"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
We discovered most big cities to the small towns we have visited have at least one public garden for the public to enjoy. Dubuque is no exception. The Dubuque Museum and Botanical Gardens is quite beautiful in mid-summer and was well worth the visit.
Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center for a map of the huge grounds. You could easily spend the day here. They also have apparel and souveniers.
There are gardens of different themes…
Even waterfalls are here.
Just some of the beautiful flowers here at the garden.
We had a wonderful visit here. Could not see it all this time but perhaps on a return visit we can see the rest.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens has many great events throughout the year. In December I went to their Holiday Express. In mid-summer the conservatory is full of butterflies! They get shipments of butterflies still in their Chrysalis, and they emerge inside Bolz Conservatory. They are emerging inside this case, then are released when ready.
Here are a couple that just hatched and are drying their wings. Those are Gulf Fritillary. Here are six others I saw, the one on the purple cone flower was outside.
There were others, but many were not yet out of their crysalis yet. To attract more butterflies to your yard, here is an idea they shared with us.
The outdoor gardens were just as beautiful in full summer bloom.
Al and found this garden quite by accident while taking a bike ride on a warm spring day. I have lived here 29 years and never noticed it since this is what it looks like from the street. It does not have a parking lot, so you have to find somewhere nearby to park, bus, or bike. The address is 1085 University Ave.
What a beautiful garden, especially since the redbud trees were blooming by then. They have an Eastern Redbud.
Also a Saucer Magnolia to the right of the Gazebo.
They also have a Newton Apple Tree, a descendant of the tree purported to have dropped an apple on Sir Issac Newton’s head, leading to his discovery of gravity.