Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

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  • I have visited Olbrich several times and it never disappoints. I love walking through the gardens or even bringing a book, and just reading there. Located in a beautiful area along the lake with a gre...  more »
  • The gardens are beautiful, nicely landscaped and colorful. It is free for the garden and only $2.00 for the greenhouse. There is also a gorgeous Thai Pavilion donated by the Thailand government. Defin...  more »
  • Olbrich Gardens is a year round destination on Madison's East side. Walk outside but also enjoy the indoor "green house". The beautiful Thai Pavilion is also on the grounds. Plenty of parking. Usually...  more »
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  • A little piece of paradise. Beautifully presented at every turn something wonderful to see. Presently everything is blooming and bursting with greenness. Hundreds of shades of green with hundreds of colorful flowers. Great places to sit in solitude. Bring a camera or your phone - you will take a picture you would like on your wall.
  • Free Access to the outdoor gardens (donations welcome). They have many different gardens and plants. Different landscaping, etc. Give yourself roughly 2 hours to walk everything at a slow pace. Its a good place to just enjoy being out and walking as well as a good place to go for ideas about plant arrangements.
  • The grounds are well kempt and the staff is cheerful and friendly when you bump into them. The atmosphere is irenic but would be more conducive for studying if it wasn't so close to the road. Though the slight noise can make those intimate‚Äč conversations rather difficult, one still comes away with a memorable experience and strongly desires to visit again.
  • Wish their were some maps throughout the garden... they have signs that point you in the direction of certain parts, but my husband and I found we often didn't know which parts we hadn't yet seen. Got a little turned around... but the garden is gorgeous nonetheless. We didn't like the art installation that was "cling film" wrapped between tree trunks... I'm an art major and I still don't like it...
  • I wish I had had more time to spend here. I was visiting relatives and only had the afternoon. They have fantastic paths and garden areas and an indoor tropical area full of birds. What a photo op. UPDATE: Just attended a beautiful wedding and reception here! Fantastic facilities in a perfect setting.

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