Free Music City: Cheekwood Open to the Public Friday

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As part of National Public Garden Day, Cheekwood, Nashville’s vegetative utopia, is offering free admission to the public this Friday, May 10.

National Public Garden Day, an effort spearheaded by the American Public Garden Association and Rain Bird, seeks to increase awareness of the importance of supporting your local gardens. Hard to think of a better place to celebrate than Cheekwood's 55-acre grounds — or a better chance to check out the new Howe Garden or a Country Life favorite, the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden with its amphitheater and landscaped reading nooks.

The fifth annual day of celebrating Mother Nature will include live music, hourly guided tours of the estate’s noted gardens and a 1 p.m. discussion with Cheekwood president and CEO Jane O. MacLeod. Talking points will include the new events and exhibits that lie over the horizon, as well as future plans for the grounds.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m., with tours continuing until 2 p.m.

Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens, patrons will receive free admission with this online coupon. Be advised that all visitors must obtain the coupon first.

If you end up getting stuck in line for a matinee of The Great Gatsby, you'll have plenty more reasons to visit throughout the year. First up is the highly touted Light installation featuring the art of British artist Bruce Munro, which starts a long run at Cheekwood May 24.

For more information on National Public Garden Day, feel free to visit the event’s website, like the Facebook page or follow updates on Twitter @NPGD.

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