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.


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. 


Phillipe Chadwick

Phillipe Chadwick‘s flower designs are vibrant, elegant and sentimental. His arrangements make every event meaningful and personal. Phillipe himself is a treasure trove of knowledge about plants and flowers.

A native and current resident of Nashville, Phillipe Spencer Chadwick received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2006. Phillipe began his career as a landscape architect, managing civic designs for the city of Franklin, TN. In 2009, Phillipe joined Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art as a horticulturalist, catapulting this venerable institution to a new level of hip. Keeping all designs provocative and  cutting edge, Phillipe breathed new life into Cheekwood’s gardens, transforming them into lush scenes of texture and color. Cheekwood’s special events were punctuated by fresh, bright flower arrangements that showed his influence.

Now working independently, Phillipe has established a strong reputation in Nashville for crafting memorable weddings and impressive event visuals. His resume includes The Antiques and Garden Show, the TPAC Gala, and Chukkers for Charity. Occasionally, Phillipe hosts Volunteer Gardener on NPT.

He collaborates with every client to transform their ideas into reality. Phillipe’s professional attitude is the epitome of class and style, and his designs never fail to impress.

Kathi and Brian Gilleland

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 in 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.


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

View schedule


Music City Center
201 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Want updates?

Sign up for Antiques & Garden Show emails to get the latest information

Sign up for emails >