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Rhapsody in Bloom

Ebb & flow

Saturday, June 16, 2018

6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Rhapsody in Bloom


Water is liquid; it is ever changing. When heated it becomes steam, when cooled it becomes ice. Water takes many forms; it ebbs and flows with powerful promise, creates curiosity with liquid motion and sometimes, it's simply a beautiful hue of blue.

Rhapsody in Bloom, Olbrich Botanical Gardens' annual outdoor garden party, will be filled to the brim with the fluid fun of mermaid acrobats, remote control speed boat racing and more!

Rhapsody in Bloom has been a summer tradition in Madison for almost 30 years! This annual garden gala evolves each year in many ways: from can't-miss cuisine, lavish florals, and top-of-the-line entertainers, to exclusive auction packages and fun themes. Through the years one aspect has always remained the same - a shared love and desire to support Madison’s award-winning public gardens.


Rhapsody Attendees


5:30 - 7 p.m.

Special VIP reception in the Sunken Garden. Treat yourself and (7) other guests to complimentary beverages, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a VIP-exlusive live performance. See VIP reservation details below!

6 - 8 p.m.

Stroll the Gardens and enjoy live performers, music and games of fluid fun! Starting at 6:30, savor seasonal Midwestern fare with seaside flare prepared by Underground Catering, a part of Jonny Hunter's award-winning Underground Food Collective.

Try your luck in our Key Raffle for a chance to win a gorgeous set of pearl earrings, ring, and pendant donated by our friends at Goodman's Jewelers. Valued at $2,385!

Bid on one-of-a-kind items and packages in our Mobile Auction until 9 p.m. or bid in the Live Auction at 8 p.m.

Rhapsody AttendeeNote: Anyone can bid in the Mobile Auction - even if you're not attending the event! Click here to see all the items & packages up for grabs this year!

8 - 11 p.m.

As the sun sets, bust a move on the dance floor, explore the Gardens after dark, and enjoy late night snacks from Underground Catering.

Themed Attire Encouraged!

Make a splash in watery hues of blue or embrace your inner sea captain with nautical stripes and anchor accessories!



Individual Reservations

Reservations still available online at Olbrich.Gesture.com

Be sure to "Sign In or Register" first (top right) for easy registration.

Full Experience (6 - 11 p.m.) at  $95 /person

Includes: Seasonal Midwestern fare served at food stations on the Great Lawn, live entertainment, snacks & sweets from Underground, and late night dance party

Late Night (8 - 11 p.m.) at  $55 /person

Includes: Snacks & sweets from Underground and late night dance party


VIP reservations

Support the Gardens and receive VIP perks at the same time!

Rhapsody Attendees

VIP guests enjoy a private VIP reception from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

in Olbrich’s beautiful Sunken Garden.

VIP Reservation (5:30 - 11 p.m.) at  $2,000 for (8) guests

Includes: early check-in, private VIP reception in the Sunken Garden with complimentary beverages, passed hors d'oeuvres, and exclusive live entertainment for eight guests, plus all the food and festivities of the full experience and late night reservations!

Your individual or company name will also be featured in all event promotion materials.

75% of each VIP Reservation is a tax-deductible contribution to the Gardens.

VIP Reservations available at Olbrich.Gesture.com until June 7

Be sure to "Sign In or Register" first (top right) for easy registration.

To pay for your VIP Reservation by check, call 608-246-5616 for registration and processing.

For information on Presenting or non-attending sponsorship opportunities, please contact Special Projects Manager Missy Jeanne at (608) 246-5616 / mjeanne@cityofmadison.com.


Thank you to our 2018 Rhapsody in Bloom Sponsors!


Adams Outdoor Advertising

Advanced Pain Management
American Family Insurance
American Printing Co.
Associated Bank
Boardman & Clark LLP

Donald Hilton and John Buscemi

Event Essentials
Fiskars Brands, Inc.
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes
Goodman's Jewelers
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc
Lindsay, Stone & Briggs
Madison-Kipp Corporation
Monona Bank
Reinders, Inc. / FX Luminaire
Smith & Gesteland LLP
Stevens Construction Corp.
SVA Certified Public Accountants
Tetrad, Inc.
The QTI Group
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.


TDS Telecom
Margaret Andrews

William White

Photos from Rhapsody in Bloom 2017 - Grand Central Gardens


Rhapsody people



Portrait Artist


Living Statue


Bloom Bake Shop


Bucket Drummers

Living Statue

Break Dancers


Summer Concert Series | Tuesdays, June 19 - August 14

Home Garden Tour | July 13 & 14

Member Preview: Blooming Butterflies | July 18

Blooming Butterflies | July 19 - August 12

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 6 - Oct. 14

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