Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Named for its founder, Michael Olbrich, the gardens are owned and operated jointly by the City of Madison Parks and the non-profit Olbrich Botanical Society. The gardens were established in 1952. The gardens consist of 16 acres of outdoor gardens and a 10,000-square-foot conservatory.
Noteworthy additions to the gardens were the Bolz Conservatory in 1991, and a Sala Thai, a gift to the University of Wisconsin–Madison from the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the government of Thailand through its king, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Opened in 2002, it is one of only four sala outside of Thailand and one of two in the United States (the other is located in Hawaii).

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  • A quiet oasis in the city. Beautiful surroundings and plenty of places for contemplation. Don't miss!  more »
  • A big WOW! Olbrich Gardens exceeded my expectations. The outside gardens are beautiful with quite an assortment of plants. I was impressed by the number and variety of plants in bloom at this time of....  more »
  • What a wonderfully beautiful place! We had a very nice walk around. The gardens are gorgeous. The atmosphere very pleasant. Was a little worried about some of the very mean looking bugs, but they didn't attack us, so all was well. Saw some wildlife, and lots of bees. People were kayaking and biking in the area. Well worth the trip!
  • Beautiful park, especially for being free. My kids enjoyed the walk and there was plenty to see. This trip was done at night to see the lights and we were impressed. There was a charge for this special event, but we felt it was very much justified.

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