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Olbrich Botanical Gardens Spring Flower Show


3-9-16

Olbrich Flower Show programSpring Flower Show sign

Spring has sprung at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, it was time to see what was going on in the plant world!

We had some warm weather recently that begun to make some flowers begin to come up outside.  Inside though were flowers one would see from May to August, all at one time!  Here  is a guide to the many flowers present that you could look at while you were there.

Spring Flower Show 1

Spring Flower Show 2

The event was in the same room where the Holiday Express was, now outfitted for spring.

 

Flower Show room

The theme of the show this year paired specialty artisan-designed furniture surrounded by the many flowers featured. These were the manufacturers represented.

Flower Show Artisan Furniture

Let’s see how creative these two mediums could be blended together. Here is a beautiful pond display. Here is a close up of the light fixture.

Flower Show Pond display

Decorative Light at Flower Show

Here is a gardener constructed of chicken wire in his potting shed potting some plants, very creative!

Gardner in Shed at Flower Show

This view is looking towards to gardens outside.

View toward garden at Flower Show

A pretty table with tall mirrors and translucent cabinet back-lit by the sun.

Side table display at flower show

Creative use for a large wine bottle, make a table out of it  🙂

Wine bottle table at flower show

A simple desk with a great view.

Desk and bookcase at flower show

Next to the room entrance is an array of potted plants and oval mirror with a small lamp on the table below.

Mirror and potted plants at flower show

Next to the desk near the entrance is an attractive array of potted plants and an oval mirror.

We finish our visit by venturing outside, rumor has it snowdrops and crocus have been spotted here as early as Feb 29 (Facebook post).  It was true! Such brave flowers to grow even though it could snow again at any time.

Olbrich Spring Flower Show Collage

 

Leafless grove at Olbrich

Quite and beautiful flower show, including outdoors.  Stop by Olbrich during these hours. The gift shop is amazing too! Members receive a 10% discount.

Olbrich Gardens Gift Shop in Spring

Olbrich Hours

Groundhog Day 2016 in Sun Prairie – Making New Traditions


GH Dday 2016 Postmark slide

In 2015, Sun Prairie received unfavorable national attention when their groundhog Jimmy BIT the Mayor’s ear when he was “listening” for the weather prediction.  THEN, it was discovered that the new Jimmy caretakers Jeff and Ti Gauger didn’t have permits to own a groundhog.  They do, however, own Beans n Cream Coffeehouse in Cannery Square. Jimmy was then released into the wild in May. Sun Prairie no longer had a groundhog and Groundhog Day 2016 was coming!

It was time to regroup and appeal to the citizens of Sun Prairie and get their ideas on what to do to save Groundhog Day. One idea is to have a groundhog “understudy”, either an animal or person to cast the shadow in place of Jimmy and have a lot of Groundhog Day spirit!  The Sun Prairie Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) sponsored the contest.  Facebook users submitted their ideas and all interested people were then able to vote for their favorite candidates.

On January 30, the winner was announced.  Five-year-old Asher who also happens to be a human groundhog, meaning his birthday is February 2nd.  He turned 5 today and was ready to assume his role as groundhog understudy. In addition, the proclamation by Jimmy would also be translated in Spanish and Hmong, The Mayor gave it in English first.

 

Photo by Sun Prairie BID

Photo collage by Sun Prairie BID

In addition, a groundhog costume was donated by  CJs Huggables.  Let’s watch this brand-new Prognostication ceremony, edited for Youtube time constraints. If you wish to hear the Hmong and Spanish translations, see the Sun Prairie BID video.

Jimmy predicted an early spring!  Because of the fact it was snowing, he did not see his shadow.

After the ceremony, people got a closer look at the new Jimmy and took pictures with the new costumed mascot, including me   🙂

GH Day crowd in Sun Prairie

Jimmy the Groundhog 12

GH Day 2016 selfie

Because of what happened to the Mayor last year, the handler is no longer going to hold the live groundhog for a picture with you, only the costumed mascot. I am glad I got this picture in 2010.

Happy Groundhog Day!

The Market Street Diner across the street was hosting a groundhog brunch and a rep from the post office was also there.  There is a special GH day cancellation each year (see top of page).

GH Buffet and more

Market Street Diner and Carl's Cakes in Sun Prairie

I had a real good time.   Sun Prairie created some new traditions for Groundhog Day that appear like they will continue next year.  Way to go Sun Prairie!

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2-29-16

It appears Jimmy was right about an early spring.  The snow is now gone, we have had temperatures near 70 already.  Snowdrops were spotted growing at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. I saw them for myself on March 9.  Happy Spring!

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