With Phase One, Cheekwood will operate its gardens seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. Mondays will be reserved for members. All guests, including members, will be required to reserve a timed-entry ticket via Cheekwood’s website to control the volume of visitors and minimize onsite interactions. All guests are also strongly encouraged to wear face masks or coverings and maintain six-foot social distancing while onsite. Cheekwood employees will have their temperature checked daily and will be required to wear face masks or coverings.
“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Cheekwood, where sweeping vistas and breathtaking gardens offer a respite for renewal and recovery,” said Jane MacLeod, president/CEO of Cheekwood. “Be it a sun-bathed explosion of color, a wooded canopy, or simply the site of the trains running on the garden rails again, Cheekwood is here to enjoy and help our community heal.”
All 55 acres of Cheekwood’s gardens will be available for visitors beginning May 22, including the Blevins Japanese Garden which has been under restoration, and the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, following a year-long, multi-million-dollar renovation. Both gardens were scheduled to open in April before Cheekwood closed due to the pandemic. The closure also fell just one week after the grand opening of the new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden. Some features within the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, and the play area in the Trains! exhibit will remain closed until later phases of the Mayor’s reopening plan.
Beginning June 1st, Cheekwood will offer a Dog’s Night Out on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm, with dog-friendly access to the grounds. Cheekwood’s Café 29 will provide to-go food service, and evening to-go bar service will be offered on Thursdays through Saturdays. The Garden Gift Shop will operate at half capacity.
In June, Cheekwood will also offer a Wellness Wednesday program in partnership with Small World Yoga, providing outdoor beginner and intermediate-level yoga classes for free with general admission or membership. These programs, part of the Welcome Back to Cheekwood operating plan, will run through June 20th.
Cheekwood’s Visitors Services Center restrooms will be open and will be cleaned regularly, with touch-free trash cans and hand sanitizers on site. Cheekwood will not offer operating water fountains, and guests are encouraged to bring their own water.
Chihuly at Cheekwood, originally scheduled to open April 25, was postponed, and is now rescheduled for July 18 – January 10, with artwork in both the gardens and museum.
“We hope to be in Phase Three by the time Chihuly at Cheekwood opens, so visitors will be able to experience Dale Chihuly’s incredibly vibrant works throughout the Historic Mansion and Museum galleries, the Frist Learning Center and the gardens,” continued MacLeod.
Cheekwood members will be given a two-month extension on current memberships, and new members will receive a special 13-month membership offer through June 30th.
Cheekwood’s Summer Camp classes have been cancelled through the end of June, and a decision on July camps will be forthcoming and dependent on government guidelines.
For the latest information on openings, visitor guidelines, and to reserve tickets visit www.cheekwood.org.