Garden Destination: Harvard Massachusetts’ Fruitlands Museum

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Have you ever looked at something so many times you simply stop seeing it?  Shockingly… that is a little of what happened with me and the tree people at The Fruitlands Museum.  Fruitlands (here in my town of Harvard) is a place I frequent regularly for dinners, yoga, and special town events.  Fruitlands is a museum now, but it was historically the home of Bronson Alcott and the Transcendentalists in colonial times.  The tree people, created and installed by Vermont artist Joe Wheelwright are a fixture at this amazing place.

This morning at yoga, I learned that they won’t be here forever and it dawned on me that much as I admire these interesting pieces of landscape art, I had never shared them with you.  Sadly, rumor has it that their reign over the beautiful land and views that comprise the museum is going to come to an end later this summer. (unless, that is, a grass roots movement to save at least one of them by buying it from the artist raises enough money).

Joe’s tree people are such a familiar and much loved local sight, I will miss them when they are gone. The amazing human like structure of an upturned tree never ceases to intrigue me. I am not sure where they will go next, but if you don’t have a chance to visit them before they are gone, I will try to find out their next stop so maybe you can see them there.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Risa Edelstein on March 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I was there last year and these tree sculptures are so amaizng that I am shocked they are leaving! I’m so glad I got to see them. Where are they heading? I cannot imagine how beautiful it is to take a yoga class there.

  2. Michelle on September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    The Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, NY has an exhibit of these cool tree sculptures until May 2012. The museum is closed for an installation until Oct 2nd, so we’ll be making a trip soon to see them. I can’t wait!

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