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Plant Sale with the Pros

Walters Orders in the Hoop HouseGoes online with curbside pick-ups!

New orders are no longer being accepted for this year's Plant Sale with the Pros. If you have any questions about your order or pickup, please contact Mike Gibson at mgibson2@cityofmadison.com. Thank you for your support of the Gardens!

Spring marks the beginning of a new cycle of seasons and would not be the same without Olbrich Gardens' annual plant sale!

To ensure proper social distancing, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is excited to roll out an online plant sale offering a selection of tried and true perennial varieties from Walters Gardens and Midwest Groundcovers, along with a sprinkle of spring annuals grown in Olbrich's new state of the art greenhouses.

Olbrich’s staff carefully chose unique plants that do best in this climate. Find the newest, hardiest, most disease-resistant cultivars on the market.

Due to limitations on space and labor we are unable to offer the usual selections of woodies, summer/fall annuals, herbs, and vegetables varieties.

Preview available perennial and spring annuals now, make your shopping list before online sales begin!

2020 Plant List

When the online plant store goes live customers will be able to sort plant material by type, color, and sun/shade.

Need additional assistance navigating the plant list? Feel free to reach out to Olbrich's Horticulture Librarian, Amy O'Shea to get some plant advice!

Proceeds from the online plant sale support the mission and daily operations of Olbrich Botanical Gardens!


Member Benefits

Members get the first opportunity to shop on May 1, before the sale opens to the public.

An annual individual membership to the Olbrich Botanical Society starts at $40 and includes many other benefits throughout the year. Call 608-246-4724 for more information on membership or click here.


online ordering

May 1 - Member Sale begins, 9 a.m.

May 4 - Public Sale begins, 12 p.m.

Hosta Plant

The ways in which Olbrich Gardens engages with our patrons and fund raises to support the gardens is constantly changing and evolving in order to practice proper social distancing and ensure everyone stays safe and well.

Hosting an online plant sale is totally new for Olbrich's staff and volunteers so let's kick it off with -

  • Excitement - new plants, more pollinators
  • Desire to support the Gardens during this difficult time
  • Patience as staff and volunteers work hard to overcome new challenges and get those plant beauties to your garden

We will continuously adapt the online ordering and curbside pick-ups as ways to streamline the process are identified. In the meantime we appreciate your understanding as we work out the kinks!

The online plant sale is hosted by Square and will calculate quantities in real time as orders are placed. Once a variety is sold out there is no opportunity to order more this season.

DONATIONS - Consider making an additional donation as part of your plant sale order in support of the Gardens. This year's scaled down version of the Plant Sale with the Pros will raise a fraction (less than half) of annual fund raising goal, so your donation will definitely make a difference!

Curbside PIck-ups

Tuesdays & Fridays

Starting May 8 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pick-up Appointments

  • Pick up times will be assigned on a first-come, first serve basis as orders are received online.
  • Customers will receive an email confirming their assigned pick up time from an Olbrich staff member within 2 business days after the order is placed online.
    • This is a software feature we unfortunately cannot disable.
  • To guarantee proper fulfillment while working with space constraints and to ensure quick, easy plant loading, the number of pick-ups scheduled every Tuesday and Friday will be predetermined by the quantities of plants in each order.
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens is closed until further notice, so to help keep our staff and volunteers safe and well, pick-ups outside of the designated dates/times cannot be accommodated.

No pick-ups will be offered on Tuesday, May 26, due to Memorial Day.

Pick-up Procedures

car loader

  • Check out the sale area/pick-up route map before arriving at the Gardens to guarantee a smooth experience.
  • Prepare your vehicle - clear out your trunk or back seat and lay down tarps or plastic if necessary.
    • Heavy, consistent rain on pick-up days may prevent us from providing boxes - prepare your vehicle to receive wet unboxed plants.
  • Wear a mask while you pick up your plants.
  • Drive towards Olbrich's back parking lot area, join the plant pick-up car line queue, and wait for the next available volunteer plant loader.
  • Give the volunteer your first and last name, they will locate your order, and load it into your vehicle.
    • For added safety, write your name on a piece of paper and hold it up to the window for the volunteer to reference..
  • Help us maintain the proper social distancing and DO NOT exit your vehicle at any time during the pick up process.



If you have questions regarding online ordering, assigned pick-ups times or problems with an order post pick up contact Program Specialist, Mike Gibson.

If you need more immediate assistance during the plant pick up period - Tuesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Call 608-444-0412

This phone number will not be consistently monitored outside of the pick up dates/times. Please contact Mike Gibson via email for additional assistance.


Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

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