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Rise of the Angiosperm invites guests to explore the fossil record and imagine life on earth over 70 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. Cycads and ferns loomed large overhead, where verdant landscapes met warm, shallow seas brimming with marine life. Dinosaurs still lorded over earth, air, and water.
The very first flowering plants appeared during the Cretaceous Period, including a proto-orchid. After a purported meteor struck earth causing mass extinction, angiosperms including orchids would come to dominate biomass on earth.
The first orchids on earth were terrestrial; taking to the air as epiphytes would come later. Vanilla orchids showed up about 78 million years ago, followed by slipper orchids like paphiopediums about 70 million years ago.
Pollinators coevolved with these plants. Hard to imagine a world without bees, but they evolved from wasps and increased in numbers alongside flowering plants like orchids. The oldest evidence of orchid pollination is courtesy of a fungus gnat.
The Jenni & Kyle Foundation
At the conclusion of Orchid Escape a selection of orchids featured in the Bolz Conservatory will be offered for sale online. Customers purchase orchids by type online and then select individual plants from that type in person on the pick up date.
Orchid types & pricing coming soon!
Contact: Jennifer Delaney, Director of Guest Experience
THANK YOU for supporting Olbrich Botanical Gardens!
Olbrich member benefit - early bird pick-up from 10-11 a.m. - Join to today!
Need more information on how to properly care for your new orchids - check out the American Orchid Society culture sheets.
What to Expect -
Specific colors and varieties are not guaranteed - subject to availability upon arrival.
Depending on availability you may receive an orchid that is currently not in bloom.
Enjoy a member exclusive early morning viewing of Orchid Escape. A FREE family-friendly craft will be offered in the Learning Center, along with coffee and light refreshments.
Spring marks the beginning of a new cycle of seasons and would not be the same without Olbrich Gardens' annual Perennial Plant Sale! Curated plug trays are currently on sale, while individually potted perennials will go on sale April 16 at 10 a.m.
Stay-cation in the tropics! Sip botanically-inspired cocktails and groove to a variety of music spun by local DJs in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory! All proceeds benefit the Gardens. Scroll for details on specific dates.
Start your weekend with a live concert performed in one of Madison’s most unique venues: the Bolz Conservatory! Explore the tropics, enjoy the warmth, and be entertained by some of the area's most talented musicians.