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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 today

About 20 minutes from downtown. Go after dark to view the 3,000,000 lights. Great photo ops and the inside gardens an eye opener.

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Reviewed yesterday

We visit this place multiple times a year, and at least a couple of times during the Christmas season. We take all of our visiting guests. It's too hard to describe in words - and must be seen in person. There is just so much...More

1  Thank GR82B50
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have loved this place for many years. The indoor gardens are a stunning testament to the vision of this hotels creators. The Christmas decorations were amazing. This is a one of a kind place in a one of a kind city!

1  Thank RebeccaFerron
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was picturing Vegas style hotels in anticipation of visiting this hotel and that is what I got! The inside it gigantic! Everything in it is huge and ornate. Lots of different things to see and do inside, especially during the holiday season. Everything is...More

1  Thank Von1287
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved the different atriums at Christmas time!!! It was a great free evening out, walking in the various beautifully lit, decorated areas of the hotel. Park at the Opry Mills shopping centre and walk over. But be careful!! If there are events on, it is...More

1  Thank Yvonne156
Reviewed 3 days ago

No words!! It is a beautiful place! Very well kept! The eateries were clean, wait staff looked very professional!

1  Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is huge and going to get bigger by next fall. Need a map in hand to get around. The holiday decorations were the best I’ve seen. Most employees were very friendly and helpful. Debbie Alexander went out of her way to lead me...More

1  Thank Sandra G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful facility with three atriums. Free to the public. Resort pricing on food and gift shops ex. Burger and fries was $17.50. So much to see and do. Water boat tour, Holiday Halls with ice skating and train rides. Within Walking distance of the Grand...More

1  Thank Rebecca Y
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited during the day so the Christmas lighting was not so noticeable. The decorations were impressive. But the best part were the gardens themselves. The horticultural department accomplishes wonders! One expects exotic birds to flit about and sing. The river cruise in the Delta...More

1  Thank Susi P
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a beautiful resort. The landscaping and interior are absolutely exquisite. While the resort is rather expansive, it is truly wonderful. There is a lot of attention to detail at this property. Truly excellent!

1  Thank 113sf
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11 September 2017|
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Response from Angie M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is expensive at the resort. If you go to Opry Mills Mall next to it and park as close to the brick wall as you can it is an easy walk to the resort and that parking is free.
9 September 2017|
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Response from adelaselva | Reviewed this property |
I dont know. I did not sleep here. I only stayed the whole day here. Great place to escape the heat. I did not see any animals around though.
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.