August 17-19, 2017 – Wisconsin 3-day Multiple Outings

Photo Outing – Sunflowers Days at Pope Farm Conservancy, Middleton, WI – Thursday, Aug. 17 (rain date, Aug, 18)

The sunflowers will be located at the top of the hill, near the iconic stone fence. Please continue to check Pope Farm Conservancy’s website which contains a great deal of helpful information –  or their Facebook page for more info regarding the 2017 sunflower crop.  Also there are directions and plenty of sunflower information given on both sites.

Early mornings are best as the east-facing sunflowers catch the sun as it rises.  It is also less crowded.  Your host, Claudia Frost 630-772-0109 or will meet you at the main entrance one half hour before sunrise.  Photographers may want to stay overnight the day before and spend a little time scoping out the place beforehand. 

If you can’t make it on the 17th you may want to visit on your own at another time between August 12 and the 20th. And bring a MAPS buddy along. Claudia will be staying August 16, 17 & 18 at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson on 2212 Deming Way, MiddletonWI53562. Book room at: 855-239-9401 or through the website:   Very reasonable, nice breakfast, evening trolley to Madison stops by every half hour.  


AUGUST 18 (Friday – 8:00 am) – MEET-UP at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

 3330 Atwood Avenue.  Phone: 608.246-4550.  Website is:

Meet at the main entrance at 8 am. Fee is $2 per person.  Be prepared to take lots of images – 16 acres of outdoor display gardens  and the Thai Pavilion, one of four located outside of Thailand. The others are in Germany, Norway, and Hawaii.

Please Note: for Hours and Directions: Website is:


AUGUST 19 (Saturday- 6:30 am) – MEET-UP at Madison Farmers’ Market in Downtown Madison

Meet at Starbucks, 1 E Main St · (608) 250-5020 in downtown Madison at 6:30 am. Wonderful Farmers’ Market but gets busier by the hour. Truly a Midwest Extravaganza! Four city blocks around the capital building in downtown Madison. 


AUGUST 19 (Saturday at 1 pm) – Lunch MEET-UP Lunch at Mocha Moment -1121 Center Avenue, Janesville, WI 53546

A short Distance from Rotary Botanical Gardens – Website is: 

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AUGUST 19 (Saturday after lunch) – MEET-UP at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI. Just a couple miles off I-90 on the way back to Chicago suburbs.  (take I-90 to Exit 175A)   east on Racine Street to Palmer Drive, south on Palmer Drive 1⁄2 mile

Located in Janesville, Wisconsin, Rotary Botanical Gardens is an award winning 20-acre, non-profit botanic showcase with over 24 different garden styles and 4,000 varieties of plants including hundreds of color-themed annuals. Adult (age 16+) $7.00 Senior (age 65+) $6.00.  I believe our Morton Arboretum memberships can be used for free admittance, so remember to bring your membership card.

Daily, 8:30 am – 8 pm – 608-752-3885 – Website is: 

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545

Please sign up for this outing below: