The mission of the Friends of Villa Terrace is to care for the Renaissance Garden and support the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Upcoming Events

  • Virtual Spring Garden Lectures: Cyril Colnik, Man of Iron
    Mar 10, 6:30 PM
    “Cyril Colnik, Man of Iron” follows Milwaukee’s genius wrought iron designer Cyril Colnik from his birth in Austria, to his presentation at the Chicago’s World’s Fair and eventual home and workshop in Milwaukee with highlights from the Villa Terrace collection as well as other Milwaukee examples.
  • Virtual Spring Garden Lectures: Woody Ornamentals for Shade
    Mar 17, 6:30 PM
    Most woody plants grow best in full sun, but some will tolerate some shade and will even thrive. We will be looking at shrubs and trees that tolerate shade and also have up to four-season interest.
  • Virtual Spring Garden Lectures: Creating Sustainable Community Focused Open Space
    Mar 24, 6:30 PM
    Landscape architecture has been the most viable way to positively shape place, and give vulnerable populations not only a voice, but a tool for strengthening and sustaining the communities in which they live. This presentation will explore 3 open space projects, at various urban scales.
  • Virtual Spring Garden Lectures: Living With History
    Apr 07, 6:30 PM
    Join us as on an exploration of buying and selling the Decorative Arts at auction. We’ll also discuss what to look for when furnishing a historic home, and tips on best objects to accentuate existing décor.
  • Virtual Spring Garden Lectures: Renaissance Garden Design
    Apr 21, 6:30 PM
    This virtual lecture will explore design elements of the High Italian Renaissance including geometry, water, sound, and plantings. These design ideas will be explored in a virtual walk through of our own Renaissance Garden at Villa Terrace.
  • Virtual Spring Garden Lectures: A Garden Miscellany
    Apr 28, 6:30 PM
    Garden historian Suzanne Staubach discusses her book A Garden Miscellany: An Illustrated Guide to the Elements of the Garden.

Della Robbia Celebration

Enjoy this video by John Gurda on the subject of historic preservation that was featured in our recent online Della Robbia Holiday Celebration! There is still time to make your gift to help us sustain the Villa Terrace house and gardens!

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