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

We were completely unprepared for the tropical rain forests enclosed within the central areas of the hotel. We were not staying here, but my wife wants to stay here next time we're in town. Right next to the Grand Ol' Opry.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved walking around the exceptionally kept grounds, unique shops, and great eats. Parking is expensive, but worth the adventure waiting inside.

Thank Sherry M
Reviewed yesterday

We had been advised to check out the resort gardens, and did so before a show at the Grand Old Opry. The gardens are beautiful. It is fun to wander through the resort, and see what they have done in indoor spaces. We sat by...More

Thank framgal
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent hours walking through the gardens. It is all indoor so its a great place on a hot or rainy day. There are also some cute shops and restaurants.

Thank pmonty13
Reviewed 2 days ago

The resort is beautiful, we walked around and saw that they have tried to really make the place an Adult and child place to be. The hotel is very clean and well taken care of. It is expensive to eat there, prices are up there...More

Thank retrmc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Get to enjoy fresh plants and a nice view even inside the Hotel. A nice place to relax or hold an event. I liked the gazebo they had in the middle, we took tons of photos and overall it was an excellent place to stay...More

Thank nicathetraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fantastic hotel and convention centre. The prices are very expensive, though, so if you're staying at the hotel you will want to stock up on drinks and snacks from outside of the hotel.

Thank tbrittain
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A stroll through at night was so beautiful, we got lost several times. Many places to eat and drink, and all under an air conditioning cover. Well worth your time to see this place. Parking can be access via the shopping center parking lot next...More

Thank sxtt38a
Reviewed 3 days ago

The first thing we did when we arrived was to take the boat tour of the gardens. The guide was knowledgeable on all things to do with the gardens. He mixed knowledge with humor and was fascinating with his knowledge of the plants, glass work,...More

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 4 days ago

This hotel is always so pretty especially at Christmas. It is free to walk around inside. You are bettr off to park across the street in the mall parking lot and walk over. There is a little boat ride inside but I thought it was...More

Thank Anita B
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Jennifer G
How long would you plan on spending there if you were just to walk around, shop, eat and boat ride? Few hours? Day?
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!!!!
How was the K-Love Music awards?
5 March 2017|
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Response from dartyhasam | Reviewed this property |
Didn't attend
Susan D
What is the best hotel best restaurants and best music venues in Nashville?
7 November 2016|
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Response from Karol K | Reviewed this property |
we loved the inn at opryland..free shuttle to Grand hotel across the strett..cool laid back bar behind hotel too