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Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This hotel is always so pretty especially at Christmas. It is free to walk around inside. You are bettr off to park across the street in the mall parking lot and walk over. There is a little boat ride inside but I thought it was...More

Thank Anita B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one special place to visit. We did not stay at the hotel but spent an hour or so walking in the atrium of hotel. Beauty beyond description! And didn't cost a penny. Don't miss this resort!!

Thank Billie W
Reviewed 4 days ago

This resort is one of the biggest resorts in USA with more than 3,000 employees and conference rooms for up to 10,000 people. It has rivers inside the resort, shopping centers, radio station, a few restaurants and lounges. Great service at front desk of the...More

Thank Carlos M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

From the moment I walked into this resort I was in awe! The botanical gardens are amazing. Be sure to get a room facing the atrium. We had a small deck to enjoy the landscaping. Made me feel like I was on a tropical island!...More

Thank chris d
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was amazing!!! I have never seen anything like this before!! We will definitely be going back for a visit!

Thank Laralee K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I did not stay here, but attended a conference there. Hotel is beautiful and clean. Conference facilities were great! Staff was helpful and polite! Good was great!

Thank brianlK5340VG
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don't miss a single twist or turn. There are overhead walkways, meandering pathways and benches behind the water falls. Koi in small ponds, too. Fountains, water falls and a creek lie within the gardens. I can only imagine what this garden looks like at night...More

Thank Lois B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a very upscale resort. I would use the word 'Incredible" to describe the interior. It was all decked out in a Alice in Wonderland theme. This resort is city like. You don't need to leave. Very clean and comfortable room. The room was...More

Thank Maggie0906
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a glorified hotel. Rooms are average, the place is crowded. Always a convention or conference going on. Been there 3 times and don't want to go back. Food is outrageous. It is an experience with all of the restaurants and the atrium and boat...More

Thank Ekekla08
GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. While it was a pleasure having you as our guest, we are deeply sorry to notice that you did not...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Gorgeous hotel with luscious gardens, water features and more. Different restaurants to dine at. I would highly recommend this hotel!

Thank MissChris730
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Jennifer G
How long would you plan on spending there if you were just to walk around, shop, eat and boat ride? Few hours? Day?
21 April 2017|
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Response from WolfeFamily1 | Reviewed this property |
Be a wear that they are building a fantastic indoor and out door water park. "Sound Waves" It should be ready in 14 months!!!!
How was the K-Love Music awards?
5 March 2017|
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Response from dartyhasam | Reviewed this property |
Didn't attend
Susan D
What is the best hotel best restaurants and best music venues in Nashville?
7 November 2016|
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Response from Karol K | Reviewed this property |
we loved the inn at opryland..free shuttle to Grand hotel across the strett..cool laid back bar behind hotel too