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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
Explore 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics year-round in the Bolz Conservatory and experience exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall.

Concerts, classes for adults and families, flower shows, and events year-round.

Outdoor Gardens are free and open daily.

Conservatory admission, $2

Conservatory is free on Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.


Bolz Conservatory

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Saturday

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays

Outdoor Gardens

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. April - September

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. October

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. November - March
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  • My horticulture class met here to discover and learn more about plant families. It's been years since I walked through the gardens and though we only explored some of the areas, it was quite a pleasur...  read more »
  • Hands down, this is one of the best free things to do in Madison. You don't have to be a gardener to enjoy the place. You can spend time strolling around the beautiful Thai Pavilion, one of only two l...  read more »
  • Just by chance these gardens had an Asian display of Chinese lanterns and exhibits.. There were tulips, gardens, flowers and birds. I especially liked the rose garden and the herb garden. Loved my vis...  read more »
  • Here for a wedding. the backdrop of all the flowers and the sweet smell of nature is perfect. I liked as you walk in they have Planters actually growing greens as in kale and lettuce. There are benches tucked into all kinds of nooks under trees that you can find a nice place to relax and enjoy nature. Well maintained with brick walkways or wood chips. They have a solar power flower in the parking lot.
  • This is one of those places where you could come here once a week and never be bored! This should be at the top of your list when visiting Madison! The outside garden is so beautiful, it will take your breath away. Every possible plant, flower, native to Wisconsin and then some, is in this garden. They also have an herb garden during the summer months, a zen garden, stone paths, a ton of cool fountains, benches to sit on all over, a cool bridge over a small lake, and so many more exciting and awesome things! There is usually something going on there too like Lilly sales, plant sales, fund raisers, you can even rent the garden to get married in! Every plant is labeled with the name and origin as well. This is a place you just have to experience to get the full extent of what I'm trying to describe! Inside the building, there is a tropical garden with a wide array of tropical plants, koi fish and some birds and butterflies. It's a small paradise to experience and relax in. They have a website with their hours and list of events happening on any given day, week or weekend. They even have things for the kids to do! There is a small gift shop inside too. This is a perfect place for a family or anyone wanting to just enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. They even have a temple that was graciously given to us from the amazing people in Thailand. It's one of kind and the ONLY one in the US.
  • Gorgeous place. Lots of pokemon too...if you're playing with a friend... :) There's also a lot to access and walk around here and a lot of parking options.
  • This is a beautiful and amazingly maintained botanical garden, with both indoor and outdoor facilities. It's a real pleasure to walk around here. There's an indoor tropical area and outdoors they have both perennials and annuals planted with many unique things to see such as the Thai temple and others. Outdoors at least, it's free, and it's a great asset and an impressive size and selection for a city the size of Madison.
  • A great place to see beautiful flowers and plants. Free outdoor gardens. Inexpensive indoor garden. Have enjoyed many years with my wife and children.
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