Music City Center | February 3–5
by Donna Glassford
Last December when my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I replied with a simple “Antiques & Garden Show carte blanche.”
The Antiques & Garden show is perhaps my favorite Nashville happening. From February 3 to 5 attendees entering the event grounds will be jettisoned from winter into spring. It’s a non-stop flight. Personally, I feel like the goddess Persephone escaping the clutches of Hades, god of the underworld. Only this year I have money to burn. Oh joy!
So with over 150 antiques and horticultural dealers, four magnificent gardens, and a potpourri of vendors with dazzling wares to select from, I needed guidance. I explained to co-chairs Linda Graham and Mary Smith that an eon ago I worked at Cheekwood and became fascinated with Bryant Fleming, the architect and landscape architect of Cheekwood. He was the original guru on “Cultivated Style,” this year’s theme. My mission is to procure some unusual objets d’art to adorn my miniature estate, a little condo with courtyard on a toney Green Hills street, in “Flemingesque” fashion. The co-chairs kindly provided me with the names of the antiques dealers and garden vendors that fit my criteria and divulged some inside dirt on what to expect from the garden designers. They encouraged me to check out the renowned celebrity designer and keynote speaker Nate Berkus’s top fabulous finds from the show floor.
The chairs suggested I pre-shop and look at the A&G vendors’ websites, which are listed at www.antiquesandgardenshow.com. A few fantastic pieces I have identified are a surreal piece of driftwood that looks like a wooden hand—because it’s weird; a blue-and-white 18th Century French faience wine cooler from Nevers—no home should be without one; a large oval gate table, for when I have underestimated the holiday crowd for dinner, and a turn-of-the-century French carved-stone fountain—to perpetuate the spirit of Bryant Fleming.
Looking for horticultural inspiration to spruce up my urban courtyard, I also plan to experience the show gardens, which never disappoint. This year’s impressive list of garden designers includes: Scott Dismukes collaborating with interior designer Tory Fitzgibbons, Phillipe Chadwick, Cheekwood’s Patrick Larkin and Sarah Lowe, and Troy Rhone collaborating with Lee and Will Greathouse.
Since its inception in 1989, the event has become renowned as one of the premier antiques and garden shows in the country. Proceeds raised benefit Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and the many charities supported by the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON).
Tickets go fast to hear the all-star lineup of speakers from the world of home and garden who will share their expertise on Cultivated Style or to attend one of the many parties or special events. See you there!
For more information on events and tickets, visit www.antiquesandgardenshow.com.