What’s better than a fall festival? A fall harvest festival at Nashville’s Cheekwood’s botanical gardens!
Cheekwood celebrated another successful autumn season with its second annual Cheekwood Harvest festival which started on Sept. 21 and ended on Oct. 26 on a typical cool and partly overcast fall day. The grounds were pleasantly full but not overly crowded as the last visitors to the annual Harvest festival wound their way through the expansive grounds, enjoying the last blooms on the thousands of fall-colored chrysanthemums which were already past their prime but still colorful.
Guests picked up their Cheekwood armbands at the Visitors Center and then had their choice of where to start the day’s adventure. A group of hikers from Tennessee Hiking Meetup began their day at the pumpkin patch, enjoying the many colors and shapes of the myriad of pumpkins laid out to view as well as learning pumpkin facts. Did you know pumpkins can grow to be over 1,000 lbs. and are a fruit?
Next the group walked the garden paths enjoying the pagodas, pavilions, and trellises as well as the colorful trees and shrubs. Garden paths led the walkers through a small bamboo forest, around a small pond, across a bridge and through flower gardens up a stone staircase up to the Cheek mansion, which is now an art gallery. From there the group went down the drive to the train display to enjoy watching two small locomotives chug around the intricate tracks.
The path from the trains led across a creek past the tree house through a woodsy garden and an herb garden to the colorful and creative scarecrow displays erected by schoolchildren, businesses, and other organizations. Along the way, hikers and other visitors enjoy the Bruce Monroe Light exhibits scattered across the grounds. Although not lit up, the light fixtures added an interesting and geometrical touch to the Cheekwood grounds. Light runs through Nov. 10, 2013.
Although Cheekwood Harvest is now officially over for 2013, there is always next year to look forward to, and Dia de los Muertos is coming up on Nov. 2. For more information on Cheekwood’s many events, visit Cheekwood.org.
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