CHEEKWOOD TO HONOR ACCLAIMED NASHVILLE ARCHITECT WITH INAUGURAL BRYANT FLEMING DAY
Partner Event with Friends of Warner Parks set for October 7
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cheekwood announces plans to honor acclaimed landscape architect Bryant Fleming, the man who brought the Cheeks’ vision of a grand estate to life and designed the iconic Warner Park Allèe. Cheekwood and Friends of Warner Parks have joined to declare Saturday, October 7, 2017, Bryant Fleming Day in his memory.
“We’re thrilled to be reclaiming our heritage as a Bryant Fleming Estate,” said Nathalie Lavine, director of education and programs at Cheekwood. “Mr. Fleming is credited for some of Nashville’s most scenic and recognizable landmarks, and it is our goal to acquaint the public with the man behind these beloved spaces.”
Cheekwood and Friends of Warner Parks have teamed up to plan the first-ever partner event to celebrate Fleming’s Nashville masterpieces, starting with a morning hike through Percy Warner Park and continuing with lectures and programs incorporated into Cheekwood’s fall festival, Cheekwood Harvest.
The inaugural Bryant Fleming Day will include a variety of programming throughout the day, including a building table to allow designers of all ages to learn the basics of landscape architecture and create a dream space of their own. Other elements include artful photo opportunities in Cheekwood’s Wills Perennial Garden and Wisteria Arbor, and a continual viewing of Nashville Public Television’s documentary, Cheekwood: A Masterpiece by Man & Nature will be shown.
In addition to the scheduled events, Cheekwood will open a new exhibition designed to sing Fleming’s praises. Estates of Elegance: Bryant Fleming and The American Country Place Era, will open on October 7 and run through January 21, 2018 in the third-floor gallery of the Cheekwood Mansion.
A full schedule of events is as follows:
Bryant Fleming Day
Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:00 am: A group-led hike will begin at Percy Warner Park, taking guests on a tour of the natural beauty visible from the stone allée, and exploring the trails that the Cheek family walked and rode through as park neighbors. The tour will conclude with light refreshments on Wisteria Arbor, overlooking Fleming’s intentional vistas of the rolling, green hills. Pre-registration is required.
10:00 am: A Cheekwood docent will lead a tour of Estate of Elegance: Bryant Fleming and the American Country Place Era exhibition.
11:00 am: A Cheekwood docent will lead a tour of the Cheekwood grounds highlighting Fleming’s designs.
12:00 pm: A design-focused panel and lecture conversation will take place in Cheekwood’s Massey Auditorium. The panel will discuss Bryant Fleming and his background, influences and designs.
2:00 pm: A Cheekwood docent will lead a tour of Estate of Elegance: Bryant Fleming and the American Country Place Era exhibition.
3:00 pm: A Cheekwood docent will lead a tour of the Cheekwood grounds highlighting Fleming’s designs.
For more information on Bryant Fleming Day, visit https://cheekwood.org/calendar/bryant-fleming-day/.
For more information on Friends of Warner Parks, visit http://warnerparks.org/.
The restoration of Cheekwood's historic rooms and gardens and the endowment for their care and maintenance have been made possible with generous support from the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, the Bovender Family, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Andrews, Jr., and the Founding Members of The 1929 Club.
Cheekwood Harvest is presented by Bank of America, and made possible in part by funds from the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries. Over 225,000 visitors come to Cheekwood annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 8 miles west of downtown Nashville. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information, call 615.356.8000 or visit cheekwood.org.
About Friends of Warner Parks
Friends of Warner Parks is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and stewardship of Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. It works to protect the natural and historical integrity of the area by supporting appropriate recreational activities, maintaining and enhancing its features, and promoting programs that inspire appreciation and conservation of the Parks. Friends of Warner Parks works closely with Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation to leverage volunteer, partnership and philanthropic efforts to care for the Parks. Among other projects, funds raised by Friends of Warner Parks are used to fund programs and staff at the Warner Park Nature Center, restore historic structures, and maintain trails and other park amenities. Friends is a 501(c)3 organization.