Friday, February 7, 2020

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin: Winding Paths of Introspection

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin: Winding Paths of Introspection


Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Bolz Conservatory in Madison, Wisconsin: Winding Paths of Introspection

During our recent trip to Madison, Wisconsin, we were blessed with nice weather rather unexpectedly. So, we joyfully added a nature jaunt to Olbrich Botanical Gardens to our trip. Visiting in late December, I was quite surprised that we could truly enjoy the outdoor trails but we did!



The Olbrich Botanical Gardens Thai Pavilion rises above the gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Thai Pavilion rises above the gardens.
We loved the winter landscape with a mix of straw colors, burned hues, silvery greys and muted greens. Olbrich Botanical Gardens is home to 16 gardens and a conservatory. On our trek, we paused for a moment and enjoyed the Thai Pavilion resting in the distance.

Reflecting in the winter landscape.
Reflecting in the winter landscape.
The landscape was beautiful and still -- perfect for introspection and reflection. There is really so much beauty that so many skip in the winter!

Great melding of hues and nature at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Great melding of hues and nature.
As we finished the outdoor gardens, we entered the Bolz Conservatory which provided a lush contrast to our winter walk.

A path through lush tropical greenery at Bolz Conservatory.
A path through lush tropical greenery at Bolz Conservatory.
We were immediately greeted by paths wandering through the tropical landscape including free flying birds, waterfalls and more.

Brilliant yellow canary singing at Bolz Conservatory in Madison, Wisconsin
Brilliant yellow canary singing at Bolz Conservatory.

At one point, we could hear a canary sing but it took us a bit to find this little guy! So sweet!

Serenity.


Wandering underneath a green canopy and picking out water features makes for a nice summer uplift in the middle of winter! In the conservatory you can even walk up into the canopy for an above view.

Up in the tropical canopy spying art!
Up in the tropical canopy spying art!
Up above we noticed a bit of glass art! I believe this piece represents the tropical fruit of the trees. We did not a number of fruiting trees while we adventured. All in all, our visit to Olbrich Botanical  Gardens gave us the nature infusion we needed!


Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin: Winding Paths of Introspection





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