Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing


Grand Central Gardens


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

6:00 - 11:00 p.m.



New York City is an ever-evolving culture mash-up of cuisine and creativity, come and explore a taste of the big city life. Anything can happen in a New York minute!

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Using your subway transportation map as a guide, mingle through different garden areas sampling traditional New York street food provided by Banzo and Underground Catering’s premier local food carts, and a tasty taco stand from Pasqual’s Cantina.
Surprises await around every corner, featuring classic street performers and a symphony of subway music.

Online Auction - bid on one-of-a-kind items and packages until 9:00 p.m.

8:00-11:00 p.m.

As the sun sets, take a twilight stroll through the NEW garden landscape lighting, bust a move on the dance floor, and enjoy a New York slice from Ian’s Pizza and sweet treats from Bloom Bake Shop!

Individual Reservations

Online reservations available! - CLICK HERE

Ticket processing fees applied to total.


Full Experience Reservations (6:00-11:00 p.m.) at $95 /person

Package pricing

(4) Full Experience Reservations @$342 total (10% discount)

(8) Full Experience Reservations @ $646 total (15% discount)

Discounted reservation pricing applies only when purchased by one person.

Late Night Reservation (8:00-11:00 p.m.) at $55 /person

Sponsored Table reservation available inquire at 608-246-5616

New Event Format

Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ annual gala has been a summer tradition for over 28 years! In 2017, Rhapsody in Bloom will evolve once again, going back to the basics, comparable to a time when more than 70% of every ticket was a direct contribution to the Gardens.

By discontinuing the seated dinner and simplifying the food offerings, Olbrich is able to reduce the reservation pricing by 30% and offer a late night admission option at an even greater savings. These changes will make Rhapsody in Bloom accessible to more community members while still raising significant funds for the Gardens.

Wooden benches and cafe style patio tables/chairs will be available throughout the Gardens for guests' enjoyment during the event.

Join us on June 17, 2017 for this exciting event in support of Madison’s award-winning public garden and celebrate everything about a city so nice, they named it twice!

Themed Attire Encouraged

BLACK with brilliant, over-the-top accessories, of course!

New Yorkers wear black because it’s a symbol of power, elegance, and luxury... “because we’re not tourists here to see a show; because we are, in a sense, with the band. The band is New York, and the color is black.” -Amy Larocca, New York Magazine

2017 Rhapsody in Bloom Committee

Theresa Feiner, Julie Herfel, Janet Homburg, Jamie Keehn & Janet Loewi

2017 Sponsors

Support the Gardens by becoming a Rhapsody in Bloom sponsor!

Contact Special Events Manager, Missy Jeanne for details -

mjeanne@cityofmadison.com / 608-246-5616

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Silver Petal Sponsors

Advanced Pain Management

American Family Insurance

American Printing Co.

Boardman & Clark LLP

Event Essentials

Fiskars Brands, Inc.

Goodman's Jewelers

Homburg Companies

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc

Ken Saiki Design, Inc.

Madison-Kipp Corporation

Monona State Bank

The Reese Family Foundation

TDS Telecom

The QTI Group

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Bronze Petal Sponsors

Associated Bank


BMO Private Bank


Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

Lindsay, Stone & Briggs

OgdenGlazer, LLC

Reinders, Inc./FX Luminaire

Smith & Gesteland LLP

Tim & Jill Sherry

WhiteFish Partners LLC


Photos from Rhapsody in Bloom 2016 - Wisco Polka-dot


grouping of ladiesnail game

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dancing coupleDJ Nick Nice

  deer heads

Angela and JasminRose Tower



GLEAM: Art in a New Light - August 31 - October 28

Thai Fest - September 24

CRACKLE: Fire & Froth - September 29

Cocktails in the Conservatory - November 17

Holiday Express - December 2 - 31

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