Programs: In 2018 the antiques and garden show of nashville celebrated its 28th year. It was the 5th year the show was held at the music city center which proved to be another successful year. Many previous dealers returned along with new ones to bring a fresh perspective to the audience. The show opened on thursday evening with the traditional benefactor's reception from 5:30 to 9:30 where 200+ golden benefactors, benefactors and vip guests celebrated the kickoff of the show. The preview party followed from 6:30 to 9:30pm where over 1400 guests enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres and a great preview of all the vendor booths and spectacular gardens. The show opened on friday morning and continued through sunday afternoon. Attendance was estimated to be approximately 12,000 which was considered successful. Tickets were purchased from 38 various states with the majority being in the southeast region. We continued to streamline expenses wherever possible utilizing volunteers, securing in-kind donations and targeting marketing through increased social media exposure. We kicked off the show in mid-september with an evening cocktail party attended by 200+ committee members, gardeners, and local media. During this event, the theme of the show "a sense of place" was unveiled. In addition, the show schedule and vip guest lineup were announced, and the new website and ticketing sales were launched.
the antiques and garden show was honored to once again present a stellar lineup of lecture guests for the 2018 show. Celebrating the 28th year, the general chairman invited internationally known architect and designer, and national advisory council member, gil schafer, to serve as honorary chairman. Following the success of our 2017 show, the general chairmen were delighted to host, charles, 9th earl spencer, brother to the late princess of whales and owner of althorp for the keynote event sponsored by milieu magazine and the scout guide for an audience of 1535 excited guests. Lord spencer discussed the story of althorp and the family whose driving passions included art and priceless antiquities, culminating in one of the finest collections in the world and how he navigated the blend of rich family history and the demands of running a modern-day estate visited by thousands. In addition, friday afternoon, show attendees were entertained by an outstanding design panel featuring top international designers, timothy corrigan, richard keith langham, beth webb, alongside susanna salk and stacey bewkes of quintessence blog. The audience was entertained as the guests spoke of how their past experiences and instinct helped them create a "sense of place" in the homes they design. On saturday, the show offered new york florist, lewis miller who presented an amazing demonstration of gorgeous flower arrangements as he spoke about all the things that influence his design such as his signature use of juxtaposition, dark with light, rough with refined, chaos with definition, all things that have led to his wildly successful and creative designs. To close out the show lecture schedule saturday afternoon, award-winning architect gil schafer and celebrated english interior designer rita konig energized and entertained show guests while discussing what makes a successful collaboration between an architect and a designer. Guests enjoyed book signings after each of the lectures. At the preview party on thursday evening, clint smith, editor in chief of veranda was on hand to sign the newest veranda book, inspired by color. The educational information provided by our distinguished guests on the latest designs and trends in antiques, gardens, general lifestyle and entertaining continued to embody the mission of the antiques and garden show of nashville.
antiques and garden show of nashville, inc. , in accordance with its purpose and mission (as provided in our by-laws), distributed $392,071 to its beneficiaries - the econ (exchange club of nashville) and tennessee botanical gardens and fine arts center, inc. ("cheekwood"). The financial support provided to each of the organizations is used to further the values of each individual organization. Antiques and garden show of nashville, inc. Is proud to support these organizations and their missions!
building on the momentum from 2017, the show again hosted the bourbon party on friday evening, targeting a young 25-40-year-old crowd. We partnered with brown-forman and hosted the event in the center garden. A new audience of guests were introduced to the antiques market, educated about design and lifestyle entertaining while enjoying southern food and bourbon tastings. They were also able to shop the show floor before and during the party and exposed to extraordinary gardens and landscape architect professionals who elevated the bar regarding educating the audience on appreciation of gardens. The bourbon party was exceedingly well organized in 2018 and sold 789 total tickets.