The Formal Gardens were constructed in 1931 by George F. and Stella Elkins Tyler to provide a formal landscape setting for their estate, Indian Council Rock. The four-tier Formal Gardens were influenced by French and Italian gardens and feature varieties of flora, beautiful lush lawns, dramatic stone walls and staircases, gravel walks, fountains, and bronze sculptures.

The four-tier gardens, positioned on an acre of land, were greatly influenced by French and Italian gardens and demonstrated characteristics that were common in formal gardens in the Philadelphia area at that time. Architectural plans and photos from the 1930s show four terraces that included gravel walks, fountains, sculptures, staircases, parterres, planting spaces, swimming pool, and tennis courts.

An avid gardener, Stella Tyler introduced countless varieties of flora to her personal horticultural laboratory. And as an accomplished artist, she frequently exhibited examples of her sculptures throughout the gardens, several of which continue to be displayed. In addition to stunning bronze statuary, Tyler Formal Gardens offers dramatic stone walls and staircases that serve as the “bones” of the gardens.

Open Aire Affairs + Bucks County Community College is partnered together to bring the fourth level of Tyler Gardens as an event space to host up to 400 guests. We built this venue from the ground up with flooring, a 60×100 venue tent string cafe lights with a patio on the backend overlooking Neshaminy Creek. The event space also has a wedding suite, kitchen prep area & restrooms all attached to the main tent area. Open Aire Affairs is also the on-site venue managers taking care of all venue related items & assisting in the day-of event.