Take a Stroll in Miami's Bayfront Vizcaya Gardens

  • May 13, 2020 16:42

  • Email
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Alejandra Serna
Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Robin Hill

In Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ beautiful bayfront gardens are now open and tickets can be reserved online. With 10 acres of outdoor gardens, Vizcaya offers the community ample space to maintain social distance with a low-density experience. For those who are not local, go online to experience virtual tours, lectures, "zenscape" videos, performances, and find Zoom backgrounds and even a Spotify playlist with music popular from the era of homeowner James Deering.

Bachelor millionaire Deering (1859–1925) built his famed Mediterranen-style estate between 1914 and 1922, filling it with fine collections of Italian furniture and decorative elements spanning Rococo to Neoclassical styles.

Designed by Diego Suarez (1888–1974), the gardens initially were meant to resemble those at a sixteenth-century villa in Viterbo, Italy. Suarez eventually adapted his plans to fit the bayfront Florida site, creating sweeping vistas, along with exaggerated perspective lines using low hedges to dramatize the formal geometry of the gardens. Native forests flank a series of formal garden "rooms," with the central space dominated by parterres in a geometric arrangement.  

The gardens feature sculptural works from antiquity to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, plus pieces from Deering's era created by artists such as Gaston Lachaise (1882–1935), Charles Cary Rumsey (1879–1922) and Robert Winthrop Chanler (1872–1930).

An extraordinary piece by Alexander Calder (1870–1945) is located in the water in front of the Main House, and titled the Barge. This piece functioned as a monumental breakwater shaped as a boat, decorated with carvings representing mythical Caribbean creatures. Original elements such as full-grown trees, a latticework pavilion and fountains have since been lost.

Vizcaya is able to open its gardens as part of Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 21-20 (EO 21-20) which allows the opening of County parks, marinas and golf courses. With safety at the forefront of reopening operations, all guests and staff must wear face coverings and maintain a social distance of 6 feet from other visitors and staff. Garden paths that are narrow will become one-way for foot traffic.

Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Photo by Alejandra Serna

To provide a touchless admission process, all visitors must purchase tickets online at www.vizcaya.org and bring proof of purchase with them. For the latest information about Vizcaya’s reopening news, regulations and a welcoming message from Vizcaya’s executive director/CEO, visit www.vizcaya.org/welcome

Vizcaya’s extensive menu of free online experiences can be found at www.vizcaya.org/free.


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Ai Weiwei at the Berengo studio in Venice, next to his glass sculpture Blossom Chandelier.  Photo by Karolina Sobel.

U.S. Premiere of 'Glasstress' Showcases The Work of Leading International Artists in Collaboration With Venetian Glass Masters

  • ArtfixDaily / January 26th, 2021

Some of the world's leading contemporary artists have been invited to breathe new life into centuries-old glassmaking ...

Read More...
Thomas Moran.  A Snowy Mountain Range (Path of Souls, Idaho), 1896.  Oil on canvas, 14 x 27 in.  Denver Art Museum: Roath Collection, 2013.109

'Rethinking the Boundaries of Western American Art' Virtual Program Accompanies 'Creating the American West in Art' Exhibition at The Frist Art Museum

  • ArtfixDaily / January 26th, 2021

The Frist Art Museum presents Creating the American West in Art, an exhibition of nearly 80 paintings and sculptures ...

Read More...
Reginald Neal (American, 1909 – 1992 ) Eight of a Maze - Blue and White , 1965, Lithograph and Plexiglas construction, 21 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.  Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Beaux Arts Society Fund for Acquisitions and the Pauline Morrison Ledbetter Collections Endowment , 2016.061 © Estate of Reginald Neal

'Moving Vision' Exhibition of Op and Kinetic Art To Feature Doctors, Scientists in Virtual Programs

  • ArtfixDaily / January 25th, 2021

A new exhibition opening at Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Feb. 20, “Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the ...

Read More...
"All Is Possible" sterling silver cuff with star.  From the collection of Suijin Li Snyder.  Photo by Jason Dowdle.

Take A Virtual Tour Of 'All Is Possible,' First Retrospective of Pioneering Jewelry Designer Mary Ann Scherr

  • ArtfixDaily / January 25th, 2021

Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University presented All is Possible: Mary Ann Scherr’s ...

Read More...

ARTFIXdaily Artwire