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Friday, June 8, 2018

Matthaei Botanical Garden

You'll have to wait till tomorrow for the post I wanted to do today. I think I have to re-scan some old photos. Meanwhile... here are some fun pictures from the same location I plan to tell you more about.

I worked at Matthaei Botanical Garden in Ann Arbor in a number of different capacities from about 1994 to maybe 2001. Sometimes full time, sometimes part time. It's the best place I've ever worked. That's what I want to tell you about, but today you'll just get some nice pictures from my recent visit.

This is part of the perennial garden, which is less impressive than they would like it to be. The deer refuse to be deterred, so these are critter-proof plants only.

perennial garden

How about those allium!

purple allium

Inside the conservatory are tropical, temperate and desert houses. This is Rangoon Creeper, in the tropical section.

Rangoon Creeper

Here's a general view in the desert house with a blooming Perfoliate Crassula.

desert garden

You know I love succulents. Crinkle Leaf is the appropriate common name for this, scientific name Andromischus cristatus.

crinkle leaf

Moving outside, this is an information kiosk, but check out the roof!

kiosk with plants on roof

And finally, for today, just a nice view of the barn from the prairie trail. I used to get to mow the trails- one of my favorite jobs there, although there was hardly a bad task (OK, maybe a couple).

red barn through trees

Hopefully, I can find the other pictures I want to scan for another day.

In other news: I wrote Chapter 7 in The Bigg Boss, and then I worked at Shagway Arts Barn for part of the afternoon and the evening. Thus the late post.

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Ratty said...

I wish I would have known about this place when I lived in Michigan. I have a similar place here in Sioux City, but I haven't been there in a few years now. I keep saying I'll go, but I miss it every summer so I can go to a different place. I love places like this.

Ann said...

Now I want to look and see if there are any places like this near me. Working in a place where you enjoy the work makes even the crummy jobs seem not so bad

Sharkbytes said...

Ratty- There must be some botanical garden in Iowa. I don't know where, though.

Ann- must be! Pittsburg has several wonderful places. That's not TOO far from you, I'm thinking.

Secondary Roads said...

Seems like the perfect roof for a structure in the botanical garden.

Sharkbytes said...

Chuck- it is nice! I actually dug the foundation for that kiosk. It was originally a slab to display a temporary piece of art. I like the kiosk much better.

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