Sat, Feb 17, 2024 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Olbrich's Annual Open House

Kick off 2024 with a free, fun-filled day of activities at Olbrich Gardens, including FeLion Studios’ community iron pour, Pour’n Yer Heart Out! Learn more about what's coming at the Gardens this year!

Everyone/All Ages
At Olbrich

FREE - Drop-in activities, live performances, self-guide greenhouse tours, demonstrations & snacks!

Food & Beverage offered for sale.

Orchid Escape Exhibit

Featuring live music

Stroll through our Orchid Escape exhibit in the tropical Bolz Conservatory, featuring 1,000 of orchids. This year’s theme, Rise of the Angiosperms, invites guests to explore the fossil record and imagine life on earth over 70 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.
Enjoy live music throughout the day in the conservatory by indie folk musician, Jorge Vallentine!

Greenhouse tours

Take a self-guided tour through Olbrich's collection greenhouses and chat with our tropical plant experts.

PARKING

The public parking lot surrounding Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers 210 spaces including (12) fully accessible parking spaces near the main building entrance.

With other community events happening in the surrounding area simultaneously with the Gardens' open house, parking lots may fill up quickly, so having an alternative plan before arriving is the best strategy!

Check out the alternate parking option map ahead of time!

Olbrich Park - Public Parking Lots & Street Parking Options

    • 350 parking spaces (street and parking lots) within 0.3 miles of the Gardens
    • 115 spaces within a half mile, still within Olbrich Park

Skip the parking scramble!

  • Ride share - pile your friends and family in one car when visiting the Gardens.
  • Take a bus - on weekends Route7 will bring you close to the Gardens - approximately a 6 minute walk
  • Utilize the Capital City Bike Trail to bike to the Gardens or for easy access when walking from alternative parking options.

In 2024, during the Gardens’ larger events Park Rangers will be onsite to help organize parking and assist our visitors. Be sure to thank our Park Rangers for supporting the Gardens!

Questions or concerns regarding parking you would like heard by the entities that have the ability to improve or expand public parking options send an email to:

olbrichprograms@cityofmadison.com

Olbrich’s staff will direct this feedback to the change makers!