If you follow Unexpected Philadelphia, our four-month-old website, you’ve toured six fabulous, art-filled homes belonging to our fellow Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that eclectic band of found-object artists and collectors who exhibit, socialize and produce up-cycled art together.
Starting today, we invite you on a new tour, showcasing the inspiring home and garden of Michael Martin Mills and Randy Dalton.
INTRODUCING RANDY AND MICHAEL
Randy joined the Dumpster Divers at their second meeting in 1992. A found-object artist, gardener, and initiator of the “Do Blue” campaign to support arts funding, he has volunteered at Powelton Village’s Community Education Center since 1977, doing everything from serving on the board, to organizing exhibits, to stripping paint from yards and yards – and yards – of paneling.
Michael, Randy’s longtime partner, spent 27 years as an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. A singer, choir member, and avid gardener, he is the Royal Horticultural Society’s North American Registrar for new rhododendrons. (And, yes, the couple have more than 300 varieties in their garden.)
And while Michael is not an official Dumpster Diver, he has made found-object art since the 1970s…
ART AND IMAGINATION INSIDE…
Michael and Randy’s two-story home in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia is filled with sunlight, art, and clever, repurposed furnishings, trims and light fixtures…
…AND A GARDEN PARADISE OUTSIDE
Which makes their unexpected urban garden a double delight, filled with everything from exotic Franklin, handkerchief and pawpaw trees; to lovingly massed rhododendrons, azaleas and exotic plants; to intriguing garden sculptures.
A decade ago, they purchased the neighboring lots which once surrounded a nursing home, extending their garden magic across another 1-1/2 acres.
But don’t just take our word for it…
THE TOUR STARTS HERE
Click here to enjoy the late summer warmth, even as autumn chills our area. It’s just beyond the garden gate….