There are a lot of boats in Bayfield, Wisconsin, including a fair number that have long-since served their purpose and been left to weather ashore. You can find them along the edges of the city’s marinas and tucked into overgrown back yards, but the most beautiful collection of them sits amid colorful flowers in a little garden near Blackhawk Marina.
Here gracefully decaying boats share the limelight with cheerful flower beds and a few spectacular trees.
This flower-filled park, known alternately as Blackhawk or Dobson Gardens, is Blackhawk Marina owner Ken Dobson’s gift to Bayfield’s residents and visitors.
Thank you, Mr. Dobson. I’m looking forward to enjoying many more seasons in your fabulous little garden.
Blackhawk/Dobson Gardens is located at just outside Blackhawk Marina at 3rd and Wilson in Bayfield, Wisconsin. (Start walking along the city marina and just keep following the shoreline until you reach Blackhawk.) The garden is free and open year-round.
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