Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing


GLEAM, Art in a New Light, is an annual exhibit featuring local, national and international artists creating light-based installations throughout Olbrich's 16-acre outdoor gardens and the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Visitors wind their way through dimly lit pathways, encountering strange and surprising forms that pulse and shimmer in the night around every corner.

Experience the Gardens after dark in a whole new light!



GLEAM 182019 GLEAM Exhibit Dates

August 28 - October 26

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays

Times vary by month

Admission Prices

General Public                      Olbrich Members

$15 - Adult                                      $11 - Member Adult

$7 - Child (Ages 3-12)                 $6 - Member Child

Free - 2 & Under                           Free - 2 & Under



Opening Viewing

Saturday, August 24

7:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Performances by Madison Contemporary Dance, Cash Bar, and Meet & Greet with some of the Artists!


Available online (only) starting August 1.

$25 Non-members / $20 Members


2019 Request for Proposals

Interested in submitting a light installation proposal for Olbrich's 2019 GLEAM exhibit?

Review the REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS guidelines and then WOW the GLEAM team with your

brilliant idea!

All materials should be submitted digitally, in a combined PDF format, by 11:59 p.m. on February 22, 2019.

For an overview of previous exhibits, check out the installation images below:

2015- 2018 GLEAM Installation Images




What People Are Saying - Past Exhibits


"Thanks. Nice evening in the Gardens - love the artistic ambience"

“Wonderful exhibit that allows us to experience the gardens in a very different way. Amazing sensory experience.” 

“My favorite event of Madison every year”

“Love this! Never stop doing it!”




Interested in supporting this exciting, public art exhibit?

Contact Special Projects Manager, Missy Jeanne, to learn more about the great benefits and recognition opportunities GLEAM sponsors receive!

608-246-5616 / mjeanne@cityofmadison.com

For an overview of previous exhibits, check out the installation images below!

2015- 2018 GLEAM Installation Images

String Lights

Project Collaborators

Jeff Epping, Director of Construction/Installation

Jeff Epping has been Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for more than 20 years. He oversees the horticultural operations and garden designs of more than ten inspirational display gardens, showcasing the best plants for south-central Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeff holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden before joining the staff at Olbrich and has visited, studied and photographed gardens throughout the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, South of France and Thailand.

Paul Hayden, Lead Lighting Designer

Olbrich partners with Reinders Inc., a local company that carries one of the largest inventories of professional landscape lighting products in the Midwest. Paul Hayden serves as Lead Lighting Designer for the exhibit, overseeing the lighting component of each installation, and assisting in the procurement of lighting supplies. Reinders works with the very best manufacturers in the industry and currently uses Olbrich Gardens as a test and training site for area lighting designers during the peak growing season.

Aaron Wilkie, Garden Facilitator

Kristin "Cricket" Redman, Principal, Cricket Design Works

Zach Zweifel, Co-Owner, Traditions Lighting

Dave Morrison


Summer Concert Series | Tuesdays through August 13

Summer Breeze | Saturday, June 22 & Friday, June 28

Home Garden Tour | Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13

Blooming Butterflies | July 18 - August 11

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 5 - October 13

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