Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Group Visits

Guided Adult Group Tours

Guided Garden Strolls
Self-Guided Group Visits
Garden Etiquette

How Construction May Impact Your Visit
Contact Information & Reservations

visitor tour in the gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers visitors of all ages inspiration and beauty no matter the season. We invite you to come explore Olbrich Botanical Gardens as a group by scheduling a guided adult group tour of the outdoor gardens, joining us for free Guided Garden Strolls, or planning a self-guided group visit of the outdoor gardens and/or indoor Bolz Conservatory.

Art or photography groups of any size planning to draw, paint, or photograph as a group in the outdoor gardens and/or indoor Bolz Conservatory must schedule with the Education Registrar two weeks in advance.

Learn more about our Photography Policy to determine if your group will need a photo permit.

 

Guided Adult Group Tours

Get an insider's view of Olbrich's outdoor gardens during a 45 to 60-minute guided tour led by a volunteer tour guide. Guided tours are intended for adult groups. Some exceptions may be made for older youth groups. Contact aschwoerer@cityofmadison.com to find out if your older youth group can be approved.

Tours are held rain or shine and will vary somewhat according to the season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest. Tours will only be canceled in the event of dangerous lightning. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Standard fees, times, and passes may be suspended for special events.

Availability, Group Size, & Fees

  • Availability: May - October; Monday through Friday
    • Earliest Tour Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
    • Latest Tour Start Time: 3 p.m.
    • Guided tours may be arranged during November through April by special request and is dependent upon volunteer availability.
  • Group Size: Minimum - 10 people; Maximum - 60 people
    • Groups less than 10 people are welcome to reserve a guided tour for a $50 total payment
  • Fees: $5 per person

Reservations
Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance and are dependent upon volunteer availability. Requests for information or reservations can be made by emailing aschwoerer@cityofmadison.com or calling 608-245-3648.

 

guided garden strolls

Free Guided Garden Strolls are drop-in only; no registration required. All ages are welcome for this casual overview of the outdoor gardens. Guided Garden Strolls will vary somewhat according to the season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest.


Strolls start and end in the lobby near the Garden entrance and are about 45 to 60 minutes in length. Strolls are held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Be sure to visit the indoor Bolz Conservatory, Growing Gifts Shop, and Schumacher Library before or after your Guided Garden Stroll.

 

Self-Guided Adult Group Visits

Self-guided visits of Olbrich Botanical Gardens offer incredible value in a setting unmatched for beauty, relaxation, and inspiration. Self-Guided Adult Group Visits are perfect for groups who prefer to explore Olbrich at their leisure and without a tour guide. For more information about Self-Guided Youth Group Visits, click here.

Standard fees, times, and passes may be suspended for special events.

Availability, Group Size, & Fees

  • Outdoor Garden Availability: Daily; Year-round
    • April - August: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • September - October: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • November - March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at 2 p.m., Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
  • Bolz Conservatory Availability: Daily; Year-round from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum - 15 people; Maximum - 80 people
  • Outdoor Gardens Fee: Free (donations gratefully accepted)
  • Bolz Conservatory Fee: General Public - $2; Children 5 & under - Free; Olbrich Botanical Society Members - Free
    • Admission is free to all on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., except during special events.

Reservations
Group reservations only need to be made for groups of 15 people or more. Groups of 14 or fewer do not need advanced reservations.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are dependent upon availability. Requests for more information or reservations can be made by emailing aschwoerer@cityofmadison.com or calling 608-245-3648.

 

Garden Etiquette

Please share this Garden Etiquette Document with your group before visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Olbrich is Growing!

We want to let you know some exciting news before you visit. Olbrich Botanical Gardens is growing with the addition of new classrooms (3 indoors and 1 outdoor) and new greenhouses.

This means there is a fair amount of construction activity happening around the Visitor Center building and in the parking lot. The construction does not impact access to any of the outdoor gardens. There is a construction fence installed around the construction zone within the outdoor gardens, as well as altered paths to follow, and signage to assist in navigating away from the construction zone.

Construction Sounds

Bring ear plugs or coverings for members in your group who are sound sensitive. As you move further into the outdoor gardens, the construction sounds are not as prevalent.

Bus Parking

Due to limited parking from ongoing construction, buses will not be allowed to park in Olbrich Gardens' parking lot. Please reference this map of alternative parking locations. Exchange phone numbers with your bus driver(s) so you can contact them when you are ready to depart.

 

Contact Information & Reservations

For more information about scheduling a self-guided or guided group tour please contact:

Aleeh Schwoerer
Education Registrar
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
phone: 608-245-3648
fax: 608-246-4719
aschwoerer@cityofmadison.com

 

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