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Plant Sale with the Pros - Online!

Walters Orders in the Hoop HouseSpring marks the beginning of a new cycle of seasons and would not be the same without Olbrich Gardens' annual plant sale!

Olbrich Gardens will continue to host the Plant Sale with the Pros online.

The 2022 online plant sale will again include a selection of tried and true perennial varieties from Walters Gardens and Midwest Groundcovers. Olbrich’s horticulturists carefully select unique plants that do best in this climate. Find the newest, hardiest, most disease-resistant cultivars on the market at the Plant Sale with the Pros!

If you're looking to add more butterfly and caterpillar host plants to your yard or garden, we've put together this helpful list of host plants that are available through this year's sale, along with examples of the specific pollinator species they support.

Sale Dates -

Tuesday, February 1 @ 10 am - Curated perennial trays (SOLD OUT!) & Native trees (Sale Ended)

Tuesday, April 19 @ 10 am - Individually potted perennials - 2022 Available Plants List


Know before you shop!

  • Plants in your cart remain in the sale inventory until your checkout process is completed.
    • If an item is purchased by another customer before your transaction is completed it may no longer be available to you.
    • This message will appear at the top of your cart list - " One or more of your items is no longer available. Your cart has been updated."
  • If you do not receive a receipt via email your purchase did not go through.
  • Olbrich Garden gift cards cannot be used as payment through Square - only for Olbrich Growing Gifts shop merchandise.



DONATION - Consider making an additional donation as part of your plant sale order in support of the Gardens.

Curbside PIck-ups

Native Trees

ARBOR DAY - Friday, April 29

12- 6 p.m.

All customers!

Curated plug trays & individual potted perennials

Starting Friday, May 6

12-6 p.m.

Pick-up Appointments

  • Customers will receive an email confirming their assigned pick up day for plug tray and potted perennial orders from an Olbrich staff member the week of May 1.
  • To guarantee proper fulfillment while working with space constraints and to ensure quick, easy plant loading, the number of pick-ups scheduled each pick up day will be predetermined by the quantities of plants in each order.



Plant Information

Looking for more information on a specific plant - contact Olbrich's Horticulture Librarian, Eva Stefanski.

Ordering & Pick-ups

If you have questions regarding online ordering, assigned pick-ups times or problems with an order post pick up contact Olbrich's Programs & Exhibits Team via email or by phone 608-243-0156.


Promoting sustainable practices

Olbrich Botanical Gardens continues to be a leader in sustainable gardening in the Midwest, by choosing plants that are not only beautiful and well-adapted to the conditions of their sites, but also good for our planet. Plant species incorporated at Olbrich are selected for their innate ability to enhance our environment and contribute to the food web that supports insects of all kinds, which then support small reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds.

How do these new plant offerings support the Gardens' mission?

  • Reduced plastic waste
    • Plant plugs share a single tray versus individual pots.
  • Reduced fossil fuels
    • Plug trays help fit many plants in a small space for shipping.
  • Strong root systems
    • Plugs - small soil volume and vertical design of each plug promotes healthy rooting, with lots of roots supporting a relatively small mass of top growth.
  • Value - Good for the planet & good for YOU!
    • Reducing growing supplies and shipping costs = good prices!

    We have a saying when using plugs,

    "Buy the plant/tree, not the pot and the soil"


Native Trees

Let's get back to our roots by planting native trees!

Planting native species of trees helps support local ecosystems. Native trees are best suited to our climate and soil types and once established require less water, fertilizers, and are less susceptible to fungal infections and pest infestations.

Native trees options are sourced through Johnson's Nursery, a local third generation family-owned nursery, with a reputation for providing quality Midwest hardy and regional native plant stock.


Did you know that Oak trees support more life-forms than any other North American tree genus.

As a keystone species, oak trees play a critical role in our ecosystem by helping to maintain biodiversity, supporting all living beings.

Native Tree Photos

Photos in order of plant names below.

  • White Oak, Quercus alba
  • Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor
  • Chinkapin Oak, Quercus muehlenbergii
  • Musclewood, Carpinus caroliniana
  • Ironwood, Ostrya virginiana

THE DETAILS - tree descriptions and mature heights are listed on the Square sale site.

$120 per tree

Native trees will be available for curbside pick up on Arbor Day - April 29!

All proceeds directly benefit the mission and daily operations of Olbrich Botanical Gardens!


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