It’s tulip time! Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and redbud and cherry blossoms provide splashes of early spring color in an otherwise hibernating garden. Cheekwood Mansion, which was built in 1929 by Leslie and Mable Cheek with profits from the family’s wholesale grocery and Maxwell Coffee House businesses, sits on a hill overlooking the garden. The mansion and garden were inherited by the Cheek’s daughter who deeded them over to be a privately funded public garden and art museum.
Paved paths wind through themed gardens. A trail makes a loop the woods where 13 sculptures are located. The mansion has furnished rooms and a few small art galleries. There may be art galleries in the stables too but if so we missed them due to lack of signs or any other information.
Visitors using wheelchairs will need assistance because the garden is very hilly. The garden map has the accessible route marked. The Japanese Garden is down a steep, narrow, and uneven path and is not accessible. The sculpture path is not accessible due to the terrain and unpaved, mulched surface. Most of the mansion is accessible however the road up is very steep. Look for the accessible entrance on the right side of the main entrance. The shuttle is a golf cart and is not wheelchair accessible.