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Domes, domes, domes


There have been horticultural gardens in Milwaukee at Mitchell Park since 1898, but in 1959 the city tore down the ones that were there and started a project called The Domes at Mitchell Park.  One of our Scoutmasters worked for the firm that built the framework — these three domes with what were then space aged design using space age materials — welded stainless steel triangles.

In 2008 the Domes were closed so that some 800 cracked glass panels could be replace.  And again in 2013 a project was undertaken to add an additional set of greenhouses and a greenhouse designed exhibit and conference space.  In Milwaukee it’s one of the premiere places to visit and it’s always a lot of fun if you love plants, and people.

Four times a year one of the three domes is completely revamped as a different display space.  At present, it’s set up as a Christmas display of poinsettias and Christmas memorabilia, on other occasions we have seen model train displays,  Easter Bunnies, Fireworks,  you name it.  One of the other two domes is a permanent Arid Zone with cacti and such, the third is a permanent Temperate Zone with everything from citrus trees to orchids and bananas.

Kathryn had vacation time to use before the year’s end, so she took another day on Monday to spend with us and visit the Domes.  Mondays are free days for Milwaukee County residents with proper ID.

Every time we visit I say, we should do it more often — yet it seems to take a year or two before we actually return.  I love the arid dome — sometimes more than the others.  I almost reconsidered our thoughts about heading towards Florida.  Seeing the desert in miniature here really pulled at my strings about the winter.  But I haven’t been converted to a Southwesterner yet.

On the refrigerator front — we had our phone call telling us the ordered replacement IS going to be delivered tomorrow!  So, in the morning we’ll head over to the kids house and baby sit the delivery. First things first — let’s make sure the new one arrives undamaged and working.  And with luck we’ll hope to get it installed about a week later depending on Michael’s schedule.

We may get out of Milwaukee yet! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, and if you ever make a trip to Milwaukee, do think about stopping at The Domes — it’s worth a visit.   Let’s talk again tomorrow.

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13 thoughts on “Domes, domes, domes

    • We really like botanical gardens of any sort. And that was the reason we normally remain members of some botanical garden or another (usually the St Louis Botanical Garden — we just like what they do) — with reciprocal memberships we can see most of the gardens in the US that we’re interested in for just the annual membership cost. Is the Meijer the same Meijer as the store chain?

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  1. rich says:

    I hope you’ve got a plan of attack for the removal of the NOTCOLD . It’s a lot lighter without the cooling unit+ it’s a lot narrower, I think you’ll also find that the new frig only weighs141# . Of course it’s even lighter with the doors and shelves out to get it in. If you need any other advice, you know I’m available.

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    • Thanks Rich! Michael is good with his hands and I’m going to let him and a friend do the lifting. After my heart scare I’m changing my attitude about projects that require strain. He is sure he can have the job done in a day — but I know that time for finish to dry after he puts together some sort of trim could take some time too. So, we’ll just be happy if he starts on it and stays on it till he’s finished!

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  2. Mrs. P says:

    Hi Peter, I’m testing out my voice to text on this comment. I was wondering, what causes the dome’s glass to get cracked? Is it weather or something else. I was doing fine until I had to correct a mistake. This will take a little bit of getting used to. But it’s easier than typing. Big smile.

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    • I dont have an answer about the cracked glass. A friend (assistant scoutmaster when I was young) worked for the fabricator and I vaguely remember discussions about dimensional stability and heating and shrinking, but dint know if that was the issue or not.
      What voice recognition program? Dragon?

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      • Mrs. P says:

        In Windows, under control panel, called “ease of access”. Not sure where to find it on a Mac. I do know others who like Dragon.

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      • Have never tried voice controls. I type faster and not sure I want to teach my computer my speech. Have to see (some day) what the Mac has to offer — haven’t ever played with that — no need so far.

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      • Mrs. P says:

        Biggest downfall is that anyone nearby can hear what you are saying. We have people who work opposite schedules in this house and we try to be mindful of others sleep needs. The computer this is set up on, is right next to Brad’s room so I am not particularly interested in chatting on the computer….even if he does have a great noise mask. 😉

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      • That’s funny…. I never thought about other people hearing what you’re saying!

        I’ve not felt the need — but then I haven’t broken a hand either.

        It’s quite amazing that they can do voice recognition now when just a few years ago CHARACTER recognition was a fledgling science. My how things change.

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      • Mrs. P says:

        I actually learned about it from a blind guy who has a blog. His first few posts were very moving. I’m not crazy about his humor but he’s a great guy, was willing to extend help to another guy I know who lost his sight…an amazing archaeologist, but he never reached for getting help. I think he just got too old.

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