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Wisco Polka-DotRhapsody in Bloom

Saturday, June 18, 2016

5 - 10 p.m.

Some people march to a different drummer - and some people polka!

Surprises to delight the senses will abound at Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ annual garden party, Rhapsody in Bloom.

Celebrate all-things-Wisconsin - with a twist! Prepare to be transported to a modern interpretation of our Olde Worlde heritage. Sip on an Old Fashioned while tasting delectable treats, and enjoy an unprecedented evening of Wisconsin delight!

In keeping with tradition, our evening begins with hors d’oeuvres, music and live performers in the Gardens. We continue the magic with dinner and dancing under beautiful white tents as the sun sets over Lake Monona. All the while, you and your guests will be surrounded by the beauty of Madison’s very own award-winning public gardens.

Purchase individual tickets for $135 or a table of 8 for $1,000.

Reservations are required by Monday, June 13, 2016. Call 608-246-5616 to make a reservation.

Themed Attire Encouraged - Join the polka-dot palooza and accessorize or dress in your favorite polka-dot patterned duds!

2016 Sponsorship

2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Petal Sponsors

American Family Insurance  Madison-Kipp Corporation

Silver Petal Sponsors

Advanced Pain Management • American Printing Co. Associated Bank

BDO USA, LLP  BMO Private Bank  Boardman & Clark, LLP

Epic  Event Essentials  J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.  Fortune Family Foundation

Fiskars Brands, Inc.  Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes  Goodman's Jewelers

Homburg Companies  Ken Saiki Design, Inc.

Lindsay, Stone & Briggs  Loren & Boo Mortenson  Monona State Bank

OgdenGlazer, LLC  Pizza Hut So. Wisconsin  The QTI Group

The Reese Family Foundation  Reinders, Inc. / FX Luminaire

Smith & Gesteland LLP  SVA Certified Public Accountants

TDS Telecom  von Briesen & Roper, s.c.


We have exciting news to share - this year the Rhapsody in Bloom auction will feature electronic bidding, making it fun and easy to bid on exclusive packages by using your cell phone or computer!

What does this mean? Anyone can participate in the silent auction, and support the Gardens even if you are not actually attending the gala! Bid from anywhere, anytime starting now, until the auction closes on Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. We anticipate a lot of bidding action the night of the event! You will receive updates if you are outbid, so let the bidding wars begin!

Here are the details:

  • Olbrich’s new auction system is hosted by Gesture, a secure online auction software.
  • The auction is online now and ready to take your bids at http://Olbrich.gesture.com.
  • Click on the link above, register for the auction, view the items, and start BIDDING!
  • After you register you will get a welcome text message.

There are 4 ways to bid:

  • By Smartphone: Click the link in your registration text. It will take you to a personal bidding page. Click on an item and place a bid.
  • By Text: Text the 3-digit item number and your bid amount to the welcome message you receive, (i.e. 101 500), no dollar signs or decimals are needed.
  • By “Personal Shopper” (Rhapsody in Bloom event attendees only): Don’t have a smart phone? No problem! Find a Gesture staff member in GREY at the event. Gesture’s staff will be happy to place bids for you.

Remember, if you are not attending the event, you can still place bids on all of the great silent auction items until 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Join the fun and support the Gardens in the process!

For auction questions, please contact Christine Blau at cblau@cityofmadison.com.


Key Raffle

Purchase tickets ($20 each) to win a stunning pair of Hearts on Fire "CAPTIVATION" earrings, 18 karat white gold with .94cttw of diamonds with friction fit backs, generously donated by Goodman’s Jewelers.

Goodman's Jewelrs Key Raffle

Detail image - not to scale.

Guests can purchase tickets from volunteers circulating around the Gardens during the event from 5 to 8 p.m., or at the Key Raffle station near the Atrium.

The earrings will be modeled by a volunteer during the event to view in person. At 8 p.m., guests can exchange their tickets for keys on the dance floor and try their luck with the lock!

The earrings may not be returned or exchanged.


Salad - The Wedge - Iceberg lettuce, French & Roquefort dressing, blue cheese crumbles, bacon & cherry tomatoes (sans bacon for vegetarians)

Entrée - Tapas Style Dinner

Chicken Cordon Bleu - Chicken breast stuffed with Gruyère and prosciutto with a Dijon wine sauce

Short Ribs - Slow roasted tender ribs with a classic savory & tart Door County cherry sauce

Door County Fish Boil - White fish, small red potatoes & little white onions, glazed with lemon butter sauce, served with tartar sauce on the side

Sides - Twice baked potatoes and creamed spinach

Entrée offerings are gluten free, excluding the chicken cordon bleu.

Vegetarian Entrée (by request only)

Heirloom Tomato Cobbler with Gruyère Crust and Spring Asparagus



Classic Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel and Crème Anglaise

Photos from Rhapsody in Bloom 2015 - Through the Looking Glass

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Rhapsody in Bloom 2016

Rhapsody in Bloom 2015



GLEAM Opening Reception: August 26

GLEAM, Art in a New Light: September 1 - October 28

Member Movie Night: September 9

CRACKLE, Fire & Froth: September 30

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