Nashville Antiques & Garden Show



By Stuart Dyer




Antiques & Garden Show Co-Chairs Beth Kost and Kathryn Saunders

When traveling its always fun to see fellow Chicagoans and this year’s Nashville Antiques & Garden Show (February 3-5) had some special Chicago connections. The show was co-chaired by Beth Kost who lived in Chicago for over 25 years before making her way to Nashville.

Garden Installation by Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

The Antiques & Garden Show was founded and co-chaired thirty-three years ago by Sigourney Cheek and Connie Cigarran who is the mother of Chicagoan, Lindsey Axel. 

Heidi Avedisian, Susan Canman, Connie Cigarran, Stuart Dyer

Another Chicago connection to the Antiques & Garden Show is that this year’s Presenting Sponsor was Chicago based company, Northern Trust. 

Pim and Brayton Alley

The Nashville Antiques & Garden Show is one of the largest antiques and horticultural events in the country, routinely drawing over 16,000 attendees from across the nation. 

Pictures at Dinan & Chighine Booth

Chicken coop designed by Martha Stewart and Christopher Spitzmiller

The show was held at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. It brought together an impressive showcase of antiques from more than 150 dealers, world-class landscaped gardens, and opportunities to engage with some of the nation’s top names in design and horticulture through educational lectures, panel discussions and book signings. 

Tablescape by Mrs. Alice

Veronica Ozbek, Beth Kost, Claire Hoppenworth

This year’s speakers included: keynote lecturers Aerin Lauder and Alice Naylor-Leyland (Mrs. Alice); florist and author Christin Geall; interior designers Thom Filicia and Mary McDonald; and a design panel featuring interior designers Suzanne Kasler, Celerie Kemble, Corey Damen Jenkins, and Richard Keith Langham.

Leslie Rascoe, Design Director for MILEAU Magazine, Heidi Avedisian, Susan Canman

Dodie Thayer lettuceware

The show was fabulous and I would definitely recommend hopping on a flight next year to make the quick trip to Nashville for the 2024 Antiques & Garden Show.

Jewelry from Camilla Dietz Bergeron

Stuart Dyer, McKenzie Mullins

Proceeds from the Antiques & Garden Show benefit Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, a historic estate that serves Nashville as a public botanical garden, arboretum and art museum, and ECON Charities, which serves charitable organizations to better communities in the Greater Nashville area.

Sherwood Antiques’ Booth


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