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Garden Walks                                                           back to top

Join Olbrich staff for fun and informative garden walks. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Walks occur rain or shine, and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning. All walks begin in the Visitor Center Lobby. Advanced registration required.

Night Garden WalkOlbrich's Night Garden Walk

Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an after-hours walk through Olbrich's spectacularly illuminated outdoor gardens. Olbrich, with help from Midwest lighting expert Joel Reinders and FXLuminaire, has been adding segments of lighting to the gardens since 1999, when award-winning international landscape designer Janet Lennox Moyer created Olbrich's landscape lighting master plan. The lighting creates breath taking evening garden views that must be seen to be appreciated. Jeff will also share ideas that you can incorporate into your home landscape. Limited space; register early.

Friday, September 19, 7:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 11

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number:  31-18

hydrangeaHydrangeas and Summer Flowering Shrubs Walk

Hydrangeas, particularly the panicle types, are among the most showy and reliable flowering shrubs for northern climates and are a mainstay of the late summer garden. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper on a lovely evening walk through Olbrich's extensive collection of hydrangeas and other later-blooming shrubs and learn how to utilize these beauties in your home landscape. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 23

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  31-10

Gravel GardenCreating and Maintaining a

Gravel Garden Lecture & Walk

If you want beautiful gardens, but don't have the time to commit to maintenance, nor want to see precious water and energy resources go into growing them, a gravel garden may be for you! Olbrich's horticulture staff has created a number of gravel gardens that can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. Don't confuse these gardens with traditional rock or alpine gardens that can look more rocky than green. Gravel gardens are as beautiful as any perennial bed or border and require less labor to grow. Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show you how Olbrich has replaced lawns and traditional perennial beds with these sustainable gardens and take you outdoors to see Olbrich's beautiful gravel gardens. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 19

Cost:  $16/$13 member | Course Number: 11-41

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Make your garden a success by properly overwintering your perennials. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Tony Gomez to learn what needs to be pruned, cut low, mulched, rodent-proofed, and much more. Protect your plant investment and maximize the beauty of your perennials. This class takes place outdoors as a garden walk. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 23, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 16

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 31-16

landscape and architectural lightingLandscape & Architectural

Lighting Design Lecture & Walk

Due to the rapid evolution of LED technology, the use of traditional low-voltage incandescent lighting systems is expected to decline. With many advantages, including energy efficiency and flexible controlling, LED has altered the way we design, install, and maintain outdoor lighting. Join Drew W. Tedford from FXLuminaire for an awe-inspiring presentation indoors and night walk through Olbrich's illuminated outdoor gardens. He will discuss garden lighting design and mechanics for residential owners. You will learn the basics and main components of low-voltage lighting systems, the difference between professional lighting components and do-it-yourself kits, and creative, functional design concepts. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-35

Autumn Garden WalkGreat Plants for the Autumn Garden Walk

See Olbrich's outdoor gardens in full autumn splendor and learn how you can get the same fabulous results in your home gardens. Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, and other perennials can all contribute to a fantastic fall display in large and small gardens alike. Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will highlight impressive autumn plants, share information about selecting the best plants for the fall season, and give tips to begin incorporating them in your landscape designs. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 22, 5-6:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 31-19

Behind-the-Scenes Greenhouse Holiday Tour

What would be more festive than a guided tour and stroll through the warm and green paradise of Olbrich's greenhouses full of exotic tropical plants, beautiful orchids, and hundreds of poinsettias? Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary for an informative behind-the-scenes visit to the greenhouses. Bring your camera and questions! Limited space; register early.

Saturday, November 15, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 6

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 31-03

Wellness in the Gardens                                      back to top

Tai Chi Meditation
Tai Chi and Chi Kung are wellness practices that originated hundreds of years ago in China and are widely recommended by healthcare providers around the world today for their health benefits. Incorporating exercise and movement, meditation and stillness, music and silence, this class offers a variety of Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices for artful integration of body, mind, breath, and spirit. Appropriate for adults of all ages; movements are typically done standing but may be adapted for seated practices as well as other kinds of limitations. Jody Curley, MA, Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor and Tai Chi Chuan teacher, will lead you during each 6-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series.

Mondays, July 14-August 18, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 7

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number:  21-36

and/or

Mondays, September 8-October 13, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 1

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number:  21-55

and/or

Mondays, October 20-November 24, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 13

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number:  21-56

Ann WingateMeditation and Movement in the Garden
Appreciate Olbrich's beauty in a new way - through movement and quiet reflection. Each class begins in quiet meditation followed by lightly-facilitated movement. During the second half, you will seek a special niche in the outdoor gardens or Conservatory for a time of individual contemplation: soaking in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures. We will end each class by sharing our individual experiences through movement reflections. From these we will create a simple dance as a group. This 4-week class brings together the healing powers of both dance and nature, informed by dance/movement therapy and eco-psychology. The facilitator, Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a registered dance/movement therapist from the Hancock Center in Madison. No dance experience necessary. Held outdoors/indoors, depending on the weather. Limited space; register early.

Thursdays, July 10-31, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 3

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number: 21-01

and/or

2nd Thursdays, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 4

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number: 21-02

Herbalism 101
Savor the gifts of nature as we start this class with a stroll through Olbrich's Herb Garden and then move indoors for a presentation. Join herbalist Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, and learn the basics of how to use herbal remedies safely and effectively. Her presentation will help you gain an understanding of the different uses of tinctures, teas, and salves. Several local herbs and their beneficial uses will be discussed in detail. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 16

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 11-12

Herbs for Healthy Metabolism
Discover herbs and eating patterns that can help you lose weight by strengthening your metabolism and reducing your cravings. Certain herbs, used as tonics over time, can help stabilize blood sugar, reduce mood swings that lead to overeating, and provide sweetness without sugar or artificial chemicals. Find out about the surprising connection between serotonin levels and carbohydrate cravings. Herbalist Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will help you learn how to use herbs wisely within a larger program of diet and exercise. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 11-59

Yoga in the GardensYoga
This is a participative experiential class for gardeners, nature enthusiasts, and yoga students. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing and a portable mat are recommended; bring a water bottle. Instructor Jonathan A. Garber, RMT, is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Check with the instructor concerning holiday weeks. This class is held outdoors and indoors, depending on weather. Meet in the Lobby.

ON-GOING
Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 am,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Registration:
Walk-In
Cost: $12/session or 9 sessions for $80

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

monarchSave the Monarchs!

The iconic, once abundant, monarch butterflies are on a precipitous decline. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will talk about the complex environmental issues behind the loss of our beloved butterflies and what you can do in your yard and community to help prevent their extinction. If weather permits, we will take a stroll through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see some of the plants highlighted in the presentation.

Wednesday, July 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 2

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-05

Birds, Bees & Butterflies classBirds, Bees & Butterflies -

Colored Pencils and Acrylics Workshop

The layering of colored pencils and acrylic paints is a fantastic technique for building up soft textures, sharp edges, and rich colors. Drawing from colorful photographs or still-life objects, you will explore the techniques used to take colored pencils a step beyond their traditional use. This class is taught by Dawn Flores, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Instructor. A supply list will be sent to you; bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, July 13, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 3

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-07

pochoirPochoir Workshop (French Stenciling Technique)

Pochoir is the French word for stenciling, a form of printmaking that dates to a thousand years ago in China and made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 1800s through the 1930s. The resulting print is characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this simple and elegant way to create images by layering shapes, creating pattern, and building a rich surface using stencils and pastels. Your pochoir stencils may find their way as book images, decorative paper designs, scrapbooking and/or greeting cards. Pochoir is a terrific alternative to screen printing and a great way to utilize less expensive pastels. Simplified images and designs work best as you learn the basics. No experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, July 13, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 3

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-31

Herb Spirals, Hugelkultur, and Vertical Design on Your Property

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and learn the techniques of constructing herb spirals, hugelkultur beds, and other vertical design on your property. Herb spirals are about microclimates created within a raised spiral, and hugelkultur beds use wood as a base for creating raised beds while conserving water and building soil from the wood. Other various vertical design will also be included. Limited space; register early.


Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 9

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-11

color wheelColor Strategies

Color is the most familiar element of design-and the most complex. Understanding basic color theory goes a long way in making you a better designer and artist, whether you want to paint a canvas or decorate a room, design your own quilts or plan your garden for the most visual impact. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet combines lecture, numerous handouts, and several hands-on projects to help you become more fluent in the language of color and more confident in the application of color theory in your designs. A supply list will be sent to you; many materials provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, July 20, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 10

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 21-50

wet-felted multi-cord neclaceWet-Felted Multi-Cord Necklace

Join Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, to learn how to wet-felt superfine, dyed Merino wool to make slender felt cords, attaching them together to form a beautiful necklace. Then, add a large bead as an accent, and finish the necklace with strings of seed beads in complementary colors. You will start the beading in class and finish on your own. This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance is necessary. Bring an old hand towel and a produce-sized plastic bag. All felting materials and beads supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up w/ and adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, July 20, 1:30-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 10

Cost:  $60/$48 member | Course Number: 21-04

hostaHostas and Companion Plants

Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some of the hottest new hostas on the market and companion plants that let them really shine. Learn how to use color, texture, and height to get the most out of your shade garden. Companion plants she will discuss include annuals, perennials, and small woody ornamental plants.


Thursday, July 24, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 17

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-13

pollinatorGardening for Pollinators

Butterflies, bees, and many other pollinators provide critical ecosystem services by pollinating both food crops and wildflowers alike. Unfortunately, these creatures are threatened by a variety of human impacts. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and the many other "little things that run the world." If weather permits, we will take a stroll through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see some of the plants highlighted in the presentation.


Thursday, July 31, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 24

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-14

You Can Draw!You Can Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

If you can ride a bicycle, operate a sewing machine, or drive a car, you can learn to draw, too! Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a useful tool in planning home and garden projects. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will alleviate any fears through fun floral and garden-related drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All materials are provided, including a sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, August 3, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 24

Cost:  $112/$90 member | Course Number: 21-51

Water Systems and TEchniques in Permaculture

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and learn about the many techniques of water capturing, water directing and holding (earthworks), and how water works in a permaculture design. This presentation includes information about gabions, rain gardens, hugelkultur, swales and berms, cisterns, and other water catchment devices you can install in your landscape. These holding methodologies help our community deal with water issues and can be used for growing plants. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, August 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 6

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-15

PruningFine Pruning the Landscape

If you have ever wondered how and when to prune your trees and shrubs to ensure beautiful bloom, good shape, manageable size, and healthy plants, this is the class for you! Janet Macunovich, a professional gardener, author, and educator, will discuss how well and how long popular landscape plants hold up to pruning and simple, proven techniques for keeping plants within the bounds you set. Clip a branch from the plant you want to prune and bring it to class so it can be included in the "how to." Limited space; register early.


Tuesday, August 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 12

Cost:  $38/$30 member | Course Number: 11-20

verticle vinesVertical Vines in the Garden

Vines are among the most wonderful plants gardeners have at their disposal. They are amazingly versatile, giving landscapes a vertical component where trees and shrubs just won't do the job. They can provide dense screening, when called upon to do so, and elevate delightful flowers to eye level. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss the wonderful world of vertical vines in the home landscape and some outstanding perennial, annual, and woody ornamental vines for sun and shade.

Thursday, August 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 14

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-30

Gravel GardenCreating and Maintaining

a Gravel Garden Lecture & Walk

If you want beautiful gardens, but don't have the time to commit to maintenance, nor want to see precious water and energy resources go into growing them, a gravel garden may be for you! Olbrich's horticulture staff has created a number of gravel gardens that can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. Don't confuse these gardens with traditional rock or alpine gardens that can look more rocky than green. Gravel gardens are as beautiful as any perennial bed or border and require less labor to grow. Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show you how Olbrich has replaced lawns and traditional perennial beds with these sustainable gardens and take you outdoors to see Olbrich's beautiful gravel gardens. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 19

Cost:  $16/$13 member | Course Number: 11-41

ornamental grassesOrnamental Grasses

While standard turf grass requires significant time and input, ornamental grasses are durable, beautiful, and low-maintenance. There is a wide range of grasses and grass relatives that offer dynamic texture, color, and interest in the garden. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will help you examine a variety of ornamental grasses that are functional, combine well with neighboring plantings, and add aesthetic qualities to your landscape.

Wednesday, August 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 20

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-31

printmakingGarden Monotypes Workshop (Printmaking)

Explore one-of-a-kind printmaking methods using gelatin plates - a fun, easy method of printmaking that does not require a press. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn both additive and subtractive printmaking gelatin plate methods, including working with stencils, natural materials, multi-stage printing, and more. Gelatin plates will be prepared ahead for you, and we will use water-based mediums for printing. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, August 31, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 21

Cost:  $81/$65 member | Course Number: 21-38

spring bulbsBulbs for Spring Color

As our gardens begin to wane in early autumn and frost approaches, it is the best time to plant spring-blooming bulbs for the following year. There are many wonderful options for using fall-planted bulbs in the garden to provide exciting color throughout spring. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss a wide range of potential selections for the home garden, along with how to successfully and effectively incorporate bulbs to create a progression of color from late March to late June. Proper selection, placement, planting methods, and other tips will be included as well.

Wednesday, September 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 27

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-32

willow benchWillow Furniture Workshop

Natural willow furniture is the perfect rustic accent, whether you need a seat for that perfect spot in your garden or a place to repot your houseplants. Join Bim Willow, furniture maker and author from Michigan, and learn the basic techniques of making bent willow furniture. You will select one project to complete during the workshop when you register; class fee varies depending on project chosen. Projects are large, so bring a vehicle that can accommodate them. Bring a hammer, hand pruners, and work gloves; all other supplies provided. No experience necessary. Copies of author's books will be available for purchase. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early. Phone or mail registrations only.

Select one of these bent willow projects:

Bent Willow Chair: $245

One-shelf Potting Bench/Baker's Rack: $220

Garden Bench: $115

Saturday, September 6, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 28

Cost:  See prices above | Course Number: 21-42

water lillyWisconsin's Aquatic plants:

Identification and Ecology

Have you ever wondered about the 'underwater forests' that thrive in our lakes and rivers? Aquatic plants are incredibly beneficial to the overall health of our lakes and rivers, but are often incorrectly overlooked as 'weeds.' Michelle Nault from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, along with a number of other DNR staff and representatives from Onterra, LLC, will discuss basic aquatic plant ecology, identification of common aquatic plants, the benefits of aquatic plants, and what you can do to help limit the spread of non-native species. This class is a combination of presentation and hands-on examination of live plant specimens. Limited space; register early.


Monday, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 1

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-33

Stone StructureGardens of Stone

Interested in stone landscape features? Join John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC, and explore the exciting world of stonework. He will help you learn how simple materials and layout choices can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. Through numerous examples, he will focus on the use of local landscape materials and cover the aspects of natural stonework, including the different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses.

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 2

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-44

A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community

Conventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets, and the environment. Understanding these risks may motivate one to learn more natural lawn care practices. Family Practice Physician Claire Gervais, MD, will discuss the specific risks of lawn care pesticides followed by Horticulturist Astrid Newenhouse, Ph.D., who will present natural and organic ways to maintain a lawn. She will discuss current research information on overseeding, soil health, compost, irrigation, and weed control. Drs. Gervais and Newenhouse will also share ideas on how to encourage our community to adopt healthier lawn care practices.

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-40

Edible Landscape PlantsEdible Landscape Plants: From Garden to Kitchen

Who says a garden can't be both beautiful and functional? Michael Jesiolowski, local horticulturist and Wisconsin Master Gardener who worked at the Morton Arboretum (IL) and the Bernheim Arboretum (KY), will discuss trees and shrubs that are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, but will produce fruit that is delicious! He will cover proper cultural requirements for the plants, as well as how their fruits are most commonly used.

Thursday, September 11, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 4

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-46

Forest Gardens

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and learn how to create a 'forest garden' on your large or small property. Forest gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems. It incorporates fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, and perennial vegetables that have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion plantings, these plants can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers to build a woodland habitat. Kate will discuss forest gardens and how you can develop one on your property using both native and temperate zone tolerant "exotics." Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 9

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-48

zero energy houseThe Zero Energy House Workshop

Are you interested in a home that gets its heat, water, and electricity from the sun and the land? Jon Passi, educator and advocate for alternative energy and sustainable technologies, will discuss working houses that incorporate passive solar design, super-insulated walls and foundations, solar electric, solar hot water, wood or masonry stoves, in-floor heat, windmills, and water pumping systems. He will also explain how to design or retro-fit an existing house to make it closer to the zero-energy ideal of using no other energy than what is provided by the land your home stands on. You will receive a reference booklet for solar hot water and solar electric, plus the basics of insulation and wall systems to take home. Jon will help you start planning your home project while in class. Bring paper, pencil, and a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 11

Cost:  $100/$80 member | Course Number: 21-44

winter landscapeMaximizing the Winter Landscape

Our gardens don't have to be bleak and dreary during the winter months! The value of colorful evergreens, ornamental grasses, showy bark, and colorful fruits can't be understated in the winter garden. Proper selection and placement of plants with winter interest will help extend the season. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss how to include appropriate plants and other elements in your garden to maximize the appearance and impact of the winter landscape.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 24

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-45

All about Plant Guilds in Permaculture

Learn about 'plant guilds' from Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb. She will discuss a wide variety of plants, including nitrogen fixers, nutrient accumulators, aerating plants, mulching plants, and insectary plants, along with how they work together to support specific trees, build soil, and hold water. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, October 2, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 25

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-37

Hand Papermaking and Papercasting Workshop

Learn the basics of hand papermaking and paper casting with Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor. He will show you how to make a finished sheet of handmade paper in less than10 minutes and a paper cast in less than 5 minutes. We will use recycled fibers for handmade sheets of paper and 100% cotton fiber for paper casting. You will make at least 3 sheets of handmade paper and several paper casts. No experience necessary. Materials for papermaking and paper casting provided; you receive one clay paper casting mold and a sheet of 100% cotton fiber (enough to make 25 casts using your mold) to take home. For adults and youth (ages 9 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, October 5, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 25

Cost:  $57/$46 member | Course Number: 21-54

Restoring Your Woodland to Health

Would you like to restore your woodland so it can be home to birds, butterflies, bees, and wildflowers instead of buckthorn, garlic mustard, and mosquitoes? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss the steps necessary to restore various types of sites, from wooded gardens to multi-acre tracts, to stable and healthy natural communities.

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 30

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-53

landscape lightingLandscape & Architectural Lighting Design:

Advancements in LED (Lecture & Walk)

Due to the rapid evolution of LED technology, the use of traditional low-voltage incandescent lighting systems is expected to decline. With many advantages, including energy efficiency and flexible controlling, LED has altered the way we design, install, and maintain outdoor lighting. Join Drew W. Tedford from FXLuminaire for an awe-inspiring presentation indoors and night walk through Olbrich's illuminated outdoor gardens. He will discuss garden lighting design and mechanics for residential owners. You will learn the basics and main components of low-voltage lighting systems, the difference between professional lighting components and do-it-yourself kits, and creative, functional design concepts. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-35

Underutilized Woody Plants for Wisconsin Landscapes: Part II

Expand the palette of plants you use to color your landscape. Learn about trees and shrubs that will thrive in Wisconsin, yet have not been used to their fullest potential. Michael Jesiolowski, local horticulturist and Wisconsin Master Gardener who worked at the Morton Arboretum (IL) and the Bernheim Arboretum (KY), will also discuss cultivars of common woody plants that offer unique color, fruit, bark, and form. This class will dig deeper and detail a completely new set of plants that were not discussed in the March 2014 class.

Thursday, October 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 2

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-52

soft pastelsIntroduction to Painting in Soft Pastel

Many students "fall in love" with pastels after taking this comprehensive one-day workshop! Soft pastels are fun to use, colorful, versatile, and expressive. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvelt will introduce you to this fascinating dry painting medium through a variety of exercises on different papers, completing two or three different nature-based works during the day. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, October 12, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 2

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 21-58

book structuresBasic Handmade Book Structures

Whether you're interested in exploring books as art, making blank journals, or curious about bookbinding, this introductory workshop will help familiarize you with the materials and techniques of sewn book construction, as well as the basic principles of book function. With Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands, you will develop a portfolio of book structures to use for journals, one-of-a-kind books, or gifts. Explore selecting, folding, tearing, and cutting paper and learn basic sewing and gluing techniques to create a selection of unique books. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, October 18, 10 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 9

Cost:  $112/$90 member | Course Number: 21-40

Garden Design for Plantaholics

When you drive by a plant nursery do you find it impossible not to go inside? And then, do you find it utterly impossible not to buy a plant or two, or maybe even ten? Do you wonder how you are going to squeeze all your fabulous plants into the garden of your dreams? Join Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham for a candid discussion about how you can remodel your garden into a beautiful, functional space that will reflect your personality while showcasing ALL of your treasured plants.


Tuesday, October 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 14

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-47

Inspirations from European Gardens:

The 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, Floriade & More

Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an inspirational look into the spring gardens of the Netherlands, Paris, and London. Jeff led an Olbrich-sponsored garden tour to public and private gardens, as well as to the internationally famous Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show and the Netherlands Floriade, held only once each decade. He will show you the latest trends in European gardening and an in-depth look at fabulous plants and innovative garden designs that you can incorporate into your home garden. Whether your design ideals lean toward traditional, contemporary or naturalistic, this presentation will have some exciting and inspirational new ideas for you.


Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 16

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-49

wet-felted clutch purseWet-Felted Clutch Purse

Explore the magic of wet-felting and create a unique clutch purse with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. You will learn the basics of turning loose wool roving into a solid, durable fabric using warm water and soap and how to felt a 3-D object using a plastic resist. Make your small clutch purse uniquely yours by having fun with colors, blending more than one type of wool, and adding embellishments. This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance is necessary. Bring an old hand towel and a produce-size plastic bag. All felting materials supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, October 25, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 16

Cost:  $60/$48 member | Course Number: 21-41

Fun With AcrylicFun With Acrylic Paint! Mini Workshop

Acrylic paint is one of the most versatile of art mediums. Come welcome back the autumn season, play with color, and learn a bit about this water-soluble paint with Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet. All supplies provided; no drawing or art experience necessary! For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, October 26, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 16

Cost:  $56/$45 member | Course Number: 21-60

winter container gardenDecorative Winter Container Workshop

The growing season isn't the only time for decorative pots in the garden. With the right selection of fall fruit, dried plants, and evergreens, you can enjoy your arrangement during the holiday season and all through the winter months. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner to create one unique and beautiful decorative winter container using plant materials from Olbrich's gardens to take home. All plant materials, outdoor display container, and supplies provided. Limited space; register early.


Wednesday, November 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 29

Cost:  $73/$59 member | Course Number: 21-32

holiday bulbsHoliday Bulbs Workshop

Learn how to brighten your home for the winter holidays with two easy-to-force bulbs - colorful amaryllis and fragrant paperwhites. Working with Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper, you will plant and take home two containers guaranteed to bloom in the following month - plus tips on how to plant more. They're great for the holidays and this workshop will show you how fun and easy they are to grow. Limit space; register early.


Thursday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 30

Cost:  $55/$44 member | Course Number: 21-33

Permaculture Systems Designed Gardens

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and discover the basics of permaculture systems design and how to apply it in your landscape. She will discuss observation skills, waste to food/medicine production, pollinator habitat, and much more. This class will help you develop a sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystem in your yard. A complete list of resources available to help you will be provided, and books will be available for you to browse during the class. Bring drawing/sketch paper and pencil for working on your property's vision/plan with guidance from the instructor. Limited space; register early.


Thursday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 30

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-57

globe ice lanternCreate Globe Ice Lantern

Centerpieces for the Holidays

Ice lanterns are often used to decorate outdoor walkways and entrances. Surprise your family and holiday guests by bringing the Globe Ice Lanterns indoors! The Globe Ice Lantern centerpiece will add beauty to your festive holiday table and be enjoyed for hours. Jennifer Hedberg, founder of Wintercraft, will share her techniques for displaying and adorning the ice lanterns and show you some spectacular luminaries for inspiration. Time will also be allocated for some hands-on work to practice a centerpiece creation. The kit and handout you take home will help you start making your own holiday centerpieces using Globe Ice Lanterns. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each paid participant receives one basic kit; a youth with one adult pays one registration fee and receives one kit; more kits and supplies will be sold separately at event. Limited space; register early.


Monday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 3

Cost:  $48 per person | Course Number: 21-49

pastel interpretationsPastel Interpretations

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. In this workshop you will do three or four different interpretations from the same nature-based photograph. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop by instructor Kay Brathol-Hostvet is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, November 15, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 6

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 21-59

herbal infused oils, salves, and lotionsHerbal Infused Oils, Salves, and Lotions

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun, experiential class and learn how to make herbal-infused oils with plants from your garden and other simple ingredients. After making infused oils, you will learn how to transform them into salves and lotions. Linda will discuss a wide spectrum of plants and what qualities they lend to salves and lotions. You will take home an infused oil, a salve, and a lotion sample that are made in class, as well as recipes to use at home. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, November 22, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 13

Cost:  $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-48

growing "super fruits"Growing "Super Fruits" in Wisconsin

Have you been tempted by miraculous claims about exotic fruits and berries? You may wonder what is it about these fruits that lifts them out of the ranks of the ordinary into exalted superfruit status. In recent years, modern science has found a wide variety of plant nutrients in select plants. Those deemed "super" by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. What's even more amazing is that you can grow many of these plants in your yard! Join fruit afficionado John Holzwart and learn about superfruits like aronia, elderberry, sea buckthorn, cornelian-cherry dogwood, and how to grow them in Wisconsin.


Saturday, November 22, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 13

Cost:  $19/$15 member | Course Number: 11-58

Calligraphy: The Art of Written Forms Workshop

Learn the art of beautiful writing with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will learn the basics of constructing a few lettering styles. A selection of nature poems and quotations will be provided for you to hand-letter for your home, as gifts, for creating unique greeting cards, and more. No previous experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, November 23, 10 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 13

Cost:  $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-47

evergreen holiday wreathEvergreen Holiday Wreaths with Natural Materials Workshop

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Samara Eisner to learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials from Olbrich's gardens. Fresh evergreen wreath, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one holiday wreath. Limited space; register early.


Wednesday, December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $71/$57 member | Course Number: 21-35

native flower arrangementBasic Flower Arranging with Native Plants and How to Grow Them

Wouldn't you like to be able to enjoy native plants indoors as much as the birds and insects do in your garden? Many native plants are long-lasting and beautiful in fresh summer bouquets, and they can be dried for winter arrangements. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss some of the best native plants to include in your landscape for cut flowers and foliage, including everything you need to create beautiful indoor arrangements. A variety of native plant bouquets will be illustrated as inspiration. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee.


Saturday, December 6, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-60

Herbal Gift Making: Hands-on, Interactive, and Fun!

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun, hand-on class. You will make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself. The classroom will be set up in stations and you will rotate through, making a different item at each station. Everyone will make lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, and much more! Learn about the variety of herbs offered and select herbs that resonate with you. All supplies provided; decorative packaging provided as well. For adults and children (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, December 13, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-53

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                      back to top

Family classes are designed so adults and children can explore together. Children grades 2 and under must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Advance registration required. Dress for the activity and weather.

Bugs in the GardenToddler Story & Stroll: 

Bugs in the Garden

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on bugs and early childhood basics. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

Butterflies

Friday, July 25 , 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-04

This class is now full.

Ladybugs

Friday, August 1 , 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-05

This class is now full.

Bees

Friday, August 8 , 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 31

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-06

This class is now full.

Autumn AdventuresToddler Story & Stroll: 

Autumn Adventures with Lois Ehlert Stories

Learn and play with your preschooler in this fun, hand-on series that focuses on the seasonal changes of fall and Lois Ehlert's books. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

Pie in the Sky

Tuesday, September 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-13

Nuts to You

Tuesday, September 16 , 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 9

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-14

Leaf Man

Tuesday, September 23 , 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-15

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Fall Fun

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series of fall classes. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

Bats

Friday, October 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 9

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-20

Owls

Friday, October 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-21

Pumpkins

Friday, October 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 23

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-22

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Our Amazing Earth

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on Earth and its diverse habitats. Each class includes a story, a stroll through the Bolz Conservatory, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

Going Around the Sun

Tuesday, November 18, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 11

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-23

Over in the Desert

Tuesday, November 25, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 18

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-24

Over in a River

Tuesday, December 2, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 25

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-25

or

Saturday, December 6, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-26

Over in the Jungle

Tuesday, December 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-27

or

Saturday, December 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-28

Over in the Arctic

Tuesday, December 16, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 9

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-29

or

Saturday, December 20, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 11

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-30

Little Sprouts Gardening:

Art in the Garden

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on fine art and plants. Classes are designed to introduce preschoolers to the elements and principles of art while exploring nature and gardening. Each class will introduce great works of art by various artists and include gardening and other theme-related activities. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early! Dress to get messy!

I Spy Lines in the Garden

Thursday, July 3, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  June 26

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-07

I Spy Colors in the Garden

Thursday, July 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-08

I Spy Shapes in the Garden

Thursday, July 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-09

I Spy Textures in the Garden

Thursday, July 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-10

I Spy Patterns in the Garden

Thursday, July 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-11

I Spy Movement in the Garden

Thursday, August 7, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 31

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-12

Hand Papermaking and Paper Casting Workshop

Learn the basics of hand papermaking and paper casting with Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor. He will show you how to make a finished sheet of handmade paper in less than10 minutes and a paper cast in less than 5 minutes. We will use recycled fibers for handmade sheets of paper and 100% cotton fiber for paper casting. You will make at least 3 sheets of handmade paper and several paper casts. No experience necessary. Materials for papermaking and paper casting provided; you receive one clay paper casting mold and a sheet of 100% cotton fiber (enough to make 25 casts using your mold) to take home. For adults and youth (ages 9 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, June 11, 5-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  June 4

Cost:  $57/$46 member | Course Number: 21-09

and/or

Sunday, October 5, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 25

Cost:  $57/$46 member | Course Number: 21-54

Flower FairyFlower Fairies

Join us for flower fairy fun! Learn the myth and lore of flower fairies, look for fairies in the outdoor gardens, and make your own fairy to take home. All materials included. Grades K-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Thursday, June 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  June 12

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 61-11

or

Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 10

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 61-12

Breakfast for the ButterfliesBreakfast for the Butterflies

Come to this special behind-the-scenes class and help conservatory staff get ready for a busy day of Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies event. Work side-by-side with staff as you feed the butterflies, birds, and fish in the Bolz Conservatory. You will learn where the butterflies come from and how the chrysalis cases are set up and cared for. Grades 1-5 (ages 6-11) with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Wednesday, July 23, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  July 16

Cost:  $12/$10 member | Course Number: 70-40

Wednesday, July 30, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  July 23

Cost:  $12/$10 member | Course Number: 70-41

Wednesday, August 6, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  July 30

Cost:  $12/$10 member | Course Number: 70-42

This class is now full.

Fireflies

Join us for this fun evening class and learn about fireflies. We will discover what makes them glow, search for them in the outdoor gardens, and make a firefly puppet to take home. Dress for the weather. Children ages 5-10 years with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Thursday, August 21, 7-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 14

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-13

This class is now full.

Monring in the RainforestMorning in the Rainforest

Join us in this behind-the-scenes class and help prepare the Bolz Conservatory and its animals for another busy day. Work side-by-side with staff as you feed the birds and fish. Learn about the animals and how to care for their environment in the Conservatory. Class takes place before the Conservatory opens. Grades 1-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Saturday, October 25, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  October 16

Cost:  $12/$10 member | Course Number: 61-14

Papermaking Fun

Learn to make paper! Create handmade paper embedded with leaves and other plant parts. Your finished handmade paper can be used to create bookmarks, gift tags, cards, ornaments, and much more at home for family or friends. No experience necessary. Materials for making 3 handmade paper sheets provided. Dress to get messy! Grades K-3 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Friday, December 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 61-15

This class is now full.

I Wonder...Series

The "I Wonder..." series of nighttime classes combine literacy, art, and science to explore the natural world. Classes include a walk through Bolz Conservatory or outdoor gardens and hands-on learning activities. Sign up for one or both classes. Grades K-3 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Do Mandrakes Scream? - Harry Potter's Plants

Friday, October 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 2

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-22

Who is Georgia O'Keefe?

Friday, November 14, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 6

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-23

Herbal Gift Making: Hands-on, Interactive, and Fun!

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun, hand-on class. You will make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself. The classroom will be set up in stations and you will rotate through, making a different item at each station. Everyone will make lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, and much more! Learn about the variety of herbs offered and select herbs that resonate with you. All supplies provided; decorative packaging provided as well. For adults and children (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, December 13, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-53

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers as we discuss fiction and non-fiction books about plants, gardens, nature, and the environment. The Olbrich Gardens Book Club is a book discussion group hosted by Olbrich's Schumacher Library staff where readers come together to discuss a book and share in the reading experience. The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read the selected book prior to the discussion.

Books are not supplied, but a copy will be available in the Schumacher Library for check-out.

Members of the Olbrich Botanical Society enjoy lending privileges. To become a member, visit www.olbrich.org/membership or call (608) 246-4724.

For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). Online registration is not available; register by phone or mail. Space is limited; register early.

Wicked PlantsBook: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Sunday, September 7, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 28

Cost:  FREE | Course Number: 11-42

Beatrix Potter's Gardening LifeBook: Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life by Marta McDowell

Sunday, November 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 6

Cost:  FREE | Course Number: 11-43

Girl Scout Program                                                back to top

Plant, Water, Grow

Begin the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This hands-on program provides an opportunity for Daisy Scouts to discover the world of plants and gardening, to make connections between insects, flowers, and gardens, and to create a mini-garden to take home. For grades K-1. Activities can be applied toward the Watering Can Award. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, October 4, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  September 19

Cost:  $10 girl/$0 adult; $5 additional adult | Call (608)245-5791

Young Writers Summer Camp at Olbrich    back to top

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, is sponsoring a camp for young writers entering grades 3-8. Young writers use Olbrich's gardens and conservatory as inspiration for writing. Through brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing, led by experienced teachers and working with peers, participants produce a finished piece of writing that is then published. Young writers share their favorite pieces of writing from the week with their families during an evening celebration on the last day.
Click for more information or to register; or, download a registration form and mail with a check. E-mail questions to mdziedzic@wisc.edu.

Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8, 9 am-2 pm

or

Monday-Thursday, August 11-14, 9 am-2 pm

 

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719