Patrick Larkin serves as Senior Vice President of Gardens for Cheekwood. Larkin holds the Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech and the Master of Science degree in public horticulture administration from the Longwood Graduate Program of the University of Delaware.
Larkin began his career in public horticulture as a horticulturist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Enid A. Haupt Garden, where he honed his ornamental garden skills—including design, installation and collections management—raising the display quality of this nationally recognized showpiece garden.
He later served as Director of Horticulture and Operations at the American Horticultural Society’s headquarters, George Washington’s River Farm. Later, Larkin held positions as Executive Director of Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as Chief Executive Officer at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, CA, and Executive Director of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA.
Sarah Lowe is the Botanical Garden and Horticulture Manager at Cheekwood. She manages and oversees the botanical garden and horticulture operations of the 55-acre property, including development and installation of Cheekwood’s spectacular annual displays, and supervising the professional staff and volunteers that ensure Cheekwood is beautiful year round. After graduating from Michigan State University, with a bachelor of science in Horticulture, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah joined the Cheekwood staff in April 1999, working as a gardener in the Howe Garden. She loves working at Cheekwood and connecting people and plants together.
Gale Higgs of Nashville Landscape Systems, Inc. has been providing landscaping, irrigation, maintenance and drainage services in Middle Tennessee since 1979. A graduate of Missouri State University, Gale is also a state licensed contractor, a member of P.L.A.N.T. and the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association. With his rich knowledge of just the right techniques and materials for successful landscapes in our region, Gale Higgs has cared year round for a number of high profile estates in Middle Tennessee as well as Cheekwood.
Scott Dismukes, RLA
Firma | Landscape Architecture & Planning
Firma’s founding principal, Scott Dismukes, has developed a portfolio including The Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue Plaza, the Weill Roof Terrace at Carnegie Hall, and the National Gallery of Art’s Landscape Renewal Master Plan. In addition to working with cultural and educational institutions, Scott’s design experience includes public parks, mixed-use developments, large scale master planning initiatives, and boutique residential design. With an MLA from Auburn University, Scott worked for 12 years at OLIN in Philadelphia. In 2015 Scott relocated to Nashville, TN where he established Firma’s studio to meet the demands of the growing regional market while still serving clients nationwide.
Tory Fitzgibbon, an interior designer with 13 years experience doing both commercial and residential design, strives to bring clean lines, modern shapes and rich color to any space. Tory has a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Phillipe Chadwick‘s flower designs are consistently show-stopping and vibrant, yet elegant and sentimental. His arrangements make any event meaningful and personal. He always gets people talking. He knows just the trick, because at his core, Phillipe is a catalog of knowledge about plants and flowers. His first love is gardening, and he has tended garden styles ranging from heirloom vegetable to Japanese.
Phillipe Spencer Chadwick was born in Nashville and still lives there but he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2006. Then he started working as a Landscape Architect, managing civic designs for the city of Franklin, TN. But don’t judge a book by its cover. His extensive background in horticulture preempts his role as a floral designer.
In 2009, Phillipe joined the ranks of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art as a horticulturalist, and catapulted them to a new level of hip. He stressed keeping all designs provocative and cutting-edge but at the same time aesthetically pleasing. He breathed life into Cheekwood’s gardens, transforming them into lush scenes of texture and color. He adorned Cheekwood’s special events with fresh, bright flower arrangements. Then Phillipe decided he’d strike it on his own.
Through a dense personal network, Phillipe Chadwick has established a strong reputation in Nashville for crafting memorable weddings and impressive visual spectacles for events. His resume includes The Antiques and Garden Show, the TPAC gala, and Chukkers for Charity. Occasionally he hosts Volunteer Gardener on NPT.
Phillipe continues a tradition today. He gives every client close, one-on-one time and attention to decide how their magical ideas can literally be transformed into reality. Phillipe’s professional attitude is the epitome of class and style. Likewise, his designs never fail to impress.
With great thoughtfulness and conviction to deliver the very best in quality, aesthetic, functionality and purpose, Troy Rhone creates gardens that are extensions of the interiors–they are rooted and connected historically and architecturally and align with the personalities and lifestyles of those who reside there. He is innately talented and sure to use his gifts to enrich others’ lives with his calm demeanor, thoughtful approach and honesty. People are drawn to him and long lasting relationships are formed.
Troy began designing gardens while still working to obtain his degree in horticulture from Auburn University but his interest and passion for beautiful gardens began taking root as a child raised in a family of artists, gardeners, and writers. He was destined to thrive along this pathway of beauty, reverence for creation, and providing others with the experience of an awakened spirit that surfaces in the context of ones own garden sanctuary.
Troy is based in Birmingham, Alabama with projects that extend from coast to coast.
Lee Greathouse has been in the horticultural industry for over 40 years and his son, Will, has been in the industry for 10 years. They have worked together on the installation and management of countless landscape projects throughout Nashville, large and small; commercial and residential. As the principles of The Greathouse Company, LLC , they bring vast knowledge and expertise in every aspect of the landscape process.
Lee J. Greathouse, Certified Landscape Professional, 40+ years experience, B.S. Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
William S. Greathouse, 10 years experience, B.S. Business – Marketing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Each year, the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville features a selection of interactive, professionally designed gardens for the enjoyment of visitors. Just before the Show opens, a select committee of judges honors garden designers with special awards.*
The Bryant Fleming Award for Best of Show is presented to the garden that represents the Best of Show with respect to structure, horticulture, and creativity.
Judges may also choose to present additional awards for superior garden design.
* The Cheekwood garden is for exhibit only and is not eligible for awards.
Tara Armistead, Landscape Architect
Elizabeth McAlister, Community Volunteer
Michael Shane Neal, Portrait Artist