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“Great with one exception”

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
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Nashville Tour of Grand Ole Opry House and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Ranked #9 of 258 things to do in Nashville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

This hotel is beautiful but our big night out was ruined by the experience at their restaurant. The hotel contains a few different places to eat but the Italian spot we had many issues with. First the food was subpar. They claim their pasta is made fresh daily. Based on the 30 years of pasta making experience I have I'd say they had made it and then frozen it. Secondly, completely overpriced. I mean honestly it's in the resort it's going to be overpriced but this was crazy over priced. We asked for a side of plain pasta, nothing fancy and it was $20. I mean seriously, our waiter looked at us like we were strange to question that. His English was conversational at best so their wasn't much help there. Our other dish was also questionable. Since this was our anniversary we didn't push the topic further. Other than that nice place to stay.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Felt like we were in a conservatory, the displays were beautiful! The hotel room was really nice, but nothing too spectacular, and everything was extra~parking! breakfast etc. Way too expensive with all the other nice hotels in Nashville with multiple amenities included. I guess worth trying once, I did like the little veranda off our room.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

The Opryland Hotel Gardens have many fond memories for me-- many nights in college a few of us (couples) would drive down and wander through the gardens, very romantic and free. We also celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here.

The gardens are huge, with twisting paths and secluded benches throughout. Weddings are often held in the gardens-- beautiful to observe. A fountain show (really beautiful at night), waterfall, and boat ride through the Delta garden are just some of the attractions available.

This is a resort; it's not cheap to stay in the hotel and dining there is expensive, but plentiful, as well. They also charge for parking-- we parked at Opry Mills and walked over to the hotel. It's a great experience, and definitely worth visiting when you're in Nashville!

Thank ScrapperAnne
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

It is a beautiful hotel, but very expensive. There is a nice breakfast at the hotel, but it is cheaper to go across the street to Cracker Barrel. The gardens are just beautiful and well-manicured.

Thank Barbara P
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a botanical garden gone crazy. There are walkways spread over three or four levels with all types of plants on display. It is a clean environment and a stroll is wonderful. There are also a number of restaurants. We had lunch at the Cascades and it was terrific, though a bit on the high side. Parking is $23 (with tax).

Thank Emil P
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