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





Light Gaps Bolz Conservatory Exhibit - March 25-July 16

Rhapsody in Bloom - June 17

Summer Concerts in the Gardens - June 20-July 25

Home Garden Tour - July 14 & 15

Blooming Butterflies - July 20-August 13

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