My father and grandparents lived on the east side of Madison (Monona actually), very near Olbrich Gardens. It was a favorite place of my Grandfather Orlan. It's also a place my father, Jim, loved and a place I love too.
The Olbrich Gardens began in the 1950's and has increased in size and scope ever since to include the Bolz Conservatory and wide variety of gardens. There is even a beautiful Thai Pavilion.
Before the gathering started, I managed to step away and have a private moment for myself in the Bolz Conservatory.
I wandered into the Bolz Conservatory ($2 entrance fee), which is a hot house pyramid full of plants native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. It's a little tropical oasis in the snowy winter. The dome is packed with over 650 different plants. It's like walking around in the jungle.
Upon entering, I was immediately greeted by the fragrance of a beautiful Stanhopea in bloom.
I didn't have a lot of other time to wander the rest of the garden, so I'll have to save that for another time.
Below is a little visual tour of the inside of the Bolz Conservatory.
|Inside Bolz Conservatory|
|Etlingera elatior (Torch Ginger)|
|Overlooking the bird feeders|
|Gongora (Scaphephorus x tricolor)|
|Kohleria 'Napolean V'|
|Juanulloa aurantiaca (Goldfinger Plant)|