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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

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Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
Phone Number:
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 was definitely a fun place to go, even if you aren't staying in a room.Cool little boat ride, a bunch of shops for the wife, and some decent food.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was definitely a fun place to go, even if you aren't staying in a room.Cool little boat ride, a bunch of shops for the wife, and some decent food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent place to see in Nashville, TN. Everything is nice. Lots of people wandering with smile on their faces. Place is so inviting and peaceful. A lot of things to see, beautiful garden, different flowers and plants, and other things. Pleasant surprise to see what is there.

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Our daughter was treated for her 16th Birthday. Only wish staff was more informative of what the hotel offers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family spent a week in Nashville. We had tickets to the Grand Ole Opry one night, so while we were there we went to check out Opryland Resort, such a beautiful spot. It is huge and lots of things to see and do there. Definitely check this out while you are in Nashville, even if you aren't staying there.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In mid December, we drove to Opryland Resort to walk through it and perhaps have dinner. It is very large, so be prepared to walk a lot. At the time we toured, the Resort was "packed" with families and small children for the Christmas Holidays. Although the decorations were beautiful, it was too crowded to enjoy to the utmost. We... More 

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GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent visit to Gaylord Opryland. We sincerely thank you for stopping by this holiday season, however we are sorry to hear that you did not fully enjoy your experience. Please accept our sincere apology for the inconveniences you experienced due to the long waits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful places in Nashville. It feels like a whole new world. Many restaurants and waterfalls. Great atmosphere for a little adventure or relaxing place to read a book.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with my husbands work conference. Rooms were updated and clean. Staff was helpful and friendly. I felt safe wandering around alone while he was in meetings. The big downside would be the size and figuring out how to get anywhere without downloading the app for directions.

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Florence, al
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love staying here. The atmosphere is so much fun and when they have special events going on that just adds to the fun. The staff is great and the rooms are very nice.

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Basehor, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though it was $28 to park it was a must see and explore. Great places to shop and eat. Very nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The opulent Opryland hotel boasts such amazing shops, scenery and restaurants; you must visit! Truly, the hotel has everything you could possibly desire for a day visit or extend d stay. The Christmas decorations were up throughout the hotel and were simply gorgeous. Walking around taking in the sites made for an unforgettable day. The food and drinks were delicious.... More 

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