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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a 16 acre outdoor botanical garden and 10,000-square-foot conservatory in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1952 and named for its founder, Michael Olbrich, the gardens are owned and operated jointly by the City of Madison Parks and the non-profit Olbrich Botanical Society.

Noteworthy additions to the gardens were the Bolz Conservatory in 1991, and a Thai sala, a gift to the University of Wisconsin–Madison from the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the government of Thailand through its king, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Opened in 2002, it is one of only six sala outside of Thailand and one of two in the United States (the other is located in Hawaii).
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  • These gardens are worth visiting in every season. As a local, I seem to go every three or four months, and each time the gardens seem new. There are many "rooms", with places to sit and look, and... 
    These gardens are worth visiting in every season. As a local, I seem to go every three or four months, and each time the gardens seem new. There are many "rooms", with places to sit and look, and...  more »
  • Stopped here on our way to the Great Lakes! What a beautifully kept garden with fabulous walking paths plus a bevy of native plants and wonderful customer service from the two ladies manning it! 😃 
    Stopped here on our way to the Great Lakes! What a beautifully kept garden with fabulous walking paths plus a bevy of native plants and wonderful customer service from the two ladies manning it! 😃  more »
  • Beautiful gardens with excellent and well thought out layout. Definitely a recommended visit. Make sure you plan a few hours as you will not want to leave. Make sure you study the map as there are... 
    Beautiful gardens with excellent and well thought out layout. Definitely a recommended visit. Make sure you plan a few hours as you will not want to leave. Make sure you study the map as there are...  more »
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  • I wish I could give more than 5 stars. These gardens are BEAUTIFUL! Very nice environment outside to walk around, plenty of plants to see as well as wildlife. There are some areas that may be inaccessible for visitors in wheelchairs, but the paths in general are very well kept! Stopping by the Thai gardens is a MUST - stunning architecture and design. Gift shop has fun items as well!
  • Beautiful Gardens and their Conservatory is also really nice! Loved seeing tropical plants, water ponds and quails! The Gardens are free which is very nice, they do accept donations. The Conservatory is not free, but the ticket entrance is not expensive at all. Parking is also free which is nice. Will definitely be back once everything has bloomed.
  • This botanical gardens is the best!! On Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm the garden is FREE! When you enter the dome, be prepared for your jaw to drop! It is amazing! Tropical trees yielding fruit, birds flying around, quail running around, flowers I've never seen before, koi fish pond, a waterfall and so very much more! We were there in winter, but we're told that in May-ish the outdoor garden walk is stunning!This place will not disappoint!! Definitely a must experience when visiting Madison!
  • Absolutely beautiful! I loved taking my time and enjoying all the different flowers and art and private seating areas. I really wish I was going to be in town to see what it looks like all lit up at night.
  • Exceeded expectations! The free walk around area is HUGE! The gardens are very nice and they have a hidden beautiful thai sala which is the only one in North America. The flowers, trees, fountains and ponds were lovely. We saw a few frogs chirping away. The bathrooms could use updating and were just decently clean, but I’d still highly recommend! Great way to spend time in nature and get a nice walk in.

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