Cheekwood Harvest presented 5,000 crysanthemums, over 40 scarecrows, pumpkins and much more at the first ever “Cheekwood Harvest” in 2012 when the Nashville fall festival launched at the Cheekwood mansion. This is a review of the first festival.
In addition to the trees and autumn flowers which abound in Cheekwood’s extensive gardens, the grounds were filled with fall’s most colorful flower, the crysanthemum. Crysanthemum’s of all shapes, sizes and colors lined sidewalks and buildings and peeked out from under ornamental trees and shrubs, providing a colorful tapestry of nearly 5000 blooms in all.
Whimsical scarecrows guarded the woodsy walkways in front of Cheekwood’s new tree house — over 40 scarecrows sponsored and created by a different civic group or community organization. Following the scarecrows took visitors straight to the train exhibit where three outdoor model trains ran on three separate tracks. This is where most of the guests congregated as the trains captivated young and old alike.
There was also supposed to be a pumpkin patch on the grounds, but after roaming the grounds for a couple of hours enjoying crysanthemums, scarecrows and trains, we never found the pumpkins.
A day at Cheekwood, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2010, is not complete without a tour of the Cheekwood mansion, so we took the guided tour. Our guide told us about the history of the mansion and the Cheek family and then gave us a tour of the various art galleries.
Cheekwood Harvest also offered special events every week including Bluegrass in the Herb Garden, guided garden tours, and drop-in ‘Art’ivities’ in the Family Studio where participants will took home crafted works of art like mini scarecrows, paintings, and more. Other special events included a tree climbing competition, Birds of Prey Show, TACA Craft Day and a special puppet show featuring Aesop’s Fables.
In addition, Cheekwood’s 13th Annual, El Dia De Los Muertos Fall Festival took place Saturday, October 27 from 11:00am – 5:00pm.
Cheekwood Harvest offered many beautiful sights and fun activities and is a great addition to autumn festivals in Nashville. It will take place again this fall. Look for more details to come!
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