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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
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615 889 1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an...

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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The hotel is enormous can easily get lost if you don't pay attention. The interior is beautiful with all of the live plants, flowers and trees. The boat ride was a nice way to... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel is enormous can easily get lost if you don't pay attention. The interior is beautiful with all of the live plants, flowers and trees. The boat ride was a nice way to see the hotel. Cute shops and nice restaurants. Rooms are a good size and well appointed. Employees all friendly and helpful. The only downside is the... More 

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We had a guide showing us around before classes started on Sunday. This was different and was very interesting with all the plants, water falls and fishing swimming around inside and hotel.

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Akron, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My friend and I went here after she got a last minute priceline deal. Since priceline does not tell you what hotel you get to after you purchase it there is no backing out. This place is really cool inside. To the point you can get lost. But they charge you for everything and it isn't cheap! We didn't get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed seeing all the trees, bushes, plants and flowers inside the gardens. We took the 15 minute boat ride which costs $10.50 a person to ride but you get to see the three waterfalls that way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort while in Nashville this February. It's a gorgeous place; basically three hotels combined into one location: Delta, Magnolia, and Cascade. There are several restaurants, bars, etc. throughout the resort. You can even ride a boat on a canal that winds through part of the resort. We didn't stay here overnight but we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So many hotel rooms and conference rooms here. They are built around a beautiful atrium with a river and waterfalls. There are 15 eating and drinking establishments here. We were very surprised at how large and beautiful this was to visit.

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What a treat to stay at the Gaylord Opryland!! This was a girls trip for myself and daughter with my sister and her daughter. The room was more than enough with plush queen size beds, double sink vanity and beautiful windows looking out to the gardens. The hotel boasts several restaurants and coffee shops, a river running through it that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Decided to stay because I was going to the Grand Ol Opry that night and wanted to be close by. Having toured Nashville for a few days, I was ready to relax and stay put for a day. Pros: - let me check in early without any hassle - place is huge so you can wander around stay indoors the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

With the possible exception of needing to provide a (free) shuttle to guests that want to go downtown, and charging $26.00 a night to self-park, this Gaylord Property is exceptional in every other way!! It is beautiful, the staff are friendly and accommodating, and the rooms are perfect!!! It is right next to the "Opry," and they do provide free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying downtown but want to check out this property and it is massive and awesome. The gardens are amazing, there is shopping and dining options as well as entertainment. You could get lost in this resort it is so big, but it is truly beautiful. They have an app that you can download that helps you find your... More 

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