Taliesin premieres Driftless Landscape Tour to emphasize Wright’s dedication to agriculture

Photos by Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

After workshopping the tour last fall, the Taliesin Preservation debuted its Driftless Landscape Tour June 12 with an hour long tour of the landscape and agricultural areas of the Taliesin estate. Valley Sentinel was invited to tag along.

The tour is designed to highlight Frank Lloyd Wright’s commitment to working with the Driftless area landscape as well as the living and learning aspects of the estate regarding geology, ecology, and culture.

The walking tour shows the vast garden and crop plots that are still active on the estate and takes a look at how the Food Artisan Immersion program utilizes the estate now and in the past at the height of educational work at the property.

Tour guide Grace Vosen educates tour groups on the ancient history of the Driftless area of Wisconsin, what the landscape would have featured during Wright’s time compared to the landscape now.

The tour includes information on how the Taliesin Preservation is working to preserve various aspects of Wright’s last decade on the Estate, and the steps they are taking to preserve the 1950s on the Estate, which includes creating similar tree lines and planting rhubarb plots.

Participants in the inaugural tour includes visitors from Colorado, Illinois and Virgina.

Tickets for the tour are $25, $20 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at: www.taliesinpreservation.org/tours/tour/driftless-landscape-tour/