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Sunken Meadow Garden


Last Saturday I took a little strollĀ  to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison for a plant picture taking fiesta. I have to admit it was a little sad I couldn’t identify a lot of the plants. This first batch of pictures are from the gorgeous Sunken Garden, Meadow Garden and Rock Garden.

Colorful Corner of the Sunken Garden

Olbrich was always one of my favorite places to take pictures when I was learning how to use my first film SLR camera years ago. It was looking spectacular.

Sunken Garden Crazy Cool Container

It was a little too early for the lily pads to make their appearance in the pond, but the containers are looking fabulous!

Lush view from the Sunken Garden

On the way to the Rock Garden

California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in Wisconsin

Had no idea you could grow these guys back east. I found these guys hanging out in the Meadow Garden while making my way to the Rock Garden.

Iris alley

Rock garden fun!

Alpine Skullcap (Scutellaria alpina)

Thought this was a euphorbia, but it’s in the Lamiaceae family. Crazy! Stay tuned for more Olbrich posts. I was able to find every succulent in the place, along with some amazing peonies, the Thai pavillion, veggies, roses and more.


  1. Wow, what a beautiful place-and your pictures do it justice…

  2. Beautiful! You know it’s been so long since I’ve seen the sun that I was actually a little shocked by these bright colors.

  3. Gorgeous pics. That last one really looks like euphorbia myrsinites.

    • So, I did a little google image searching. There’s no way in heck it’s an Alpine skullcap. It’s gotta be a euphorbia myrsinites. The sign didn’t have any other plants around it, so I believed :)

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  7. I’ve been here quite some time ago in the summer. Downtown Madison, near or on the campus? I went twice in the week I was there. Very nice college town and a state capital all within easy walking distance.

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