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Bolz Conservatory Exhibits


March 25 - July 16, 2017

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it's time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich's staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate.

GLEAM Installation - 'Spread-spectrum transmission'

August 31 - October 28, 2017, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

September - 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.

October - 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

For the very first time, the Bolz Conservatory will play host to a site-specific, illuminated art installation as part of GLEAM, Art in a New Light.

Designed and created by artist Lisa Rundstrom, Spread Spectrum Transmission is an interactive light installation that changes color based upon the viewers' movement through the environment. The term 'spread-spectrum' refers to a form of wireless communication in which the frequency of the transmitted signal is deliberately varied.


November 4 - March 3, 2018

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of of the life of Maria Sibylla Merian! Ahead of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian's keen observational skills and work revolutionized both botany and zoology. Her artistic work changed the course of natural history illustration and left a lasting legacy of curiosity, knowledge, and beauty. See reproductions of her hand-colored engravings and some of the the tropical plants she studied in Suriname up close in the Bolz Conservatory.

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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