Olbrich Botanical Gardens

3330 Atwood Avenue

Olbrich Botanical Gardens will be a locally treasured and globally renowned source of beauty and education celebrating the importance of plants in a sustainable world.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens enriches life by nourishing and sharing the beauty of gardens, the joy of gardening, the knowledge of plants, and the diversity of our world. Olbrich Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the creation, conservation and interpretation of gardens and plant collections hardy to the American Midwest or native to the world's tropical forests for study, enjoyment and public benefit.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a place where:

-Gardens, facilities and programs serve people of all ages, abilities and incomes.
-Relationships with staff, volunteers and friends are conducted with the highest integrity, respect and consideration.
-Excellence is the standard and service is exemplary.
-Public and private partnerships are essential.
-The community is served and the region is celebrated.
-Contributions are made to global solutions.
-The joy, diversity, wonder and beauty of plants can be shared by everyone.


Cecil Leigh Wilson

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Favorite free/low-cost hangout/date spot in town, & such a support & inspiration for this amateur gardener. The gardens themselves are gorgeous & well kept, with plenty of shady spots & places to sit — the Thai pavilion in particular is stunning. The garden is wheelchair-accessible and runs a free shuttle. The tropical greenhouse is open year-round & is a favored winter spot. Loads of classes & events; & the Madison Herb Society, Badger Bonsai Society, & other groups meet here. Plenty of seeds, locally made soaps & fiber arts, games/toys, & beautiful sculpture pieces in the shop.

Lauren Carr

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Botanical Gardens were nice. Even though not much was blooming since it was the end of March, I still liked walking around, especially since the outside portion is completely free. The gardens are decently sized and I imagine in the summer it's just gorgeous. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view. The Thai pavilion was really cool to see. The greenhouse was neat, take your time walking around because there are so many plants! I love how they had birds in there, that was a great surprise. And it only cost $2 to get in, so reasonable. They do close at 4, which is a bit early, but it worked out fine for us.

Jenny K

Thursday, March 29, 2018
We came here in April 2017. I had been here a few times before. It's one of the prettiest gardens in the Madison area. It's a perfect place to go on a nice sunny day. It's a really relaxing atmosphere. You could spend hours looking at all the different plants. Sometimes they will even have lots of butterflies too. This is definitely a great Madison landmark. I always enjoy coming here.

Daree Selby

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
What a gem! It is a great place. So many different plants to see that are organized in a cool way. The tram tour is worth it. After, you can then walk around and have a better idea of what you are looking at.

Beth DeFilippo

Sunday, June 10, 2018
I loved bringing my children here whilst they were growing up. It gave each of them an appreciation for music and the beauty in our world. Now it has become a family spot with the grandchildren too. I couldn't be prouder as a parent or grandparent.

Recent News

Summer Concert Series 2017

Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich's outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more.Schedule:June 20, 2017Auralai - Cello Folk / PopJune 27, 2017Wrenclaw - Co…

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Olbrich Winter Concert Series 2017

Schedule:Sunday, February 19, 2017:2-3pm: Jodi Jean Amble & Doug Brown Jodi Jean Amble traces her artistic roots to theater and then musical theater and opera. A classically trained vocalist, Jodi found her way into modern genres including jazz, …

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Olbrich Winter Concert Series 2016

Enjoy a winter Sunday at Olbrich with musical performances in our Evjue Commons. All Winter Concerts are traditional theatre-style seating and $1 admission donation with the exception of ourBotanical Boogie dance concerts.Schedule:February 7, 2016 Th…

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens Summer Concert Series 2015

Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich's outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Summer Concerts in the Garden Series:June 23, 2015: Chaos Revolution The…

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Madison Holiday Concert Series 2014

Warm up the winter day with festive holiday music during Olbrich's Holiday Concert Series.Holiday Concert Performers:December 7 - Russian Folk OrchestraAuthentic Russian instrumentsDecember 14 - Suzuki StringsYouth violinsDecember 21 - WCB Big Band18…

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