Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Hours, Admission, Directions



Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a living museum and a source of serenity for many visitors. Please help preserve every visitor's experience by observing the following Etiquette Guidelines during your visit.


Outdoor Garden / Lobby Hours

April-August                      9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

September-October        9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November-March             9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bolz Conservatory Hours

Olbrich's Indoor Tropical Garden

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens CLOSED:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve at 2 p.m.
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

Bolz Conservatory CLOSED:

  • March 25 - April 6, 2019 for annual maintenance
  • July 15 & 16, 2019 in preparation for Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies
  • Open to Members only July 17, 2019

Growing Gifts Shop Hours
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Schumacher Library Hours

Winter Hours: Dec. 1 - Feb. 28

Mon-Fri           10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sat. & Sun.     10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Standard fees, times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for special events.


Outdoor Garden Admission
Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Bolz Conservatory Admission
General public admission- $2

Children 5 & under - free

Olbrich Botanical Society members - free

Admission is free to all on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., except during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies.

Standard fees, times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for special events.

Note: During Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies admission to the Bolz Conservatory is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under, and members of the Olbrich Botanical Society. The outdoor gardens are always free.



Olbrich Botanical Gardens' outdoor gardens and Bolz Conservatory are wheelchair and stroller accessible. House wheelchairs and electric scooters are available in Olbrich's lobby. Pets are not allowed, however, service animals are welcome in the Botanical Center, Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory.

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Olbrich Tram

Due to construction impacts on large portions of the Tram path, Tram Service will end early for the 2018 season on Labor Day.

In addition, the Tram will not be available at all in 2019, as construction will likely go through September. We plan to reintroduce the Tram in May 2020.

Olbrich's eco-friendly electric tram provides free guided tours around the 16-acre outdoor gardens for visitors, primarily those needing assistance, on a first-come, first-served basis. The tram travels in a designated continuous circular route, as tram drivers share interpretive information with the riders via a pre-recorded interpretive message and supplemental narration about Olbrich's history, gardens, and sustainable gardening practices. Tram cannot be reserved by individuals or groups. Tram tours and services are subject to cancellation due to weather, vehicle maintenance, or at Olbrich's discretion. Donations welcome.


Strollers are allowed in Olbrich's Outdoor Gardens. At times, when the Bolz Conservatory is very crowded, visitors may be asked to leave their strollers outside the Conservatory.

Strollers are not allowed in Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies or Olbrich's Holiday Express.




3330 Atwood Avenue

Madison, WI 53704



By Car:

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From the Southeast Via 90 (Chicago, Beloit, Janesville) arrow
From the East via 94 (Milwaukee) arrow
From the North via 90/94

Car and bus parking is free for all visitors. Handicap parking stalls are available near the main entrance. Groups should plan to disembark from buses at the front entrance and then park the bus in the rear parking area near the playground equipment.

Note: Overflow parking in the grassy lot along Sugar Ave. is currently not available while construction is underway.

By Madison Metro:

Weekdays, served by routes 3, 37, 38
Weekends, served by routes 7, 16
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By Bike:

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located on the Capital City Bike trail about 3 miles from downtown Madison.
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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.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719