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Calendar of Programs, Exhibits, & Events at Olbrich

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Olbrich's Annual Theme                     more

Annual programmatic theme - Native Plants. Natural Wonders.

Fall Season 2022


Fall Pollinator Plant Sale - OnlINE ONLY

Sales begin August 8

Keep 'em coming! This sale features late summer and fall blooming nectar plants that support pollinators during the shoulder season.


moreMember Appreciation Week

August 21 - 26

A weeklong celebration of our members, featuring free activities and offerings for members as well as daily prize drawings. Culminates in a free movie screening on the Great Lawn on Friday night.


moreGLEAM Opening Viewing - advanced Tickets Required

August 27

Get the first glimpse of GLEAM - enjoy live performances!


moreGLEAM Exhibit - advanced tickets required

August 31 - October 29

Explore the Gardens in a whole new light through the lens of illumination.


Sweetgrass braiding mini-workshop

Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m - 2 p.m.

Stop by Olbrich's outdoor classroom between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make a braid with sweetgrass harvested in Olbrich's Herb Garden! Indigenous Garden project facilitator Rita Peters (Ho-Chunk) will guide you through the process and explain the significance behind making these fragrant, artful braids to take home. This mini-workshop is free and open to the public, takes about 20 minutes, and is suitable for adults and children over 12 or younger kids with a helping adult. The outdoor classroom is under cover so it will take place rain or shine!



October 7 & 8

Watch the flames from bonfires dance on the Great Lawn, groove to the live music, and savor a variety of tasty food and Wisconsin brews.


Holiday Season 2022

moreCanopy sessions

November 5

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.



November 18

Stroll through Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!


December 2

Members can get in the festive mood with an exclusive first look at the Holiday Express!



December 3-31

Model trains wind through a whimsical landscape of wonder.


moreHoliday Concert series

Sundays, December 4-18

Get in the holiday spirit with live performances by local musicians!


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morecocktails in the conservatory

January 20

Stroll through Olbrich's Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!

moreRainforest Rhythms                                                     

Returning in 2024

moreOrchid Escape exhibit                             

January 28 - February 28

Escape to the tropics and take in bountiful, beautiful orchids displayed throughout the Bolz Conservatory!


morethe canopy sessions

February 3

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.

Olbrich's Annual open house & Felion studios iron pour                        more

Saturday, February 18

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy an introduction to the Gardens' 2023 programmatic with hands-on workshops, live performances and a community iron pour!


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moreOrchid sale

Thursday, March 2

Starting at 10 a.m. - online only

At the conclusion of Olbrich's Orchid Escape a selection of orchids featured in the Bolz Conservatory exhibit will be offered for sale online (only).


morethe canopy sessions

Friday, March 3

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.


moreMember Preview: spring flower show

Saturday, March 4

8 - 10 a.m.
Olbrich members get a sneak peek of the annual spring flower show!

morespring flower show

March 4-26

Meander through an array of blooming spring flowers in an elaborate display in the Atrium.

morecocktails in the conservatory                  

Friday, March 24

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Stroll through Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs.


morespring show - Flower sale

March 27

Select annual featured in the show will be available for purchase.


the canopy sessions in the bolz conservatory

Friday, April 7

Start your weekend with a live concert performed in one of Madison's most unique venues.

morePlant Sale with the pros - online only

Sales begin February 1

The plant sale offers tried and true perennials, bare root fruit trees, pre-order curated plug trays and veggie bundles!

moreBadger Bonsai Society Annual Exhibit

presented by the Badger Bonsai Society

Dates: To be determined

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days
Bonsai styling demonstrations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days, each with a chance to win a one-year membership to the Badger Bonsai Society. Free admission to bonsai exhibit and demonstrations.

The Badger Bonsai Society will host their annual exhibit featuring trees from the private collections of club members. Explore the art of bonsai with this unique opportunity to view some amazing miniature trees and talk with the bonsai artists who grew and cultivated them. A wide variety, including conifer, deciduous, flowering, and tropical trees will be on display. Whether you are curious about bonsai and want to learn more or just have an appreciation for these living works of art, the exhibit is sure to have something for you. To learn more, visit Badger Bonsai Society on Facebook.

Summer Season 2022


moreguided garden strolls

Sundays, June-August

1:30 & 3 p.m.
Get an insider's view of Olbrich's outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll.


moreSummer Pollinator plant sale - sold out!

Sales begin June 1

Support National Pollinator Week and expand your pollinator friendly plant palette!


moreSummer Concert Series

Tuesdays, June 14 - August 16

Enjoy the summer evening with live music on the Great Lawn.


moresummer breeze

June 17 & 18

A new summer tradition, with something for everyone! Enjoy simple pleasures with friends & family, including fun lawn games, live music & performers, and tasty food & drink!

Drop-in Milkweed Soup Tasting - in the Herb Garden

Thursday, July 7

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit the Herb Garden for free samples of delicious milkweed soup featuring milkweed grown in our Indigenous Garden, which highlights vegetables and other plants important in Native culture and foodways.


moreHome Garden Tour

July 8 & 9

Stroll through seven unique private home gardens featuring a variety of techniques and styles.


Storywalk in the outdoor gardens

July 14 - August 7


moreMember Preview Day: Blooming Butterflies

Wednesday, July 13

Members get an exclusive sneak peek at the exhibit before it opens to the public, along with 20% off in the Gift Shop all day long!


moreBlooming Butterflies Exhibit

July 14 - August 7

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719