Olbrich Botanical Gardens

One of my favorite things about living in Madison, it all the wonderful, free things to do. There are beautiful parks, phenomenal art museums, and many fun musical events. It seems like every weekend there is something going on. This is quite a change from when I lived in Green Bay. There, if you didn’t like beer or the Packers, you were plum out of luck.

Being in the gardens was lovely. I always love going there. Most of the time I go there with friends, but this was the first time I got to take my fiance, Jake. We had a blast together and I got some gorgeous photos.

The best part about the gardens is that they are different every time I go. This visit we saw a ton of succulents hidden everywhere. Including these ones nestled into a rock in the Sunken Garden.

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My favorite flowers are the shrub roses. I was so glad to catch them now. When I was there in May they weren’t in bloom yet, and now in September they don’t have much time left. Aren’t they so dainty and delicate?

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Of course a trip to the Thai Pavilion is always a treat. Can you believe this is in Wisconsin?

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Shout out to the man in blue for ruining my shot.

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The mosaic tile and the gold leaf etching are ever more stunning in person.

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The water features throughout the gardens were also breathtaking.

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Water Lilies!

Honestly, if the weather was a bit more tolerable, Jake and I would have stayed out longer and taken more pictures of the artwork and fountains. However, in reality it was 95 degrees out, and Jake and I were both dying in the heat after just an hour long stroll.

We will definitely return for an evening walk through the gardens, because there is a really cool art exhibition going on right now at the Olbrich Gardens. It’s called Glow, and while Jake and I were in the gardens we noticed all fiber optic lights and LEDs everywhere. During the day it looked kind of junky, but at night when it’s all lit up, I’m sure it looks incredible. I can’t wait to check it out.


8 thoughts on “Olbrich Botanical Gardens

  1. What a beautiful place, and I am absolutely in love with that pavilion! I most definitely thought this was taken in an Asian country, until I read that this was in Madison. Awesome!


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