Much less well known is the arboretum library’s rare collection of hardwood-crafted furniture, designed by the late George Nakashima, which makes the reading spaces feel rather like the outside has come indoors.

An enormous worktable, made from a sprawling slab of black walnut split vertically, retains the tree trunk’s natural contour. A coffee table sliced from a huge oak burl presents its gnarled whorls as a whimsical pattern.

Many of the furnishings reflect the famed midcentury designer’s signature style, of preserving trees in nearly their natural wild state. Unlike other woodworkers, Nakashima viewed knots and cracks not as flaws, but features, an essential part of a tree’s ‘soul’…”