In the 1950s Huldah Cheek and Walter Sharp gifted the estate to a group of local civic organizations for use as an art museum and botanical garden. It opened to the public in 1960. Today, Fleming’s original gardens remain, alongside more recent garden additions and a sculpture trail that winds its way through woodlands. Cheekwood was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
The catered reception will also include a presentation of the Foundation’s annual Stewardship Excellence Awards.
TCLF is grateful to our lead sponsors Select Trees, Summer Hill, landscapeforms, and BrightView.
Cheekwood, Nashville, TN - Photo by Charles Birnbaum, 2009
The present setting of Cheekwood was once part of the 100-acre estate of coffee investors Leslie and Mabel Cheek, who purchased the undeveloped property in the late 1920s. They hired architect/landscape architect Bryant Fleming to design the property, completed in 1932. Fleming designed a Georgian-style mansion and series of terraced formal gardens inspired by eighteenth-century English estates. Situated on a hilltop with extensive views of Percy Warner Park, Fleming’s design pulls the surrounding pastoral landscape into Cheekwood’s garden experience.
The capstone event for TCLF’s Annual Excursion takes place in the city’s premiere Botanical Garden and Country Place-era estate, Cheekwood. Join TCLF’s Board of Directors, for a private visit to the 55-acre masterwork of Bryant Fleming’s career, situated on a hilltop with panoramic views to Percy Warner Park. Fortuitously, our visit at dusk includes private access to the garden’s annual display of Holiday lights before it opens to the public.