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Philbrook Gardens

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Once known as the Villa Philbrook, the garden was designed in admiration of the Villa Lante in Italy. It was built by Waite Phillips, an oil magnate who came to Tulsa in 1918 and made a fortune. Landscape architect S. Herbert Hare was the designer. He made a terraced garden inspired by the Villa Lante, with box parterres and a central rill, aspiring to the Mannerist Style of garden layout. The walled garden leads on to a naturalistic area with a waterfall, rock garden and rustic garden pool. An avenue of conifers leads to a small loggia. There are two reflecting pools, one of them a swimming pool, with a small temple used as a dressing rooms for the bathers. The estate was given to the city in 1939 and now has the Westby Sculpture Walk, used as an outdoor sculpture garden.

Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S Rockford Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, OK 74114

All year. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Open 10am to 5pm (8pm on Thursday).

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  • about 4 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    What a treat! We had such low expectations from the previous review. They have two very manicured formal gardens as well as some more natural areas. They are connected with winding, often shaded paths. Different styles of sculpture are placed along the paths. The back of the garden has a beautifully stoned creek running thru it. After reading the first review I was concerned that my grandmother in a wheel chair would have no access, it was quite the opposite. Everything was availble with smooth paths. The previous person must have visited another garden!
  • about 7 years by Anonymous 2 / 5

    Go to the museum which has lovely permanent collection and usually a small jewel of a traveling show that you would not see at one of the big name museums in a major city...then take a short stroll thru the garden, getting a cardio workout on the many stairs and sloping paths.

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