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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!

2nd Annual GLEAM-Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison


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Gleam admission and times

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is always holding exciting events for the public. 2015 was their first year for GLEAM, a night event featuring art that is illuminated. Here is our visit from last year.  We didn’t think they could top that exciting first year, but it seems they did.  Monopods are permitted for a steadier shot and also to not get in the way of the other guests.

The route is different than last year, this is the map.

gleam-guide-map 2016

This year they added a cash bar to enhance your stroll through the garden.

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We were just amazed by the workmanship and talent of the artists participating this year. You can vote for your favorite after your visit.

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We walked through in the daytime also to see what they looked like then.  Enjoy the video I made of our visits.

The Fire Monkeys were especially good. Three were in a tree, one was on the edge of a small pond. In the video, you will also hear the jungle sounds that are piped in on a nearby speaker.

Fire Monkeys

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Another favorite was “The Soul’s Song” by the family of artist Ted Brusubardis.  This is a song of Latvia, a small excerpt is in the video.  The name in Latvian is Dvēseles Dziesma. Below is the song in it’s entirety.

The images of the performance is projected onto the back of the waterfall behind the Rose Tower.

The Soul's Song

The Rose Tower is a beautiful setting for both of the Soul’s Song and Yahara Cloud’s pieces.  Inside the tower had a purple light projector.

Inside Rose Tower

Yahara Cloudslong view

The view from the tower, breathtaking on this starry night. The streak is an airplane.

View from Rose Tower at night

See website for more information about this and other events.

Be sure to stop by soon for this wonderful exhibit and bring your friends and family (and your camera)!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Holiday Express


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Olbrich sign

Boltz Conservatory at Olbrich in winter

This has been a December tradition at Olbrich Botanical Gardens  for years. Their Holiday Express event is a fundraiser that is fun for the whole family!   When you walk in the door, you see a Christmas wonderland!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens lobby

 

Turn right to find the Atrium, where all the fun is!

Candyland  Olbrich Atrium

This year the displays resembles the game “Candy Land” .  Amidst the displays are model trains contributed and set up by the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society.  There are two trains on separate tracks.  Great job everyone!

Olbrich Garden Holiday Express frame

 

Lets see the train in action!

Some of the other scenery..

Holiday Express display

Blue Gingerbread House

 

Here is the other train!

Holiday Express Train 2 frame

 

After enjoying trains, your adult admission of $3.00 includes a visit to the Boltz Conservatory as well.

Bridge and Koi fish

Bolz Conservatory inside

 

It’s not just plants in here, birds live here also.  There are Canaries, Finches,  doves and Quail.

Hungry birds

 

Quail

 

I had a very enjoyable visit on a cold winter day. You will too.