"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 :)
Allen Centennial Gardens is another public garden in Madison that we don’t get to often enough. It is a “classroom” on the UW Campus for students and volunteers. Al went there in the spring during the UW Family Gardening Day this year. In mid-summer, I finally got here! All the flowers were in full bloom and very beautiful. The Victorian house was built around 1890. They change their “theme” in the garden each year. In 2014 the theme was “25th Anniversary Celebration” and dancers decorated the garden.
The first garden near the house, Sally’s Garden, named after generous benefactor Sally Bilder.
Behind the house is the Ornamental Shade Garden and the Wisconsin Woodland Garden. There is a commemorative plaque on a rock in that garden.
Views out in the main part of the gardens.
The gazebo and red bridge as seen from the round Lawn garden.
A closer view.
Even a sundial, it was actually noon at the time but it would be correct in Standard time, not Daylight Savings time.
Birds find plenty of places to take a bath here.
Czech Crevice Garden
The French Garden
Some shade for a hot summer day.
I had a great visit here and plan on coming back more often. It is open year-round to visitors.
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.
We were on our way to Algoma, and our Garmin led us through Rosendale in Fon du Lac county.. Be VERY careful with your speed, cops are known for pulling you over and giving tickets if you are as little as 1 mph over limit. We had no problems.
What really made us stop was the view on our left, Sisson’s Peony Gardens. The structures in the garden were constructed between 1928-30. Wilbur Sisson retired in Rosendale in 1918 and began to build this beautiful sanctuary which began to attract people from miles around. Its now listed as a Wisconsin Historic Site. The peonies were not in bloom by the time we saw it, but maybe next year. In early June the town celebrates “Peony Sunday”
A view of the gardens behind the windmill.
In the far back is a beautiful gazebo.
We plan on coming back here next year, hopefully during their Peony Sunday festival.
We did make it back, but a little too late for the festival. There were still flowers blooming, unlike the visit last August.