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 Overnight Trip

Chicago North Shore in Bloom

June 18-19 , 2019

Don't delay - register by Wednesday, May 15!

Chicago Botanic GardenJoin Jeff Epping, Horticulture Director at Olbrich Gardens, for a unique summer excursion to Chicago! Not only will we visit the famous Chicago Botanic Garden, but we’ll also travel off the beaten path to one-of-a-kind private gardens and nurseries along the way!


Our first stop will be the private garden of Master Gardener and longtime Chicago Botanic volunteer Jan Becker in Deerfield. The garden is such a sight of splendor that neighbors and friends jokingly refer to it as "Botanic Garden West". With everything from annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees, the abundance and variety will leave you truly inspired.

After that we'll visit Elawa Farm, a restored gentleman’s farm and garden and a unique center for hands-on learning. Over 2 acres are cultivated every year, providing an array of heirloom tomatoes, lettuces, carrots, beets, squash, honey, flower bouquets, herbs and more. Right after we see how everything is grown, we'll have a chance to taste it during lunch at the farm, including vegetable crudité, arugula and beet salad, braised pulled pork sliders and summer squash flatbread.


Elawa FarmIn the afternoon, we’ll tour what's often viewed as one of the most spectacular private gardens in the nation. Camp Rosemary, an expansive Lake Forest estate, was designed by Rose Standish Nichols in the 1920s, and includes an array of captivating garden rooms, a lush wooded ravine garden and a charming pool house.


The following morning you will have free time to explore the Chicago Botanic Garden. With over 20 gardens and natural areas, including the Bulb Garden, Bonsai Collection and the Heritage Garden, you will not run out of things to see. Embark on the tram tour to get an overview of the Gardens and narrow in on what you would like to explore.


Next up is Chalet Nursey for a tour, lunch, and shopping. Celebrating 100 years in business, this third-generation, family-owned nursery has been recognized by Garden Center magazine as “Innovator of the Year”.


Chicago Botanic GardenBefore heading home we'll visit Chiwaukee Prairie, home to more than 400 plant species, including 26 rare plants. It is also home to a variety of wildlife from 75 species of grassland and wetland birds to red foxes, woodchucks and numerous reptiles. In addtion to viewing the beautiful landscapes, you'll also learn about the ongoing efforts to preserve the land for future generations.

Tour Includes:

  • Round-trip motorcoach with pick-ups on west & east sides of Madison
  • Touring of Becker Garden, Elawa Farm, Camp Rosemary, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chalet Nursery, and Chiwaukee Prairie
  • Tour Host Jeff Epping, Horticulture Director at Olbrich Gardens
  • Lunch at Elawa Farm
  • 1 night stay at DoubleTree Skokie (breakfast included)
  • $50 donation to Olbrich Botanical Gardens

$429 per person - double occupancy

$519 per person - single occupancy

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


Alyssa Ziegler, Group Travel Coordinator
Phone: 800-556-9286 Ext. 254
Email: aziegler@burkhaltertravel.com


UPCOMING Events

Summer Concert Series | Tuesdays through August 13

Summer Breeze | Saturday, June 22 & Friday, June 28

Home Garden Tour | Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13

Blooming Butterflies | July 18 - August 11

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 5 - October 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