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Olbrich's Annual Theme                     more

Annual programmatic theme - Native Plants. Natural Wonders.

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morecocktails in the conservatory

January 20

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


moreRainforest Rhythms                                                     

Returning in 2024


moreOrchid Escape exhibit                             

January 28 - February 28

Escape to the tropics and take in bountiful, beautiful orchids displayed throughout the Bolz Conservatory!


morethe canopy sessions

February 3

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.


Orchid Quest presented by Orchid Growers Guild of MAdison

February 4 & 5

Learn to grow orchids from local experts, see hundreds of unusual and award-winning plants, and shop for plants and supplies from midwest vendors. Visit orchidgrowersguild.org for more info.


Stitch-in-PUblic Day presented by Madison Area Embroiderers' Guild

February 4,  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Embroidery Guild of America celebrates needle arts with a Stitch-In-Public Day in February each year. The Madison Chapter is excited to once again be Stitching-In-Public at Olbrich Gardens! Visit us as we demonstrate our stitching talents and share information about guild activities and membership. Visit madisonareaega.org for more info.


moreAmerican roots an Author Talk with Nick & Allison Mccullough

February 13,  5 -  8:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique opportunity to meet and hear from authors Nick and Allison McCullough at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Take a journey across the US and get a closer look at gardens that designer Nick McCullough captured on his quest to celebrate the American garden in his new book AMERICAN ROOTS (Timber Press).


Olbrich's Annual open house & Felion studios iron pour                        more

Saturday, February 18

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy an introduction to the Gardens' 2023 programmatic with hands-on workshops, live performances and a community iron pour!


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moreOrchid sale

Thursday, March 2

Starting at 10 a.m. - online only

At the conclusion of Olbrich's Orchid Escape a selection of orchids featured in the Bolz Conservatory exhibit will be offered for sale online (only).


morethe canopy sessions

Friday, March 3

Start your weekend with a live concert in the Bolz Conservatory, one of Madison's most unique venues.


moreMember Preview: spring flower show

Saturday, March 4

8 - 10 a.m.
Olbrich members get a sneak peek of the annual spring flower show!


morespring flower show

March 4-26

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


morecocktails in the conservatory                  

Friday, March 24

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


morespring show - Flower sale

March 27

Select annual featured in the show will be available for purchase.



the canopy sessions in the bolz conservatory

Friday, April 7

Start your weekend with a live concert performed in one of Madison's most unique venues.


morePerennial plant sale - online only

Sales begin February 1

The plant sale offers tried and true perennials, and pre-order curated plug trays!!


moreBadger Bonsai Society Annual Exhibit

presented by the Badger Bonsai Society

Dates: To be determined

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days
Bonsai styling demonstrations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days, each with a chance to win a one-year membership to the Badger Bonsai Society. Free admission to bonsai exhibit and demonstrations.

The Badger Bonsai Society will host their annual exhibit featuring trees from the private collections of club members. Explore the art of bonsai with this unique opportunity to view some amazing miniature trees and talk with the bonsai artists who grew and cultivated them. A wide variety, including conifer, deciduous, flowering, and tropical trees will be on display. Whether you are curious about bonsai and want to learn more or just have an appreciation for these living works of art, the exhibit is sure to have something for you. To learn more, visit Badger Bonsai Society on Facebook.


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