Cheekwood in Bloom to feature more than 150,000 blooms

Annual Spring Festival will run 7 days a week for the first time

more than 150,000 blooms
Cheekwood in Bloom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of visitors from near and far are expected to flock to Cheekwood to experience the beauty of spring during Cheekwood in Bloom. The annual festival, running March 9 – April 7, features more than 150,000 blooming bulbs throughout the gardens and five weekends of entertainment, including special programming and natural inspiration for guests of all ages.

“Cheekwood in Bloom is one of the most magical times to be at Cheekwood, as tulips, daffodils and flowering trees spread color all throughout the gardens,” said Mary Weber, director of horticulture at Cheekwood. “With family-friendly weekend activities and the return of the Beer Garden, there is no better place to be to celebrate spring’s arrival.”

Typically closed on Mondays, Cheekwood will open 7 days a week during the festival, offering special activities on the weekends. Also new this year, Cheekwood will add plein air painting on the weekends, offering guests a pristine landscape as inspiration for their own works of art.

Visitors can also enjoy returning favorites like seasonal brews and cocktails in the Beer Garden, as well as live music every weekend.

The festival schedule is listed below, and complete details can be found at


Cheekwood in Bloom Special Events

  • March 16 - 17: St Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration
  • March 21: In Bloom: Works from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection opens in the Museum of Art galleries
  • April 6: Native Plant Sale, Drop Everything and Read Day

Every Saturday

  • Family Activity | 10am – 2pm
  • Children’s Storytime | 10am, 11am & 12pm
  • Live Music at the Frist Learning Center | 11am – 2pm
  • Beer Garden with Live Music | 11am – 4pm (music ends at 2pm)
  • New! “Walk with a Gardener” Tour | 10am and 1pm
  • Docent-led House and History Tour | 10am, 12pm & 2pm
  • Docent-led Garden Tour | 11am & 3pm

Every Sunday

  • Tai Chi in the Garden | 9:30am
  • Plein Air Painting | 11am - 2pm
  • Live Music at the Frist Learning Center | 11am – 2pm
  • Beer Garden with Live Music | 11am – 4pm (music ends at 2pm)
  • Docent-led House and History Tours | 10am, 12pm & 2pm
  • Docent-led Garden Tour | 11am & 3pm
  • Yoga in the Gardens | 1pm
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour | 2pm

Cheekwood in Bloom is presented by HCA/TriStar Health, proud education sponsor of Cheekwood. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit


About Cheekwood

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.