Cheekwood Entry Garden
With its intact and picturesque vistas, Cheekwood is distinguished as one of the leading Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the 1930s estate, with its 30,000-square-foot Mansion and 55-acres of gardens, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and art museum with furnished period rooms and galleries devoted to American art from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. The property includes 13 distinct gardens including the Blevins Japanese Garden and the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, as well as a 1.5-mile woodland trail featuring outdoor monumental sculpture. Each year, Cheekwood hosts seasonal festivals including Cheekwood in Bloom, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest and Holiday LIGHTS.
Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and nationally as a Level II Arboretum. It is a three-time voted USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden and in 2021 was recognized by Fodors as one of the 12 Most Beautiful Gardens in the American South. Cheekwood is located eight miles southwest of downtown Nashville at 1200 Forrest Park Drive. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended days and hours of operation depending on the season. Visit cheekwood.org for current hours and to purchase advance tickets required for admission.
Vice President of Gardens & Facilities
Peter Grimaldi joined Cheekwood in July 2017 after five years of service at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as the Director of Horticulture and Facilities. 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 of the Frist Learning Center, the new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, and redesign of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail. Peter’s work at public gardens 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.
Before his service to public horticulture, Peter worked in commercial landscape construction where he managed large-scale installations throughout the United States including the restoration of President Lincoln’s Summer Cottage in Washington DC; work at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City; and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Peter has a Bachelor’s of Plant Science from Cornell University with a concentration in ornamental horticulture and floriculture.
Director of Horticulture
Mary Weber serves as the Director of Horticulture at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. In this role, she collaborates with the Vice President of Gardens & Facilities in managing the horticultural operations of the gardens department. In collaboration with Senior Leadership, Mary is fundamental in the management of the seasonal display programs from inception to delivery including Blooms, Summer, Harvest, Holiday LIGHTS, and Orchids.
Mary’s tenure at Cheekwood has focused on operational support and building and maintaining the highest standards in horticulture and landscape maintenance providing visiting guests with a heightened horticultural experience in the gardens. She participated in the renovations of the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden, Blevins Japanese Garden, The Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, and the installation of the Brackens Foundation Children Garden.
Prior to joining Cheekwood in 2018, Mary spent the bulk of her career as Belmont University’s Manager of Landscaping and Grounds. She oversaw the maintenance and upkeep of immeasurable landscape growth and built an increased focus on sustainable practices including green roofs, computerized irrigation systems to maximize water management efficiency and composting, utilizing dehydrated food and green waste.
Mary graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Agriculture specializing in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design and is also a Master Gardener of Davidson County.
3 fromme DESIGN
Tres Fromme is currently Cheekwood Estate and Gardens Designer in Residence where he collaborates closely with Staff on master planning, garden design, and seasonal displays, including Cheekwood Blooms and HOLIDAY Lights. He is also lead designer on the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden that opened in 2020.
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, seasonal displays, and holiday light shows.
Fromme is known for facilitating team-based creative group processes to generate 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, while exploring and activating the range of possibilities for people of all ages and backgrounds inherent in gardens.
James E. Dunn
Founder of Vintage Millworks, Inc.
In 1987, James founded Vintage Millworks, focusing the organization and team of craftsmen on design and fabrication of custom architectural millwork. Primary objectives were, and continue to be utilizing appropriate materials, techniques, application, proportion, and design.
Inspired by early childhood experiences on his Grandparents’ farm in rural Michigan, his youthful vision of sustainable living would incorporate reclaimed old growth lumber from salvaged barns and house parts into new classical architectural millwork, cabinetry, and furniture.
As a craftsman, formally trained in crafting fine furniture, cabinetmaking and boatbuilding, James settled in middle Tennessee in 1975 to pursue his passion of becoming a self-supporting artisan. The love of classical architecture, beautiful landscapes, garden design and their effects on the human condition continue to inspire and guide his principles and his life’s work.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO
Todd Breyer, Landscape Architect
Brian Somerville, Sculptor
Lynn Brown, Floral Styling
Lighting design by
Chris Lisle, CLLD LLC
CLLD is a concert production (lighting, set, video) design company serving national touring acts, corporate events, and special events. We also handle the production management of events of any scale – from clubs to festivals to stadiums.
Owner and production designer, Chris Lisle, is a native Nashvillian with over 27 years experience in the Entertainment Industry. Some of Chris’ present and past clients include: Robert Plant, Jason Aldean, Judah and the Lion, Miranda Lambert, One Republic, Dave Koz, Danny Gokey, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Peter Frampton, Nick Carter, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Chris Young, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Chase Rice, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, IEBA, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Phil Vassar, The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), and many more.
Attend A&G 2023
Reserve your tickets to experience the longest-running, largest and most respected event of its kind in the country. Held at the award-winning Music City Center in the epicenter of Nashville’s thriving downtown entertainment district, our Show will once again breathe its warmth, life and style into the heart of winter with over 150 antiques, art and horticultural exhibitors, magnificent gardens, a cocktail party or two, and some of the most renowned design, landscape and architectural speakers in the world. Now celebrating our 33rd year, this volunteer-managed Show has raised nearly $9 million for Cheekwood and ECON Charities.