Olbrich Botanical Gardens

3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, WI 53704- Map It
Phone: (608) 246-4550

AAA Editor Notes

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is at 3330 Atwood Ave. This oasis on the shores of Lake Monona includes 16 acres of specialty gardens, a 50-foot-high glass conservatory and what is said to be the only Thai pavilion and garden in the continental United States. A two-acre rose garden features hardy shrub roses in mixed borders with fountains and a two-story stone tower overlook. Other gardens display herbs, hostas, perennials, wildflowers and annuals. The conservatory simulates a rain-forest atmosphere and contains tropical plants, bamboo arbors, a waterfall, palm trees and free-flying birds. Flower shows, concerts and special events are offered throughout the year. Guided tours are available by appointment. Guided tours are available.
Outdoor gardens and Thai pavilion admission free. Conservatory $2; free (ages 0-5 and to all Wed. and Sat. 10-noon except during special exhibits). Rates may vary; phone ahead.
Hours: Outdoor gardens open daily 8-8, Apr.-Sept.; 9-6 in Oct.; 9-4, rest of year. Conservatory open daily 10-4. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 2 hours minimum.