Mill Fleurs Garden and the Nakashima Furniture Studio

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E Northwestern Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19118
United States

Mill Fleurs, the garden of Barbara and Robert Tiffany in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, is both personal and unique. It occupies a streamside site with massive rock outcroppings and steep, wooded slopes. The design objectives are to bring cohesiveness to a great diversity of plants by grouping them by genus whenever possible; to organize the garden into color families; and to present plant collections in an interesting way. The Tiffany’s stretch horticulture and hardiness zones by planting every possible species of any genus they can grow. We will tour the garden with Barbara and get insights into her garden philosophy. After lunch, we will visit the studio of George Nakashima in New Hope, Pennsylvania. George was an American woodworker, architect, and furniture maker who was one of the leading innovators in 20th century furniture design and a father of the American craft movement. While the architect and woodworker died in 1990, his family continues his legacy. They run the Nakashima furniture business from the workshop he set up in the 1940s and 50s. We will tour the wooded multi-acre estate that includes experimental architecture, an inside look at their unique handmade solid-wood furniture, and a real insight into the man, his history, his legacy, and his family. Be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces. We will leave from the Arboretum by van. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. The cost of the trip includes admission, lunch, and transportation.

Event Type: 
GlobalPhilly 2017 events
Arts and Culture
Community Arts
Global Region: 
North America
Global Region: 
American (United States)