Lobby + Gift Shop
April - September
10 am – 6 pm daily
October - March
10 am – 4 pm daily
10 am – 4 pm daily
10 am – 4 pm, Mon - Fri
10 am - 1 pm, Sat
The Herb Garden is a series of smaller gardens meant to delight the senses and illustrate the historic and contemporary importance of herbs. Specialty gardens within the Herb Garden include the English Courtyard, Tea, Touch and Smell, Knot, Sage and Thyme, Medicinal, Dye, Kitchen, and Sinister Gardens.
This informal two-acre garden features mixed borders of perennials, ornamental grasses, annuals, trees, and shrubs that bloom in hot colors all season. A rushing waterfall spills into a meandering stream and three tranquil pools highlighting aquatic plants. The garden is especially beautiful in late summer and fall.
This shady garden path, embraced by more than 100 native paper birch, provides a quiet walk for visitors to stroll from one display garden to the next. The understory is home to small-scaled trees, shrubs and perennials and spring flowering bulbs for added interest through the seasons.
Olbrich's Thai Garden features the Royal Thai Pavilion, a gift from the government of Thailand and the Thai Chapter of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association. It's the only one in the continental United States, and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden.
Stroll through a monochromatic prairie style meadow of perennials, ornamental grasses, and native sedges that evoke a light, airy feel as white flowers and grass seed heads sway in the wind. Anchoring the meadow is a rustic obelisk made of dry stacked fieldstone.
This small, sloping meadow is tucked away and bordered by a large hedge. Covered in a blanket of Carex vulpinoidea, a native sedge which gets its name from its seed heads which resemble a fox's tail, spring blooming flowers push through before giving way to a sea of green texture in summer.
This garden combines a variety of ornamental trees, shrubs, and vines with seasonal beauties for year-round interest. Spring bulbs, flowering perennials, hardy shrub and climbing roses, tropical plants, ornamental grasses, and colorful foliage make this a gorgeous garden in any season. A Prairie Style viewing tower and fountains constructed of native limestone unify the garden.
A free flowering meadow style planting overflowing with native perennial species and their cultivars, some specially bred for Midwestern conditions. An allee of hornbeam trees frame the Long Walk while specimen trees stand out on either end: the Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) greeting you on the west end and the Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) on the east end.
These gardens are examples of sustainable alternatives to the typical American lawn. Featuring native Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) and ephemeral spring wildflowers, this rolling meadow pairs plenty of visual interest with a low maintenance alternative to turfgrass.
The Children's Kitchen Garden serves as an outdoor learning environment for youth and their families to get their hands dirty and connect the food they eat with its source - the Earth. Programming is offered throughout the summer, and all extra produce harvested each year is donated to area food banks.