I stopped by Olbrich Botanical Gardens yesterday to drop something off and the parking lot was packed. Inside the building was full of parents and children enjoying the holiday Train Express complete with lots of Legos. It was a wonderful sight to see so much happiness in one place.
Since I was there I thought I should take a peek inside their Growing Gifts Shop. Toys, clothing, books, jewelry, cards, something for almost everyone on your list — especially for gardeners. I came out with a bagful of treats: A quirky little vase that's narrow enough for my windowsill or the toilet tank, special balloons to make cool ice lanterns, Alpaca socks and a hat with ear flaps and lots of tassels, ornaments and a couple of nail brushes. And members get a discount! One more reason to love Olbrich and to become a member. We joined when we began our first garden back way back when.
I saved this photo of an ice lantern last year and had been meaning to go in search of heavy balloons to try to make some. Now that I found them at Olbrich I just need the weather to stay cold enough to quickly turn water into ice.