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Spring Flower Show

Featuring The Wonder of Seeds

March 4-26

Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

As spring approaches, most people are ready to get away from the long winter. Breath in the fresh smells of spring at Olbrich Gardens' annual spring flower show featuring The Wonder of Seeds. Olbrich’s Atrium will transform into a flowering paradise, celebrating everything seeds!

Milkweed Seed Pods“A seed is sleepy. It lies there, tucked inside its flower, on its cone, or beneath the soil. Snug. Still”

Every seed has a story. Take an educational journey into the history, culture and significance behind different seeds. Seeds have their own intricate beauty that rivals and sometimes even surpasses the beauty of their flowers.

From tiny poppy seeds to giant coconut seeds, spikey poisonous castor beans to pods of fluffy milkweed, a remarkable variety will be highlighted in all their beauty and wonder.

Not only are they impressive in shape, size, color and texture, you will learn about different dispersal mechanisms. From wind and water to wildlife, even Spring Show Flowersdehiscence (explosive dispersal!)  It’s safe tosay you will never look at a seed the same way again.

One-of-a-kind items are sourced through collaborations with local businesses and artists to construct truly unique and authentic displays. Very special thanks to our members, volunteers and community who donate items and purchase products we need from our registry.

If you are interested in donating, check out our Wish List on Amazon! Thank you!

Show Admission

$8 - Adults (Ages 13 & up)

$5 - Child (Ages 6-12)

FREE - 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich Members

Spring Show Admission include admittance into the Bolz Conservatory March 4 & 5, March 20-24.

The Bolz Conservatory is CLOSED for maintenance March 6-19.

No advanced tickets required. Atrium capacity limited to 40-50 visitors at any given time.

Proceeds from admission sale directly benefit the mission and daily operations of the Gardens!


Saturday, March 4

8-10 a.m.

Be the first to see the Spring Flower Show during the Member Preview on Saturday, March 4!

Not a member? Click here for more info on joining!


2023 Show Sponsor

Marlette Larsen


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Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-7pm

Ever wonder what it takes to transform the Atrium into a beautiful blooming paradise for Olbrich’s Spring Show? Come and enjoy the chaos before the show! Join Horticulturist, Katey Pratt for an interesting sneak preview before the show is completely finished.

She will explain the overall design concept and ideas behind specific scenes, explain the building process, and point out unique details along the way. You may even get to see our plants being grown in our new production greenhouse or help create a small item to add to part of the show!

$28.00 General Public / $22.00 Olbrich Members

Register Today!

Spring Show Flower Sale

Monday, March 27

12-4 p.m.

Spring Flower Show Plant SaleSelect plants from Olbrich's Spring Flower Show will be available for purchase in the Evjue Commons. Until the show concludes we will not know which plant types and quantities will be available for sale.

Please bring your own bags / boxes to transport your plants.

Olbrich’s production greenhouse staff grow many spring annuals displayed in the show. They use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system that involves beneficial insects, such as Amblyseius cucumeris, a predatory mite. Staff sprinkle the mite-sawdust mixture on the foliage of the plants and the mites feed on immature thrips. These beneficial insects, coupled with preventive cultural practices and close monitoring allow us to keep our homegrown Spring Show flowers synthetic pesticide free!


THANK YOU for supporting 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