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Cheekwood’s Dogwood (Cornus) collection, features 228 dogwood specimens, 14 different species, and 23 varieties. We are honored to have the first dogwood collection included in the Plant Collections Network and to have the first recognized collection in the state of Tennessee. 

This honor places Cheekwood in a prestigious group of gardens and arboreta that have committed themselves to the conservation and care of specific plant collections, managed at the highest professional level. It’s not only a reflection of our long-term commitment to the conservation and care of our collections, but another important step in growing Cheekwood's national reputation as one of the country's most beautiful gardens. The impressive size and diversity of our dogwood collection made Cheekwood an ideal candidate for Plant Collections Network membership status.

The Cheekwood Collection highlights include 23 cultivated varieties of Flowering Dogwood, (Cornus florida), with a particular emphasis on varieties exhibiting superior disease and insect resistance, bloom, foliage, growth habit, hardiness and vigor.  Most of our dogwoods can be found in the Carell Dogwood Garden, established in 1982 when Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Carell, Jr. donated the original collection of dogwoods to Cheekwood. You’ll find dogwoods in other gardens as well, all 228 specimens on the Cheekwood estate are considered to be part of the collection.

Cheekwood has a well-developed Plant Collections Policy and enhancing and expanding the Cornus Collection remains our #1 collecting mission. As an example, we have successfully leveraged two major expansions against augmenting the collection and have plans to add 68 new dogwood specimens between at least four different species and varieties in the next fifteen months.

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