Schumacher Library is a gardening reference center located in Olbrich Botanical Gardens' Visitor Center adjacent to the Bolz Conservatory. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The library is staffed by a Horticulture Librarian and nearly 40 volunteers, many of whom have taken Master Gardener training.
Olbrich Botanical Society members may check out items.
Gardening Books & Journals
The emphasis of the collection (nearly 3,500 volumes) is on home gardening in the Midwest, landscape design, rainforests, tropical plants, herbs, fruit trees and shrubs, individual plant species and much more. The children's book collection includes plants and botany, nature, gardening and insects. Browse through more than 40 magazines on topics ranging from general gardening, to roses, herb gardening, and garden literature.
An extensive seed catalog collection contains hundreds of seed and nursery catalogs. These catalogs are indexed so that we can help you find a mail-order company that carries the particular plant you're looking for. If you see something at Olbrich Gardens or in a magazine you'd like to grow at home, contact the library and we'll find a source for it.
Videocassettes and DVDs cover subjects from butterflies to birding, the entire "The Wisconsin Gardener" series, and children's videos.
The reference collection also has encyclopedias on many plant species, guides to other botanical gardens, beautiful wildflower books, pests and disease manuals, botanical Latin dictionaries and almanacs.
The library has access to many resources via the Internet and can get timely handouts from University Extension services and other government offices. We can also find information on toxic plants and houseplant care.
Garden Tips Gardening
Garden experts in Olbrich's Schumacher Library are always ready to answer questions and help you solve your gardening problems. Inquiries can range from finding the name of plants in Olbrich's outdoor gardens and Conservatory, to choosing good plants for your yard's conditions, to landscaping design options, to learning some of the basic gardening techniques. There is one problem the Schumacher Library resource volunteers can't tackle: Please don't bring diseased or infested plant materials to Olbrich.
Stop by the Schumacher Library
in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or phone in questions to 608-246-5805
or e-mail Lynn at email@example.com.
Garden Answer Service
Have your problems solved with help from the Garden Answer Service every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m., during June, July, and August. A trained garden resource volunteer will be ready in Olbrich's Schumacher Library to provide one-on-one assistance to figure out your gardening conundrum. This is also a great chance for first-time users to learn all about the library's resources.
If you don't have time to stop by Olbrich on Tuesdays or Thursdays, phone in questions to 608-246-5805 or e-mail in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries can range from choosing good plants for your yard’s conditions, to landscaping design options, to learning some of the basic gardening techniques. There is one problem the Schumacher Library resource volunteers can’t tackle: Please don’t bring diseased or infested plant materials to Olbrich.
Olbrich Botanical Society members may check out books and videos.
The general public may use our resources in the library.
Books circulate for 4 weeks, videos and magazines for one week, and new books for two weeks.
We happily accept donations of used books and magazines, which we either add to our collection or offer for sale to benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
Schumacher Library volunteers work with our Horticulture Librarian to help visitors find resources. Training is provided; library skills are not required. Library volunteers share a love of books and a curiosity about plants. Shifts are available daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.
Learn about volunteering at Olbrich Botanical Gardens by contacting:
Volunteer Services Manager
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704