Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood Put Items Up for Bid

Auction benefits Nashville Music Garden.

Have you ever imagined yourself wearing a Sara Evans dress or one of Kenny Chesney's cowboy hats? What about playing Carrie Underwood's acoustic guitar? If so, you might want to check out Nashville Music Garden’s “Country Music Blooms Online Auction," which runs through Monday (Dec. 5).

The auction benefits the Nashville Music Garden, which is located near the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville.

A who's who of country stars have donated items to the auction, including Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee, Pam Tillis, Little Jimmy Dickens, Darius Rucker, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Sugarland and Scotty McCreery, among others. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit the Nashville Music Garden Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which supports the garden. To bid on an item, visit nashvillemusicgarden.com.

Highlights include Carrie’s autographed acoustic Copley guitar, Sara’s 2008 CMT Awards red-carpet Nicole Miller dress and Kenny’s worn and autographed Atwood Palm Leaf cowboy hat. The auction closes Monday at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The seed for the idea of the 2,700-square-foot public garden was planted when Barbara Mandrell gave her namesake rose to her friend, Pat Bullard, a LifeWorks Foundation Trustee, who recognized it as a way to acknowledge the music and artists synonymous with Nashville and also to beautify Music City. In her research, she found that more than three dozen roses were named for Nashville artists, songs or industry leaders. These include Minnie Pearl, Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee and Pam Tillis, but the “celebrity roses” had never before been housed together in one garden for the public to view.

For more information, visit nashvillemusicgarden.com.

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