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Friday, April 27, 2018

On the Road Friday ~ UW Arboretum

 It is On the Road Friday, today we will take a trip to the UW Arboretum located near Madison, Wisconsin.
If you are planning garden tours this summer, be sure to add the UW Arboretum to your list.

We visited in October of 2017 and I am looking forward to visiting again this summer.

The 1,200-acre Arboretum is located on the near-west side of Madison, bordering the southern shore of Lake Wingra.

The following is from the UW Arboretum website.  The website is fantastic, answering questions, providing maps and sharing tips.

Ways to enjoy the Arboretum

Hike and observe nature: Bird watch, soak in changing seasons through blooming wildflowers and fall colors, tune in to the subtleties of winter ecology. There is always something to discover at the Arboretum. Use the trail map to locate particular ecological communities and gardens.
Free guided walks are a great introduction to the Arboretum, plant and animal identification, and ecological concepts. Tour guides post regular field observations in the Naturalists’ Notes. You can also schedule a private group tour.
Exercise: Runners and cyclists can use 4 miles of paved road through woodlands, wetlands, and prairie. Walkers and runners on paved roads should travel single file, facing traffic, on the road edge. Running is also permitted on the unpaved fire lanes and footpaths within the Arboretum. Biking on unpaved areas is prohibited.

 Evidence that you are not alone while out for your stroll in the garden.

 Gobble, Gobble, turkeys.

And more turkeys.

Look who we saw watching us.

 The setting is so relaxing and peaceful.
The trees are huge and you feel like you are in your own special land. It is hard to believe the city of Madison is next door.

 The trunk of this tree caught our eye. 
There was beauty and something unique around every corner.

Have a great weekend and thank you for coming along with me to the UW Arboretum.


  1. It looks like a lovely place to visit. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

  2. What a lovely park. It looks so beautiful and well kept. Those turkeys look so big. Lots of greenery and wildlife to boot.
    Thanks for sharing Carla.

    The River St John in front of our house had spilled her bank and we are in a big flood with more water than forecasted. It came so fast and right now we are surrounded by water. It's in the basement and it's also on the barn floor. More rain for the weekend.
    Hugs, julia

  3. UW Arboretum's on the list, Carla - just checking the 'bus times now... Joking aside - it looks amazing; lovely.

  4. Enjoy!! I am looking forward to the days when the weather is nice and we can go to places like this!

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  7. I would be in heaven here! I love arboretums and botanical gardens. Wonderful large old trees. And what is the big red flower, some kind of hydrangea? And they even have paved trails, too!! I would be there today if it was nearby.

  8. Looks like an amazing place to visit and explore. Such different wildlife to what we see in our forests etc in NZ.

  9. I so enjoyed my trip with you ... through your photographs.
    I agree the setting is so relaxing and peaceful.

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

  10. Beautiful photos, I love looking and going around gardens. What an interesting place to visit xx

  11. What a great place to go and see the beauty of nature. Looks like a great time. Happy Saturday. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

  12. This is my kind of place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I can't believe that y'all have grass. Our grass isn't green yet, and it drives me bonkers! BUT it stays green through November.

    Thanks for sharing your trip to the arboretum with us.

    We moved daughter number two home for summer this week. It took several tries with the trailer since it has rained so much this week. Thankfully we're about to have a dry week. I can't believe it!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Thanks for the guided tour. Looks a lovely place to visit.

  15. A very nice haven in a big city! I love that you saw the deer and turkey there along with the huge trees and beautiful flowers.

  16. I love the Arb! I volunteer there on Fridays, and it's a highlight of my week. Enjoy!

  17. I visited the Arboretum 12 years ago, and it was so neat. I was there in the spring, and I believe it was the Magnolia trees that were in bloom. Beautiful! I bet every season is breath taking.

  18. What lovely shots! Everything is looking green and spring-like!

  19. Another place I would LOVE to see! Thanks for taking us along!


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