Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. In the outdoor gardens, visit the Royal Thai Pavilion and Garden. Olbrich's Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden. Explore other specialty gardens such as the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden, and Herb Garden. Olbrich's outdoor gardens are open daily, year-round. Visit the Hours, Admissions, & Directions page for more information.

Then, visit the tropics without leaving Madison! The Bolz Conservatory, a sunny 50-foot-high glass pyramid, houses a diverse collection of tropical plants, a rushing waterfall, free-flying birds, and blooming orchids. See the plants on which some very common foods grow, such as banana, coffee, and vanilla. Get an up close and personal look at carnivorous plants as well. Temperatures in the Conservatory range from 65 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, making this a truly tropical escape.

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Garden Highlights

Aesculus parviflora 'Dawes Dwarf Selection' in Autumn Meadow

Sustainability at Olbrich

While providing a source of beauty and respite to our community is core to what we do, so is serving as responsible stewards of the planet and all forms of life that call it home.

Olbrich has worked hard throughout the years to become a leader in sustainable horticulture, which factors in ecosystem impacts and resource conservation when planting and maintaining gardens, instead of focusing solely on design and aesthetic considerations.

By reevaluating long-held beliefs and adopting some best practices, we can learn to work with nature, not against it.

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