Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Regional & International Tours

Each year, Olbrich invites Botanical Society members and the public to travel to places close to home and far away. Try new foods, see the sights, and shop at some of the best stores and plant nurseries.

Regional tour

International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival

Wausau, Wisconsin

Garden ShedSaturday, September 15, 2018

Join Erin Presley of Olbrich Gardens on an early autumn trip to Wausau to experience their 2nd International Ginseng Festival—last year’s debut was a roaring success!

Did you know that 95% of the ginseng products exported from the U.S. come from Central Wisconsin? Eastern cultures have used ginseng for its healing properties for over 5,000 years, but cultivation in Wisconsin began at the turn of the 20th century. Today, the capital of the U. S.
ginseng industry is in Marathon County, where the rolling hills, virgin soil, and cool summers are ideal. Ginseng is used in a variety of products, including health and beauty items, teas and other beverages, and candies.

We’ll spend the day celebrating this unique product and Wisconsin’s newest festival!Local activities include a historic farm tour and a chance to dig your own ginseng root, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, shopping, and entertainment.River

In addition, Erin will tour you through several private home gardens including a shady haven with a garden shed that replicates the gardener’s home! A stop at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, known for its internationally acclaimed Birds in Art exhibition, rounds out this lovely autumn day trip!

Approximate Itinerary
7:00 - leave Madison
10:00 - 11:45 arrive in Wausau, tour 3 gardens in the Sturgeon Eddy neighborhood
12:00 - 2:30 Ginseng Festival downtown, lunch on your own
2:45 - 3:45 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum – Birds in Art exhibition
4:00 - depart for Madison

$81 per person, includes:

  • roundtrip motorcoach transportation
  • professional driver and Burkhalter Tours host
  • sightseeing per itinerary
  • all taxes, fees, and gratuities

View the full tour flyer (PDF)

For more information, or to book this tour, contact:

Burkhalter Tours
800-556-9286 or 608-833-1525
Kathy, x260; Kelly, x211; or Kristin, x252


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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.
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