Madison Botanical Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the site of many types of events, attracting visitors of all ages. The Olbrich Botanical Society sponsors events such as Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies, Olbrich’s Holiday Express, and Concerts in the Gardens. Regional and international tours offer guests the opportunity to see gardens around the country and the world. Community groups and garden clubs also host meetings, sales, shows, and other events at the Gardens.madison botanical gardens 1Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ outdoor gardens and Bolz Conservatory are wheelchair and stroller accessible. House wheelchairs and electric scooters are available in Olbrich’s lobby. Pets are not allowed, however, service animals are welcome in the Botanical Center, Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory.madison botanical gardens 2One of my favorite spots in Madison! The gardens are beautifully kept and I feel like I see something new every time I go. My absolute favorite spot in the gardens is the Thai Pavilion – so peaceful and the gold often looks like it's glowing. The outdoor gardens are free and you can head into the indoor rainforest area for $3. The rainforest is, as you would expect, quite hot and steamy, so if you visit in the winter prepare to doff your winter coat before entering. While I've enjoyed walking the gardens with others, I find it most satisfying on my own. You can walk, think, and enjoy your solitude at your own pace. There are tons of benches and chairs in nice shaded areas for sitting and reading or drawing, and for the most part people are quiet. Every now and again you'll get a chatterbox or two, but they tend to move on quickly. In the summer bees can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, but with so many flowers they tend to leave you alone, though they will buzz by your head with regularity. Bring your kids, bring your grandma, bring yourself; there's something for everyone to enjoy at Olbrich.madison botanical gardens 3Let's start off with some transparency, I'm a paid member of Olbrich Botanical Gardens – I like it that much. But even if you're passing through town or live in Madison and just want to check out a jungle in USDA Zone 5, the glassed in conservatory is a great getaway. ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER. Even if you're a winter snow sport fan, what are the worst parts of winter? Ice to slip on, snow to dig, and air that makes your face hurt. For the $3 admission, get away from it all and wander through a warm, humid, lush, tropical rain forest. The paths are well designed and give the feeling of it being much larger than the actual footprint. Benches allow for lingering, and signs tell the story of many of the plants. I often go there to read – there is no rush. I highly recommend stopping once or, especially in the winter, making it a regular part of your (local) snowbird getaway.madison botanical gardens 4Let's start off with some transparency, I'm a paid member of Olbrich Botanical Gardens – I like it that much. But even if you're passing through town or live in Madison and just want to check out a jungle in USDA Zone 5, the glassed in conservatory is a great getaway. ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER. Even if you're a winter snow sport fan, what are the worst parts of winter? Ice to slip on, snow to dig, and air that makes your face hurt. For the $3 admission, get away from it all and wander through a warm, humid, lush, tropical rain forest. The paths are well designed and give the feeling of it being much larger than the actual footprint. Benches allow for lingering, and signs tell the story of many of the plants.I often go there to read – there is no rush. I highly recommend stopping once or, especially in the winter, making it a regular part of your (local) snowbird getaway.madison botanical gardens 5Primarily for those who need assistance to view the Gardens, Olbrich’s tram travels in a circular route around the Gardens, with riders getting on and off at a number of stops to enjoy Olbrich’s many gardens. As they ride, the driver shares an interpretive message about Olbrich’s history, gardens, and sustainable gardening practices. Donations are welcome to keep the tram accessible for all garden visitors. A donation box is located on the tram.madison botanical gardens 6Olbrich Botanical Gardens unveils GLEAM, a cutting edge exhibition featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Local artists and professional lighting designers will collaborate to create sculptural art, featuring light as a major component in each installation.madison botanical gardens 7Explore the beauty in 16 acres of outdoor specialty gardens & year-round tropical conservatory, a sunny 50-foot-high glass pyramid with palms, orchids, waterfall, birds & fish. The free outdoor gardens include a Sunken Garden with an 80-foot reflecting pool & Perennial Garden with meandering stream. The exotic Thai Pavilion & Garden is the only one in the continental U.S. A two-acre Rose Garden with a two-story, Prairie Style rose tower highlights Midwest-hardy shrub roses. A free accessible tram runs on weekends spring & fall, daily during summer. Gift shop with garden-related items for adults & children, jewelry & books. Free outdoor gardens open 8 am-8 pm daily April-Sept; 9-6 Oct.; 9-4 Nov.-March. Conservatory $2, free Weds. & Sat. a.m.; open 10-4 Mon.-Sat., 10-5 Sun. Year-round events including concerts, summer butterfly exhibit, classes for adults & families, holiday model train show, indoor spring flower show, and more.madison botanical gardens 8Ad Blackhawk Country Club 2 reviews 6.1 Miles away from Olbrich Botanical Gardens Danielle K. said “If you get a chance to attend an event here, go! Bar and dining is like stepping back in time in a good way. Food is delish. Atmosphere is comfortable. I'd have stayed longer!” read more in Country Clubs, Golf Ad Wollersheim Winery & Distillery 83 reviews Booda B. said “This place was so much better than I expected. I anticipated that my husband and I would be the only people visiting a tired, old tourist trap selling Door County cherry wine and crafts. It's not like that…” read more in Wineriesmadison botanical gardens 9Ad Blackhawk Country Club 2 reviews 6.1 Miles away from Olbrich Botanical Gardens Danielle K. said “If you get a chance to attend an event here, go! Bar and dining is like stepping back in time in a good way. Food is delish. Atmosphere is comfortable. I'd have stayed longer!” read more in Country Clubs, Golfmadison botanical gardens 10smiller1232015 Seattle, Washington Level Contributor 12 reviews 3 attraction reviews 1 helpful vote “A Favorite Oasis for all Ages” Reviewed 1 week ago Olbrich Gardens is a Madison treasure. Wander through the conservatory or the grounds at all times of the year. A great place for a winter stroll on a warm day. Wonderful to note the change of seasons through the plants and bird life. Special events, classes and a nice gift shop round out the experience. Helpful? Thank smiller1232015 Reportmadison botanical gardens 11This place is magical. I really don't feel the need to expand on this statement too much. Go, just go! This is my only advice to you. I suggest taking the tram ride if possible. This enables you to get a mini tour and see the lay of the land, it also provides shade on a hot day. We learned some really cool things about the Thai Pavilion we might not otherwise have learned if we didn't take the tram ride. Family friendly and affordable fun; It's free to enter the gardens and $2.00 per person to enter the conservatory. They suggest you make a donation, and so do I. This is a Madison treasure, I hope to enjoy in all seasons!madison botanical gardens 12This place is magical. I really don't feel the need to expand on this statement too much. Go, just go! This is my only advice to you.I suggest taking the tram ride if possible. This enables you to get a mini tour and see the lay of the land, it also provides shade on a hot day. We learned some really cool things about the Thai Pavilion we might not otherwise have learned if we didn't take the tram ride. Family friendly and affordable fun; It's free to enter the gardens and $2.00 per person to enter the conservatory. They suggest you make a donation, and so do I. This is a Madison treasure, I hope to enjoy in all seasons!madison botanical gardens 13Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall. Outdoor Gardens are free and open daily.madison botanical gardens 14My husband & I stopped by here because we were in Madison and it looked like a nice place to visit. The nice thing was, the main garden was free. It is only $2 (or so) for the conservatory. The walk around the garden and it was a very nice garden. There were a lot of variety of flowers, trees, etc to look at. It was very relaxing. I will definitely be back.madison botanical gardens 15My husband & I stopped by here because we were in Madison and it looked like a nice place to visit.The nice thing was, the main garden was free. It is only $2 (or so) for the conservatory. The walk around the garden and it was a very nice garden. There were a lot of variety of flowers, trees, etc to look at. It was very relaxing.I will definitely be back.

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