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Regional & International Tours

Each year, Olbrich invites Botanical Society members and the public to travel to places close to home and far away. Try new foods, see the sights, and shop at some of the best stores and plant nurseries.


International Tour

Tulip Time in The Netherlands

The Netherlands

April 9-15, 2019

Join Jeff Epping of Olbrich Botanical Gardens in pursuit of springtime splendor! Enjoy the beautiful
gardens of The Netherlands, alive with colorful new blooms. See the famous Keukenhof Gardens, along with some delightful, but less-famous gardens in the area, and visit the Floralia Exhibition at the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden.

Keukenhof Castle

We'll start with a couple of historic gardens in Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated, modern capital. The first is Hortus Botanicus, a large botanical garden with more than 6,000 different plants, including a 2000-year old agave cactus and a 300-year old Eastern Kape giant cycad. Later, we'll visit Aalsmeer Historical Gardens where we'll be able to learn more about the history of flower cultivation and the trade of plants in the Netherlands.

Visit the picturesque village of Arcen, and explore Kasteeltuinen Arcen, one of the most versatile flower and plant parks in all of Europe. The 32-hectare park has more than 15 unique gardens and a 17th-century castle.

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower garden in the world. Situated on the grounds of the 15th-century Keukenhof Castle, the park includes approximately seven million bulbs, with about 800 varieties of tulips. During "tulip time", you'll find surprising inspirational gardens, unique works of art, and a host of special events.

Floralia Exhibition in Brussels

Stroll through the Dutch Baroque garden surrounding the Paleis Het Loo, a palace and former royal residence of the ruling House of Orange for over three centuries.  Then, venture to Utrecht Botanical Gardens, which dates back to 1639 and is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the Netherlands.

Head to Brussels for the world-famous Floralia Exhibition, an unforgettable spring flower exhibition at the castle of Grand Bigard. Over a million bulbs are planted here by hand by the gardeners of the castle.

Starting at $2,525 per person, double occupancy

Includes -

  • Round-trip group airfare from Chicago
  • Round-trip airport to hotel transfers, Amsterdam to Eindhoven
  • Five nights 4-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners at hotel
  • Admissions and sightseeing per itinerary
  • Coach transportation w/ professional driver for excursions
  • Host Jeff Epping, Olbrich's Director of Horticulture


View the full trip itinerary and pricing (PDF)


An information session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at:

Burkhalter Travel

6501 Mineral Point Rd

Madison, WI 53705.

For more information, or to book this tour, contact:

Burkhalter Tours
800-556-9286 or 608-833-1525
Kathy, ext. 260 (or 261, 211)


Rainforest Rhythms | January 19

Cocktails in the Conservatory | January 25

LOOK: Tropical Tessellations | Daily, February 16 - March 24

Winter Concert Series | Sunday Afternoons, February 17 - March 31

Cocktails in the Conservatory | February 22

Rainforest Rhythms | February 23

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