Nashville Music Garden Dedication
(by Sharon Stewart)

Event Date:

September 29, 2009

Event Location:

The Nashville Music Garden is located at Walk of Fame Park, between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Bridgestone Arena on the Music Mile in downtown Nashville.  [400-498 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203]

Event Review:

What a thrill it was for Billy and I to be invited to attend the Nashville Music Garden Dedication to represent the song, ‘Tennessee Waltz’, whom Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King co-wrote back in the 1940s, and for Billy to walk Patti Page up to the stage while the song ‘Tennessee Waltz’ was being performed (Billy is Redd’s youngest son.)

We had the pleasure of meeting Lynn Anderson, Barbara Mandrell, Irlene Mandrell, Barbara Orbison (Roy Orbison’s wife), Jett Williams (Hank William’s daughter), Ralph Emery, Little Jimmy Dickens, Brenda Lee, Patti Page, Jeff Cook (Alabama), Marty Rabon, Joe Moscheo of the Imperials (Elvis Presley), Gunnar Nelson (Rick Nelson’s son), songwriters
Jeffrey Steele, Shane Minor, Bart Allmand and Buzz Cason, Steve Kilgore (Merle Kilgore’s son), Ray Walker of the Jordanaires, Randy Thomas (Sweet Comfort Band and co-writer of ‘Butterfly Kisses’), Donna Fargo, Mandy Barnett, Manuel (fashion designer), Janie Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix's stepsister) and many others.

The event was emceed by long-standing country music television personality Ralph Emery, along with Lynn Anderson and Barbara Mandrell serving as celebrity hosts.

Much like the Walk of Fame pays tribute to the music that has made Music City, the Nashville Music Garden does so through the gorgeous display of more than 6 dozen varieties of roses and daylilies named in honor of the music and artists synonymous with Nashville. You can see roses like, Tennessee Waltz (Redd Stewart/Pee Wee King), Coal Miner’s Daughter, Dolly Parton, Elvis, Kitty Wells, Little Jimmy Dickens, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline, Ring of Fire and Pretty Woman. Daylilies are named for Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams, Leonard Bernstein and Nashville Ballet, among others.

After the dedication a lot of us went to a luncheon at the Hilton hotel hosted by Lynn Anderson & Barbara Mandrell.  One thing I will never forget . . . Barbara gave a small speech before the lunch, and then took her seat.  She stood back up and came up to the podium asking everyone to wait just a minute before eating.  She proceeded to say a prayer of thanks for the food and for the company.  I just loved that!  She is such a kind and down-to-earth person.  This was a lifetime memory we will cherish forever!  Click on link below to watch our photo gallery of the event.

Photo Gallery of Nashville Music Garden Dedication (2009)

Nashville Music Garden Dedication (Country Weekly Magazine)
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