Curly willow hideaway at Olbrich Botanical Gardens


A week ago I was on my way home from a visit to Madison, Wisconsin. I am still going through all my photos from the captivating Olbrich Botanical Gardens, set on 16 acres alongside Lake Monona, one of two lakes that frame the city.

I plan to devote several posts this week to the gardens of Olbrich, starting with this secret sanctuary under the tendrils of a mature ‘Scarlet Curls’ willow. This was my favorite place in the gardens, half-hidden under the greenery…


…which was mirrored in the dark pool at the willow’s feet.


The twisting trunk offered a surprise peek-a-boo view, and its low, strong arms looked imminently climbable, though I refrained.


Just outside the canopy, starry flowers ornamented the pond.


From outside, an opaque curtain of green. Don’t you want to walk over and part the curtain to see what’s inside? I can tell you, it’s a restful place of beauty.

Tune in tomorrow for more images from Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

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5 Responses

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  2. Cyndy says:

    Those are fabulous images of what is obviously a must-see garden destination. Love the idea of a secret retreat in the middle of a public place!

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I just love willow trees. They seem mysterious. When I see them I always want to go under those draping limbs to see what might be there. I can imagine how much cooler it would feel too.

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  5. David says:

    Wow! I love botanical gardens and this one is superb! The weeping willow reflection in the water is stunning. Thanks for the tour. David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

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