Cheekwood

Peter Grimaldi


Peter Grimaldi joined Cheekwood in July 2017 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 integral role in developing the children’s garden at Daniel Stowe along with several other major infrastructure projects and capital improvements also characterizes a career that includes building not only better garden spaces, but also stronger organizations that effectively leverage physical growth and expansion against mission driven success. Peter’s early tenure at Cheekwood has focused on organizing the Gardens Department to maximize the potential of an excellent team and working to implement Phase I of the Master Plan via renovations at the Frist Learning Center and planning for the children’s garden and sculpture trail. Peter has a Bachelor of Plant Science from Cornell University with a concentration in ornamental horticulture and floriculture.


Mary Weber


Mary Weber recently joined Cheekwood with over 34 years of horticultural experience, most recently serving Belmont University for 28 years as manager of landscaping and grounds. During her tenure at Belmont, Mary oversaw the maintenance and upkeep of immeasurable landscape growth and built an increased focus on sustainable practices. Prior to her career with Belmont University, Mary worked in the Horticulture Department at Opryland Hotel where she sharpened her landscaping skills in both exterior and interior gardening. Mary’s early tenure at Cheekwood has focused on operational support and building and maintaining the highest standards in horticulture and landscape maintenance. Mary graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design and Is also proud to be a Master Gardener of Davidson County.


Gale Higgs


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


Tres Fromme collaborates with public gardens throughout the United States, all who have unique identities, cultural and ecological contexts, diverse missions, and distinctive horticultural possibilities. Experience includes a full range of project scales, budgets, and scopes – master planning, site design, planting design, gardens for children and learning, and seasonal displays/special exhibits.

Fromme is known for facilitating team-based creative group process to create engaging, compelling, memorable, and multi-functional places that invest participants in the outcomes. His work creatively innovates within the diverse traditions, contexts, and functions of each project.

Fromme focuses on exploring and activating the range of possibilities for people of all ages and backgrounds inherent in gardens. These powerful experiences spark deep involvement and learning among people, plants, animals, and specific places.