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Columbus Redbud Days – Welcome Spring!


5-13-17

It’s the time of year Columbus has been waiting for, Redbud Days.  This annual celebration celebrates the Redbud tree, prominently displayed all over the city. Read more about the history here.   Many of the redbuds are descended from one especially hardy tree that lived over 60 years, it was on 537 West James street. It lived from the 1940’s until it had to be cut down in 2001. It’s unique genetic makeup was preserved and the tree’s “children” are all over Columbus, 48 on city property alone.

We began the day by visiting some of the great garage sales around town. Found some great buys and had fun!  Many people had redbuds in their yard, some quite large.

Back downtown for all the fun!  Every year, a new Redbud Prince and Princess are chosen in a competition by children entering the contest. The ceremony was at the Columbus Senior Center.

Each child is interviewed and a panel of Judges choose the winners.  See the ceremony here.

The kids were wonderful and all are fine representatives of Columbus. They will all go far.

Redbud Royal Court 2017

Plenty going on outside also.  The Badger Antique Auto Club had a Car Show, sponsored by Carol Valley C.P.A.  S.C.P.

Behind the car show Columbus businesses displayed their wares.

Cooley Prop and Weld, LLC

Mid-State Equipment

I smell something good!   It must be the Kiwanis Brat Fry, time for lunch!

, kids were participating in the Chalk Walk outside. Pretty good drawings!

Welcome spring at Columbus Redbud Days!

University of Wisconsin Botanical Garden


5-8-13

UW Botanical Garden from University Ave

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.

Eastern Redbud Tree

Gazebo at UW Botanical Garden

 

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.

 

Newton Apple Tree

Newton Apple Tree plaque

 

Here is an exotic Red Crown Imperial from Turkey.

Red Crown Imperial flowers

 

Day Lilly

Day Lilly

 

There are many more flowers to see, plus some artwork.

The Fruit

What a nice garden, and one that may not be as well-known as some others in Madison.

UW Botanical Garden Website