A Paper Garden: An idiosyncratic and indefatigable account of Empress Josephine’s and André Michaux’s love of botany

A play by Aaron Cromie, Mary Tuomanen and Genevieve Perrier for the APS Museum

At the turn of the 19th Century, an exotic plant sprouts from an unusual box sent across the Atlantic Ocean by famous world explorer, raconteur, and botanist André Michaux to Empress Josephine’s French estate. What blooms is a story full of tall tales, love songs, and one unique French garden.

Presented in the APS’s Jefferson Garden (on the east side of 5th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets).


Please note: Seating is limited, and there is no late seating. In the case of rain, performance will be cancelled.

Photographer: Cherie B. Tay

Performance Dates and Times
Fri. Sept. 2 — noon & 6pm (6pm performance is followed by a discussion between Cromie, Tuomanen and Perrier)
Sat. Sept. 3 — 1 and 3pm
Sun. Sept. 4 — 1 and 3pm
Fri. Sept. 9 — noon & 6pm
Sat. Sept. 10 — 1 and 3pm
Sun. Sept. 11 — 1 and 3pm
Fri. Sept. 16 — noon & 6pm
Sat. Sept. 17 — 1 and 3pm