If you happen to be in Lawrence Kansas on Monday, with a picnic lunch in your bag, and no where to go to eat it, I suggest you head for this grouping of Star Magnolia's. They are located north of 9th street between Vermont and Kentucky and it just so happens that there are benches conveniently located underneath them.
I hope, hope, hope, that the rain we are getting right now doesn't cause all the blooms to fall off. But if it does, I'm sure glad I got to see them in all of their magnificent glory the other day. I was stopped in my tracks by them. Completely astounded. In the best way possible.