Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Renaissance Garden at Villa Terrace recreates the classic elements of a 16th century Tuscan landscape while accommodating the vagaries of the Wisconsin Climate. Rose Standish Nichols designed the original villa gardens in collaboration with the home’s architect David Adler. In 1997, the Friends of Villa Terrace led by landscape architect Dennis Buettner created a restoration plan to revive the garden, focusing on the classical elements of the original landscape.
The Renaissance Garden is open year-round (weather permitting) with an official garden opening celebration on the first Sunday in June. Admission to the garden is included with admission to the museum. You can enter both through the main enterance located at 2220 N. Terrace Avenue. General Admission to the museum and grounds is $7/Adults, $5/Students, Seniors, and Veterans.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Inspired by master craftsman Cyril Colnik, this wrought iron masterpiece was commissioned in 2000 and brought to fruition through the generous support of the Demmer Group, Lawrence Demmer, Edward U. Demmer Foundation, Mae E. Demmer Chairitable Trust and The Wisconsin Arts Board, The Kohler Foundation, Inc., Mary A. Tingley, and Dennis Buettner. It was designed and wrought by three local, yet nationally known artist craftsmen, Eric Moebius, Daniel M. Nauman, and Thomas M. Latané, creating a regal eastern entrance to the garden from Lincoln Memorial Drive.
A dramatic “water stairway” flows down past three terraces of flowering crabapple trees to a Vasca, a fishpond used historically to keep the daily catch fresh
Two Secret Gardens and a thicket (where, in the past, birds might be caught for the evening meal)
Grassy spaces and benches, bordered with culinary and medicinal herbs, potted citrus trees, unusual plantings, dwarf fruit trees and statuary.