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Blue Earth, Minnesota-Home of the Jolly Green Giant


4-24-17

This was the beginning of our vacation to South Dakota and Wyoming. We saw this billboard and knew we had to stop here!  Blue Earth is home to a Green Giant plant. It is located in Green Giant Park.  The statue was dedicated August 7, 1979. Here is the plaque at the base of the statue.

There also is a sign at the park with some Green Giant facts.

A short visit, we had to continue our journey  West but we hope to get to the museum here on our next trip to this area.

 

Nevin Fish Hatchery in Fitchburg – Since 1876


3-27-17

I think I might have visited here once MANY years ago, I don’t know for sure when.  In fact, I had forgotten you could visit here. It was time to come back and see things in early spring.  If you bike here, there is a cute fish-shaped bike rack.

The Nevin Fish Hatchery is the oldest DNR managed land in Wisconsin, acquired in 1876. The Capitol City State Trail passes through part of the property also. We pass through the gate here to enter the grounds.

Take a look at my visit here, you can see the fish swimming too.

Here is a map of the grounds, there are many signs placed throughout explaining the different areas of the fish hatchery. Let’s go for a walk! Spring is awakening here. The water never freezes though, they keep it warm over the winter. They have a sign describing winter activities here.

View of the area.

And the raceway below, in the morning the staff clean the water and feed the fish.

Walking a little further, we come to a peaceful pond, reflecting the trees.

We also find a marker on a large rock across from a bench by the creek, dedicated to Tom Palmer. A great place to sit and relax.

This is the Spiral Building, only staff can enter it.

As I walk back to the entry, I read the many signs talking about the history of this fish hatchery.

I had a great visit here, I plan on returning. I learned a lot about the crucial service this and all fish hatcheries provide.

Olbrich Garden’s Spring Flower Show 2017


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The snow is melting and thoughts are turning toward spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens! The theme for the show is different every year, this year it was a kitchen theme.  Many commented it was their best spring flower show ever!

The display window looked festive with a menu of treats.

A major contributor to the displays at this show was Deconstruction, Inc. A great use of reclaimed materials!

And now the main room where the show is. During your visit they have a card showing all the flowers featured in the show. Quite a variety!

The whole room view.

Now let’s see each display individually, all are creative! In the last couple of years Al has caught the photography bug too and his work is also featured here also.

Tableaux

Making Cookies

To the left of the table…

Vintage Oven

Wine Apertif

Window to the Garden

Relax by the Fire

The “flame” inside the fire display is made up of neon flickering flame bulbs. Good effect, take a look!

Dinner is Served!

The table is made of wood cross sections instead of long boards. The chandelier is made of  sticks and has a “vintage” light bulb inside. 

Watery Table

Another table setting inside a pond, good for a hot summer day.

Cabinet

Relax at the Spring Flower show, soon it will look like this outdoors too!