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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

(4.8/5 based on 1,100+ 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.

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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  • Beautiful free gardens located on the East side of Madison close to Monona. It’s best to visit in spring and summer when there are more flowers to admire. However, strolling around in fall is also ver...  more »
  • We sometimes walk over from home.we are never disappointed in the beauty of all the seasons making it rather like the Secret Garden . 
  • Me and my family have been visiting for years and love it here. It is especially beautiful in the summer and spring. The have a wonderful variety of flowers and plants and a great butterfly exhibit in...  more »
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  • Went to gleam with my girlfriend. Best date idea if you are looking for one. Even when gleam isn't happening, there is so much to see, and history behind the place. Its relaxing, and had a mini bar ;) It's worth the time to spend there. Plenty of parking and the representatives there are really friendly. We will be coming back again without a doubt.
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the place to go. The gardens are bursting with plants aplenty, from an Herbal Garden to the Rose Garden to the Sunken Garden. Also, there is plants with influences from all around the world. There are plants from Africa, China, Japan, the Americas, and more. We've seen weddings being held here, with good reason! It is so beautiful, we spend hours here. Every year they also hold a butterfly exhibit. Olbrich is family friendly. Best of all, it's free. That's what I said- free. Please make a donation in the donation box! It's worth every cent.
  • A good experience. Lovely people and lots to see. Spent about 30 minutes walking around to the Thai garden. I recommend allocating some time to relax and be leisurely in this area. Planning to go back there in the evening.
  • Absolutely one of the gems! Wonderful to visit year-around. Can get crowded on weekends especially during special events, of which they have many. Lovely little gift shop, excellent reading room. Go on a nice day with a book and find a chair in one of the many garden nooks.
  • Madison boasts no shortage of beautiful natural greenery, but the Botanical Gardens truly takes the cake when it comes to biodiversity. The gardens are perfect for an afternoon stroll and are equipped with a variety of comfortable spaces for sitting and enjoying the sounds and sights of nature.