Thursday, May 05, 2011

Spring brings back "splendor in the grass, glory in the flower" to Olbrich Botanical Gardens

It's Not really Spring Without a Visit to Olbrich's Meadow Garden
Wordsworth wrote that "nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower." Maybe. But the Meadow Garden at Olbrich comes close, and it does it every year.

Splendor in the GrassMaybe I was a butterfly in another life. There must be some reason I rejoice so much every time I see the new growth in Olbrich's Meadow Garden -- a sure sign that spring is here at last. The long grass, glowing in the sun, the random spots of color stretching as far as the eye can see -- it's as close to Eden as we're likely to get around here. When T and I visited Olbrich Botanical Gardens the other day, the Meadow Garden was the highlight.
Inspired by English meadow gardens, Olbrich's Meadow Garden features low-maintenance fescue grasses and spring flowering bulbs. The short, drought-tolerant fescue grasses eliminate the need for high maintenance and energy consumptive lawn care. The grasses don't require supplemental watering or fertilizer and are mowed just twice a year - once in late spring and again in late fall.
Be sure to visit while the garden is still in bloom. You won't be sorry.

1 comment:

Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk said...

Thanks for the photos and comments about one of my most favorite spots. I've taken many photos of the Meadow Garden over the past couple of years. Yesterday afternoon I spent close to two hours enjoying a beautiful spring day there. It's an absolutely wonderful place to be while the sun is shinning and the Meadow Garden is blooming.