Photo gallery Spring splendor

May 24, 2018

Little can compare to spring in the UW Arboretum — especially when that spring was slow to show its face. In the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, the blossoming trees, buzzing bees and strutting turkeys celebrate the return of warm weather in Madison. Alongside, people take pictures of the transient blooms and each other, or simply relax with loved ones in the peaceful space full of fragrance. The 35-acre Longenecker Gardens have more than 2,500 species and boast impressive collections of lilacs and crabapples. Though spring is especially charming in the gardens, the plants and animals put on a show year-round.

Photos by Jeff Miller
Text by Eric Hamilton and Bill Graf
Photo: Person taking a picture of a baby sitting in front of a tree

The splendor of the Arboretum often provides a backdrop for moments of irresistible cuteness. Thea Graper, age 1, smiles for photographer Tiffany Bekx and mother Cierra Graper. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Closeup of crabapple tree blossoms

A flowering crabapple tree, having withstood winter as well as April's false spring, waited for exactly the right moment to bloom. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Woman in bike helmet photographing tree

A passing bicyclist takes a detour from a popular Arboretum path to photograph magnolia blossoms. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Closeup of crabapple tree flowers

Snow-white petals (if you don't mind one last reference to winter) adorn a blossoming crabapple tree. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: A wild turkey

A turkey trots. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Woman taking photo of young girl in front of tree

Someday, Vanessa Flores will look at the picture her godsister Ashley Vences took and remember her youthful romp through the Arboretum. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Closeup of blossoms on tree branches reaching toward sky

All through the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens are brilliant splashes of spring color. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Family playing hide and seek by a tree

"They'll never find us here," UW–Madison alumnus Dom Lark is probably telling son Donovan during a family game of hide-and-seek. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Bumblebee hovering near tree blossoms

There's no place a bumblebee would rather be than pollinating the flowers of a buckeye tree. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Couple holding hands lying on grass, looking up at sky

Kelli Miner, left, and Micah Buffat embrace the moment in one of the Arboretum's inviting open spaces. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Treetops silhouetted against cloudy sky

Passing clouds put the flowering crabapple trees in a whole new light. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Man taking cellphone picture of couple sitting in front of tree

Thomas Grist, professor of radiology in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, treats his parents, Franklin and Mary Grist, to an outing that included a photogenic moment in front of a blossoming crabapple tree. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Donald Wyman crabapple tree

This magnificent crabapple tree, a Donald Wyman variety, is a memorial in honor of Jacob and Leona Munz. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Branch of a magnolia tree

A magnolia tree marks another of its lifetime of springtimes by leafing out in the Longenecker Gardens. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Closeup of leaves on a maple tree

The delicate pattern of a Norway maple's young leaves rivals the splendor of the many flowering trees. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Dandelions

The next warm breeze will do the bidding of these dandelions gone to seed. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Bird atop a birdhouse

A tree swallow wonders if this might be a good place to spend the night. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Closeup of lilac blossoms

Flowers with fragrance, like this lilac, are a bonus among the gardens' sensory delights. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Arch silhouetted against sky

The Troia Arch seems to have emerged organically from among the trees as evening in the Arboretum approaches. Photo by: Jeff Miller

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