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March 19 - April 24, 2016
There’s no place more beautiful than Cheekwood in the spring as 100,000 tulips spill from our gardens to create a color experience you won’t forget. Daffodils, magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods are also in on the act, putting on an unforgettable show as warmer weather and longer days arrive in Nashville. With six weekends of family activities, entertainment and plenty of natural inspiration, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the change of the season.


SATURDAY, MARCH 19: Steve Tobin: Southern Roots

Earth Party with Mr. Steve, The Music Man
11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Mr. Steve The Music Man makes socially conscious music for kids that ROCKS. Singing songs from his new album, Earth Party!, Mr. Steve's show celebrates our great Earth.

Garden Roots Demonstration with Tavalin Tails Farm
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
From carrots and potatoes to trees and flowers, learn about the different kinds of roots in this interactive garden demonstration with Amy Tavalin of Tavalin Tails Farm.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26: Spring Art Hop

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Special event pricing applies.

Celebrate spring in style with egg hunts, crafts, performances, garden games and more at the 24th annual Spring Art Hop.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 

Featured Performance: Bright Star Theatre presents Once Upon a Time…
12:00 pm
Literature comes to life in this hysterical production by children’s theater group Bright Star Theatre, as they bring to the stage Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk!


The Farmer’s Florist
11:30 am & 1:00 pm
Join The Farmer’s Florist, Christie Craig, to learn about locally grown flowers and making your own arrangements inspired by Cheekwood’s spring gardens.

Backyard Beekeeping presented by Warner Park Nature Center
10:00 am – 2:00 pm   
Warner Park Nature Center will be on hand to give tips and demonstrations on beekeeping in your very own backyard.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9: Japanese Garden: Shomu-en 

Live Music: Koto in the Japanese Garden
11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Listen to the relaxing sounds of Japanese koto players while enjoying our nationally recognized Japanese Garden, Shomu-en.

Nashville Bonsai Society Demonstration
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn about the Japanese art of bonsai from the Nashville Bonsai Society, and watch live tree cutting demonstrations on a variety of different tree species.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16: Drop Everything and Read!

Literary Celebration with East Side Story
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Celebrate Drop Everything and Read with Cheekwood and East Side Story, Nashville’s all-local bookstore.

Book Swap at Cheekwood’s New Free Library
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Take a book, leave a book! Bring your gently used books to Cheekwood for a book swap in celebration of our new Free Library.

“Plant a Story” Demonstration
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Write your own story on wildflower seed paper and learn about planting your paper at home in this interactive garden demonstration.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23: National Arbor Day Celebration

“Canopy Climb” Experience with Tree Climbing Planet
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Climb to new heights and explore Cheekwood’s trees like never before! Facilitated by a certified tree-climbing specialist, the experience includes a brief tree-climbing introduction and safety lesson, gear fitting, instruction, ascent, exploration, and descent. The Canopy Climb is first-come, first-serve and is open to adults and children ages 8 and over.

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Learning Tent
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stop by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s tent for answers to all your tree related questions.

Take Home Tree Seedlings and Planting Demonstration
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn all about tree planting and take home your very own tree seedling.

Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us in the studios and create a different themed art project each weekend – open to all ages!

Roots Music featuring the National Museum of African American Music
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy music in our gardens that takes you back to your roots! Inspired by Steve Tobin: Southern Roots, the National Museum of African American Music will feature roots music such as blues, jazz, and folk every Saturday.

Children’s Storytime in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden
10:15 am & 11:15 am
Join us for an exploration into the wide world of literature! Using songs, dance, and interactive reading, your child’s favorite books will spring to life in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Live Music: Piano in the Museum Drawing Room
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Local pianist Gunther Knaup creates the perfect backdrop for a stroll through the galleries and historic home.

Live Bunnies & Friends: Pet & Learn with Clover Patch Sanctuary (except March 19)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Visit with your favorite furry friends and learn all about bunnies, chicks and ducks from the educators at Clover Patch Sanctuary. Animals will vary each weekend.

Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music
2:00 pm 
Cheekwood is honored to partner with Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music this spring to offer a concert series in the Museum of Art’s Drawing Room featuring some of Nashville’s finest musicians.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
With Cheekwood’s beautiful blooms and sweeping vistas as your inspiration, join us for a unique drop-in drawing experience with different locations each Sunday. Cash bar available. 


Guided Tours
Tours are free and no reservations are required.

     Featured Garden Tours
     11:30 am
     Join a different featured garden tour each weekend.

     House & History Tour
     12:30 pm
     Learn about the design and construction of the mansion and grounds in the early 20th
     century, and explore Cheekwood’s place in the American Country Place Estate Era.

     Collection & Exhibition Tour
     1:30 pm
     Learn about the current exhibition by Steve Tobin: Southern Roots.

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