Tulsa Gardens

A Closer LookA Closer Look
The Philbrook Museum is an Italianate villa built as a family estate in 1927 by Texas oilman Waite Phillips of the Phillips Petroleum family. Built on 23 acres, the home had 72 rooms. Waite gave the estate to the city of Tulsa in 1938 and "Villa Philbrook" opened to the public as the Philbrook Museum of Art in 1939.
Formal GroundsFormal Grounds
The formal gardens that descend from the Museum were part of the estate's original design and  inspired by gardens at Villa Lante, an Italian country estate north of Rome designed in 1556. 
Reflecting PoolsReflecting Pools
Two of the formal garden's loveliest features are its reflecting pools. The structure at the rear is called a Tempietto, meaning "small temple."

Beautiful walkways at Philbrook take visitors through the estate's grounds, offering along the way such visual treats as topiary, fountains, and statuary.
The Iris SocietyThe Iris Society
Blue and White IrisBlue and White Iris
Blue Bicolor IrisBlue Bicolor Iris
Yellow IrisYellow Iris
Purple Bicolor IrisPurple Bicolor Iris
Orange IrisOrange Iris
Apricot RoseApricot Rose
Old-Fashioned RoseOld-Fashioned Rose
Pink-and-White RosePink-and-White Rose
Fiery RoseFiery Rose
White RoseWhite Rose
Philbrook MuseumPhilbrook Museum

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