Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Daddy Adventure Day - Olbrich Botanic Gardens

It's supposed to be 81 here again today, but then the weather will start cooling off and returning to normal.  So, we took advantage of the unseasonably warm day to go to the Botanic Gardens.  In most years, I'm sure the Botanic Gardens would be completely barren on March 21st, but this year was beautiful!

First we took a walk inside the Conservatory, where the girls were interested in the yellow canaries, the huge orange koi, and the waterfalls.  Ben and I looked at some orchids and some carnivorous plants.  Amelia thought it was weird that a pitcher plant eats flies.

Then we went to the Spring Garden show.  As we walked towards the exhibit room, Megan kept saying "choo choo" because she must have remembered that it's the same place we saw the train exhibit before Christmas.  I think she was disappointed that we didn't get to see trains again today.  We got a flower chart with photos so that we could identify the spring flowers.  Amelia found pansies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, white hydrangeas, snap dragons, lobelia and azaleas.

It's so hard to have to sit here surrounded by beautiful flowers!

Next we took a walk outside, where we saw lots of squill, some daffodils, and magnolias.  The magnolias looked similar to when we saw them last year on Mother's Day.

And of course we had to go over to the Thai garden, so we could see the elephants, the dragon, and the lions.

While I want to title this one "Ride 'Em, Cowgirl!" what Megan really is doing is showing us what the elephant says (Uurrhhh, while raising her arm (trunk) in the air).

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