As spring slides into summer it's fun to get out and visit garden centers (you never know when you'll score a new plant for your collection) and botanic gardens. Of the latter, one of my favorites is Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin. At 16 acres it's an intimate showcase for lots of different garden styles that flow naturally from one to another. I try and visit every year and am always glad that I made the drive.
|"Prairie" done well greets you at entrance|
|This durable dogwood has it all|
|A groundling clematis!|
|Gorgeous gams of paperbark maple|
|Tall and lovely meadow rue|
|Something different for your containers?|
|Firelight panicle hydrangea sizzles now and later|
|Climbing hydrangea showing off as usual|
I believe you learn something from every garden you visit. Hopefully, it's something positive, but sometimes it's as simple as what not to do. A visit to Olbrich Botanical Gardens is always a lesson in how to do a garden right and what plants to use to accomplish a beautiful end result.