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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a 16 acre outdoor botanical garden and 10,000-square-foot conservatory in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1952 and 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.

Noteworthy additions to the gardens were the Bolz Conservatory in 1991, and a Thai sala, 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 six sala outside of Thailand and one of two in the United States (the other is located in Hawaii).
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  • Any visit to Madison, Wisconsin, wouldn't be complete with a stroll through Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Located at 3330 Atwood Avenue, the 16-acre outdoor botanical garden and 10,000-square-foot... 
    Any visit to Madison, Wisconsin, wouldn't be complete with a stroll through Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Located at 3330 Atwood Avenue, the 16-acre outdoor botanical garden and 10,000-square-foot...  more »
  • If you are in Madison, you should definitely make time in schedule to pay a visit. I’m not even a big garden and nature guy, but my family really enjoyed our visit here. The artistic way of making a.....  more
    If you are in Madison, you should definitely make time in schedule to pay a visit. I’m not even a big garden and nature guy, but my family really enjoyed our visit here. The artistic way of making a.....  more »
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  • This is a great botanical garden - my family has had a membership for years. We love walking around the outside areas when it's warm, and the indoor conservatory it's great in the winter. Additionally, there are a few times a year when we always stop by: - in the spring/summer they have a butterfly event where they raise butterflies and release them into the conservatory. You can walk around the area full of butterflies, if you're lucky one may land on you! - in December they have their holiday express event, where they put together displays and incorporate model trains from enthusiasts in the area. It's always a ton of fun, and they generally have a search and find page for the kids. This year's holiday express was carnival themed, which was a ton of fun.
  • I wish I could give more than 5 stars. These gardens are BEAUTIFUL! Very nice environment outside to walk around, plenty of plants to see as well as wildlife. There are some areas that may be inaccessible for visitors in wheelchairs, but the paths in general are very well kept! Stopping by the Thai gardens is a MUST - stunning architecture and design. Gift shop has fun items as well!

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