Tag Archive | Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Making a Big Stink About the Corpse Flower


6-14-18

 

It happened! Olbrich Botanical Garden’s Corpse Flower has finally bloomed today.  The last time this plant bloomed was in 2009, I didn’t see it then.  They have 4 plants altogether. The University of Wisconsin has its own Corpse Flower, affectionately named “Big Bucky”. That one last bloomed in 2012. It was named “Mori” by fans of Olbrich.

It’s housed inside of the Bolz Conservatory. At 4:15 PM it wasn’t too crowded so I picked a good time. Here are some facts about the flower.

The flower is located near the Conservatory entrance, there is a sign showing its life cycle. Picture courtesy of the University of Wisconsin.

I may have missed the peak smelliest time of the flower, I could only smell it up close. Inside the spathe the color is a deep red, setting off the green.

Now the whole plant.

It was fun meeting Mori, the world’s largest flower in person.

 

Olblich Garden’s 3rd Annual GLEAM


9-15-17

Photo by Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Each year I eagerly look forward to Olbrich Botanical Garden‘s hottest new art display taking place at night. They really outdid themselves this time. Here is a map of all the art installations, more than ever this year!

For the first time, there are displays inside of the Boltz Conservatory. This display cycles through all the colors, just like the lights lining the inside of the conservatory.

Next I went outside to see those displays, the tree outside was raining light!

There is now a bar outside so you can enjoy an adult beverage while enjoying GLEAM.

 There was a surprise around every corner, I especially liked the columns on either side of the entrance to the Rose Garden, there were roses rotating around inside.

Loved the rainbow brick path.

Projected onto the path in the grand circle were messages, and butterflies flew through them.

New this year were lighted panels with a description of the displays. This one was really neat.

The star shower light made for a ghostly appearance of anyone standing under it.

This one was a little hard to take a picture, video is better.

This one was pretty too.

I am finishing my journey through the gardens, looking completely different from in the day.  As a member, it is $11 to come to GLEAM, 14 if you are not.  You can become a member at Olbrich at this time for a discount and save on future events, coupon is on GLEAM guide. I look forward to next year!

 

Olbrich Garden’s Spring Flower Show 2017


3-17

 

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!