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.