Hours, Admission, Directions
Outdoor Garden Hours
April - September 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
In the month of September, outdoor gardens close at 6 p.m. for GLEAM exhibit viewing
October 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bolz Conservatory Hours
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
*closes Sunday at 4 p.m. during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies
Growing Gifts Shop Hours
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is closed:
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve at 2 p.m.
- Christmas Day
- New Year's Day
- June 18, 2016 for Rhapsody in Bloom
The Bolz Conservatory is closed:
times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for special events.
Free. Donations gratefully accepted.
General public admission- $2
Children 5 & under - free
Olbrich Botanical Society members - free
Admission is free to the general public on Wednesday and
Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., except during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies.
Standard fees, times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for
Note: During Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies admission to the Bolz Conservatory is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under, and members of the Olbrich Botanical Society. The outdoor gardens are always free.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a living museum and a source of serenity for many visitors. Please help preserve every visitor's experience by observing the following Etiquette Guidelines during your visit.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens' outdoor gardens and Bolz Conservatory are wheelchair and stroller accessible. House wheelchairs and electric scooters are available in Olbrich's lobby. Pets are not allowed, however, service animals are welcome in the Botanical Center, Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory.
More Accessibility Information
Primarily for those who need assistance to view the Gardens, Olbrich's tram travels in a circular route around the Gardens, with riders getting
on and off at a number of stops to enjoy Olbrich's many gardens.
As they ride, the driver shares an interpretive message about Olbrich's
history, gardens, and sustainable gardening practices. Donations are welcome to keep the tram accessible for all garden visitors. A donation box is located on the tram.
May 1 - Memorial Day
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Labor Day - Mid-October
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Strollers are allowed in Olbrich's Outdoor Gardens.
At times, when the Bolz Conservatory is very crowded, visitors may be asked to leave strollers outside the Conservatory.
Strollers are not allowed in Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies or Olbrich's Holiday Express.
Downtown Madison | From
From the Southeast
Via 90 (Chicago, Beloit, Janesville)
From the East via
From the North
Car and bus parking is free for all visitors. Handicap parking stalls
are available near the main entrance. Groups should plan to disembark
from buses at the front entrance and then park the bus in the rear
parking area near the playground equipment.
By Madison Metro:
Weekdays, served by routes 3, 37, 38
Weekends, served by routes 7, 16
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located on the
Capital City Bike trail about 3 miles from downtown Madison.
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