Autumn Spectacle At RISD Museum

The annual Ginkgo biloba show at the RISD Museum can be viewed free of charge from the Benefit Street side of the museum, but head inside and spend a few moments in the Radeke Memorial Garden courtyard. (Not surprisingly, the Buddha room was packed yesterday.)

This magnificent ginkgo specimen has been beautifully pruned and maintained; it must be over 50 feet tall. The garden was restored in 2000 by noted landscape designer Allen C. Haskell who integrated sylvan statuary with hostas, Japanese maples, Solomon’s Seal, and other shade loving plants. There are several benches and seat walls for taking it all in.

The Pearl Café on the Benefit Street side is open to the public and seems to be a hit with students.

Free admission to the museum on Sundays.

Radeke Garden, RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street, (directions)

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Garden in the summer.

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