Laura Heller

Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Grand Opening

By - Jun 5th, 2009 09:22 am
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Villa Terrace Art Museum

Renaissance Garden Opening

Sunday, June 7, 2009
Free Admission

The Villa Terrace Art Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, is proud to announce the opening of the Renaissance Garden on Sunday, June 7. In celebration of the occasion, the museum will extend FREE ADMISSION to all visitors for the day. (normally $5/adult, $3/student & senior). Festivities include a musical kick-off by Mrs. Fun, opening remarks, light refreshments, guided tours, Bring a Bud Membership Drive, and more! Contact the Villa Terrace at (414)271-3656 or visit for more information.
Garden Opening Highlights:

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Café Sopra Mare – Mercury Courtyard
Featuring the musical talents of Mrs. Fun (keyboard and percussion duo)

12:45 p.m.
Opening Remarks – Terrace
Refreshments Served – North Terrace

10 a.m – 5 p.m.
Bring a Bud Membership Drive
Any existing member who refers a new member or anyone who becomes a new member the day of the opening will receive a free impatient or petunia ‘bud’ to take home.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Marina Bychkova: Enchanted Doll (CLOSES)
Final day to view this stunning collection of hand-crafted porcelain dolls.

About the Villa Terrace Renaissance Garden
The inspiring Renaissance Garden graces the yard of Villa Terrace as it sweeps down to Lake Michigan and recreates the classic elements of a 16th century Tuscan landscape, while accommodating the vagaries of the Wisconsin Climate. Originally designed by Rose Standish Nichols in collaboration with the Villa’s architect David Adler, the garden was completely restored to its original beauty in 1997. Landscape Architect Dennis Buettner along with the dedicated Friends of Villa Terrace focused on the classical elements of the original landscaping plan and brought this gem back for the community to enjoy.

Points of interest:

  • A dramatic “water staircase” – the classic Scaletta d’Aqua – flowing down past three terraces of flowering crabapple trees to a Vasca (a fishpond historically used to keep the day’s catch fresh)
  • Two secret gardens and a thicket
  • Grassy spaces and benches, bordered with culinary and medicinal herbs, potted citrus trees, unusual plantings, dwarf fruit trees and statuary
  • Monumental wrought iron “Neptune” Gate inspired by master craftsman Cyril Colnik
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