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Cheekwood Estate and Gardens Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden
Children's Garden Program Development
 

3.Fromme Design and Hodgson and Douglas are collaborating with Cheekwood Staff and Donors to create an enchanted space celebrating the Estate’s history, art, horticulture, and the native Tennessee landscape. Goals included achieving ADA access, adding spectacular new horticultural displays, creating venues for rentals and programs, and achieving seamless integration with existing adjacent spaces.

The Grotto sits adjacent to the Lily Pool where aquatic plants and animals delight visitors. A spacious belvedere surmounts the Grotto and acts as an extension of the nearby café courtyard and education center. Water spills down a series of Creek Cascades through the tunnel-like Willow Thicket and into the Turtle Pond, an exhibition of native chelonians. Storm water runoff collects in the Lower Pond and Rain Garden where native wildlife make homes.

A covered octagonal Studio Pavilion and Plein Air Plaza overlooks colorful pollinator friendly plantings spilling down the Wishing Well Hillside. Scrollwork hedges form a series of niches containing interactive sculptures and exuberant plantings. The Wishing Well bubbles, froths, and mists to the delight of youngsters.

Toddlers find a shaded paradise in Little Woods, an enclosed space dedicated to free play. The Quarry, Weaving Wall, Little Adventure Path, Duck Puddle, and Tea House provide hands-on and imaginations-on interactive adventures.

Summer-blossoming shrubs surround the Labyrinth Glade, a sun-dappled space focused on a stone pattern inviting exploration and contemplation. A “secret” side passage leads to the Big Adventure Path, a series of balance beams, elevated stepping stones, and rope bridges crossing beneath existing trees.

Visitors encounter a stroll through a gardenesque forest in the Tennessee Woodland Walk, a celebration of showy cultivars of native plants with interest in spring through winter. Nestled like a ruin amongst the vegetation, Nature’s Library encourages visitors to become a naturalist and explore the wonders of Tennessee’s geology, flora, fauna, and culture.

 









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