If it's July, it must be garden tour season. I've already bought my ticket for Olbrich Botanical Garden's annual event later this week. By this time each summer, my garden and I are both in need of a little inspiration and there's no better place to find it than in the gardens on this tour, as you can see from the following images.
Olbrich’s 2014 Home Garden Tour:
Living History in University Heights
July 11 Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
July 12 Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
I consider this year's tour a particular treat since it's being held in one of Madison's most illustrious and beautiful neighborhoods, as well as one of my personal favorities: University Heights. If, by chance, you aren't familiar with it, University Heights is one of Madison’s earliest suburbs, dating back to 1893. The entire area is on the National Historic Register because of its unique collection of architecturally important homes.
The gardens on the tour should have something to please each of us, ranging as they do from woodlands to vegetable plots to flowery displays. There are ponds and fountains and stone walls and even an authentic Japanese teahouse. Mark and I are especially looking forward to the teahouse. As usual, tour goers will also have a chance to chat with homeowners, garden designers, and the always friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from Olbrich and the Master Gardener group.
The Olbrich Tour includes seven gardens, with the total distance between the sites at 1.8 miles, making this a walkable event. Parking is available at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 2116 Hollister Avenue, as well as on the street. It's such a beautiful neighborhood that walking is really the best way to see and enjoy it.
Tickets: $12 for Olbrich members
$14 for the public
$6 for children age three to 12
Free for ages two and under
Tickets are available at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts Shop daily through July 10. Tour day tickets will be sold at 2206 Van Hise Avenue, one of the tour sites. The garden tour ticket also includes a coupon for free admission for one person to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies.
Olbrich’s Home Garden Tour is sponsored by Avant Gardening & Landscaping, Inc.; Chalet Ski & Patio; Estate “The Tree Care Specialist”; The Flower Factory; Jung Garden Center; Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses; Madison Area Master Gardeners Association; and Yakshi Design.
OLBRICH BOTANICAL GARDENS: If you haven't visited Olbrich recently, you've a treat in store. I wandered through the gardens yesterday after I stopped at the gift shop to buy tour tickets. Everywhere I looked the gardens were immaculate, filled with amazing plant combinations, alive with birds and beauty. And there were untold places to stop, sit and enjoy the view whether you like to relax in sun or shade. Every visit reinforces what a treasure Olbrich is for our community.