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University of Wisconsin Botanical Garden


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


Beautiful Flowering Trees of Spring in Wisconsin

While I’m waiting for spring to arrive in Wisconsin, I wanted to share one of my favorite redbud tree blossom closeups I took last spring. The season goes fast so when they are blooming, hurry out to see them before they fall off.

This deep, rich pink tree is a Crab Apple. It’s colors also include light pink and white as well. Learn more about Crab Apple trees in this video from the Wisconsin Gardner TV program.


Redbud tree

Redbud blossom closeup

This large mature Hopa Crab Apple towers above most of the other trees at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI.

I do enjoy showcasing our state Capitol as much as possible in photos, and I found a way to do that. This was May 2, 2015.  I named this photo “Capitol and Redbuds”.

Capitol and Redbuds WM

Also the Saucer Magnolias. I have seen several colors of blossoms. Here is the light pink. I have also seen purple and yellow blossoms.

Saucer Magnolia light pink

Saucer Magnolia Purple

Saucer Magnolia

I also discovered a single specimen of a tree with beautiful pink blossoms with white centers,  called Crimson Cloud. It does not stand out since the blossoms are small. The tree is no longer there in 2019.

Crimson Cloud tree

Crimson Cloud Tree blossoms


Crimson Cloud tree blossoms

I also discovered another tree I was unfamiliar with. The Red Horse Chestnut tree.  Hummingbirds like the blossoms of this tree.

Ohio Buckeye Tree

Red Horse Chestnut Tree blossom

The white flowering trees are also quite pretty.

White blossom tree flowers 5-24-12

Many bushes bloom too. This one is a Pink Flowering Almond Shrub. The flowers look like tiny roses.

The first to bloom in spring is usually the yellow Forsythia Bush.

Also enjoy the ever-popular Lilac, seen as a tree or a bush. The flowers are most often purple or white, as seen on this Ivory Silk Tree. This one blooms in mid-June. The purple variety blooms in May.

Another May blooming tree is the Purple Leaf Plum Tree. This one happens to be in our yard, it’s very young yet.

Blooming in mid-June is the Royal Purple and American Smoke Tree. It is named that because the blossoms look like puffs of smoke.

The American Smoke tree, as seen in Crivitz, WI in 2016.

Another tree that blooms in mid-June is the Northern Catalpa, or Indian Bean Tree. I have not seen many in Wisconsin. The two I know of are at the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake and in Madison at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Spring is sure beautiful in Wisconsin.