Fall has FINALLY made it to the Nashville area and we have been enjoying the heck out of it! Perhaps, that’s why I’ve been such a crummy blogger lately? Sounds like a good excuse to me! Twice in the past week, we’ve enjoyed some time at one of my favorite local spots, Cheekwood botanical gardens. Their annual “harvest” festivities have begun, and they are exactly what I want in a fall event.
I have been with both my Texas family and my Tennessee family to Cheekwood in the last week. It also went from 95 degrees to 55 degrees in the past 7 days. In fact, as soon as everyone from Texas left, the weather dropped at least 20 degrees. However, in both the heat and the more acceptable cooler temps, the gardens were still really nice to walk through and explore. It’s kind of magical how these gardens change so perfectly from season to season. No matter the season, they have something beautiful to offer…. I guess a few dozen highly trained and educated landscapers and gardeners are basically magicians. Right now there is a mum explosion happening, the pumpkin patch and OF COURSE the scarecrow garden! Luna has been obsessed with the scarecrows this year. On our last visit, she had to hold hands and take a photo with every single one.
We also hit up the “drop-in art’ivity” on Saturday and created some wire art that mimicked the Nashville skyline. If I’m being honest, it wasn’t my favorite art project at Cheekwood. However, we still spent a good half-hour in the learning center creating art together.
I’d read somewhere that a flower truck would be on site during Saturday’s festivities, but I did not expect to find the cutest little flower shop built right into the back of an old Voltswagon truck (van?). Amelia’s flower truck is the cutest. It’s a mobile flower shop and I wish it would make it’s way to Franklin! I loved the variety of loose flowers on her truck, but had no idea what to choose (it’s sort of a “build-your-own-bouquet” experience). So, I handed Amelia (AKA Mattie) $10, and kindly asked if she’d put something together for me.
Besides the Harvest activities, we hit up some of our favorite spots that are at Cheekwood year-round. Luna’s favorite is always the train, but it’s probably my favorite too. Their train track set up is kind of amazing.
When the weather was unbearably hot, we let the little ones cool off in the creeks that flow through the gardens.
I’m not a huge beer drinker, so I was surprised to find that the Beer Garden was my favorite part of the harvest. First of all, it’s so charming. There was a great blue grass band playing that had Luna and Zoey dancing together, open games of corn hole, picnic tables and good selection of drinks. It was family-friendly and a perfect place to picnic and just chill with the family.
The only downside was that Husband wasn’t able to make it on the day of the beer garden and Harvest… oh well, that just means we’ll have to go back!