Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
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B.Sc. - University of Tennessee, 1980
Area of emphasis: Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design
"My passion is public horticulture. I'm responsible for all development and maintenance of the garden's 55 acres, from master planning and garden design to exhibit development," says Botanical Garden Director Bob Brackman
. "I work closely with hundreds of volunteers to make the Cheekwood Gardens a showpiece."
"The Cheekwood Gardens are seen and enjoyed by 190,000 visitors each year. The property was once the elegant home of the Cheek family. The site includes the original Cheek gardens, designed by Bryant Fleming, with pools, fountains, statuary, extensive boxwood plantings and breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills. Cheekwood was opened to the public in 1960 and the many specialized gardens have developed since that time. Visitors will discover a Japanese garden, an herb garden, two perennial gardens, a color garden, water garden, seasons garden and an award-winning wildflower garden. Each garden has a special purpose presenting a particular group of plants or garden style. Botanic Hall, the center of the horticultural activities, has art and horticultural exhibits, flower shows, an exceptional library and the annual Festival of the Holidays celebration."
Prior to returning to his hometown of Nashville in 1993, Brackman was Director of Horticulture with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. He attributes his love of gardening, horticulture and especially public gardening to his early days at The University of Tennessee. Bob Brackman regularly visits the campus to teach in several classes.