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Garden Walks   |  Olbrich Gardens Book Club    |   Wellness at the Gardens   

Classes & Workshops for Adults      Learn + Play Together - Classes for Children & Families   |

Girl Scout Programs    |  Youth Classes   |   Bolz Conservatory Exhibit

Garden Walks                                                          back to top

Spring WalkSpring Into Gardening Walk -

Get Ready for the Season
Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to prepare your garden for the season. Learn valuable time-saving tips and sustainable techniques to start your garden on the path to greatness this season. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

This class is now full.

Thursday, April 2, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 26

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  30-06

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers as we discuss fiction and non-fiction books about plants, gardens, nature, and the environment. The Olbrich Gardens Book Club is a book discussion group hosted by Olbrich's Schumacher Library staff where readers come together to discuss a book and share in the reading experience. The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read the selected book prior to the discussion.

Books are not supplied, but a copy will be available in the Schumacher Library for check-out.

Members of the Olbrich Botanical Society enjoy lending privileges. To become a member, visit www.olbrich.org/membership or call (608) 246-4724.

For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). Call 246-4550 to register. Space is limited; register early.

 

Merry HallBook: Merry Hall by Beverly Nichols

Sunday, May 3 , 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  10-63

Description from amazon.com: First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

Wellness in the Gardens                                      back to top

Tai ChiTai Chi Meditation
Tai Chi and Chi Kung are wellness practices that originated hundreds of years ago in China and are widely recommended by healthcare providers around the world today for their health benefits and positive impact on daily living. Incorporating exercise and movement, meditation and stillness, music and silence, this 8-week class offers a variety of Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices. Appropriate for adults of all ages, movements are typically done standing but may be adapted for seated practices. This class is led by Master Jody Curley, MA, who has been devoted to the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan for 30 years and received the highest credential level from her teacher, Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that facilitates movement and balance. Register for one or both classes as a series. Limited space; register early.


Mondays, March 30-May 18, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 23

Cost:  $80 per person | Course Number:  20-11

Ann WingateMeditation and Movement in the Garden
Appreciate Olbrich's beauty in a new way - through movement and quiet reflection. Each class begins in quiet meditation followed by lightly-facilitated movement. During the second half, you will seek a special niche in the outdoor gardens or conservatory for a time of individual contemplation: soaking in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures. We will end each class by sharing our individual experiences through movement reflections. From these we will create a simple dance as a group. This 4-session class brings together the healing powers of both dance and nature, informed by dance/movement therapy and eco-psychology. The facilitator, Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a registered dance/movement therapist from the Hancock Center in Madison. No dance experience necessary. Held outdoors/indoors, depending on the weather. Limited space; register early.

This class has been cancelled.

3rd Thursdays; monthly, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 12

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number: 20-03

culinary herbsCulinary Herbs that Promote Health & Vitality
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are not just savory herbs, but useful remedies for memory loss, prevention of Alzheimer's disease, improving digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will lead you on this journey from the kitchen to the herbal medicine cabinet. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 29

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-66

Yoga in the GardensYoga
This is a participative experiential class for gardeners, nature enthusiasts, and yoga students. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing and a portable mat are recommended; bring a water bottle. Instructor Jonathan A. Garber, RMT, is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Check with the instructor concerning holiday weeks. This class is held outdoors and indoors, depending on weather. Meet in the Lobby.

ON-GOING
Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 am,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Registration:
Walk-In
Cost: $12/session or 9 sessions for $80

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Sticky Note BooksBeginner Book Making:

Sticky Note Books with thai Paper Covers

Use gorgeous Thai papers, designer embellishments, and 'skeleton leaves' from Thailand to make sticky note books for friends and co-workers. Never made a book before? Kim Schiedermayer, an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will help you get a successful start by guiding you through all the steps. Bookmaking and finishing supplies provided for 6 books. Please bring your own scissors and ruler. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

This class has been cancelled.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 7

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 20-38

Caring for Mature Trees

Mature trees are irreplaceable pinnacles to our urban landscape. Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, and learn how to care for mature trees. She will help you understand decay, proper pruning, proper nutrition and watering requirements, as well as cultural landscape practices to optimize their health. Class occurs indoors and outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 14

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-52

Incorporating Fragrance in the Garden

Most of us enjoy the spring scent of lilacs in the garden; adding scent throughout the growing season can make our landscape even more enjoyable. You can extend fragrances into the summer months with the selection and placement of woody plants, perennials, and annuals that will collectively contribute fragrance. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss the wide range of plants that provide scent in the garden (day and night), including the fragrances of lemon, pine, vanilla, and even chocolate! Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 15

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-53

Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

We all have a few weeds growing here and there in our yards, but most properties also have more insidious invasive species that can spread rapidly and plunder natural areas. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss invasive plants and some of the common ornamental plants that are becoming invasive, too. Find out what these "bad" plants are and how to stop them from spreading in your landscape and neighborhood.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-54

Tree Planting Workshop

There are some great tree planting quotes, like "We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations," and "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." However, just planting a tree is not enough, since improperly planted trees never live to the ripe old age that they could if the time was taken in the beginning to plant them correctly. WI Master Gardener Program Director, Mike Maddox, will show you how to plant trees the right way, so your children and your children's children can enjoy the trees you plant now. Part of this class takes place outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Friday, April 24, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $19/$16 member | Course Number: 10-55

wet-felted scarfWet-Felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf Workshop

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just a few hours! You will decorate one hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf with wisps of merino wool, and then wet felt them very gently together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! The finished scarf length will be five feet. Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will also show you how to extend the length of your scarf with pieces of yarn. Bring your favorite colors or choose from the instructor's yarn. Participants must have some physical endurance. Bring a sponge, an old bath towel, and a produce-sized plastic bag. Hand-dyed silk scarves, merino wool, and all other felting tools and materials supplied. No felting experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

This class is now full.

Saturday, April 25, 10 am-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-43

Henna

The Art of Henna

Henna has been used in the eastern Mediterranean to adorn the human body as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age. Markings consistent with henna have been found on statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE. Using this organic, plant-based dye you will learn how to use henna to create beautiful, temporary tattoo patterns. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will show you the step-by-step process for making your own henna paste and creating designs. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed for this hands-on class. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 23

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 20-46

floral pastel interpretationsFloral Pastel Interpretations

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. In this workshop you will do three or four different interpretations from the same floral or nature-based photograph. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop by instructor Kay Brathol-Hostvet is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-47

wild food wild medicineWild Food & Wild Medicine:

Hands-on, Interactive, Fun!

Join herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring class. We will begin the day by taking an herb walk on the perimeters of Olbrich's gardens, the place where wild things are. We will continue the day with a set of projects focused on wild food. We will create pesto with wild greens, wild pickles, a wild salad, and a wild plant infused vinegar. Some of these will be included in our lunch and participants will take some of their creations home. After lunch, you will learn to create simple herbal remedies for future use. The afternoon will include several hands-on projects, including crafting a bug repellent, a healing lotion, an oxymel (vinegar syrup), and a simple honey-based lozenge. You will leave with recipes, information on how to use the various preparations, and inspiration for continuing your own wild plant journey. For lunch, a wild salad and dressing that we prepare together will be provided, along with infused herbal beverages. If you would like something additional, please bring the food with you. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 2, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-48

springContemplative Spring:

Photography and Haiku Workshop

In the rush of new growth and spring gardening, take a day to explore the plants that are popping up at Olbrich. Learn contemplative photography and haiku, as well as other short but powerful observing practices, that will allow you to truly appreciate nature and gardening in this upcoming season. This vibrant workshop, absent of competition and full of appreciation, is led by Miriam Hall, a contemplative arts teacher based in Madison. No previous writing experience required; familiarity with your digital camera recommended. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Bring a digital camera, writing utensil, notebook, and bag lunch. All levels welcome. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 30

Cost:  $65/$52 member | Course Number: 20-52

photographySee, Shoot, Edit:

A Fundamental Approach to Photography Workshop

If you enjoy taking photographs but the process is a mystery to you, then this workshop is for you. Through a combination of lecture, field shoot in Olbrich's gardens, slide shows, image review, one-on-one sessions, and question-and-answer sessions, Professional Photographer John Gregor from ColdSnap Photography will help you improve your photography skills in a supportive atmosphere. We will discuss basic photographic techniques, how a camera works, modes to use for the best pictures, and image composition. Most importantly, we will discuss how to SEE photographs, and put all these principles to practice while taking photographs. Bring a digital SLR-type camera with manual controls for focus and exposure settings (or auto with manual overrides), tripod, cable release, and a bag lunch. Dress appropriately for the weather. All experience levels welcome. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 16, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 7

Cost:  $125 per person | Course Number: 20-54

ornamental containerOrnamental Container Gardens Workshop

Loved by small and large space gardeners alike, containers are a fabulous way to dress up your patio, deck, or balcony. In this presentation and workshop, Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will guide you on how to plant containers with overflowing beauty. You will go home with one finished ornamental container with plants appropriate for the lighting conditions you indicate. Upon registration, please indicate whether you prefer sun or shade plants. All materials supplied. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 12

Cost: $82/$66 member | Course Number: 20-56

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                      back to top

Family classes are designed so adults and children can explore together. Children grades 2 and under must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Advance registration required. Dress for the activity and weather.

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Stories by Dianna Pulley Aston

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the remarkable nature books written by Dianna Pulley Aston. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

A Rock is Lively

Friday, April 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 9

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-08

An Egg is Quiet

Tuesday, March 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-05

and/or

Friday, April 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-09

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Down by the Pond Series

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the wet and wild world around Olbrich's pond. Classes include a story, a walk to Olbrich's pond, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Sensational Snails

This class is now full.

Friday, May 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 7

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-10

Fantastic Frogs

This class is now full.

Friday, May 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 14

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-11

Marvelous Mud

This class is now full.

Friday, May 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-12

I Wonder...Series

The "I Wonder..." series of nighttime classes combines literacy and science to explore the natural world. Classes include a story, a walk through the outdoor gardens or Bolz Conservatory, and a theme-related science exploration. Dress for the weather. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Grades K-3 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Are Fairies Real?

Friday, May 1, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 60-12

Girl Scout Programs                                              back to top

Plant, Water, Grow!

Begin the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This hands-on program provides an opportunity for Daisy Scouts to discover the world of plants and gardening, to make connections between insects, flowers, and gardens, and to create a mini-garden to take home. Activities can be applied toward the Watering Can Award. Limited space; register early.

To register, call 608-245-5791

Saturday, April 18, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  April 2

Cost:  $10 girl/$0 adult; $5 additional adult

Grades: K-1

Junior Flower Badge & Gardener Badge Programs

Programs available to Girl Scout troops upon request.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers programs to help Junior Girl Scouts achieve the Flower or Gardener Badges. Programs are available upon request. Cost is $10 per scout with a 10 girl/$100 minimum.

For more information or to register, call (608) 245-5791.

Youth Classes                                                           back to top

sticky note booksBeginner Book Making:

Sticky Note Books with thai Paper Covers

Use gorgeous Thai papers, designer embellishments, and 'skeleton leaves' from Thailand to make sticky note books for friends and co-workers. Never made a book before? Kim Schiedermayer, an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will help you get a successful start by guiding you through all the steps. Bookmaking and finishing supplies provided for 6 books. Please bring your own scissors and ruler. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

This class has been cancelled.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 7

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 20-38

wet-felted scarfWet-Felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf Workshop

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just a few hours! You will decorate one hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf with wisps of merino wool, and then wet felt them very gently together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! The finished scarf length will be five feet. Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will also show you how to extend the length of your scarf with pieces of yarn. Bring your favorite colors or choose from the instructor's yarn. Participants must have some physical endurance. Bring a sponge, an old bath towel, and a produce-sized plastic bag. Hand-dyed silk scarves, merino wool, and all other felting tools and materials supplied. No felting experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

This class is now full.

Saturday, April 25, 10 am-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-43

floral pastel interpretationsFloral Pastel Interpretations

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. In this workshop you will do three or four different interpretations from the same floral or nature-based photograph. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop by instructor Kay Brathol-Hostvet is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-47

springContemplative Spring:

Photography and Haiku Workshop

In the rush of new growth and spring gardening, take a day to explore the plants that are popping up at Olbrich. Learn contemplative photography and haiku, as well as other short but powerful observing practices, that will allow you to truly appreciate nature and gardening in this upcoming season. This vibrant workshop, absent of competition and full of appreciation, is led by Miriam Hall, a contemplative arts teacher based in Madison. No previous writing experience required; familiarity with your digital camera recommended. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Bring a digital camera, writing utensil, notebook, and bag lunch. All levels welcome. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 30

Cost:  $65/$52 member | Course Number: 20-52

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit                                  back to top

Innovations Inspired by RainforestsInnovations Inspired by Rainforests

Through March 1, 2015; Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Have you ever wondered what inspires people to develop cool gadgets, life saving technologies, and solutions to complex human challenges? Rainforests are a treasure-trove of brilliant design and many of our best inventions are based on nature. The slippery inside of bottles and pipes mimic the slick leaves of the carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plant. Coconuts' buoyancy inspired life preservers carried on boats and ships. Security marks on bank notes to combat counterfeiting are inspired by the iridescence of butterfly wings. All these innovations came to life with the help of biomimicry, a growing field that studies the technology of biology and emulates nature's models, systems, and elements to solve complex human design challenges. Explore some of the ways rainforests have inspired many objects and processes that have improved our daily lives.

Admission

General public - $2; Children 5 & under - free; Olbrich members - free

Wed. & Sat. 10 am-12 pm - free for everyone

 

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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