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Bolz Conservatory 20th Anniversary

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Bolz Conservatory 20th Anniversary


Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory is turning 20! Celebrate the anniversary of Madison's tropical paradise with events for the whole family!

Anniversary Events

Party Under the Palms

Tiny Take-Home Terrarium for Kids

"Canopy Meg" Presentations

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit: Treasures of the Rainforest

CELEBRATION! Songs of the Rainforest

20th Anniversary Poster


Party under the palms

Party Under the PalmsFriday, November 11

The Bolz Conservatory is turning 20!! Come party with us under the palms in Olbrich’s tropical paradise. Funds raised will benefit the Bolz Conservatory.

The Evening

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live performance in the Conservatory by Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet.

Nosh on tasty hors d'oeuvres representing flare from the different rainforest regions around the world.


Asian Chicken Salad puree in Cucumber Cups

Spanish Manchego with Fig Preserve

Latin Beef Poke

Creole Shrimp Wonton Cups

Fresh Fruit Skewers

Cubano Mini Paninis

Chocolate Cups with Mexican Chocolate and Agave Crème

7:30 p.m.

A special unveiling will make it a night to remember!

Colorful light display8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

A showcase of traditional Brazilian entertainment by the Handphibians and the Massamba Dance Company, including a Samba lesson!!

Special Guest

Meet Dr. Margaret Lowman, also known as “Canopy Meg!”


Exciting prizes...Tickets - 1 for $5 or 5 tickets for $20!

  • Vintage Conservatory Poster from the Grand Opening
  • Basket of Wines from the Rainforest Regions
  • Madison B-cycle One-year Membership
  • Stunning Orchid Grown in Olbrich's Greenhouses
  • Glass Sculpture


Tickets are $55 per person, available September 1 by calling 608-246-4550 or in Olbrich's Growing Gifts Shop


Admission, hors d’oeuvres & entertainment included - cash bar available.


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Tiny Take-Home Terrarium for Kids

Saturday, November 12

Make your own tiny terrarium and take home the magic of a tropical rainforest. Join us for this free family activity to celebrate the Bolz Conservatory's 20th Anniversary. All materials provided; one tiny terrarium per child.

Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Drop-in, no registration required



"Canopy Meg" Presentations

Saturday, November 12

Meg Lowman

Monkeys, Millipedes, and Medicine -

Meet "Canopy Meg"

How would you get to the top of a really tall tree? "Canopy Meg" uses hot air balloons, rope ladders, bridges, blimps, and cranes to study rainforest canopies.

Scientists like Meg work as detectives to find all the things hiding in a forest canopy - like millions of beetles! Tropical rainforests are not only home to monkeys, millipedes, and many, many insects, but they also produce important things we use in our everyday lives - medicines, foods, construction materials, fabrics, and oxygen, are just a few.

"Visit" some of the world's most special rainforests with Meg to find out what it's like to work in the tops of thos tropical trees and why so many creatures live way up there. Book signing will follow the presentation. For grades 3 and up with an adult; each attendee pays the registration fee. Advanced registration required. Call 608-246-4550 to register.

Saturday, November 12, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline:  Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration preferred

$10/$8 Olbrich member

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Out on a Limb -

Exploring Tropical Rainforest Canopies

Adults can meet scientist Meg Lowman, one of the world's first "arbornauts," who uses all sorts of structures to explore tropical treetops, home to approximately half of planet Earth's biodiversity. This exploration has demonstrated that forest canopies provide ecological services to all of use - climate regulation, medicines, food, fresh water cycling, and cultrual heritage are just a few. New ways to get into the treetops have also inspired ecotourism, as well as the sustainable harvest of fruits, medicines, and other products.

Lowman, also known as "Canopy Meg," pioneered the field of canopy research while raising two boys in the rainforest. She continues her work to "map" the canopy and to champion forest conservation around the world. Book signing after the presentation. Advanced registration required. Call 608-246-4550 to register.

Saturday, November 12, 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline:  Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration preferred

$15/$12 Olbrich member

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Bolz Conservatory Exhibit:  Treasures of the Rainforest

November 12, 2011 - March 18, 2012

Rainforests are a natural resource for people around the world providing fruits, vegetables, ingredients for medicines, and construction materials. Discover products from the rainforests and see the plants they come from up close.

Ken LonnquistThe Bolz Conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $1 for ages 6 & up; free for children 5 & under; free for Olbrich members. Admission is free for all on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


CELEBRATION! Songs of the Rainforest

Sunday, November 13, Performances at 1 & 3 p.m.

Madison's favorite family entertainer Ken Lonnquist brings his Kenland Band to perform their rainforest repertoire during two special free performances. Fun for all!


20th Anniversary poster

20th Anniversary PosterLimited edition posters available!

Olbrich's Growing Gifts shop features a limited 20th Anniversary poster with a fabulous photo of the Bolz Conservatory taken by well-known Madison photographer Zane Williams.

$35 for print signed and numbered by Zane Williams

$25 for print

Special thanks the following for making this beautiful poster possible:


Zane Williams, Photographer

Huston  Design

American Printing Company






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