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“Just went to visit, didn't stay at the resort. Fun to walk around the place is HUGE!”

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
Ranked #22 of 269 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 2, 2017

Didn't stay as a guest but walked around after Christmas. The place was amazing!! Decorations and activities for families all over the place! Parking is free between the hotel and the Grand Ole Opry. Just park and walk over to the resort. The gardens were beautiful especially after Christmas with Poinsettias everywhere!! and a HUGE tree! They had a special event too, but we did buy tickets to see it. Crowds were there, but to be expected at this time of year.

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Reviewed January 2, 2017

checked out the hotel gardens, such a beautiful place, there was a boat ride going through on part of the gardens which was cool

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Reviewed January 2, 2017

What a beautiful place. indoor gardens, water everywhere and good food. Also we loved Shelly Mitchell who gave us the guided tour!!

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Reviewed January 2, 2017

Room was beautiful and clean. However, we had to ask for 3 towels because our party of 4 could not shower and all use the ONE towel in the room. We also had to request an in-room menu, which would take 20 minutes to get, which was a bummer and sent us running to get to the inexpensive food places in the resort which were about to close (we had a 10 hour drive to get to Opryland and had to check in late). We wanted to order breakfast for in-room dining, however, the delivery time would have been 1 hour 45 minutes - CRAZY, which would have ended up after our checkout time.

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GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2017

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent stay at Gaylord Opryland.

We thank you for choosing to stay with us, however we are disappointed to notice the lack of proper amenities within your guestroom and are sorry to hear of the long waits you endured during your stay. Please accept our sincere apology for these inconveniences. We strive to ensure each guest has a flawless experience and we are truly sorry this was not provided for you. Please be assured that we have shared your feedback with the appropriate hotel team to ensure continual improvement for our resort.

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back so that we may offer you an experience more in-line with our aim at flawless.

Kaitlin C. -Customer Care Specialist

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Reviewed January 2, 2017

The Gaylord Opryland Resort is the gem of Nashville, in my opinion. Walking through the interior of the resort is a must for any tourist, and a great activity for couples. There are many wonderful restaurants and stores to choose from, and the resort is so expansive, walking around and taking it all in can take hours. We probably stayed three hours including dinner, and we walk quickly.

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