Garden Designers


Peter Grimaldi is the Vice President of Gardens and Horticulture at Cheekwood and comes to Nashville after five years of service at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as the Director of Horticulture and Facilities where he focused on establishing a greater emphasis on horticultural best practices and elevating the design and execution of seasonal displays and exhibitions. Peter’s experience in public horticulture as well as commercial landscape construction supports Cheekwood’s strategic initiatives and master plan development. Peter has a Bachelor’s of Plant Science from Cornell University with a concentration in ornamental horticulture and floriculture. He is especially passionate about large trees and woody perennials, but enjoys growing and talking about all plants.


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.



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 and a member of 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.

Tres Fromme, Principal of 3. Fromme Design focuses on intense organization and site-specific public space and garden collaborations throughout the country. Fromme brings a rich knowledge of horticulture, garden precedents, aesthetics, and design to each project. His designs all creatively innovate within the traditions and diverse contexts of the site and client’s identity. A proponent of experiential design, Fromme choreographs relationships among people, spaces, and plants.
SiteWorks LLC, founded in 2002 as a small site construction firm, has developed over 2 decades into a diverse team of highly experienced construction professionals and craftsman. With this collective technical and construction management expertise, SiteWorks continues to provide single source contracting services to the Nashville community.


Todd Breyer


Todd Breyer is a nationally honored, registered Landscape Architect and honors graduate of the University of Georgia. With over thirty-five years professional horticultural experience ranging from nursery production, sales, design and installation. Mr. Breyer focuses on listening to the specific needs and tailoring to each individual client. High quality estate, commercial, and institutional projects from expansive to compact, with attention on excellence. Mr. Breyer lived and studied in the Tuscany region of Italy and began his design career in San Francisco, CA. He has received numerous awards such as Certificate of Honor for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Best of Show Lawn & Garden and Antique & Garden (founder of the treehouse garden), Aurora Awards, and the National Pool Guild Gold Award. His work has been featured on television and has appeared in Southern Accents, Open House Magazine, Nashville Lifestyle, etc.  He is also the Chairman of Cheekwood Botanical Garden’s Plant Collections and others, as well as a District Commissioner and Chairman for the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission. His other community involvements include the Board of Keep Nashville Beautiful, immediate past President of the Historic Nashville City Cemetery Association, the Herb Society of Nashville, Hands On Nashville, MNPS Virtual School, Academy Board, and Richland Park Friends of the Library. Projects include the Historic West Meade Mansion, the former Osias residence, the Adams estate, the Bovender residence, Tennessee Technological University, and the Opryland Hotel, as well as numerous volunteer, school, and public projects. And most recently, received the top ten in the nation “Good Neighbor” award through Next Door social media.   Cell and text (615) 663-8558

Ponds by David, middle Tennessee’s premier pond and fountain builder. Highly skilled and experienced with all kinds and sizes of construction and hydraulics, as well as stone masonry and boulder work. Patios, walls, paths, etc. Aquatic plants, koi, goldfish, and more! Full maintenance service available.   Cell (615) 405-2146

Natural Creations LLC was created by Matt Dawson and John Henderson in 1998. Both holding degrees in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Tennessee, they assembled a knowledgeable and reliable staff with impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and attention. Natural Creations can meet all your horticultural and garden needs through their installation division, trained irrigation specialists, superb maintenance staff, and turf care. Natural Creations has and will continue to create and maintain the most beautiful and kinetic landscapes in the middle Tennessee area. (615) 254-5229

Electric Flora

Electric Flora is the fresh and new floral design company started by Nashville’s own Phillipe Chadwick and his partner Nick Maynard. Phillipe has been making brides bubble and party planners pleased for years as Nashville’s premier floral designer. Nick has a degree in marketing and a talent with logistics. This is a match made in event planning heaven. Phillipe has more resources to develop his craft, which has taken his designs to new levels. Nashville’s event scene can’t wait to have its flowers powered by Electric Flora.

Phillipe‘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 and currently resides in Nashville. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2006. He then 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.

As the creative force behind Electric Flora, Phillipe’s work speaks for itself and has established a strong reputation in Nashville for crafting memorable weddings flowers and impressive visual spectacles for events. His resume includes The Antiques and Garden Show, the TPAC gala, and Chukkers for Charity. Occasionally Phillipe hosts Volunteer Gardener on NPT.

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.

Poise & Ivy


Kathi Gilleland’s love for plants came from her mother and began at an early age. Looking for unique plants has always been a part of her life. Kathi developed her craft at the former Botanica, under the tutelage of Stephen Wells. Thanks to Stephen, Ben Page, and Landy Gardner, Poise & Ivy was born in 1997 and Kathi’s clientele expanded from Nashville to include Tampa, Chicago and Los Angeles. She works closely with architects and designers to create container gardens that are beautiful, unique and hardy. Her work has been featured throughout the years in local and national publications.

While working at a client’s home, she met Brian Gilleland and they married in 2008. Brian has worked in the Middle Tennessee landscape industry in every capacity from installer to designer of a labyrinth, vegetable gardens, and complete landscapes. Whether through the renovation and maintenance of an existing plan or implementation of a new design, his goal is to draw people into nature by enhancing the natural attributes of the landscape around them. Together, Brian and Kathi combine their experience, knowledge and talent to create unique spaces that reflect their clients’ taste and gardens’ spirit.

James Livingston is a West Tennessee native born into a family which farmed much of the Tennessee Delta since the early 1850’s. One could say horticulture is a part of his genetics. James started his landscaping career in 2003 with Turfmaster Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee working under Landscape Designer Michael McClain. There, as Landscape Installation Foreman, James sharpened his knowledge in all phases of the landscape construction process. After relocating to Middle Tennessee in 2009, James accepted a position at Natural Creations LLC under Matt Dawson. This experience greatly increased his knowledge of all floras, specifically evergreens and ornamentals. In 2013 Livingscapes LLC went from being a dream to a reality. By providing custom landscape construction and maintenance to many exclusive estates in Middle Tennessee, James has developed an impressive portfolio of projects for elite clients throughout the Southeast. His vast knowledge and attention to detail allows him to select the highest quality of material to create gardens that are timeless and visually stunning.



February 2-4, 2018
Friday & Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Preview: February 1

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201 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

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