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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

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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.

HOURS

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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  • Breathtaking. Take your camera so many beautiful photo opportunities. Go every yr still amazes me see something new every time. Must see site for visitors out of town. Train show in December is a chil...  more »
  • As travel writers, we've enjoyed botanical gardens across the US, and Olbrich compares favorably to many. The design and layout make for a number of discreet scenes and small vistas of the grounds, ma...  more »
  • We love to go to Olbrich. We bring our sketch pads and other art supplies so we can create something wonderful to remember the day by. If you enjoy gardens, Olbrich is a MUST stop at site in Madison.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful garden right on Lake Manona, a real hidden gem! Free to enter, donations welcome. They even have a free 20 minute tram tour with history of the gardens. Also home of the only Thai temple of it's kind in the US. On a nice day, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a must see if in the Madison area!
  • Let's start off with some transparency, I'm a paid member of Olbrich Botanical Gardens - I like it that much. But even if you're passing through town or live in Madison and just want to check out a jungle in USDA Zone 5, the glassed in conservatory is a great getaway. ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER. Even if you're a winter snow sport fan, what are the worst parts of winter? Ice to slip on, snow to dig, and air that makes your face hurt. For the $3 admission, get away from it all and wander through a warm, humid, lush, tropical rain forest. The paths are well designed and give the feeling of it being much larger than the actual footprint. Benches allow for lingering, and signs tell the story of many of the plants. I often go there to read - there is no rush. I highly recommend stopping once or, especially in the winter, making it a regular part of your (local) snowbird getaway.