Olbrich Home Bolz Conservatory 30th Anniversary Campaign

Calendar of Programs, Exhibits, & Events at Olbrich

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Olbrich's Annual Theme                     more

Annual programmatic theme - Native Plants. Natural Wonders.


Spring 2022


moreSpring Pollinator plant sale - Online ONly

Sales begin March 28

Expand your plant palette and welcome early spring pollinators!



the canopy sessions in the bolz conservatory

Friday, April 1

Start your weekend with a live concert performed in one of Madison's most unique venues.


moreGallery Night

presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)

Friday, May 6, 5-9 p.m.

During MMoCA Spring Gallery Night the Gardens feature local artist pop-up galleries and Nature is Healing, an outdoor art installation, funded by the Madison Arts Commission's Blink grant program.

morePlant Sale with the pros - online only

Sales begin February 1

The plant sale offers tried and true perennials, bare root fruit trees, pre-order curated plug trays and veggie bundles!


moreMother's Day Concert

Sunday, May 8
Reward mom with a special day in the gardens and a live outdoor music concert.


moreBadger Bonsai Society Annual Exhibit

presented by the Badger Bonsai Society

Saturday, May 21, & Sunday, May 22

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days
Bonsai styling demonstrations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days, each with a chance to win a one-year membership to the Badger Bonsai Society. Free admission to bonsai exhibit and demonstrations.

The Badger Bonsai Society will host their annual exhibit featuring trees from the private collections of club members. Explore the art of bonsai with this unique opportunity to view some amazing miniature trees and talk with the bonsai artists who grew and cultivated them. A wide variety, including conifer, deciduous, flowering, and tropical trees will be on display. Whether you are curious about bonsai and want to learn more or just have an appreciation for these living works of art, the exhibit is sure to have something for you. To learn more, visit Badger Bonsai Society on Facebook.


Summer Season 2022


moreguided garden strolls

Sundays, June-August

1:30 & 3 p.m.
Get an insider's view of Olbrich's outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll.


moreSummer Pollinator plant sale - Online only

Sales begin June 1

Support National Pollinator Week and expand your pollinator friendly plant palette!


moreSummer Concert Series

Tuesdays, June 14 - August 16

Enjoy the summer evening with live music on the Great Lawn.


Drop-in Milkweed Soup Tasting - in the Herb Garden

Thursday, July 7

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit the Herb Garden for free samples of delicious milkweed soup featuring milkweed grown in our Indigenous Garden, which highlights vegetables and other plants important in Native culture and foodways.


moresummer breeze

June 17 & 18

A new summer tradition, with something for everyone! Enjoy simple pleasures with friends & family, including fun lawn games, live music & performers, and tasty food & drink!


moreHome Garden Tour

July 8 & 9

Stroll through seven unique private home gardens featuring a variety of techniques and styles.


Storywalk in the outdoor gardens

July 14 - August 7


moreMember Preview Day: Blooming Butterflies

Wednesday, July 13

Members get an exclusive sneak peek at the exhibit before it opens to the public, along with 20% off in the Gift Shop all day long!


moreBlooming Butterflies Exhibit

July 14 - August 7

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory.


Fall Season 2022


Fall Pollinator Plant Sale - OnlINE ONLY

Sales begin August 1

Keep 'em coming! This sale features late summer and fall blooming nectar plants that support pollinators during the shoulder season.

Plant list coming soon!

moreMember Movie Night

August 26

Olbrich Botanical Society Members enjoy a movie out on the Great Lawn at Member Movie Night!


moreGLEAM Opening Viewing - advanced Tickets Required

August 27

Get the first glimpse of GLEAM - enjoy live performances!


moreGLEAM Exhibit - advanced tickets required

August 31 - October 29

Explore the Gardens in a whole new light through the lens of illumination.



October 7 & 8

Watch the flames from bonfires dance on the Great Lawn, groove to the live music, and savor a variety of tasty food and Wisconsin brews.


Holiday Season 2022



November 18

Stroll through Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!


December 2

Members can get in the festive mood with an exclusive first look at the Holiday Express!


moreHOLIDAY EXPRESs - Advanced Tickets Required

December 3-31

Model trains wind through a whimsical landscape of wonder.


moreHoliday Concert series

Sundays, December 4-18

Get in the holiday spirit with live performances by local musicians!


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morecocktails in the conservatory

January 20

7 - 11 p.m.

Stroll through Olbrich's Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!

moreRainforest Rhythms                                                      

January 20

Enjoy a cultural performance of music and dance!

moreOrchid Escape exhibit                             

January 28 - February 28

Escape to the tropics and take in bountiful, beautiful orchids displayed throughout the Bolz Conservatory!


morethe canopy sessions

February 3

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.

Olbrich's Annual Theme open house                           more

Saturday, February 18

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy an introduction to the Gardens' annual programmatic theme - Native Plants. Natural Wonders. - with hands-on workshops, live performances and a community iron pour!


morecocktails in the conservatory

February 24

Stroll through Olbrich's Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!


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moreOrchid sale

Thursday, March 2

Starting at 10 a.m. - online only

At the conclusion of Olbrich's Orchid Escape a selection of orchids featured in the Bolz Conservatory exhibit will be offered for sale online (only).


morethe canopy sessions

Friday, March 3

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.


moreMember Preview: spring flower show

Saturday, March 4

8 - 10 a.m.
Olbrich members get a sneak peek of the annual spring flower show!

morespring flower show

March 4-26

Meander through an array of blooming spring flowers in an elaborate display in the Atrium.


moreRainforest Rhythms                                                      

March - TBD

Enjoy a cultural performance of music and dance!

morecocktails in the conservatory                  

Friday, March 24

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Stroll through Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs.


morespring show - Flower sale

March 27

Select annual featured in the show will be available for purchase.

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