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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   |  Writers Camps   |   Bolz Conservatory Exhibit

Garden Walks                                                          back to top

Early Signs of SpringEarly Signs of Spring Walk

Discover the flourishing color and fragrance of early spring in Olbrich's outdoor gardens. Enjoy seeing early bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs including magnolias, forsythias, and more with Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper. He will discuss how you can use these plants in your home garden to start the season earlier. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Monday, April 18, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 11

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-05

Color-Changing LightingThe Light Spectrum: Color-Changing Lighting Walk

As LED technology becomes a more common solution for low-voltage landscape lighting, RGBW color-changing LED technological capabilities are also more available. With many advantages, including energy efficiency and flexible controlling, LED has altered the way we design, install, and maintain outdoor lighting. Join Drew W. Tedford from FXLuminaire for an awe-inspiring discussion and nighttime walk through Olbrich’s illuminated outdoor gardens. He will discuss various techniques for integrating RGBW color-changing LED lighting into the landscape to create dramatic and vibrant lighting effects that are perfect for holiday displays, color-themed lighting, or simply enhancing the colors of the landscape. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, May 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-06

Atwood Neighborhood Tree Walk

Join Sean Gere, certified arborist and owner of Gere Tree Care, Inc., for a tree walk in the Atwood Neighborhood. This neighborhood has an amazing diversity of trees that generally go unnoticed. He will share facts and tips on tree identification, along with information that will expand your appreciation for trees. Bring a notebook. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with at adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 10

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 30-07

Sumptuous ContainersSumptuous Containers Walk

Colorful flowers and cold-hardy foliage plants grace Olbrich's containers and planting beds long before the danger of spring frost is over. These spring plantings also feature edible greens and early vegetables that are a welcome change after a winter of drab meals! Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley will explain the basics of planning and planting cold-hardy spring containers and showcase selected containers and plants during this delightful evening garden walk. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 17

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-08

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

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. Incorporating exercise and movement, meditation and stillness, music and silence, this class offers a variety of Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices for artful integration of body, mind, breath, and spirit. Appropriate for adults of all ages; movements are typically done standing but may be adapted for seated practices as well as other kinds of limitations. Jody Curley, MA, Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor and Tai Chi Chuan teacher, will lead you during each 8-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, March 28-May 16, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 21

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-23

Garden HerbsGarden Herbs that Promote Health and 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, April 13, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 6

Cost: $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-27

Wild FoodWild Food and Wild Medicine

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 about using 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 a bag lunch with you. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 30, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 21

Cost: $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-34

Contemplative PhotographyBeginner's Eye: A Contemplative Photography Workshop

Explore what it means to align eye, mind, and heart and see with fresh eyes in this contemplative photography experience led by Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice. This workshop is based on the Zen concept of a "beginner’s mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. You will utilize photography to slow down and enhance the way you see color, texture, and the beauty around you. Bring a digital camera (that you are familiar with how to use) and a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 7, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 28

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 20-35

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 CANCELLED


Registration:
Walk-In

Cost:
$12/session or 9 sessions for $80

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-26

Wrapped JournalWrapped Journal Workshop

Using a simple stitch, Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will help you create a multiple signature book using heavy fabric or leather for your wrapped cover. You will add a choice of closure techniques and personal bead embellishments to finish your journal. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

CANCELLED

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 5

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 20-30

Glorious GroundcoversGlorious Groundcovers

Groundcovers are a wide-ranging group of plants from evergreen to deciduous, herbaceous to woody, flowering to foliar, and perennial to re-seeding annuals. They range from tough plants for tough places, to deep shade lovers or moisture lovers, while others prefer to be baked in the hot sun. Whatever your growing situation, there is a groundcover plant that will fit and provide unified colors and textures to make the rest of your plantings really sing. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will offer groundcover solutions to many landscape and garden challenges.

Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: April 7

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-28

Tropical OrchidsSelecting and Growing Tropical Orchids

Orchids have a reputation of requiring expert care from growers with deep pockets. Some orchids do require experienced growing skills, but the majority will do well with minimal care. Conservatory Curator John Wirth will discuss how to choose and care for orchids suited to your home, pocketbook, and skill level. He will also take you behind-the-scenes for a guided tour of the orchid greenhouse to see and hear about Olbrich's orchid collection. Limited space; register early.

FULL

Saturday, April 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 7

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 10-29

Grasses & SedgesCreating Great Gardens with Grasses & Sedges

Ornamental grasses and sedges are arguably one of the most important components of any great garden, whether in a mixed border, prairie, or gravel garden. No other plant group has the impact ornamental grasses and sedges have in gardens for the beauty they add year-round - something that can't be said for any other perennial in the Midwest. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping incorporated a wide variety of these plants into Olbrich's garden designs, and he will share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars with you. He will also discuss how these beauties can be incorporated into your gardens to create knockout displays.

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: April 12

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-30

MandalaMandala Workshop

"Mandala" is a Sanskrit word that means "circle." Mandalas are an abstract design with one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes, and forms that carry meaning for the person who is creating it. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will show you the step-by-step process for making your own personal mandala on canvas using acrylic paints and markers. Whatever your skill level, you will learn simple design layout and acrylic painting techniques while completing a mandala that is reflective of your inner world. All supplies provided for this take-home project. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: April 12

Cost: $47/$38 member | Course Number: 20-31

ConeflowersNative Plants for Any Garden

Are you thinking about using some native plants in your yard, but aren't sure where to start? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will share information about native plants that are "winners" in various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape.

Thursday, April 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-31

Made in the ShadeMade in the Shade: Top Plants to Conquer Shady Conditions

Got shade? No problem! The shady spots in your garden don't have to be mundane. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will discuss various shade tolerant plants (for both wet and dry conditions) with interesting texture, foliage, and flowers that can be combined to make a statement in your garden. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 24, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-32

Wet-Felted Clutch PurseWet-felted Clutch Purse

Explore the magic of wet-felting and create a unique clutch purse with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. You will learn the basics of turning loose wool roving into a solid, durable fabric using warm water and soap, along with how to felt a 3-D object using a plastic resist. Make your small clutch purse uniquely yours by having fun with colors, blending more than one type of wool, and then adding embellishments at home. Bring an old hand towel and a produce-size plastic bag. All felting materials supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 24, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: April 14

Cost: $60/$48 member | Course Number: 20-32

Hold 'n Fold Art JournalHold 'n Fold Art Journal

Art journaling is a popular trend, and the unique binding of this handmade book structure allows the ultimate in art journaling freedom. Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., will teach you how to make this hardcover journal with non-sewn pages that are completely removable so they can be painted, printed, embossed, etc., and then returned to the book. Hand dexterity and some experience working with paper is recommended, but not required. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 19

Cost: $44/$35 member | Course Number: 20-33

Growing and Cooking with HerbsGrowing and Cooking with Herbs

Are you looking for an easy way to "spice" up your cooking? Herbs are the answer! Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will cover the basics of herb gardening, from choosing the right plant for the right purpose, to adding their vibrant flavors and aromas to culinary dishes. She will share methods and tips for planting, caring for, harvesting, and preserving these delightful plants. Learn the different uses for fresh versus dried herbs and the science and magic of companion planting. Take your dishes from good to a flavorful great! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 21

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-33

Gardening for HummingbirdsGardening for Hummingbirds

Learn how to create a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your own backyard. Through the use of perennial and annual plants, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and hummingbird feeders, you can discover the magic and excitement of hummingbirds! Hummingbird enthusiasts Michael and Kathi Rock will discuss identification of the ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding, importance of water features, and how the elements of the best hummingbird feeders and plants can bring you up close to these special birds. The Rock's hummingbird garden in Madison has been featured on WPT's The Wisconsin Gardener and in issues of the Birds and Blooms and Midwest Living magazines. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 26

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-34

Memento HolderMemento Holder

Join Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., and complete a unique book structure for holding mementos. The book is constructed from large manila envelopes with metal clasps, heavy-weight cardstock, and a simple stitching method. Clever double-angled pockets are created with the envelopes to make plenty of storage space for memorabilia. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Monday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 9

Cost: $39/$32 member | Course Number: 20-36

Tree and Shrub PlantingTree and Shrub Planting Workshop

Have you ever wondered if you are correctly planting the trees and shrubs you get from garden centers? Many trees and shrubs do not thrive, or even survive, due to poor planting techniques. Join Olbrich's Horticulture staff Aaron Wilkie and Mark Shimasaki to learn proper planting techniques. They will share tips on selecting the best plants to buy, how to prepare the root ball for planting, the correct way to dig and prepare the planting hole, and post-planting care procedures that will ensure your trees and shrubs have a healthy start in your garden. Most of this class takes place outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 17 (rain date May 24), 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 10

Cost: $22/$18 member | Course Number: 20-37

Ornamental Container GardenOrnamental 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, Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner 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 supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 11

Cost: $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-38

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 youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 22, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: May 12

Cost: $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-40

EtegamiEtegami:

Spring Japanese Picture Letters

Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of simple hand-painted picture letters or a greeting to send to a family member or friend. They are usually done on postcards and meant to be mailed rather than kept for display. In this one-day workshop, subjects from nature such as fish, bamboo, flowers, and landscapes will be demonstrated. Artist Stella Dobbins, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will teach you different Asian and Western watercolor techniques, along with Asian calligraphy, to put on your cards. Etegami art is fun for beginners to advanced students. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; bring a bag lunch. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 22, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: May 12

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-39

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.

Dianna Hutts Aston SeriesToddler Story & Stroll: 

Dianna Hutts Aston Books

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the remarkable nature books written by Dianna Hutts 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 8, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 31

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

An Egg is Quiet

Friday, April 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 7

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

A Seed is Sleepy

Friday, April 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 14

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

Celebrate SpringToddler Story & Stroll: 

Celebrate Spring

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on nature and the seasonal changes of spring. 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!

Rain

Friday, May 13, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-13

     or

Tuesday, May 17, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-14

Mushrooms

Friday, May 20, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 12

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-15

     or

Tuesday, May 24, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-16

Flowers

Friday, May 27, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 19

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-17

     or

Tuesday, May 31, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-18

Girl Scout Programs                                             back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature. Girl Scouts are invited to join us for hands-on learning programs that help complete their Journeys and Badges. To register a troop or your individual Girl Scout for a program, contact the Education Department by calling (608)245-5791. Limited space; register early!

Writers Camps                                                        back to top

High School Writers Camp

The Greater Madison Writing Project is sponsoring a camp for high school-aged writers (those entering grades 9-12) interested in exploring a variety of writing activities and genres.

Participants will meet and write daily in a supportive environment led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. We will work on all stages of the writing process and will use Olbrich Botanical Gardens as inspiration for writing. On the evening of August 5th, writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an authors' reading.

High School Writers Camp Flyer (PDF)

Date: August 2-5, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Early Bird registration (before May 1st): $200

Regular registration (after May 1st): $250

Register Here or visit tinyurl.com/jhjdtrp

Young Writers Camp

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, is sponsoring a camp for young writers entering grades 3-8.

Participants will write daily in a beautiful environment, using the gardens as inspiration for writing, in a supportive environment, led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Institute Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. At the end of each camp, young writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration.

Young Writers Camp Flyer (PDF)

Camp One

Date: June 27-30, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Camp Two

Date: August 2-5, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Camp Three

Date: August 8-11, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Early Bird registration (before May 1st): $200

Regular registration (after May 1st): $250

Register Here or Visit tinyurl.com/je6g49h

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit                                  back to top

Cocoa PodChocolate: The Bitter and the Sweet

October 31, 2015 through February 28, 2016

Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Smell the sweet allure, and learn about one of the all-time favorite flavors - chocolate! This exhibit highlights the cacao tree, first cultivated in South America. The seeds from this tree are commonly called cacao beans and are surrounded by a pod. Chocolate is derived from the cacao beans. The high proportion of fat in the bean kernels (cocoa butter) is used in medications, cosmetics, and soaps. The pulverized residue, called cocoa, is used in beverages and as a flavoring. Visit the Bolz Conservatory to see the cacao plant up close and to discover where chocolate comes from and how it is made.

Admission

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

Wed. & Sat. 10 am-12 pm - free for everyone (except during Blooming Butterflies)

 

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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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