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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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A Place To Get Lost In!

The Gaylord is huge with beautiful gardens and a riverboat tour! Ate at Stax, a build your own... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Deb W
Denver, Colorado

From the outside, I admit, I wondered why I was wasting my time. But the second I walked into the... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
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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 2 October 2016

The Gaylord is huge with beautiful gardens and a riverboat tour! Ate at Stax, a build your own burger place inside the hotel. I was surprised though that when you asked employees how to get around they didn't know either! Hence, my title for the...More

Thank Deb W
GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent experience at Gaylord Opryland. Thank you for making our resort a stop on your travels to Nashville. While it seems that you enjoyed your visit for the most...More

Reviewed 1 October 2016

From the outside, I admit, I wondered why I was wasting my time. But the second I walked into the lobby, I was spellbound, and upon entering Atrium #1, I was completely blown away. It took over 3 hours to wander through all 3 atriums...More

Thank shetown12
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Stunning and lovely resort offering a boat ride around grounds. Bring your camera. Worth the visit. Our bus tour made a stop and we were so glad because it has lovely flowers, waterfalls, and gardens. I wish we had dined in one of their restaurants.

Thank Irene B
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We decided not to stay at this beautiful hotel only because of its size. It's way to big for us to find our way and walk around every day. We stayed across the street and came over on our hotel shuttle to shop and eat...More

1  Thank Darlene H
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We loved the hotel and the atmosphere. The rates for a conference were reasonable and the rooms well appointed. The additional 18% and $24 per night parking were a little annoying but no way to avoid it.

Thank mvann4
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I love this place. It's so pretty and it doesn't matter what the weather is outside you can still enjoy beautiful flowers and plants.

Thank TrueTravelAmore77
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The boat ride is short but well worth the ride. The river has waters from all over the world and plants from every where.

Thank Laurel M
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Enjoyed the short boat ride throughout the hotel. Beautiful gardens. Very large area with several food choices.

Thank ccincp
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is 4 hotels in one. The atriums are all very beautiful! If you are a nature lover, trees, plants, flowers, ground cover, water, are all presented in a tropical presentation. I loved the atriums sooooo much. I would never get tired of being there...More

Thank 3grandsons
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful hotel complex a must see to believe. The different gardens are beautiful the air seems so fresh. It is so large they a boat trip that you can take inside. Plenty of shops and restaurants. If so not have to leave...More

Thank Daniel H
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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