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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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What a gorgeous hotel. It is a must see in Nashville. We were part of a bus trip and all went well. The breakfast in the Tennessee Ballroom was perfect. Lots to see and do... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a gorgeous hotel. It is a must see in Nashville. We were part of a bus trip and all went well. The breakfast in the Tennessee Ballroom was perfect. Lots to see and do. Puts you in the Christmas spirit with the holiday decorations that are outstanding. The carriage ride was a little disappointing but all the other attractions... More 

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We have been to the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, and the rooms are beautiful, but what a disappointment the Gaylord Opryland hotel is. We have had this reservation for a month for my birthday and my in laws anniversary. We were put in a handicapped room, right on the main road, in a most obscure location. The cable is limited,... More 

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Amelia, Ohio
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I stayed at the resort in Texas years ago for a work convention. I remember it being a really unique resort and a lot of fun to walk about. When we decided to visit Nashville, I wanted to check out the gardens. We also purchased a Groupon to see the ICE! exhibit. That was awesome and I highly recommend it!!... More 

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We went over Thanksgiving and everything was decorated for Christmas. So beautiful!! A must see when in Nashville, but be prepared to walk a lot.

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Henderson, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently visited opryland to see the Christmas lights and decor and it was well worth it! We wanted to see all the ice sculptures but got there too late.. but the rest of opryland made up for it!! AMAZING!!!

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Was the one thing I wanted to see while in Nashville (besides the Honky Tonks) we spent a couple hours in awe wandering thru each section. If you love Christmas go here!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were here one night and wanted to see the interior of this hotel but couldn't even find a free or paid parking place. Two areas had self-parking for $24 but the ticket wouldn't issue and the gates wouldn't open. Since we didn't want to pay for valet parking we missed a nice evening here.

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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 stay at Gaylord Opryland. We are disappointed to hear of the issues you incurred with our parking gates and are saddened that you were unable to visit us. Please accept our sincere apology for the unfortunate inconvenience this caused you. Please be assured,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to TN for a conference. The Hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Accommodations were standard - the window I had to the atrium was dirty though. I will say there is everything you need under this one roof. Very helpful.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not impressed. Too big and little or no personal attention. Only positive dinning experience was at Findleys. I am a Marriott Rewards member and no appreciation for my loyalty. Employees spend lots of time interacting with each other and little or no regard for personal attention for the customer. I will not come back. Similar experience at Gaylord in Orlando.... 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 stay at Gaylord Opryland. While it was a pleasure having you as our guest, we are deeply sorry to hear that you were not treated like the valued traveler that you indeed are. We sincerely appreciate you choosing to stay with us and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited this amazing place to see ICE. after we had done ICE and the snow-tubing and snowball throws we headed inside to check out this place.. Never in my life have I ridden a boat through the lobby of a resort.. this place is HUGE!! You could honestly stay here and never have to leave- not sure you would even... More 

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