Nashville Music Garden Dedication
(by Sharon Stewart)
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-
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-
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
The event was emceed by long-
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-