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Thursday, October 17, 2013

olbrich botanical garden

Last week I attended a staff retreat at Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, Wisconsin.  We had the perfect weather, and we made the most of it by spending a lot of time walking around the garden grounds.  I came prepared with my camera and took almost 100 photos.  Here's a few of my favorites.

The garden is home to Thai pavilion gifted to the University of Wisconsin Madison by the Thai government in 2001.  The pavilion is one of only four located outside of Thailand, and its worth is estimated at between 1.5 and 2 millions dollars.  The Thai royal family approved the gift, so the pavilion bears the Royal Seal of the Thai Crown. Isn't it amazing all the hidden jewels that are hidden around our country?  

I wish I could find a way to live in a botanical garden.  I seem to always find my happy place when I'm surrounded by beautiful flowers.  It's easier for me to be present, peacefilled, and calm.  Just put a camera - or a journal - in my hands, and I'd be set. 

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