Worth The Drive: The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

We never need an excuse to go to Music City, but this is a pretty good one nonetheless.
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One of the main displays at the 2015 Antiques and Garden Show

Photograph by Peyton Hoge

It takes a strong commitment to shopping to organize a road trip around the activity. Which is why you’ll be among friends at The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville.

Booths of antique vendors at last year's show
Booths of antique vendors at last year’s show

Photograph by Peyton Hoge

Even if trade shows aren’t your thing, you’ll enjoy this one. As the largest of its kind in the country (and marking its 26th year in 2016), The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville has more than 150 vendors, multiple guest speakers, and huge indoor garden displays. The three-day event also serves as a fundraiser for the Cheekwood and Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) charities, which serve the community of Nashville by creating educational outreach programs for children and adults. To date, the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville has raised nearly $6 million.

A unique table setting, displayed last year
A unique table setting, displayed last year

Photography by Peyton Hoge

Lectures include, interior design trailblazer and this year’s Honorary Chair, Bunny Williams, Royal Florist Shane Connolly, Parisian landscape designer Louis Benech, and Keynote Speaker Gwyneth Paltrow (love or hate her, girlfriend has good taste). Whether you sit in for one of the talks or just stroll around and take everything in, you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. Check out a few of our favorite vendors who will be at this year’s show:

Ben & Lael Copper

Various copper spoons by Ben & Lael Copper
Various copper spoons by Ben & Lael Copper

Photograph courtesy Ben & Lael Copper

Primarily focusing on bowls and utensils, blacksmith Ben Caldwell uses copper and silver to create beautiful contemporary works of art. The functional and unique products are so popular that Martha Stewart even has one in her kitchen. benandlaelcopper.com

 

Thomas Siciliano Papermaker

The Papermaker's work on display
The Papermaker’s work on display

Photography by Thomas Siciliano

Not only does Thomas Siciliano make the paper by hand for these prints, but he also grows all the flowers in his garden. Some also come with handmade frames so they’re ready to be displayed. etsy.com

 

Finnegan Gallery

19th century French wrought iron bridge
19th century French wrought iron bridge

Photography courtesy Finnegan Gallery

Coming in all the way from Chicago is Finnegan Gallery, who will display their antiques from American and Europe. With indoor and outdoor furniture, statues, birdbaths, and even wrought iron gates, these antiques will seriously class up your garden. finnegangallery.com

 

King’s House Oriental Rugs

King's House booth at last year's Antiques and Garden show
King’s House booth at last year’s Antiques and Garden show

Photography courtesy King's House

“Each rug has a story,” is the motto at King’s House. They hand-select their rugs come from all over the world and let their renowned craftsmanship speak for itself. kingshouseorientalrugs.com

Scroll through our gallery to see more show displays:

Feb 12–14 (Fri and Sat 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m.), Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville, TN, (888) 491–6310, antiquesandgardenshow.com Ticket prices vary.

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