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shade garden, benches along creek

Starkweather Creek Shade Garden
This small woodland of river birch nestled along the shoreline of Starkweather Creek features hundreds of shade-loving taxa of perennials, including hostas, epimediums and sedges. These beauties demonstrate the possiblilities of shade gardening in the Upper Midwest and create a quiet sanctuary for visitors to sit and enjoy.

Atrium Shade Garden
This shady oasis created by the framework of a large native downy hawthorn is home to another fine collection of hostas, ferns and shade-loving perennials. A stunning display of thousands of Siberian squill each April, create a cobalt carpet across the gardens' floor, eventually giving way to crisp emerald foliage emerging from a winters sleep. Pristine white flowers of silver bells and vibrant blossoms of rhododendrons and crabapples abound in this shady garden.


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