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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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  • This rain forest is amazing with wild quail running around. Never knew typical house plants grow to 10+ feet tall in a rain forest. 
    This rain forest is amazing with wild quail running around. Never knew typical house plants grow to 10+ feet tall in a rain forest.  more »
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens was beautiful in October. Many flowers were still in bloom and trees turning colors. Now we would like to return in the spring or summer for a whole different look. 
    Olbrich Botanical Gardens was beautiful in October. Many flowers were still in bloom and trees turning colors. Now we would like to return in the spring or summer for a whole different look.  more »
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  • GLEAM was pretty and fun to walk through. We'd gone a few years ago and now again this year. I really liked the tree all lit up. I was hoping for more displays though as I feel in the past there were more. Still enjoyable though.
  • I’m probably just repeating what everyone else has posted, but this is a MUST if you’re in Madison. Absolutely one of the most gorgeous botanic gardens in the Midwest, and FREE to boot (unless you’re wanting to see the tropical conservatory for $2). I’ve been here a handful of times over the past few years, and I love seeing new enhancements at every visit that continually fosters a welcome and sustainable environment for wildlife and pollinators.

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