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“Beautiful place”

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
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$69.00*
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Nashville Tour of Grand Ole Opry House and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Ranked #8 of 252 things to do in Nashville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Park at the mall for free or at the hotel for$20.
This place is gorgeous, fill of beautiful plants all grown inside. Some small shops $$$ and places to eat.

Visited September 2013
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Post Falls, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A nice retreat from the heat!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I stopped in here one super humid afternoon because I remembered my grandmother telling me how much she enjoyed it when she had been in Nashville. What a great little retreat from the heat! Beautiful gardens, nice and cool... watched the choreographed fountains, the kids playing in the water mist were so cute!

This is one of those things that you have to see while you're here, because there's nothing like it anywhere else!

I parked at the far end of the mall parking lot and followed the walkway to the hotel - 5 minutes, tops (although, with the storm system that was moving in, I was soaked by the time I got to the lobby... and it wasn't raining yet).

And enjoy a little shopping while you're there - that mall is HUGE. Beware the salesmen at the kiosks, though - they're quick!

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very nice”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

One of the nicest hotels in the city of Nashville im.from Nashville been there lots of times always is very clean and just a seren. Place to just go and relax

Visited September 2013
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“awesome”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

From the moment you walk in you are struck by the size and beauty of the place. We had never been to an "indoor mall, conservatory and hotel" at the the same time and place. You cannot do it justice in one visit. Too many paths and plantings and stores and restaurants and things to do in one visit. It would not be difficult to get lost without a map that is provided for you. You can stay at the hotel and overlook the gardens, etc. and would like to do it someday. How about a ride in a gondola around the gardens?
We just walked and walked and looked until we got hungry. Several upscale and rather expensive restaurants located throughout the "complex". We ate at Jack Daniels and food was very good and the service fine.
It is a must see and is free to get in but you have to pay for parking and it is $20! I am not sure if all the stores and restaurants comp. parking, but Jack Daniels does, so would suggest that you eat in Opreland or spend money somewhere in the mall area.

Visited September 2013
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Tinshorn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“awesome gardens”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

this is a HUGE facility, Be sure you are prepared to walk and walk some more.. It IS worth every step.

Visited October 2013
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