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Fall 2021

morePollinator Plant Sale - Autumn

Starts Monday, August 9 at 10 a.m.

Plant pick-up on Thursday, September 2

Keep 'em coming! This sale features late summer and fall blooming nectar plants that support pollinators during the shoulder season.

moreGLEAM Opening Viewing - - advanced ticket required

August 28

Get the first glimpse of GLEAM - enjoy live performances!

moreGLEAM Exhibit - advanced ticket required

September 1 - October 30

Explore the Gardens in a whole new light through the lens of illumination.

moreMember Movie Night

September 10

Olbrich Botanical Society Members enjoy a movie out on the Great Lawn at Member Movie Night!

moreCRACkle - CANCELED

Watch the flames from bonfires dance on the Great Lawn, groove to the live music, and savor a variety of tasty food and Wisconsin brews.

moreguided garden strolls - TBD

Get an insider's view of Olbrich's outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll.

 

Winter Holiday 2021

morecocktails in the conservatory                           

November 19

Stroll through Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!

moreMember Preview: Holiday Express

December 3

Members can get in the festive mood with an exclusive first look at the Holiday Express!

moreHoliday Express                                               

December 4-31

Model trains wind through a whimsical landscape of wonder.

moreHoliday Concert Series                                     

Sundays, December 5-26

Get in the holiday spirit with live performances by local musicians!

 

Winter 2022

 

morecocktails in the conservatory

January 21 & February 25

Stroll through Olbrich's Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs!

moreRainforest Rhythms                                                      

January 21

Enjoy a cultural performance of music and dance!

moreOrchid Escape                             

January 29 - February 28

                                               

morethe canopy sessions                                 

February 4

Live stream performances from the tropical canopy of the Bolz Conservatory!

Pour'n Yer heart out                           more

Saturday, February 19

Olbrich Botanical Gardens and FeLion Studios team up to offer community workshops and iron pour on the Great Lawn!!

 

Spring 2022

morethe canopy sessions                                                  

Friday, March 4

Live stream performances from the tropical canopy of the Bolz Conservatory!

moreRainforest Rhythms                                                      

March 19

Enjoy a cultural performance of music and dance!

moreMember Preview: spring flower show                         Saturday, March 5

8 - 10 a.m.

morespring flower show       

March 5-27

Meander through an array of blooming spring flowers in an elaborate display in the Atrium.

morecocktails in the conservatory                  

Friday, March 25

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Stroll through Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs.

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the canopy sessions

Friday, April 1

Live stream performances from the tropical canopy of the Bolz Conservatory!                                   

moreguided garden strolls

Sundays, May-October

1:30 & 3 p.m.
Get an insider's view of Olbrich's outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll.

morePlant Sale with the pros

Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7

The plant sale offers tried and true perennials, bare root fruit trees, pre-order curated plug trays and veggie bundles!

moreMother's Day Concert

Sunday, May 8
Reward mom with a special day in the gardens and a live outdoor music concert.

Summer 2021

 

morePollinator plant sale - Online

Starting June 7

Support National Pollinator Week and expand your pollinator friendly plant palette!

moreSummer Concert Series - Tickets required

Tuesdays, June 15 - August 17

Enjoy the summer evening with live music on the Great Lawn.

'I Spy' Pollinators - Free Kids' Activity

June 21 - July 11

Explore the gardens to discover unique pollinators and learn about their vital relationships with plants. A handout will guide you to pollinator-friendly plants where you will have a good chance of spotting the following pollinators:

  • Black Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Green Lacewing
  • Milkweed Longhorn Beetle
  • Green Sweat Bee (don't worry - this is a non-aggressive bee!)

Each child that participates in the ‘I Spy’ Pollinators will also receive a coupon for a FREE junior scoop of ice cream from our friends at Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream!

Drop-in Milkweed Soup Tasting - in the Herb Garden

Friday, June 25 & Thursday, July 8 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit the Herb Garden for free samples of delicious milkweed soup featuring milkweed grown in our Indigenous Garden, which highlights vegetables and other plants important in Native culture and foodways. Samples will also be available from 4-5 p.m. during the ticketed Summer Breeze event on June 25.

moresummer breeze - Admission at the door

June 24 & 25

A new summer tradition, with something for everyone! Enjoy simple pleasures with friends & family, including fun lawn games, live music & performers, and tasty food & drink!

moreHome Garden Tour - Tickets required

July 9 & 10

Stroll through eight unique private home gardens featuring a variety of techniques and styles.

Storywalk: SeÑorita Mariposa

July 12 - August 8

¡Hola mariposas! Read the dual language (Spanish & English) children's book Señorita Mariposa as you stroll the gardens and find each page displayed along the pathway. Rhyming text and lively illustrations take readers on an epic trip as they follow the monarch butterfly traveling thousands of miles south to Mexico at the end of summer. “Over the mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below.â€� Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of monarchs and be introduced to the different people and places monarchs pass before finally arriving to the forests their ancestors called home.

moreMember Preview Day: Blooming Butterflies - Canceled

Members get an exclusive sneak peek at the exhibit before it opens to the public, along with 20% off in the Growing Gifts Shop all day long!

moreBlooming Butterflies Exhibit - Canceled

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory.

moreguided garden strolls - TBD

Get an insider's view of Olbrich's outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll.

 

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