Sometimes it pays to procrastinate. I have wanted to see the Chihuly exhibit at Cheekwood Botanical Garden ever since I heard it was coming. But the summer slipped away and I never
found made the time to visit.
But I recently discovered that it was being held over an extra week AND Cheekwood was offering a free day on November 2. It doesn't get any better than that! (Okay, so it was a little crowded. But it was a beautiful day; not hot, not cold, a little overcast, which helps with photo quality, and the gardens are still beautiful even though they are winding down for the season.)
I convinced two friends and one adorable little girl to go with me. Unfortunately, we were in a bit of a hurry, trying to squeeze this visit into an open space on all three busy mom's schedules. But even though we clipped through the garden at a good pace, it was beautiful - well worth the trip. (And I owe a huge thank-you to our driver who patiently eased her way through some snarly - and snarky - traffic in Belle Meade. Not sure if money can buy happiness, but I'm convinced it does not buy niceness.)
Dale Chihuly is most definitely deserving of his worldwide reputation as a master artisan of glass art, and Cheekwood's gardens were a terrific backdrop and foil for these beautiful pieces. Thank you Mr. Chihuly and Cheekwood (and the patrons who provided the financial support) for bringing this exhibit to Tennessee!
Before we left, we heard Cheekwood is doing their annual Festival of Trees in December. Hmmm, we might just have to find time to go back for a more leisurely visit in a few weeks!