Olbrich Home Bolz Conservatory

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Garden + Conservatory Walks   |   Wellness at the Gardens   |  Classes & Workshops for Adults Olbrich Gardens Book Club    |   Learn + Play Together - Classes for Children & Families  

Scouts + Other Youth Groups Programs   |  Youth + High School Writers Camps

 Youth Classes   |   Bolz Conservatory Exhibits 

Garden + Conservatory Walks                          back to top

Walks occur snow, rain, or shine; cancellations only in the event of dangerous lightning or snow storm. Dress appropriately for the weather. All walks begin in the Visitor Center Lobby. Advance registration required.

Cacao podTropical Conservatory Walk with the Curator

It may be cold outdoors, but the Bolz Conservatory is glowing with humidity and balmy temperatures. Enjoy a private guided tour through the Conservatory with Conservatory Curator John Wirth to discover some of the incredible tropical trees, palms, ferns, and flowering plants in the collection. See more than 650 plants up close, and hear how some of them became a part of the collection from tropical and sub-tropical environments around the world. Meet in the Lobby. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, February 18, 4-5:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 9

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-01

Behind-the-Scenes Greenhouse TourBehind-the-scenes

Greenhouse Tour

What would be more enjoyable on a cold winter day than a guided tour and stroll through the warm and green paradise of Olbrich's greenhouses? Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary for an informative behind-the-scenes stroll through the greenhouses, full of exotic tropical plants and beautiful orchids. Bring your camera and questions! Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 26, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-02

Spring into Gardening WalkSpring into Gardening Walk:

Get Ready for the Season

Join Olbrich Horticulturists Erin Presley and Samara Eisner on a lively spring garden walk to get motivated for the growing season! They will discuss the basics of spring pruning, perennial clean-up and division, soil preparation, and mulching, plus share expert tips to save you time and effort. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: March 29

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-03

Early Spring Flowers WalkEarly Spring Flowers Walk

Enjoy the burgeoning of early spring in Olbrich's outdoor gardens. See early bulbs, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees, and native spring ephemerals with Olbrich Director Roberta Sladky. She will show you her favorites, discuss how they have been incorporated into Olbrich's garden designs, and share ideas for how you can use them in your own landscape. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Monday, April 17, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: April 10

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-04

ForsythiaSpring Shrub Walk

Learn about the most striking, beautiful trees and shrubs during this walk in Olbrich's outdoor gardens led by Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden. He will showcase standouts in Olbrich's woody plant collection, while discussing each plant's ornamental features, history, and role in ethnobotany. Proper cultural conditions for each plant will also be discussed. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 7, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

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

Art in the Gardens WalkArt in the Gardens Walk

Olbrich's outdoor gardens include a collection of fine art sculptures integrated into the landscape design. Stroll through the gardens and explore these works of art with Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt. She will provide in-depth information about the art - the inspiration behind them and the artists and techniques used to create them. Meet in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, May 10, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 3

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

LED Color Changing Lights photo by Spacebound PhotographyLED Landscape Lighting

Lecture & Walk:

Enhancing Landscapes with Color-Changing Lighting

As LED technology has become a common solution for low-voltage landscape lighting, RGBW color-changing LED technological capabilities have also become more available. Join Drew W. Tedford from FXLuminaire for a discussion and awe-inspiring nighttime walk through Olbrich's illuminated outdoor gardens. He will discuss and demonstrate 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 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 4

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-07

Photo by Spacebound Photography

Spring Containers WalkSumptuous 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 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: May 16

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

Spring Pollinators WalkPollinator-Friendly Spring Plants Walk

You and your family can help encourage native pollinators to thrive. The secret is to plant flowers and herbs they can use as food sources. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt on a walk in Olbrich's outdoor gardens where she will show you a variety of early spring plants that are attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for gardens with various light and soil conditions. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: May 18

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-09

Wellness at the Gardens                                    back to top

Advance registration required.

Herbal Nervines - Simple Stress Relief

Herbal nervines can help us through life's stressors and difficulties. Join Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist, organic herb grower and founder of Four Elements Organic Herbals, to explore the various herbs that support the nervous system. She will discuss tonic sedative, anti-spasmodic, and nerve relaxants. Various teas and tinctures will be served, so be prepared to relax! Limited space; register early.

Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: January 12

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 10-01

Yoga in the GardensGentle Kripalu Hatha Yoga

This relaxing, unwinding, and mindful Kripalu Hatha Yoga class is for all levels and honors your capacity and comfort. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Instructor Jonathan A. Garber, LMT, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, will lead you during each 5- or 6-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series. Class held in the Bolz Conservatory (indoors), unless warm weather (then outdoors). Meet in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

(6-week classes)

Mondays, January 23-February 27, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration deadline: January 17

Cost: $72 per person | Course Number: 20-02

Mondays, April 17-May 22, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration deadline: April 10

Cost: $72 per person | Course Number: 20-23

(5-week classes)

Mondays, March 6-April 10 (no class March 20), 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration deadline: February 27

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 20-13

Herbs for Immune System and Winter Wellness

People who take herbs to support their immune system are usually sick for a fraction of the time as others, or dodge the illness entirely. Join Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist, organic herb grower and founder of Four Elements Organic Herbals, and explore the various options in nature designed to keep you well by supporting and enhancing your internal system. She will discuss herbs from near and far that can make a difference as you navigate the long dark winter, while you enjoy a cup of warm herbal tea in class! Limited space; register early.

Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: January 19

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-03

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, January 30-March 20, 6-7 pm

Registration deadline: January 23

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-05

Mondays, March 27-May 22 (no class on April 10), 6-7 pm

Registration deadline: March 20

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-19

Sage and other Memory Herbs

Did you know by age 65, one in eight Americans will suffer from severe cognitive decline, and by age 80, an astonishing one in two will? Join Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist, organic herb grower and founder of Four Elements Organic Herbals, to learn about powerful herbs dressed in hues of green with enchanting textures that offer remedies to improve and sharpen the function of the brain. It will be worth your small investment to incorporate this knowledge into your lifestyle. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 2, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: January 26

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-04

Bitters - Balancing the Seat of Health

Herbal bitters are gaining popularity in the United States as we see our culture's digestion crashing. Join Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist, organic herb grower and founder of Four Elements Organic Herbals, to learn about plants that can assist not only the digestion process, but also with the assimilation of the vitamins and minerals in food. In China, the liver is considered the “Seat of Health,” but here it is practically hidden in our vocabulary. Discover which herbs can make your liver shine! Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 16, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: February 9

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-05

Growing and Blending Herbal TEas

Have you ever tried an herbal tea to balance the response to your day? The flavors and aromas, as well as health benefits, can be right there under your nose! The most traditional way to have herbal remedies is in an herbal infusion, commonly known as herbal tea. Join Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist, organic herb grower and founder of Four Elements Organic Herbals, to learn how choosing certain herbal beverages can increase your well being. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, March 16, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: March 9

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-13

Natural skin Care - Inside and Out

Herbs, honey, and other natural ingredients make excellent toners and scrubs. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will share how to make these simple preparations. You will also learn how to nourish yourself with herbs to create healthy skin from within for naturally glowing skin. Samples of the herbs discussed will be available to smell and taste during the class. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 22 , 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: March 15

Cost: $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-15

Brush Wisdom

The brush stroke comes from silence and stillness. Join Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice, in this deeply inspiring expressive meditation retreat. Based upon the ancient tradition of Zen brush work, explore the interplay of mind, body, and spirit through the expressive use of the brush stroke in an atmosphere of contemplative calm and peace. This retreat is less about painting and more about how your life expresses itself. It is about relaxing into the moment and allowing the spontaneity of direct expression as the brush, ink, and paper merge into a harmonious expression. No artistic experience is necessary; bring a bag lunch. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 1, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $104 per person | Course Number: 20-20

Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health

Join herbalist Linda Conroy to learn her five-point approach to improve digestive and whole-body health with fermented food and medicinal herbs. You will learn how to make and ferment herbal infusions and tonics, along with how to infuse herbs into fermented beverages and foods. Samples of herbal ferments and digestive herbs are provided. You will delight in the flavors and your body will thank you! Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 19, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 12

Cost: $48/$38 member | Course Number: 20-24

Herbal First Aid: Make Your Own Kit Workshop

Join herbalist Linda Conroy to learn the basics of herbal first aid and discover which plants are helpful for addressing minor cuts, scrapes, bug bites, and more. This workshop includes a walk through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see some of the plants up close. You will make an insect repellent, antiseptic/healing spray, a healing ointment, and an herbal extract for your first aid kit. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 30, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-29

Wild Food and Wild Medicine -

Hands-on, Interactive, and 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 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. Bring your own plate and utensils. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 7, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-31

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Herbal Gift Making:

Hands-On, Interactive & Fun!

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun, hand-on class. You will make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself. The classroom will be set up in stations and you will rotate through, making a different item at each station. Everyone will make lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, and much more! Learn about the variety of herbs offered and select herbs that resonate with you. All supplies provided; decorative packaging provided as well. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, December 10, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: December 1

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-39

Coiled Basketry:

Pine Needles, Sweet Grass & Broom Corn workshop

Spend a fun day learning how to make a coiled basket with various natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own small basket. Herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy will guide and instruct you on how to start and bind a coiled basket. You will learn a variety of stitching techniques, as well as approaches to incorporating other materials into the basketry design. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors, thimble, and reading glasses, if needed for close work; other supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, January 22, 10 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 12

Cost: $54/$43 member | Course Number: 20-01

Pochoir Workshop (French Stenciling Technique)

Pochoir is the French word for stenciling, a Chinese form of printmaking that dates to a thousand years ago, and was eventually made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 1800s through the 1930s. The resulting print is characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this simple and elegant way to create images by layering shapes, creating patterns, and building a rich surface using stencils and pastels. Your finished pochoir pieces may ultimately become book images, decorative paper designs, scrapbooking and/or greeting cards. Pochoir is a terrific alternative to screen printing and a great way to utilize less expensive pastels. Simplified images and designs work best as you learn the basics. No experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, January 28, 1:30-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: January 19

Cost: $53 per person | Course Number: 20-03

Herbal and Milk-based Soap Making Fun!

Old Fashion Soap and Feltmaking

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. We will make soap with herbs, as well as fresh goat's milk. You will also learn how to felt soap, which is a great way to add a natural washcloth and decorative look to your bar of soap. You will go home with soap made in class, along with the instructions and recipes for making soap and felting soap bars at home. Please bring a pair of rubber gloves; all other supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, January 29, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 19

Cost: $62/$50 member | Course Number: 20-04

Techniques for Drawing and Painting Botanicals

Join acclaimed botanical artist Mary Bauschelt to learn historical techniques in graphite and watercolor used to create botanical art. Perfect for beginners, and a great chance to continue your practice if you have had previous botanical art instruction. This 4-day workshop focuses on understanding shading to create three-dimensional form - the basis of botanical art. You will learn techniques needed to render plants in a realistic way according to the geometrical shapes. Exercises will train you how to draw and shade fruits, flowers, leaves, and stems. A graphite drawing is the blueprint for a botanical watercolor. You will start with a simple subject and practice watercolor washes and dry brush techniques. One-on-one guidance will be given throughout the workshop. Class instruction will be supplemented with viewing original botanical art, prints, books, and more. Bring a bag lunch. A supply list will be sent to you; some materials provided. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, February 6-27, 10 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline: January 30

Cost: $288/$230 member | Course Number: 20-06

Tough Troughs Workshop

Troughs make a great focal point for any garden and are a good container option for urban gardeners and condo dwellers oranyone without much space to garden. Filled with sedums and succulents, they thrive with little care. Join Bud LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens in Illinois, and plant your own trough to take home. Using a handmade hypertufa trough, he will discuss best plants to use, how to combine them in a cohesive design, and guide you though planting your trough. He will also give you tips for caring for the plants and trough at home. You will go home with one finished trough with sedum and succulent plants. All supplies provided. Limit space; register early.

Mondays, February 6 & 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: January 30

Cost: $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-07

Botanic Prints on Fabric

Make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind textile piece to hang on your wall or give as a gift. Using natural objects, you will learn to create a textile composition that is transferred to cotton fabric by stenciling and monoprinting. Patrizia Ferreira, who holds a master's degree in textile design from Philadelphia University, will guide you in creating a unique work of art using these simple printmaking techniques. No prior experience necessary. All supplies included. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, February 8 & 15, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 1

Cost: $78 per person | Course Number: 20-08

Garden Gelatin Monotypes Workshop (printmaking)

Explore one-of-a-kind printmaking methods using gelatin plates - a fun, easy method of printmaking that does not require a press. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn both additive and subtractive gelatin plate printing methods, including working with stencils, natural materials, multi-stage printing, and more. Gelatin 'plates' will be prepared ahead for you, and we will use water-based mediums for printing. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. No experience necessary. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 19, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: February 9

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-09

"On the Go" Weaving:

Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving

Do you have a pin loom in your yarn basket or attic and have no idea how to warp and weave on it? The small 3-pin configuration looms were popular in the 1940s and 1950s and have been making a comeback, and there are new designs on the market. The small hand-held pin looms are a perfect "on the go" project loom because of their size, and they are great as a yarn "stash buster." Join instructor and weaver Jane Grogan and learn how to wind the 3-layer warp and do basic and pattern weaving on small pin looms. Class project will be a flower pin. No weaving experience required. A loom will be available for you to use during this class; you may purchase the loom at the end of class from the instructor for $31. Bring your own 4-inch Weavette/pin loom (if you own one), a blunt tapestry needle, scissors, and pen/pencil; all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 23, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost: $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-10

Introduction to Hop Production

Are you a curious home brewer who wants to learn the basic essentials of growing hops in your backyard? Or maybe you are interested in starting a small-scale hop farm. Join James Altweis, Gorst Valley Hops CEO, to learn the essentials for growing your own hops. He will discuss Wisconsin hop history and the basics of hop production, including information about plantation infrastructure, trellis designs, plant nutrition, soil, and irrigation, along with harvesting, drying, and processing hops. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-06

Introduction to Calligraphy:

The Art of Written Forms

Learn the art of beautiful writing with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will learn the basics of constructing a few lettering styles. A selection of nature poems and quotations will be provided for you to hand-letter for your home, as gifts, for creating unique greeting cards, and more. No previous experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 26, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost: $90/$72 member | Course Number: 20-11

Native Shrubs -

A Symbiosis of Site, Structure, and Sanctuary

Explore the exciting possibilities of native shrubs in your landscape with John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC. He will share informative and easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Expect to discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low-maintenance plants can be used in your landscape for both aesthetic appeal and functional purposes.

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: February 21

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-07

Top Fifty Plants for Birds in Wisconsin

Learn about some of the best native plants to attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, various wood-warblers, and more. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss how to select the right plants for your location and birds you wish to attract. Preferred habitats for these birds will also be included, along with tips on planting and maintaining your bird-friendly garden. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Saturday, March 4, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 23

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-08

Zentangle With Patterns in Nature

Explore the ingenious, purposeful, and beautiful patterns found in nature and draw them using the Zentangle® method. Discover some of Nature's patterns with naturalist and systems thinker Marian Farrior, and then learn some easy and fun Zentangle® patterns inspired by nature with Julie Swanson (Certified Zentangle Teacher). Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing patterns. No experience necessary; all supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 5, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: February 23

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-12

Organic Landscape Maintenance Practices

Many people are interested in reducing or eliminating pesticides and inorganic fertilizers in the landscape because of concerns about water quality and potential toxic threats to humans, pets, bees, birds, and other wildlife. One way to achieve this is by using organic landscape maintenance. Join Becky Kielstrup, general manager and horticulturist at Avant Gardening, and learn about tried and true techniques for organic landscape maintenance. She will discuss organic lawn care, sustainable planting bed methods, native plants, integrated pest management, and simple steps and tips to get you started. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: February 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 10-09

Eat Locally All Year: Planning a High-Yield Garden

Ready to start relying on the grocery store less and your vegetable garden more for organic produce year-round? Join Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, to learn how you can eat food from your garden during all 12 months in Wisconsin, with just a little planning. She will discuss how to strategically plan your garden with easy to grow and store crops, how to elevate your garden production with simple maps and records, when to plant crops so you are harvesting from your garden for your holiday dinner, and how to grow more food with less work. She will focus on simple and quick techniques - no fancy equipment or greenhouses needed! Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 1

Cost: $48/$38 member | Course Number: 10-10

Selecting 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 best 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.

Saturday, March 11, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 2

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 10-11

Basic Handmade Book Structures

Whether you're interested in exploring books as art, making blank journals, or curious about bookbinding, this introductory workshop will help familiarize you with the materials and techniques of sewn book construction, as well as the basic principles of book function. With Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands, you will develop a portfolio of book structures to use for journals, one-of-a-kind books, or gifts. Explore selecting, folding, tearing, and cutting paper, and learn basic sewing and gluing techniques to create a selection of unique books. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 12, 10 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 2

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 20-14

Weave a Dishcloth

Using a solid 10.5” wooden frame loom and a crochet hook, you will learn to weave a square with a continuous strand of cotton yarn. The completed square makes a superb dishcloth andmultiple squares can be joined for larger projects. Instructor and weaver Jane Grogan will teach you this simple weaving technique that may start you on the road to years of weaving enjoyment. No weaving experience required; must be able to hold and manipulate a crochet hook for weaving over/under pattern. A loom will be available for you to use during this class; you may purchase the loom at the end of class from the instructor for $42. Bring your own 10.5” square pin loom (if you own one), a blunt tapestry needle, scissors, and pen/pencil; all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, March 14, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 7

Cost: $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-15

A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community

Conventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets, and the environment. Understanding these risks may motivate one to learn more about natural lawn care practices. Family Practice Physician Claire Gervais, MD, will discuss the specific risks of lawn care pesticides followed by Horticulturist Astrid Newenhouse, Ph.D., who will present natural and organic ways to maintain a lawn. She will discuss current research information on overseeding, soil health, compost, irrigation, and weed control. Drs. Gervais and Newenhouse will also share ideas on how to encourage our community to adopt healthier lawn care practices.

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

Registration Deadline: March 7

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

Introduction to Home Cheese Making

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun day of cheese making. Learn how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. We will create and sample several simple cheeses that can be cultivated at home, including cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, and several varieties of soft cheese and fermented milk products. You can build on this introduction to create many other varieties of cheese. You will go home with some of the cheese we make in class and a culture to get started at home. A light lunch of salad, cheese, bread, and butter that we make in class will be provided. Bring your own beverage, plate, and utensils. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 18, 11 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: March 9

Cost: $85/$68 member | Course Number: 20-16

Proficient Pruning Workshop

Pruning is essential to the optimal health of trees and shrubs, but it is feared even by experienced gardeners. Join Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping as he dispels the fear by teaching when, where, and what to cut. He will discuss pruning techniques, and then demonstrate on live trees and shrubs in the outdoor gardens. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 18, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline: March 9

Cost: $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-17

Gardens of Stone

Are you interested in stone landscape features? Join John Gishnock III, landscape architect,ecological designer, and owner of Formecology, LLC, and explore the exciting world of stonework. He will show you how simple materials and layout choices can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. Through numerous examples, he will focus on the use of local landscape materials and cover the aspects of natural stonework, including the different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses.

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: March 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-14

Garbage into Gold

Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will teach about both basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into soil amendment “gold.” She will provide various tips and techniques that will help make your composting efforts efficient and effective. She will also explain how to successfully create compost over the winter, how to deal with common problems, and what to do with your "gold" once it's finished. Bring your questions and get advice from this expert. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: March 16

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-16

You CAN Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

If you can ride a bicycle, operate a sewing machine, or drive a car, you can learn to draw, too! Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a useful tool in planning home and garden projects. Professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will alleviate any fears through fun floral and garden-related drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All supplies provided, including a sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 25, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: March 16

Cost: $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-18

Creating and Maintaining a Gravel Garden

If you want beautiful gardens, but don’t have the time to commit to maintenance, nor want to see precious water and energy resources go into growing them, a gravel garden may be for you! Olbrich’s horticulture staff has created a number of gravel gardens that can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. Don’t confuse these gardens with traditional rock or alpine gardens that can look more rocky than green. Gravel gardens are as beautiful as any perennial bed or border and require less labor to grow. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will discuss how Olbrich has replaced lawns and traditional perennial beds with these sustainable gardens and show you many photographs of Olbrich’s beautiful gravel gardens. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 22

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 10-18

Herbs for Form, Function, and Fun in Your Landscape

Herbs can be a welcome addition to any garden or container for their culinary and aesthetic values as well as their ability to engage the senses. Growing fresh herbs and using them for cooking or medicinal uses has been a tradition for many people throughout history. Besides theses purposes, herbs can add visual beauty, scent, form, function, and interest for wildlife in your landscape. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will help you explore the wide range of herbs to consider in your garden beds, borders, and containers. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-19

Heavenly Hydrangeas

Known for the long-lasting, colorful summer blooms they provide, hydrangeas are some of the most beloved shrubs in the plant kingdom. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will discuss the ”ins and outs” of old favorites like 'Annabelle' to new selections such as 'Incrediball'. He will also include a few plants that are closely related to Hydrangeas, and discuss cultural requirements and proper pruning techniques for each species. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 1, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-20

Chinese Brush Painting - Beautiful Botanicals

Enjoy a fun day learning Asian brush painting techniques to create these subjects: a rose with butterflies, a morning glory with dragonflies, sunflowers with bees, orchids with a basket, and wisteria with swans. Artist Stella Dobbins, who studied the art form in Japan, will teach you the basic painting strokes and the calligraphy for each subject she demonstrates. 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. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 2, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-21

Weave a Heart

Using a 3” wooden heart-shaped frame pin loom and crochet hook, learn to weave a heart with instructor and weaver Jane Grogan. This workshop includes ideas for using the woven hearts as pins, sachets, notecards, ornaments, and more. No weaving experience required. A loom will be available for you to use during this class; you may purchase the loom at the end of class from the instructor for $25. Bring your own 3" heart-shaped frame pin loom (if you own one), a blunt tapestry needle, and scissors; all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 4, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 28

Cost: $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-22

Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden

Your vegetable garden should be a source of beauty in your life, not something shoved away in the corner of your yard. Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, will showcase fresh ideas in this lecture that can elevate an ordinary garden to an extraordinary one, using plenty of photo examples to get your creative juices flowing. She will discuss how to design a garden that inspires joy, tips for adding artistic touches to your garden, where to go for design inspiration, and her favorite colorful and unique vegetables to grow. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 28

Cost: $48/$38 member | Course Number: 10-21

Gardening by the Moon

Join Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist, organic herb grower, and founder of Four Elements Organic Herbals, to learn the basics of this ancient agricultural practice of when to most effectively plant, weed, and harvest your garden. Are you open to receiving information on how the planets could affect all aspects of life, including when to make sauerkraut or clean the garden shed? This class can assist the open-minded person to “go with the flow”! Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 6, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: March 30

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-22

Container Gardening

Most of us don’t have the time, space, or energy to design and cultivate a large outdoor garden. So what should we do if we’re craving some homegrown fruits, vegetables, or herbs, or looking to add a colorful splash of flowers to a back deck or front porch? The answer is simple: container gardening. Bud LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens in Illinois, will discuss all the essentials for growing your own plants in containers. He will have samples of planted containers for you to see up close and will also discuss various plants best suited for container gardening that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. Limited space; register early.

Monday, April 10, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: April 3

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-23

New and Exciting Annuals for the Bed, Border,

and Container

Seasonal plants can offer a very strong visual impact in the hottest summer months and can provide additional features of interest, like pleasant scents and wildlife, to your landscape. With so many varieties and new introductions available, it can be daunting to select and incorporate annuals into your gardens. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will discuss some of the best annuals on the market, including ornamental values, suggestions for use, and considerations for care. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 4

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-24

Introduction to Macro and Close-up Photography - Tools and Techniques

Do you want to improve your skills and techniques, or just learn the basics of capturing close-up objects with your digital camera? If so, here's your chance to join photography instructor John Lorimer and learn how to improve your digital photographs of small objects. Whether your interest is flowers, insects, jewelry, or other small objects, he will show you the tools and techniques needed to capture them in their best light using your camera's manual settings. Through lecture, demonstration, and limited hands-on shooting experience, you will become more proficient at photographing small objects. Bring a digital camera that is capable of shooting in the manual mode (ability to set aperture and shutter speed). Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 20, 6-9 pm

Registration Deadline: April 13

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-25

Vegetable Diseases and Their Management

Wet weather in many areas of Wisconsin throughout the 2016 summer contributed to varied and severe disease issues for vegetable gardeners. Learn about common vegetable diseases and how to prevent them from being such a big problem in coming years with "Dr. Death," UWEX Senior Outreach Specialist and Director of Plant Disease Diagnostic Services, Brian Hudelson. He will discuss both how to identify common vegetable diseases and how to manage these diseases with emphasis on organic production methods. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 13

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-25

Etegami:

Celebrate Spring with Japanese Picture Messages

Learn an enjoyable and creative Japanese folk art called etegami, by painting picture cards with Japanese calligraphy and subjects from nature. In this one-day workshop, you will create these subjects from nature: plum blossoms, peonies with butterflies, panda with bamboo, gold fish with sea grasses, rooster, hen, chicks, crane, and grapes on a vine. Artist Stella Dobbins, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will teach you different brushstrokes and watercolor techniques, along with Asian calligraphy. 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 w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 23, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: April 13

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-26

Combining Perennials for All Season Color

Although some perennials bloom all summer long just like your favorite annuals, others don’t. They have a period of glory that peaks for a week or several weeks, and then the show subsides. With proper planning you can time your perennial blooms to provide color from early spring through late fall. Join Joan Ziegler, landscape architect from ZDA, Inc., as she discusses and illustrates how to combine the best perennials for all season color and year-round interest in your garden. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 23, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 13

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

Growing 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 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-27

Do-It-Yourself Photovoltaics

(Solar Electric Panels)

Are you curious about alternative energy and want to know more about solar panels? Join Jon Passi, educator and advocate for photovoltaics and sustainable technologies, and learn practical background information about solar panels, solar electricity, and various photovoltaic systems, along with the costs for panels and installation. Jon will present examples of solar electric systems and installations as he helps you plan your solar project to meet your site's needs. He will share information that will help you assess your site's solar potential and how to coordinate, finance, and implement  your solar project. You will receive a do-it-yourself manual that can be used with any solar set up, plus lots of resources to take home. Bring paper, pencil, and a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 30, 9 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-27

Wet-felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf

Learn how to make a laminate, or nuno, wet-felted scarf just a few hours! Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will teach you how to decorate a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf with wisps of Merino wool, and then wet felt them together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture. Your finished scarf will be about 4-feet long. Participants must have some physical endurance and arm strength. Bring an old bath towel, a sponge, and produce-sized plastic bag; all felting materials and other supplies provided. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 30, 12:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $63/$51 member | Course Number: 20-28

Gardening 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 Birds and Blooms and Midwest Living magazines. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

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

Registration Deadline: April 26

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

Color Strategies

Color is the most familiar element of design - and the most complex. Understanding basic color theory goes a long way in making you a better designer and artist, whether you want to paint a canvas or decorate a room, design your own quilts or plan your garden for the most visual impact. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet combines lecture, numerous handouts, and several hands-on projects to help you become more fluent in the language of color and more confident in the application of color theory in your designs. A supply list will be sent to you; many materials provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 6, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 20-30

Floral 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 to learn 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 7, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 20-32

Wild Food and Wild Medicine -

Hands-on, Interactive, and 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 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. Bring your own plate and utensils. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 7, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-31

LED Color Changing Lights photo by Spacebound PhotographyLED Landscape Lighting

Lecture & Walk:

Enhancing Landscapes with Color-Changing Lighting

As LED technology has become a common solution for low-voltage landscape lighting, RGBW color-changing LED technological capabilities have also become more available. Join Drew W. Tedford from FXLuminaire for a discussion and awe-inspiring nighttime walk through Olbrich's illuminated outdoor gardens. He will discuss and demonstrate 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 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 4

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-07

Photo by Spacebound Photography

Acrylic - the New Watercolor

If visions of harshly colored gobs of paint come to mind when you hear the word "acrylic," you are not alone. This three-day workshop will blow that perspective out the window! Through a simple, step-by-step exercise, you will learn a unique acrylic technique that involves diluting paint from a tube and applying it with feathering stroke layers of translucent color. It produces a stroke-free final appearance with unlimited potential for extremely tight details and dramatic color and lighting. Acclaimed botanical artist Rhonda Nass will guide you in completing a small painting of a tomato and leaf in class, and then you will begin a customized painting and gain enough expertise in the three days to confidently complete your own acrylic original at home. Basic drawing and painting experience needed. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; some supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Friday-Sunday, May 12-14, 9 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: May 4

Cost: $288/$230 member | Course Number: 20-33

Ornamental 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 Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner will guide you through the steps to plant containers overflowing with 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 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 17

Cost: $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-34

Caterpillars Are a Good Thing in Your Butterfly Garden

Butterfly gardens are easy to create and the caterpillars and well-chewed leaves you might find are signs you are on the right track. Learn how to establish resident butterfly breeding populations in your gardens, starting by growing both butterfly host and nectar plants needed to sustain a large butterfly population in your garden. Butterfly enthusiast and photographer Ann Thering will discuss key elements of butterfly gardening design, along with the best caterpillar food plants and nectar plants for butterflies. She will share many images of plants and Wisconsin butterflies, as well as tips for identifying Wisconsin's common butterflies. If weather permits, she will guide you on a stroll through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see butterfly garden plants up close, and perhaps a few butterflies. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: May 17

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-29

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

Advance registration required.

Join the Book Discussion Group at Olbrich!

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. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).

Participants will need to read the selected book prior to the discussion. Books are not supplied, but a copy will be available in Olbrich's Schumacher Library for check-out. Members of the Olbrich Botanical Society enjoy lending privileges.

Online registration is not available for Olbrich Gardens Book Club discussion groups; please register by phone or mail. Limited space; register early.

Books: An Episode of Sparrows by Rumor Godden and Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Sunday, January 22, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: January 12

Cost: Free | Course Number: 10-02

Book: A Summer of Hummingbirds by Christopher Benfrey

Sunday, March 26, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 16

Cost: Free | Course Number: 10-17

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                      back to top

Family classes are designed so adults and children can explore together. Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Dress for the activity and weather. Classes fill quickly; register early!

Advance registration required.

Toddler Story & Strolls: Winter

Toddler Story & Strolls are nature and literature-based early childhood classes designed to meet the multidimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-4 years. Each class is designed for children to work side-by-side with their adult caregiver as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences that support the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory, and theme-related activities. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Limited space; register early.

December Delights

*Classes do NOT include admission into Olbrich's Holiday Express: Flower & Model Train Show

Trains

Saturday, December 3, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 23

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-16

or

Tuesday, December 6, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 29

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-17

Candyland

Saturday, December 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 1

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-18

or

Tuesday, December 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 6

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-19

Gingerbread

Saturday, December 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 8

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-20

or

Tuesday, December 20, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 13

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-21

Toddler Story & Strolls: Winter

Toddler Story & Strolls are nature and literature-based early childhood classes designed to meet the multidimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-4 years. Each class is designed for children to work side-by-side with their adult caregiver as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences that support the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory, and theme-related activities. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Limited space; register early.

Reading in the rainforest

Orange in January

Tuesday, January 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-01

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Tuesday, January 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: January 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-02

Oh, No!

Tuesday, January 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-03

Rainforest romp

Colors of the Rainforest

Friday, February 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: February 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-04

Numbers in the Rainforest

Friday, February 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: February 9

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

Shapes in the Rainforest

Friday, February 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-06

OR

Saturday, February 25, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-07

Toddler Story & Strolls: spring

Toddler Story & Strolls are nature and literature-based early childhood classes designed to meet the multidimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-4 years. Each class is designed for children to work side-by-side with their adult caregiver as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences that support the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory, and theme-related activities. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Limited space; register early.

exploring our world

Over in the Artic

Tuesday, March 14, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 7

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

Going Around the Sun

Tuesday, March 21, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: March 14

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

OR

Friday, April 14, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: April 6

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

Over in a River

Tuesday, March 28, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 21

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

OR

Friday, April 21, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 13

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

Way Out in the Desert

Tuesday, April 4, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 28

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

OR

Friday, April 7, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 30

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

stories by kevin henkes

Birds

Friday, May 5, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 27

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

A Good Day

Friday, May 12, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 4

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

My Garden

Friday, May 19, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 11

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

I Wonder...Series

The "I Wonder..." series of nighttime classes combine literacy, art, and science to explore the natural world. Classes include a walk through Bolz Conservatory and hands-on learning activities. Sign up for one class or all three classes. Grades K-3 (ages 5-9) with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Who was Maria Sibylla Merian?

The adventerous life of a little known nauralist.

Friday, December 9, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 1

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-10

What is a Rainforest?

Friday, February 17, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 9

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-02

What is the Artic?

Friday, March 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 16

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-04

Who is a Desert?

Friday, April 28, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 20

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-05

Bats and bananas

What do bats and bananas have in common? It's more than the letter'B,' and you'll have to join us to learn more as we explore the relationship between these two tropical organisms. Class includes hands-on activities, a nocturnal stroll through the Bolz Conservatory, and a take-home activity. Grades K-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Friday, January 20, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: January 12

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-01

entomology extravaganza

Insects are incredible organisms! Hear why from UW-Madison's Insect Ambassadors who will share their love of all things entomological during this fun family program. Geared for 3-10 year olds, this presentation includes fascinating facts about insects and how they survive in a world full of predators, ways that insects communicate with one another, basic insect anatomy, metamorphosis, and, of course, live insects! Participants will get to observe preserved and live insects up close, talk to entomologists, and receive materials for a take-home project. Ages 3-10 years with an adult; adult attends free. Limit two adults per child. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 4, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: February 23

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-03

make your own felted heart

Hearts are wonderful shapes for decorating. Explore the magic of wet-felting together with your child and create a unique heart with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. Participants will learn the basics of wet-felting with Merino wool and a pre-felted heart shape to make a colorful heart that can be used as pendant, pin, or other embellishment. Children and adult pairs will choose colors and materials to add to their heart. There is a lot of counting, wetting, rolling, and sharing in the process before the heart is ready to take home and air dry. Instructions will be given for a little bit of finishing at home. All felting supplies provided. No experience necessary; be ready to get your hands wet and to have some fun! Class fee includes one child (ages 4-8) and one adult pair. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 30, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 60-06

flower fairies

Join us for flower fairy fun! Learn the myth and lore of flower fairies, search for signs of these mythical creatures, and make your own fairy and fairy house to take home. All supplies provided. Grades K-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Friday, May 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: May 18

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 60-07

Scout + Other Youth Groups                          back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature. Scouts and other youth groups are invited to join us for self-guided visits or hands-on learning programs designed to excite youth about the world around them. To register a youth group or individual scout for a program, contact the Education Department by calling (608)245-5791. Limited space; register early!

Advance registration required.

girl scout guided visits

Who was Maria Sibylla Merian?

The adventerous life of a little known nauralist.

Be inspired by the life and adventures of Maria Sibylla Merian, a pioneering female scientist and botanical artist from the 17th Century. Learn about her contributions to science and botanical art, explore the process for creating botanical art, study one of Maria's favorite topics - insect metamorphosis, create a take-home project, and complete a self-guided scavenger hunt through the Maria Sibylla Merian: The Suriname Expedition 1699-1701 exhibit in the Bolz Conservatory. Perfect for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops or individual Girl Scouts with an adult.

Saturday, January 28, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 21

Cost:  $10 per scout/$2 per adult

 

Flower Fairies

Join us for flower fairy fun! Learn the myth and lore of flower fairies, look for fairies in the outdoor gardens, and make your own fairy and fairy house to take home. All materials included; dress for the weather. Perfect for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops or individual Girl Scout with an adult.

Saturday, March 25, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  March 18

Cost:  $15 per scout/$2 per adult

Register your troop or individual scout by calling (608) 245-5791.

scout or Youth Group Self-guided visit

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit

Maria Sibylla Merian: The Suriname Expedition 1699-1701

Would you like to explore Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory with your scout troop or youth group? Take a self-guided visit of the Bolz Conservatory exhibit, highlighting the adventurous life and work of female naturalist and botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Troop and group leaders receive pre-program activity suggestions, activity pages to use while exploring the exhibit, and post-program project ideas. Perfect for Grades K-5 (Daisy, Brownie, and Junior) or individual scouts with an adult.

Register your troop/group or individual scout at least 2 weeks prior to your requested visit date by calling (608)245-5791. Limited space per requested date and time; register early.

Saturdays & Sundays

Through March 5, 2017, 10 am -4 pm

Registration Deadline: At least 2 weeks in advance of your requested visit date.

Cost:  $4 per scout/$3 per adult

Youth + High School Writers Camps          back to top

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, sponsors camps for youg writers entering grades 3-8 and for high school-aged writers (those entering grades 9-12).

Participants write daily at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, using the beautiful gardens as inspiration in a supportive environment. Programs are 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. Through brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing, participants produce a finished piece of writing that is then published. Young writers share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families at an evening celebration on the last day of camp.

Young writers Camps (grades 3-8)

Camp 1

June 26-29, 2017

9 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline:

Family Evening Celebration: June 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Camp 2

August 8-11, 2017

Registration Deadline:

Family Evening Celebration: August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Camp 3

August 14-17, 2017

Registration Deadline:

Family Evening Celebration: August 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

High School w riters Camp (grades 9-12)

Camp 1

August 8-11, 2017

Registration Deadline:

Family Evening Celebration: August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

More information coming soon!

Youth Classes                                                          back to topAdvance registration required.

Herbal Gift Making:

Hands-On, Interactive & Fun!

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun, hand-on class. You will make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself. The classroom will be set up in stations and you will rotate through, making a different item at each station. Everyone will make lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, and much more! Learn about the variety of herbs offered and select herbs that resonate with you. All supplies provided; decorative packaging provided as well. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, December 10, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: December 1

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-39

Pochoir Workshop (French Stenciling Technique)

Pochoir is the French word for stenciling, a Chinese form of printmaking that dates to a thousand years ago, and was eventually made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 1800s through the 1930s. The resulting print is characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this simple and elegant way to create images by layering shapes, creating patterns, and building a rich surface using stencils and pastels. Your finished pochoir pieces may ultimately become book images, decorative paper designs, scrapbooking and/or greeting cards. Pochoir is a terrific alternative to screen printing and a great way to utilize less expensive pastels. Simplified images and designs work best as you learn the basics. No experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, January 28, 1:30-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: January 19

Cost: $53 per person | Course Number: 20-03

Herbal and Milk-based Soap Making Fun!

Old Fashion Soap and Feltmaking

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. We will make soap with herbs, as well as fresh goat's milk. You will also learn how to felt soap, which is a great way to add a natural washcloth and decorative look to your bar of soap. You will go home with soap made in class, along with the instructions and recipes for making soap and felting soap bars at home. Please bring a pair of rubber gloves; all other supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, January 29, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 19

Cost: $62/$50 member | Course Number: 20-04

Garden Gelatin Monotypes Workshop (printmaking)

Explore one-of-a-kind printmaking methods using gelatin plates - a fun, easy method of printmaking that does not require a press. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn both additive and subtractive gelatin plate printing methods, including working with stencils, natural materials, multi-stage printing, and more. Gelatin 'plates' will be prepared ahead for you, and we will use water-based mediums for printing. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. No experience necessary. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 19, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: February 9

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-09

Introduction to Calligraphy:

The Art of Written Forms

Learn the art of beautiful writing with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will learn the basics of constructing a few lettering styles. A selection of nature poems and quotations will be provided for you to hand-letter for your home, as gifts, for creating unique greeting cards, and more. No previous experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 26, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: February 16

Cost: $90/$72 member | Course Number: 20-11

Top Fifty Plants for Birds in Wisconsin

Learn about some of the best native plants to attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, various wood-warblers, and more. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss how to select the right plants for your location and birds you wish to attract. Preferred habitats for these birds will also be included, along with tips on planting and maintaining your bird-friendly garden. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Saturday, March 4, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 23

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-08

Basic Handmade Book Structures

Whether you're interested in exploring books as art, making blank journals, or curious about bookbinding, this introductory workshop will help familiarize you with the materials and techniques of sewn book construction, as well as the basic principles of book function. With Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands, you will develop a portfolio of book structures to use for journals, one-of-a-kind books, or gifts. Explore selecting, folding, tearing, and cutting paper, and learn basic sewing and gluing techniques to create a selection of unique books. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 12, 10 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 2

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 20-14

Introduction to Home Cheese Making

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun day of cheese making. Learn how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. We will create and sample several simple cheeses that can be cultivated at home, including cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, and several varieties of soft cheese and fermented milk products. You can build on this introduction to create many other varieties of cheese. You will go home with some of the cheese we make in class and a culture to get started at home. A light lunch of salad, cheese, bread, and butter that we make in class will be provided. Bring your own beverage, plate, and utensils. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 18, 11 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: March 9

Cost: $85/$68 member | Course Number: 20-16

Garbage into Gold

Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will teach about both basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into soil amendment “gold.” She will provide various tips and techniques that will help make your composting efforts efficient and effective. She will also explain how to successfully create compost over the winter, how to deal with common problems, and what to do with your "gold" once it's finished. Bring your questions and get advice from this expert. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: March 16

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-16

You CAN Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

If you can ride a bicycle, operate a sewing machine, or drive a car, you can learn to draw, too! Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a useful tool in planning home and garden projects. Professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will alleviate any fears through fun floral and garden-related drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All supplies provided, including a sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 25, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: March 16

Cost: $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-18

Brush Wisdom

The brush stroke comes from silence and stillness. Join Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice, in this deeply inspiring expressive meditation retreat. Based upon the ancient tradition of Zen brush work, explore the interplay of mind, body, and spirit through the expressive use of the brush stroke in an atmosphere of contemplative calm and peace. This retreat is less about painting and more about how your life expresses itself. It is about relaxing into the moment and allowing the spontaneity of direct expression as the brush, ink, and paper merge into a harmonious expression. No artistic experience is necessary; bring a bag lunch. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 1, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $104 per person | Course Number: 20-20

Chinese Brush Painting - Beautiful Botanicals

Enjoy a fun day learning Asian brush painting techniques to create these subjects: a rose with butterflies, a morning glory with dragonflies, sunflowers with bees, orchids with a basket, and wisteria with swans. Artist Stella Dobbins, who studied the art form in Japan, will teach you the basic painting strokes and the calligraphy for each subject she demonstrates. 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. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 2, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-21

Etegami:

Celebrate Spring with Japanese Picture Messages

Learn an enjoyable and creative Japanese folk art called etegami, by painting picture cards with Japanese calligraphy and subjects from nature. In this one-day workshop, you will create these subjects from nature: plum blossoms, peonies with butterflies, panda with bamboo, gold fish with sea grasses, rooster, hen, chicks, crane, and grapes on a vine. Artist Stella Dobbins, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will teach you different brushstrokes and watercolor techniques, along with Asian calligraphy. 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 w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 23, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: April 13

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-26

Growing 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 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-27

Wet-felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf

Learn how to make a laminate, or nuno, wet-felted scarf just a few hours! Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will teach you how to decorate a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf with wisps of Merino wool, and then wet felt them together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture. Your finished scarf will be about 4-feet long. Participants must have some physical endurance and arm strength. Bring an old bath towel, a sponge, and produce-sized plastic bag; all felting materials and other supplies provided. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 30, 12:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $63/$51 member | Course Number: 20-28

Herbal First Aid: Make Your Own Kit Workshop

Join herbalist Linda Conroy to learn the basics of herbal first aid and discover which plants are helpful for addressing minor cuts, scrapes, bug bites, and more. This workshop includes a walk through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see some of the plants up close. You will make an insect repellent, antiseptic/healing spray, a healing ointment, and an herbal extract for your first aid kit. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 30, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: April 20

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-29

Color Strategies

Color is the most familiar element of design - and the most complex. Understanding basic color theory goes a long way in making you a better designer and artist, whether you want to paint a canvas or decorate a room, design your own quilts or plan your garden for the most visual impact. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet combines lecture, numerous handouts, and several hands-on projects to help you become more fluent in the language of color and more confident in the application of color theory in your designs. A supply list will be sent to you; many materials provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 6, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 20-30

Floral 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 to learn 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 7, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 20-32

Bolz Conservatory Exhibits                               back to top

Maria Sibylla merian:

the suriname expedition 1699-1701

Through March 5, 2017

10 am-4 pm daily

Visit the Bolz Conservatory to learn about the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of 17th-century naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Ahead of her time, Merian’s keen observational skills and work revolutionized both botany and zoology. Her artistic work changed the course of natural history illustration and left a lasting legacy of curiosity, knowledge, and beauty. See reproductions of her hand-colored engravings and some of the tropical plants she studied in Suriname up close in the Bolz Conservatory.

Admission:

General public - $2

Children 5 and under - free

Olbrich members - free

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

 

Find out more about Olbrich's upcoming Bolz Conservatory exhibits.

 

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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.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719