Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Group Tours

Guided Adult Group Tours
Self-Guided Group Visits
Garden Etiquette

How Construction May Impact Your Visit
Contact Information & Reservations

Planning a Visit to Olbrich

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 by yourself or with friends and family.

Groups of 15 or more people interested in a self-guided visit of the Outdoor Gardens and/or indoor Bolz Conservatory are requested to contact the Education Registrar at least two weeks prior to their arrival to be added to the daily schedule.

Reservations for guided adult group tours of the Outdoor Gardens must be made at least four weeks in advance and are dependent upon availability.Please email aschwoerer@cityofmadison.com or call 608-245-3648 to make a group reservation.

 

Guided Adult Group Tours

Outdoor Gardens

  • Get an insider's view of Olbrich's 16-acre display gardens during a 45 to 60-minute guided tour led by our garden docents.
  • Tours will vary somewhat according to season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest.
  • Standard fees, times, and passes may be suspended for special events.
  • Tours are held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning. Dress comfortably for the weather.
Availability Rates

May through October
Monday through Friday
Earliest tour start time: 10 a.m.

Latest tour start time: 3 p.m.

Guided tours may be arranged during November through April by special request.

$5 per person; $50 total for groups of 10 or less
Visitor guides with a map of the outdoor gardens may be purchased at the greeter desk in the Visitor Center Lobby for 25 cents each.

Group Size: Minimum - 10 people, Maximum - 60 people
Groups of less than 10 people are welcome to reserve a guided tour for a $50 total payment.

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

 

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.

Art or photography groups of any size planning to draw, paint, or photograph as a group either in the Outdoor Gardens and/or indoor Bolz Conservatory must schedule with the Education Registrar two weeks in advance. Learn more about our photography policies to determine if your group will need a photo permit.

Outdoor Gardens

Availability Rates

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

Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Visitor guides with a map of the outdoor gardens may be purchased at the greeter desk in the Visitor Center Lobby for 25 cents each.

Bolz Conservatory

Availability Rates

Daily, Year-round
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at 2 p.m., Christmas Day, New Year's Day, as well as for annual maintenance and Blooming Butterflies preparation

General public - $2
Children 5 & under - Free
Olbrich Botanical Society members - Free

Payment is due upon arrival at the greeter desk in the Visitor Center Lobby with cash or check only.

*Credit or debit cards can be used in the Growing Gifts Shop to purchase entry to the Conservatory if the total purchase is over $5.

Admission to the indoor Bolz Conservatory is free on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, except during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies event.

Group Size: Minimum - 15 people, Maximum - 80 people

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.

 

moreGarden Etiquette

Please share this garden etiquette with any group that is planning a trip to 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

During this time, buses will not be allowed to park in Olbrich's parking lot. Instead, please park buses a short distance away at the Olbrich Playfields, at the corner of Atwood Avenue and Walter Street. Exchange phone numbers with your bus driver(s) so you can contact them when you are ready to depart from Olbrich. Click here for a PDF of directions to the Olbrich Playfields parking lot.

 

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