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, and shop at some of the best stores and plant nurseries.


International Ginseng Festival

Friday, September 15

Ginseng in GreenhouseJoin Olbrich Gardens on an early-autumn day trip to Wausau to experience the first-ever International Ginseng Festival! 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 produced in Wisconsin is prized the world over for its unique roots that are very high in ginsenosides, the active compound in ginseng. The berries turn red in August, the plants are harvested in September, and the roots in October. Ginseng is used in a variety of products, including health and beauty items, teas and other Downtown Wausaubeverages, and candies. We'll spend the day celebrating this unique product and Wisconsin's newest festival! Other stops include a tour at Monk Botanical Gardens and a visit to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

for their annual Birds in Art exhibition.

$79 per person

includes; roundtrip motorcoach transportation with professional driver and Burkhalter tour manager, admissions/sightseeing, and all taxes, fees and gratuities.

Madison departure/return times:

Burkhalter Tours
Office, 6501 Mineral Point Road (west)


Monk GardenOlbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave (east),

Other en route pick-ups may be available by prior arrangement.

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

Burkhalter Tours
6501 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705
800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525
Kathy, x260 or Elaine, x261 or email




Gardens of Kent featuring the Chelsea Flower Show

May 18-26, 2018

Travel to England to take in the rich abundance of gardens, castles, and history!

Mini car covered in flowersAfter arriving at Heathrow Airport, you’ll travel to Gravetye Manor, once a grand 16th century country manor that is now a luxury hotel with hidden gardens. Explore this charming garden with its Head Gardener and enjoy a mouth-watering lunch afterward.

At Penshurt Place and Gardens, be amazed by horticultural records dating back to 1346. Then, enjoy the short drive to the double-moated 13th century Hever Castle, one-time home of Anne Boleyn. Breathe in the heady fragrances of more than 4,000 flowers in the Rose Garden and immerse yourself in the Italian Garden, created to display then-owner William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Italian sculpture.

Fall in love with Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, one of Circular Garden Designthemost famous gardens in England. Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty and a prime example of the Arts and Crafts style. The Gardens’ flowing structure can be appreciated from the castle tower, which gives panoramic views. At grown level, wander through the White Garden, the fragrant Rose Garden, and the colorful Cottage Garden.

Admire the White Cliffs of Dover, one of this country’s most spectacular natural features and a sign of hope and freedom for centuries before continuing your journey along the coast.

On the final day of the trip, enjoy a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show, hailed as, “The world’s most prestigious flower show that inspires millions through showcasing thebest in garden design.”

Pool Garden$3,825 per person, double occupancy ($360 single room supplement)

Includes -

  • Round-trip (estimated) airfare from Chicago with taxes and fees
  • Round-trip transfers + luggage handling within England
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 11 meals - 8 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner
  • Admissions and sightseeing per itinerary
  • Professional Tour Manager, Driver and Local guides
  • Host from Olbrich Botanical Gardens

$50 discount if you book before December 15 + $100 cash discount available.

View the full trip itinerary (PDF)

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

Burkhalter Tours
800-556-9286 or 608-833-1525
Kathy, x260 or Elaine, x261



GLEAM: Art in a New Light - August 31 - October 28

Thai Fest - September 24

CRACKLE: Fire & Froth - September 29

Cocktails in the Conservatory - November 17

Holiday Express - December 2 - 31

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