A chainsaw is buzzing out in the garden as I sit in Villa Finale’s kitchen – in fact there’s a cacophonous chorus all around me. Hammers, sanders, nail guns, wood being thrown about, shop vacs running. But the most important thing that is happening today is the removal of trees. Select trees. Trees that were never in the plan that Mr. Mathis created for his formal garden, plus one (shown in the picture) that is threatening the foundation of this National Historic Landmark. As an unapologetic treehugger, it is very difficult for me to see a tree come down. However, our buildings and grounds department is very carefully following a Cultural Landscape Report completed in 2008, as well as the guidance of common sense and garden health. Wood from the trees will be made into merchandise that will be available in our museum shop, and the leaves and small branches will be converted into mulch to help us get a little closer to our wish for Villa Finale’s garden to be %100 organic and self-sustaining in five years.
If anyone out there has any questions or comments about our work, in the garden or elsewhere, please contact us by leaving a comment here, or dropping by the Villa Finale Visitor Center at 122 Madison Street, or calling or e-mailing any of us. Staff contact information can be found at www.villafinale.org