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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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2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200
+1 615-889-1000
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

The sheer size of this hotel is not to be believed! The inside atrium area and actual river that runs through it is amazing.Amust see when visiting the Grand Ole Oprey.

Thank Wayne W
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We went here for Gelato and I've never seen a nicer hotel..simply amazing ..could get lost happily there

Thank Karol K
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Get the best part of the resort without the sticker shock of staying at the hotel. The atrium gardens are beautiful and it is so much fun to walk through and explore. After staying there for a week I still felt like I was discovering...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Overall the gardens are pretty. But let's face it, they don't come close to a walk in nature. I ran through them one morning during my stay and that's the most I enjoyed them. While I saw lots of people enjoying them and taking photos,...More

Thank April L
GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent stay at Gaylord Opryland. We sincerely appreciate you choosing to stay with us during your time in Nashville and are glad that you enjoyed our gardens for the...More

Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This place as massive reviews. We went and thought not much of it. Many of the shops are nothing special. I thought it was going to be a massive mall. We were there no more than 2 hours. If you're planning on going, dont set...More

Thank Adam O
GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent visit to our resort. We appreciate you choosing to visit us while you were in Nashville but are sorry to hear your experience was not what you expected....More

Reviewed 29 October 2016

While this hotel boasts to be the biggest and best, it was just so-so for me. The bathroom was dirty when I checked in, and there was food leftover in the fridge from the last guest, and trash on the floor. I was unimpressed. If...More

Thank utah_al_26
GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent stay at Gaylord Opryland. While we are glad to hear that you enjoyed our convention center, we are certainly disappointed to notice the lack of cleanliness you experienced...More

Reviewed 28 October 2016

Did not stay there but walked around and had dinner the day that we went to the neighboring Grand Ole Opry. Worth a walk through and the restaurant was very good.More

Thank Gerry T
GaylordOpryland, Customer Care Specialist at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2016

Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in regards to your recent visit Gaylord Opryland. We appreciate you making our resort a part of your Nashville travels. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed exploring our resort and got...More

Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is truly a visit not to be missed. Beautiful tropical flora, water fountains and water falls. A splash pad with dancing water. Every bend in the path brought new delights. Each section is themed and a joy to discover.

Thank not-amused3
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Just to let you know that I didn't stay here, just visited and enjoyed the property. I will say that after walking around the resort, it would be a place I would come back to and stay. It is beautiful. So much to do and...More

Thank SherriV2011
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was a wonderful place to visit in the stressful city. The Garden and waterfalls made for amazing walk. It took us about a hour to walk through the entire place, but allow more times if you intend to take a Delta Boat tour as...More

Thank acerbwe85
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Response from Paige C | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice steakhouse inside the resort. The mall is just steps away and Mission BBQ is awesome. A must, but it is good for lunch, not a fancy place. I agree that Pucketts was great and had a fun atmosphere. Demo's was... More
Jennifer G
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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!!!!
5 March 2017|
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Response from dartyhasam | Reviewed this property |
Didn't attend