Lobby + Gift Shop
April - September
10 am – 6 pm daily
October - March
10 am – 4 pm daily
10 am – 4 pm daily
10 am – 4 pm, Mon - Fri
10 am - 1 pm, Sat
Every day there are opportunities to explore and celebrate the natural wonders of plants. Learn and grow with us.
Whether it's live music, a special exhibit, a plant sale, or one of our many other programs, there's always something to do and see at the Gardens.
You can also find countless learning opportunities here - from classes and workshops for adults, to family programs made especially for little learners.
Many community groups and garden clubs also host their sales, shows, and exhibits at Olbrich throughout the year.
Wisconsin is home to over 400 species of wild bees, and more than 120 species of butterflies. As the moon rises, over 1,500 species of moths awaken, ensuring round the clock pollination and these are just the more well-known pollinators! These tiny superheroes pollinate over one-third of our food, making their health and survival a critical component of earth’s ecosystem. Every little bit helps – don’t have space to dig in the dirt – create a pollinator focused container for your patio! Olbrich’s Pollinator Plant Sales offer a variety of perennials with plentiful amounts of nectar and pollen, making them very appealing to pollinator insects! Plant pickup is June 20.
“Move like a great river; be still like a mountain” instructs the age-old description of the meditative exercise and movement art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. This class offers standing movements and seated practices rooted within the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi and Chi Kung for the enrichment of body, mind and spirit. All physical abilities welcome, including those in need of chair-based practice.
Membership offers free admission to the Bolz Conservatory, free or reduced admission to many events, discounts on classes, borrowing privileges in the Schumacher Library, and a year-round discount in the Gift Shop. Members also get special admission privileges and discounts at 345+ gardens throughout North America.
Each summer, The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, hosts camps for young writers (entering grades 3-8) and high school writers (entering grades 9-12). Participants use the beautiful environment of the outdoor gardens and tropical conservatory for inspiration for their writing.
While providing a source of beauty and respite to our community is core to what we do, so is serving as responsible stewards of the planet and all forms of life that call it home.
Olbrich has worked hard throughout the years to become a leader in sustainable horticulture, which factors in ecosystem impacts and resource conservation when planting and maintaining gardens, instead of focusing solely on design and aesthetic considerations.
By reevaluating long-held beliefs and adopting some best practices, we can learn to work with nature, not against it.
Spring is the time to plan for floral and foliage color to keep your garden engaging until the first frosts and beyond.
There are many benefits to delaying your clean-up process and some environmentally friendly factors to keep in mind.
Crabapples, cherries, and magnolias, while beautiful, are staples in the spring landscape. Check out these lesser-known spring-flowering trees to take your garden to the next level.