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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

Very kid friendly with lots to do nearby, including the Grand Ole Opry and a shopping mall. Included are two pools and an outdoor hot tub. I recommend longer stays so you can experience everything this great hotel has to offer.

Thank AGCATransplant
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were staying at the Inn at Opryland and took the free shuttle. I don't think it's spectacular enough to pay the $29 to park and walk in, but you can also walk from the mall. Beautiful atriums and done shops. Lots of great picture...More

Thank SuperMommyJen5
Reviewed yesterday

These gardens are very impressive for children and adults. They are entirely indoors. Massive and unique. Indoor boat ride, dancing fountain, loads of waterfalls. My tip is that if you eat a meal there, they validate your entire $29 parking bill. Two of us ate...More

Thank Angela P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I explored the gardens in the atrium of this hotel and were very impressive. The garden conservatory was my favorite. If you take the time to walk the areas and observe in detail the gardens, variety of plants including orchids, the careful...More

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

How this huge place stays so beautiful year round is a mystery. I have been to the Opryland Hotel many times and I never see anyone tending to all the amazing plants, trees, flowers, waterways, fish etc. it is a beautiful place to stroll through...More

Thank georgiatn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing only begins to describe this resort. It is extremely clean and the staff is very attentive. While this trip it was just my husband and I, there are a lot of kid activities such as scavenger hunts and an arcade. The food was delicious...More

Thank odonnl30
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed here two nights in the Magnolia section. You must take the indoor boat trip on their in-house river. Our meal at their Jack Daniels restaurant was fantastic!

Thank Alan E
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens were absolutely beautiful. I was impressed at the detail that went into creating the gardens. While I was there, the them was Alice in Wonderland, which made for amazing décor. We only stopped briefly on our way to a concert...More

Thank Ellejay4
Reviewed 3 days ago

This building is an architectural tour de force, with streaming skyways, landscaping that includes waterfalls to simulate a lush tropical garden and [very expensive] shops. Its repertoire includes restaurants for every taste. Next door to the Grand Ol Opry. I would say it has the...More

Thank Jerry W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very well kept. Beautiful flower filled paths to walk. Indoors. Air conditioned. Lots of Water Features. Bars. Candy Shops, Etc. got the atrium areas.

Thank Debra R
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23 July 2017|
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Response from gingersnapsmama | Reviewed this property |
My favorite places (not in the resort) are Pucketts and BB King's Blues Bar.
Jennifer G
21 April 2017|
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Response from WolfeFamily1 | Reviewed this property |
Be a wear that they are building a fantastic indoor and out door water park. "Sound Waves" It should be ready in 14 months!!!!
5 March 2017|
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Response from dartyhasam | Reviewed this property |
Didn't attend