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Cheekwood to host 'Cheekwood in Bloom' throughout April

Feb 9, 2012, 10:23 a.m.
Cheekwood has received a $1 million endowment to fund a new Artist-in-Residence program to be named in honor of Martin Shallenberger as a gift from a private foundation. Cheekwood

— Spring is one of the best times to visit Cheekwood and take a front-row seat for the new season's arrival. As the days warm in mid-March, waves of color begin to emerge across the grounds and gardens, starting with hyacinths, daffodils and magnolias that soon give way to iris, dogwoods and viburnums.

This year's spring blooms will deliver a massive dose of one of spring's classics: the bright, crisp lines of over 22,000 tulips. Guests will delight in 16,000 pink tulips blooming in just the Robertson Ellis Color Garden alone, featuring hand-picked varieties including Foxtrot, Menton and Pink Impression, selected to provide the longest season of bloom possible.

There will be much to see and do during Cheekwood in Bloom, with activities every weekend that will please all members in the household. Following is a full schedule of all events for the month. Complete details are available at www.cheekwood.org.

SATURDAYS:

SPRING ART HOP

Saturday, April 7

HOP into spring at Cheekwood's 20th annual Spring Art Hop. Over 20,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the gardens for egg hunts every half hour as well as arts and crafts, musicians, live entertainment and more!

KA-BLOOM!

Saturday, April 14

There's no better place to celebrate the colors of spring!

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Studio Drop-In Activity - Beautiful Blooms

This is a family-friendly art activity where visitors can create a "bloom" using unique materials and methods. Afterwards, a scavenger hunt will be available to discover all the spring surprises at Cheekwood.

10:30 a.m.: Demonstration: Flower Arranging

Visitors can learn how to make superb arrangements out of cut flowers from their own spring garden!

11 a.m.: Guided Garden Tour: Robertson Ellis Color Garden

12 p.m.: Family Performance: Howard Pink and his Musical Garden Hoses

Howard's dynamic performance astounds his audience as he plays a number of fun and interesting instruments such as: a Conch shell; a cow's horn; a vuvuzela, a 15' wooden alphorn; plastic soda straws; twirling tune pipes; and his famous, old, green musical garden hoses. The performance includes singing, storytelling and musical magic. Your lips will be "buzzing" with excitement after viewing his performance.

1 p.m.: Guided Garden Tour: Carell Dogwood Garden

2 p.m.: Demonstration: Container Gardening

Visitors can get great tips as Cheekwood's garden staff demonstrate how to create a beautiful spring container.

HOWE GARDEN OPENING

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Howe Garden at Cheekwood has a long history as one of the horticultural centerpieces of Cheekwood's grounds and the city of Nashville. Through the generosity of the Garden Club of Nashville, the Howe Garden has recently undergone a near $1 million renovation designed by Ben Page of PAGE/DUKE Landscape Architects and is expected to earn national attention for its horticulture, design and environmental practices. Cheekwood will celebrate the grand opening of this amazing space on April 21 with activities, live music, guided tours and refreshments.

ARBOR DAY ACTIVITIES

Saturday, April 28

Cheekwood is now a certified Level IV arboretum, with over 120 identified species of trees! In honor of National Arbor Day, Cheekwood will offer tours, art activities, demonstrations and more. The first 100 people through the gates will receive a FREE sapling - extending Arbor Day to your home!

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