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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
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+1 615-889-1000
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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This place is absolutely huge! Staff is very helpful from check-in to just getting around the resort. The gardens, waterfalls, and water show are pretty impressive. Prices on... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2016
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New Windsor, New York
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

This place is absolutely huge! Staff is very helpful from check-in to just getting around the resort. The gardens, waterfalls, and water show are pretty impressive. Prices on the food menus seem to be on the higher side though. Breakfast will easily run you about $20. Gift shop prices aren't too bad compared to some items seen downtown. If you... More 

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

I have lived in either Chattanooga or Nashville for the past 22 years and have been to this hotel resort for business conventions, to give "out of town" guests my own personal tour, and to dine and even stay overnight with my immediate family. As a family we usual book a 2-3 day stay every Christmas. Its pricy, but not... More 

Thank Kenneth P
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

It's a great hotel to stay, beautiful, good service, good restaurants, A little pricey, but so nice. You can also pay around $20 to park and walk through it. It's beautiful with a conservatory with plants, trees, flowers, breathtaking. You can park at the mall and walk over and save the $20! It's a great place to go while in... More 

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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Didn't stay at this hotel but was told it was worth visiting and it was! Beautiful to walk around and much easier than walking in 100 degree weather!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This place is massive there is botanical gardens in the hotel waterfalls restaurants bars coffee shops shops and that's what we saw didn't get to see it all well worth a visit

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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Stayed in downtown Nashville & made a visit to Opryland Resort - wish we chose to stay at Opryland Resort instead, and make the to drive downtown. Can't say enough about Opryland Resort-it has everything and more. Thinking of returning to Opryland Resort for long weekend.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We enjoy all the oxygen one enjoys as you can stroll thru the gardens in several adjoining buildings. The addition of the water makes one feel relaxed. There are shops along the way and several eateries if one desires. We have taken the boat trip thru the area which was quite enjoyable also. It is a convention center so there... More 

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Byhalia, Mississippi
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

This resort is gorgeous! It's worth a visit even if you don't spend the night. The cascades lobby is beautiful with a spun glass fountain. The indoor gardens are incredibly serene and include a waterfall that you can walk under. Topiary animals are found through out the gardens. The whole resort is located under several glass roofs. You can shop... More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This whole place is eye candy!!! From the beautiful atrium with plants and trees from all over the world to the boats that take you slowly through the the beautiful scenery. The restaurants and bars are all very good and the hotel itself is top shelf. There's music everywhere. A truly memorable visit. We'll be back!

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Dacula, Georgia
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We weren't guests of the hotel (way too expensive on the weekends), but we planned some walking around time before we were going to the Grand Ole Opry, which is right next door! You can park for free in the lot behind the mall and walk to both the Gaylord and Grand Ole Opry! Easy. Take your time walking around,... More 

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