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The Antique & Garden Show of Nashville Was a Beautiful Sight to Behold at Music City Center

by Rich and Laura Lynch

"Welcome to Beautiful" was the fitting theme of the 34th edition of the Antique & Garden Show of Nashville which was held at the Music City Center from January 12 through 14, 2024. This annual celebration of antiques, art and horticulture has become a staple of Nashville culture. This year featured more than 150 exhibitors, magnificent gardens, parties and phenomenal speakers. It also served as a fundraiser for Cheekwood and ECON Charities. Since its inception the show has raised close to $10 million for good causes.

These beautiful place-settings from Corzine & Co. immediately caught our eye upon entry to the show.

The Antiques & Garden Show was created by Nashville-born, legendary interior designer Albert Hadley. Today, it draws more than 16,000 attendees from around the world and has become a renowned Southern tradition. "Welcome to Beautiful" also hosted Ina Garten and other speakers over the weekend. From the moment we entered this event the sights, sounds and even the smells were beautiful.

This award-winning greenhouse was turning lots of heads in Nashville.

The Cheekwood Entry Garden was in full spring bloom with live flowers along with a number of fake trees draped in delightful lights. This display tied into some of the other themes of this event which was butterflies and elegant outdoor dining. This garden had a thin table that showcased pretty place-settings of butterflies and flowers courtesy of Corzine & Co.

This colorful exhibit was showcased by one of the many art dealers on site in 2024.

The East (Pollinating) Garden was dedicated to the plants that draw bees and butterflies. There was a greenhouse with exotic plants along with an opportunity to mingle with butterflies. A decorative hive was also on display demonstrating that it can be practical as well as pretty. The Terra Cottage was another greenhouse with amazing plants and plates. Experts along with helpful volunteers were on hand along with scheduled speakers making this event educational as well as engaging.

These patriotic pieces were offered as part art and part history at the Music City Center.

Another major draw of the Antiques & Garden Show is the antiques, art, furniture and plants that are available for purchase. Exhibitors from Europe and other States were in Nashville to display a dazzling array of items reflecting a broad range of periods and styles. For example, the folks from Nantucket, Massachusetts had items that reflecting that area's connection to the sea.

An example of how multiple antiques can make for a regal feel in a living room setting.

There was plenty to enjoy, we saw lots of clocks with rich histories along with pieces dating back to the 1800's. We were drawn to the tie dye inspired paintings by Ed Nash among many notable artists who were in attendance. Religious artifacts along with accessories, glass wear, jewelry, silver and textiles were available. Plants and seeds were also an option so there was a price point for all attendees at this expansive event.

With multiple bars available no one was getting crabby in Nashville.

The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is an annual charity event that raises funds by exhibiting the highest quality items while offering a related educational outreach program. "Welcome to Beautiful" at the Music City Center lived up to its billing. It beautifully blended antiques, art and nature in an elegant environment. Antique and horticulture dealers from near and far added to the variety and vibrancy of this show which has become one of the largest and longest-running events of its kind. So, mark your calendar as they will be back in 2025.

We're still reflecting on the most beautiful event we have attended yet in The 615.

Related Links: For more information on the ANTIQUES & GARDEN SHOW NASHVILLE and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Antiques & Garden Show Nashville | Cheekwood Estate & Gardens | Music City Center


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