Cheekwood to reopen to the public May 22 on 60th anniversary

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. (Courtesy Caitlin Harris/Cheekwood)
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. (Courtesy Caitlin Harris/Cheekwood)

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. (Courtesy Caitlin Harris/Cheekwood)

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens will reopen May 22, two months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release. The reopening coincides with the 60th anniversary of Cheekwood as a public institution.

All 55 acres of Cheekwood's botanical gardens will be open for visitors, including the Blevins Japanese Garden and the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, which have both been under renovation and were scheduled to open in April. Cheekwood’s Historic Mansion and Museum will remain closed until the third phase of Metro Nashville's reopening plan, officials said.


Members and nonmembers will be required to reserve a timed-entry ticket on Cheekwood’s website in an effort to control the volume of visitors, according to the release. Guests are encouraged to wear masks or face coverings and maintain a distance of 6 feet from other visitors.

Additionally, the garden's annual summer camp program has been canceled through the end of June. Cheekwood has not yet announced whether camps will be held in July. 615-356-8000. www.cheekwood.org