"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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Also the Saucer Magnolias. I have seen several colors of blossoms. Here is the light pink. I have also seen purple and yellow blossoms.
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.
I also discovered another tree I was unfamiliar with. The Red Horse Chestnut tree. Hummingbirds like the blossoms of this tree.
The white flowering trees are also quite pretty.
Many bushes bloom too. This one is a Pink Flowering Almond Shrub. The flowers look like tiny roses.
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.