Olbrich Home Holiday Express

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Garden Walks   |  Olbrich Gardens Book Club    |   Wellness at the Gardens   

Classes & Workshops for Adults      Learn + Play Together - Classes for Children & Families   |

Girl Scout Program    |   Young Writers Summer Camp   |   Wisconsin Science Festival

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.

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, 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.


This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.

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

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.

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.

This class is now full.

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.

This class is now full.

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.

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

This class is now full.

Owls

Friday, October 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 16

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

This class is now full.

Pumpkins

Friday, October 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 23

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

This class is now full.

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

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!

This class is now full.

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!


This class is now full.

Friday, December 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

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

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

This class is now full.

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.

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

Wisconsin Science Festival                                back to top

Wisconsin Science Festival - Curiosity Unleashed

New ways of thinking, probing, working, learning, living - the Wisconsin Science Festival explores science from every possible angle. The festival welcomes people of all ages to look, listen, feel, touch, taste and discover the wonders of all aspects of the sciences, arts and more through interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers.

So, unleash your curiosity and discover your inner scientist!

The Wisconsin Science Festival is a multi-day public event presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in partnership with various organizations, including Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

For a schedule of participating sites, activities, and more information, visit www.wisconsinsciencefest.org.

Thursday - Sunday, October 16-19

Tropical Garden Strolls of Olbrich's Bolz conservatory

Enjoy a tropical paradise in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, a glass pyramid filled with exotic plants, bright flowers, a rushing waterfall, fragrant orchids, and free-flying birds. The Bolz Conservatory is self-guided, with docents available to answer questions and lead impromptu strolls. It houses more than 650 plants that are native to tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. Conservatory Admission: public - $2; children 5 and under - free; Olbrich Botanical Society members - free.

Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19, 10 am-4 pm

Olbrich Botanical Gardens' Outdoor Gardens

Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens, open daily and free to the public. Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ outdoor gardens offer breathtaking displays all year long. View hundreds of blooming bulbs in spring, interesting annuals and hardy perennials in the summer, colorful asters and mums alongside swaying ornamental grasses in fall, and colorful bark, berries, evergreens, and Olbrich’s Thai Pavilion standing out against the snow in winter. The outdoor gardens are open daily 8 am to 8 pm in September, and 9 am to 6 pm in October. Free admission, donations accepted.

Plant and Gardening Questions?

Contact Olbrich's Garden Answer Service

Have your problems solved with help from Olbrich's Garden Answer Service. A trained garden resource volunteer is ready in Olbrich's Schumacher Library to provide one-on-one assistance to figure out your gardening conundrum. This is also a great chance for first-time users to learn all about the library's resources. Contact Olbrich’s Garden Answer Service by calling (608) 246-5805, emailing olbrichplantinfo@cityofmadison.com, or visiting the library to get answers to your gardening questions. Please don't bring diseased or infested plant materials to Olbrich; photographs are always welcome to identify plants, bugs, and more.

 

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