figure out where to park.More

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Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent visit to Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. We thank you for choosing to visit us during your time in Nashville and are delighted to notice you enjoyed...More

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Reviewed June 11, 2017

Totally unexpected beauty. The gardens are much prettier than the pictures can show! Great place for couples or families.

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Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

The environment was gorgeous. Great place to just wonder around and look at the beautiful plants and water features

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Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

If you do have to bring the kids along on your trip to Nashville, this is the place to stay. So much for them to do and discover.

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Reviewed June 8, 2017

We were very much stunned by this indoor botanic-garden style hotel. It is huge, but well designed, and well maintained. Though the hotel is set indoor with rivers, the air is fresh without bad smell where we normally find in other huge hotels at all....More

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Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

Gardens are to die for!! So lovely. You have to see it in person to believe it. Feels like you are in a tropical island location, surrounded by waterfalls and lush plants. So gorgeous! Expensive restaurants but worth the price for the atmosphere!

Thank Nicolette A
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Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous resort but freezing inside! Gardens, rivers, waterfalls but wear a jacket. The temperature detracts from the enjoyment of the ambiance. No reason the inside and atrium needs to be so cold and if there is, they should offer a free jacket.

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Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

We walked around inside the hotel on a rainy day. It is very impressive, you must see it! We did not download the app and that was probably a mistake because we got lost because it is not signed well. Sadly the yogurt shop in...More

Thank Marybeth F
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Reviewed June 6, 2017

The hotel has a beautiful doom and build as a large botanic garden, It is very pretty to walk around, even was crowded but still must to see when you visit Nashville

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I am sorry I cannot answer your brunch question. We were there mid afternoon, but there are many delicious food & beverage choices at the hotel including Starbucks and delicious pizza & wine to eat inside or out on their... More
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Response from marilyn p | Reviewed this property |
The boat ride was fun and well worth the $10 p/person. The wait was under 15 minutes.
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