There were plenty of colorful fall attractions at this year’s Harvest. The colorful leaves of the oaks, maples, dogwoods, and other trees were a garden highlight. Adding to the color of the gardens were more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in a variety of deep autumn hues, planted throughout the gardens specifically for the Cheekwood Harvest.
Scarecrows created by the Nashville community invaded the gardens with a variety of looks and designs – silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly.
And what is more appropriate to a fall celebration than pumpkins! Pumpkins were used in a myriad of decorations and there were plenty for carving, painting, and purchase. A unique feature of the Cheekwood Harvest is the 11-foot tall Pumpkin House. This year the Cheekwood staff built two pumpkin houses. These life-sized houses were fun for the whole family to explore.
Visitors could enjoy live bluegrass music, tasty pub fare and beers on tap with the festive Beer Garden, which was open on weekend evenings during Cheekwood Harvest.
Celebrating its fifth year, the Japanese Moon Viewing event included performances, activities and food reflecting the Japanese o-tsukimi, or autumn moon viewing tradition on September 22.
To conclude the festival, on Saturday October 26, 2019 was the Halloween Pooch Parade, in which costumed canines and their owners were invited to parade around the gardens.
On November 2, Cheekwood brought the traditions of Mexico and Latin America to Nashville for the 20th annual El Día de los Muertos festival, which included traditional music and dance, vibrant art activities, and authentic cuisine.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee, built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune in part through the Maxwell House Coffee business. The estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, a 7,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries.
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