Holy Garden, Batman!

This week we went with some friends to Tulsa for a concert. (Gogol Bordello- such great fun!) We got there around lunch time, and decided to kill some time by going to the Philbrook Museum of Art. I’d never heard of it before, and didn’t know what to expect. I have a healthy respect for art, and there was some great stuff there, but the stand out BY FAR was the garden. I’ve never seen anything like it!

Philbrook Museum of Art garden

The view from the back doors of the museum.

One of the craziest parts of the whole thing is the fact that it’s in the middle of a residential area. The museum was originally a home (crazy mansion), and was donated to the city to be turned into an art museum. Could you imagine living next door, looking over your fence and seeing all this beauty everyday? Of course, it is a super richy rich neighborhood, so it’s possible the neighbors have equally breathtaking backyards.

Philbrook Museum of Art garden

This is another view from the back of the museum, this time on a higher level.

There was a walkway that led you around the back of the trees. There were sculptures scattered around the grounds, and a little creek. It really didn’t compare to the gardens proper.

Philbrook Museum of Art Garden

Here’s the view from the gazebo thing at the back of the garden.

Could you imagine being a gardener for the Philbrook? I’m sure it’s amazingly hard work, but it’d be so gratifying! I  haven’t looked into it, but I’m sure you can rent out the garden for a wedding or special event. Other than Neuschwanstein castle, I’ve never seen anything more beautiful. I would have been content to hang out in the garden all afternoon.

Philbrook Museum of Art garden

Here’s another view of the back of the museum, on a higher level than the last one.

If you ever find yourself in Tulsa, Okla. I highly recommend checking out the Philbrook. I think it was like $9 a ticket- totally worth it. (Of course, they had some great exhibitions and collections of art, I was just more drawn to the garden.)


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