Courtesy: Music Row

On September 29, 2009 Nashville will become the official home of the world’s first public garden to honor entertainment icons with a display of namesake flowers. The Nashville Music Garden, located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun in the Hall of Fame Park (across from the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum) is a one-of-a-kind “Garden of the Stars” that pays tribute to the artists, songwriters, authors, television personalities, industry leaders, venues, organizations, and icons who have made a positive impact on Nashville’s entertainment community. 

The Nashville Music Garden is home to the Nashville Music Garden Collection, an assortment of over six dozen flowering plants whose names include Barbara Mandrell, Grand Ole Opry, Minnie Pearl, Pretty Woman, Purple Haze, Elvis, Ring of Fire, Tennessee Waltz, Alabama, Chantilly Lace, Dolly Parton, Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Hank Williams, Reba McEntire and Amy Grant, just to name a few. 

The star-studded open-to-the-public dedication ceremony, which begins at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 29, will be emceed by long-standing country music television personality Ralph Emery. Recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Mandrell and Grammy award-winner Lynn Anderson will serve as celebrity hosts.

Other celebrities confirmed to attend are Patti Page, Donna Fargo, Steve Holy, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeff Cook of Alabama, Irlene Mandrell, Marty Raybon, Janice Wendell, Joe Moscheo of the Imperials (Elvis Presley), Gunnar Nelson, songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Shane Minor, Bart Allmand and Buzz Cason, and the families of songwriter Ben Peters, The Big Bopper, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, DeFord Bailey, Minnie Pearl and Jimi Hendrix with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Officials from the State of Tennessee and Mayor Karl Dean will also be in attendance.


Photos below - Billy & Sharon Stewart (All Rights Reserved)

Country Music Hall of Fame

and Museum

Sommet Center

Downtown Nashville

L-R: Lydia Morrow (Redd's daughter), Cindy Smith Moore (Minnie Pearl impersonator) & Allison Stewart (Redd's grandaughter)

Ralph Emery - Announcer - Nashville Music Garden Dedication (2009)

Lydia Morrow (Redd Stewart's daughter) & Steve Kilroy (Merle Kilroy's son)

Beginning of ceremony . . . Lynn Anderson arriving, Janie Hendrix (Jimmi Hendrix stepsister to her right)

Ralph Emery - Announcer

Barbara Mandrell (Co-Host)

Patti Page being escorted to her seat. Mandy Barnett, Charlie Dick (Patsy Cline's husband) & Brenda Lee to the right.

Lynn Anderson (Co-Host)

Randy Thomas, Barbara Orbison, Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Emery in back.

The Red Carpet . . .

Mandy Barnett

L-R: Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell, Little Jimmy Dickens, Brenda Lee

Rose Recipients

Rose Recipents

Billy Stewart (Redd Stewart's son - co-writer 'Tennessee Waltz')

escorting Patti Page to the stage.

Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart,
Patti Page, Barbara Orbison

Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart,
Patti Page, Barbara Orbison

Jett Williams (right) -
Hank Williams, Sr. daughter

Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart,

Patti Page, Barbara Orbison

DeFord Bailey family (left)

DeFord Bailey's Family

Group Closeup
(2009) Nashville Music Garden

Jeffery Steele holding copy of Music Row magazine he was on many years ago.

Barbara Orbison, Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell, Little Jimmy Dickens, Brenda Lee, Irlene Mandrell

Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart, Patti Page, Barbara Orbison, Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell

Pat Bullard (center)

Everyone getting ready to head

over to the luncheon at 

the Hilton Hotel

Everyone getting ready to head

over to the luncheon at 

the Hilton Hotel

L-R: Jett Williams, Janie Hendrix,  (Jimi Hendrix step sister) , Billy Stewart (Redd's son), Mandy Barnett

Jeffery Steele

Middle Right: Barbara Mandrell

Middle Left: Pat Bullard

(Founders of Nashville Music Garden)

Center: Barrbara Mandrell

Sharon Stewart (left - Redd's daughter-in-law), with Irlene Mandrell. Discussing a new book Irlene wanted to write.

Sharon Stewart and 

Irlene Mandrell

L-R: Pat Bullard and 

Barbara Mandrell (Founders of

Nashville Music Garden)

L-R: Billy Stewart, Jett Williams

and Lydia Morrow-Stewart

(Redd's son & daughter)

Barbara Mandrell and 

 Allison Stewart-English (Redd's grandaughter)

Setting up for the event

Barbara Mandrell and 

 Allison Stewart-English (Redd's grandaughter)

Barbara Orbison, Little Jimmy Dickens, Barbara Mandrell

The Red Carpet (after the event)

Tennessee Waltz Rose

Tennessee Waltz Rose

Nashville Music Garden

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