Even beyond her determination and dedication to her favorite causes — among them Cheekwood
and the Antiques & Garden Show, which she co-founded — the late Sigourney Cheek was known for two things: a garden she tended meticulously for four decades, and a literary passion that became a lifeline as she battled cancer. In loving tribute, Cheekwood honors both those concerns in a single space: a literary garden designed by Ben Page of Page/Duke Landscape Architects to foster introspection and intellectual engagement as well as community. Read quietly in solitude in one of the many shaded nooks, or host your book club at an amphitheatre that holds as many as 40 people.
In celebration of Cheek and the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden that bears her name, Cheekwood offers a day of activities Saturday, May 19, ranging from a 10 a.m. talk by best-selling Catherine the Great historian Robert Massie — a former Nashvillian and longtime Cheek family friend — to a family story time at 11 a.m. featuring Jamina Carder and Kaaren Engel’s book Herman’s Journey and a performance at 1 p.m. by the Southern Word poetry group, envisioning the years to come in its “Future Break” project. Park admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 college students with ID and kids ages 3-17.