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June 9, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Takin’ It Easy

The Meadow Garden

The Meadow Garden

The Meadow Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places in Madison. The garden, based on English meadow gardens, almost takes care of itself. So the going (and growing) is easy. Much of the garden features a low maintenance fescue grass which requires hardly any care at all. A couple of mowings–one in late spring, one in late fall–and no watering or fertilizer make this a “grow easy” garden.

I love to sit here, settle in a bit, and day-dream. Everyone needs a good place to let their dreams wander and slowly take form. And this is as good a place as I’ve found. There’s a bit of magic in the bench under the shade tree, with the stone path curving here and there.


  1. montucky / Jun 9 2009 10:28 pm

    That looks like a good place to relax. Don’t you just love summer!

  2. nouveaufauves / Jun 10 2009 7:28 pm

    Botanical gardens are among the best innovations man has come up with ………especially since it is so difficult to go for a stroll in the country anymore. A very pleasant photo.

  3. Laurie / Jun 11 2009 5:21 am

    Benches are among my favorite subjects. This one is in an idyllic spot surrounded by intoxicating beauty.

  4. suehenryphotography / Jun 11 2009 8:54 am

    *sigh* Yes, it does look like the perfect place for daydreaming.

  5. Marcie / Jun 11 2009 9:43 am

    So perfectly simple! Love the soft colors…a perfect place to dream away a day!!!!

  6. lilybelle / Jun 11 2009 9:49 am

    Félicitations, photos magnifiques!
    Take a book and read..
    Bonne journée!

  7. ankush / Jun 12 2009 6:14 pm

    nice shot, benches have always attracted me from a photographic point of view…


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