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Olbrich Gardens' 2020 Annual Theme

Olbrich Botanical Gardens connects people with plants, but it’s more than that. We celebrate our relationship with the earth, respect our impact on the natural world, educate our community on how they can make a difference, and inspire others to do the same.

This year, the Gardens’ staff is excited to introduce ELEMENTS – Earth, Water, Air, Fire -- as our first annual programmatic theme. The annual theme is a vehicle to convey the Gardens' mission of sustainability through the elements. Watch for the element symbols throughout the year denoting ELEMENT related programming and educational snapshots.

The ELEMENTS theme kicked off with a FREE Open House in February, including a community iron pour hosted by FeLion Studios.

               Earth Symbol            Water Symbol              Air Symbol            Fire Symbol

     Grounded.                  Fluid.                               Breath.                      Illuminated.

     Shifting.                      Engulfing.                        Dispersing.               Devouring.

     Sustain.                      Life.                                 Power.                      Renew.


ELEMENTS open house

Saturday, February 15, 2020

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FREE Admission for EVERYONE!


Join us

Preview the new Orchid Escape exhibit in the Bolz Conservatory featuring over 250 orchids artfully arranged in Element related displays.

Scout out the Element signs in the conservatory and outdoor gardens, highlighting the Gardens' sustainable practices and other educational facts.

Enjoy live music, tasty snacks (for purchase) from Batch Bakehouse, and hot coffee and cocoa served up by Crescendo Expresso Bar!

Watch the fiery spectacle of FeLion Studios' Pour'n Yer Heart Out - Community Iron Pour

Participate in hands-on, drop in activities in the brand new Frautschi Family Learning Center.

Get a sneak peak of Olbrich's Spring Flower Show and state of the art greenhouses.

Most activities are free - food & beverage available for purchase.


what should I know about parking?

The public parking lot surrounding Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers 210 spaces including (12) fully accessible parking spaces near the main building entrance.

With other community events happening in the surrounding area simultaneously with the Gardens' open house, parking lots may fill up quickly, so having an alternative plan before arriving is the best strategy!


Check out the alternate parking option map ahead of time!

Olbrich Park - Public Parking Lots & Street Parking Options

    • 350 parking spaces (street and parking lots) within 0.3 miles of the Gardens
    • 115 spaces within a half mile, still within Olbrich Park

Skip the parking scramble!

  • Ride share – pile your friends and family in one car when visiting the Gardens.
  • Take a Madison Green Cab - Green Cab has gone electric and will be one of the nation's first all-Tesla cab fleet!

Book a ride online and receive $2 off your ride to the Gardens for the open house by entering this promo code: ELEMENTS (in the notes section).

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  • Take a bus – on weekends Route7 will bring you close to the Gardens - approximately a 6 minute walk
  • Utilize the Capital City Bike Trail to bike to the Gardens or for easy access when walking from alternative parking options.

In 2020, during the Gardens’ larger events Park Rangers will be onsite to help organize parking and assist our visitors. Be sure to thank our Park Rangers for supporting the Gardens!

Questions or concerns regarding parking you would like heard by the entities that have the ability to improve or expand public parking options send an email to:


Olbrich’s staff will direct this feedback to the change makers.



Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

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