Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display
gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical
Gardens. In the outdoor gardens, visit the Thai Pavilion and Garden.
Olbrich's Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United
States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden.
Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden, opened to the public
in 2005. Olbrich's rose garden features innovative mixed borders
of Midwest hardy shrub roses and perennials. Also stroll through
other specialty gardens such as the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden,
and Herb Garden. Olbrich's outdoor gardens are open daily, year-round.
Visit the Hours, Admissions, & Directions page for more information.
Then, visit the tropics without leaving Madison! The Bolz Conservatory, a sunny 50-foot-high glass pyramid, houses a diverse collection of tropical plants, a rushing waterfall, free-flying birds, and blooming orchids. See the plants on which some very common foods grow, such as banana, coffee, and vanilla. Get an up close and personal look at carnivorous plants as well! Temperatures in the Conservatory range from 65 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, making this a truly tropical escape. The Bolz Conservatory is also home to Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies - an annual event from mid-July through mid-August. Free-flying butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily and fly around the Conservatory.