Madison, Georgia

The parterre, viewed from the porch of “Boxwood” (Kolb-Pou-Newton House), Madison, Georgia, June 1936, by L. D. Andrew for an Historic American Building Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (all three photos).

‘Parterre’ means ‘on the ground’ (par terre) in French.

The other side of the house, looking down from second-story window.

A parterre is a garden of planting beds laid out on level ground, typically in geometric patterns, often outlined in clipped boxwood.

This house was built about 1845; its garden was laid out about 1854. A 1935 HABS drawing of its parterres, front and back, is here.

There are more photos of the garden in this 2007 article in Garden and Gun.

The Olbrich Botanical Gardens in March

We just returned from a three-week trip to the U.S., Belgium, and France. There was amazingly great weather everywhere, and I think we walked several miles every day. I hope I can sort out all the photos I took of spring landscapes while it’s still spring.

We spent three days in Madison, Wisconsin, where the temperatures were in the 70s. Of course, we had to visit the beautiful Olbrich Botanical Gardens just to enjoy the warm sun.

I wasn’t really expecting to be wowed at the end of winter, but the blond grasses, red, coral, and yellow dogwoods, and white birches put on a gorgeous display.

This is winter bloodtwig dogwood or Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty.’

Below are red osier dogwoods or Cornus stolonifera among a variety of grasses.

Above, the pavilion of the Thai Garden glitters in the background.

Bordering the Perennial Garden, shown above, are the Sedge and Prairie Dropseed Meadows — examples of alternatives to the typical lawn — shown below.

The Birch Walk, below, features 100 native paper birches.