Sandwich, Mass.— Award-winning landscape architect Stephen Stimson will give a talk titled “The Flume Fountain: Inspiration and Creation” at Heritage Museums & Gardens on Wednesday, July 20 at 2:30pm in the Don Marvin Daylily Garden (or the Heald Center in the event of rain). The event is free with museum admission.
“We are so honored to welcome Stephen Stimson to Heritage. We are proud to feature his influential work in landscape design here,” said Ellen Spear, the museum’s executive director. “Stephen’s lecture is part of a growing series of opportunities to hear cutting edge designers and horticulturists speak about their work and about trends in their fields.”
Heritage Museums & Gardens asked Stephen Stimson Associates to conceive of a water feature that would greet visitors upon their arrival and terminate in the Don Marvin Daylily Garden. The result is the spectacular Flume Fountain, the design of which was inspired by the historic flumes found throughout New England in the age of gristmills. For 208 feet of length, a two-foot wide mirror of water slides through a mature stand of trees with a rhododendron and hay scented fern understory, terminating dramatically with a 26-foot waterfall that drops into an oval pool.
Stephen Stimson, FASLA, received his education from the University of Massachusetts and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Born and raised on a dairy farm, his agrarian heritage has inspired and shaped the landscapes he has created across New England and the country. He has been practicing landscape architecture for 23 years, and is the founding Principal of Stephen Stimson Associates, a 22-person firm with offices in Cambridge and Falmouth. The firm’s work spans urban and rural and ranges in scale from institutional campuses to public parks and private gardens. The work has been widely recognized with numerous awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Stephen was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2004 for his outstanding achievements in the field of landscape architecture.
Admission and Location
Heritage Museum & Gardens is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Museum admission is $15.00 (adults), $12.00 (seniors), $7.00 (youth, ages 4 to 16), and free for members and children age 3 and under. Heritage is conveniently located off Route 6 at 67 Grove Street in Sandwich, Massachusetts. For more information, call 508.888.3300 or see www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org.
About Heritage Museums & Gardens
Founded in 1969, Heritage Museums & Gardens is a place that celebrates American culture and inspires lifelong learning by sharing excellence in horticulture, garden design, and the exhibition of great collections. Heritage is located on 100 acres of gardens and nature trails on the banks of Shawme Pond in historic Sandwich; it is the largest public garden in southern New England. In addition to the magnificent grounds, known for their encyclopedic collections of daylilies, hostas and hydrangeas, the estate holds a nationally significant collection of Dexter rhododendrons, specialty gardens, water features, and sculpture. Hidden Hollow, a new family-friendly feature, is a place for exploration of the natural world and learning about environmental stewardship. Heritage also offers three buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, American folk art, historical artifacts, a working carousel, and changing special exhibits on aspects of American culture.