TCLF Excursion to Nashville, Tennessee

Carefully Curated Daylong Excursion to Nashville’s Great Cultural Landscapes followed by Capstone Reception

Thursday, November 18

Excursion 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Reception 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Ticketed event
4.75 LA CES PDH

Tickets, available for purchase via TCLF’s website, are $1,000 per person by July 12 and proceeds provide vital support to TCLF’s year-round educational programs. Ticket price includes the daylong excursion, transportation during the excursion, refreshments and lunch. Tickets are tax-deductible.


To kick off the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference on Landscape Architecture 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will host a daylong excursion. The day will include expert-led tours of iconic sites in and around Nashville, transportation, lunch, and the opportunity to socialize with landscape architects and garden enthusiasts.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) annual excursion in Nashville will be memorable for its sweeping historic narrative of the city’s most significant cultural landscapes and the depth of knowledge that visitors will be afforded by guides Tara Armistead, Doug Reed, FASLA, Susan Turner, FASLA, and Thomas Woltz, FASLA. Complementing the excellent destinations will be exquisite food and refreshments including mid-morning hors d’oeuvres followed by a lunch prepared by celebrated Chef Jason LaIacona from Miel Restaurant, and an optional capstone reception. Transportation is provided.

The day begins at the Civil War-era Fort Negley, located just over one mile south of downtown. Constructed of local limestone by African American laborers on the crest of Saint Cloud Hill, Fort Negley was the crown jewel of the federal fortifications that ringed the city.

Antebellum Glen Leven Farm was part of a 640-acre Revolutionary War land grant. The property, with its Federal-style mansion (1857), is nested within a larger pastoral landscape of crisscrossing hedgerows and stone fences. The farm is also home to the Tennessee Land Trust.

Centennial Park’s origins date to the late 1700s. It was the state fairgrounds (1884-1895) and the site of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which featured neoclassical buildings including a full-scale plaster replica of the Parthenon, rebuilt in concrete ca.1920. Over the past decade significant project work has been undertaken and the second phase of the master plan, now underway, involves the addition of an entry plaza with a multispecies allée, a formal events lawn, and new gardens near the Parthenon.

The excursion will conclude at Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Garden, which was originally the estate of coffee investors Leslie and Mabel Cheek who purchased the property in the late 1920s. They hired architect/landscape architect Bryant Fleming to design what is now one of the great surviving Country Place Era estates. Fleming designed a Georgian-style mansion and series of terraced formal gardens inspired by eighteenth-century English estates. In the 1950s Huldah Cheek and Walter Sharp gifted the estate to a group of civic organizations; it opened in 1960. Today, much of Fleming’s original gardens remain, alongside more recent garden additions.

Following the excursion there will be a reception at Cheekwood (a separately ticketed event). The event will include exclusive access to the Holiday lights display before it opens to the public, and a catered reception that will also showcase a presentation of TCLF’s Annual Stewardship Excellence Awards.

TCLF is grateful to our lead sponsors Select Trees, Summer Hill, landscapeforms, and BrightView. Space is limited!  To learn more and purchase tickets go to: www.tclf.org/nashville-excursion

LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees, upon approval.

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