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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Address: 3330 Atwood Avenue Madison, Madison, WI 53704
Phone Number: 608-246-4550
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Ranked #1 of 122 things to do in Madison
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical conservatory.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We return regularly! The Bolz Conservatory is a frequent go-to destination in winter. It is a life saver and a reminder that things will green-up again. We learn something each time we come here. This time, we saw a display of quilts - titled "Black Threads" - made recently by local African American women who shared memories of their family... More 

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Lena, Illinois
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

No matter the season, there's always something blooming at Olbrich Gardens. If it's too cold for you outdoors, you'll be captivated at the ever-changing displays indoors. Your visit will be guided by professional hosts who guide you through the gardens or you can wander on your own. Blessed by acres of meticulously maintained grounds, one can spend hours finding treasures... More 

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Wisconsin
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143 reviews 143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I visited their site on a bitterly cold Sat where the high temp was only 5 deg and the wind chill was in the minus teens all day. As I entered their parking lot from Atwood, I heard the front of my car slam into the apron. Once we got home I noticed a fairly large chip missing from my... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I love this place! I like to go several times a year and during the different seasons. It's very peaceful and relaxing to walk through and experience nature. It's a good place for everyone. To go by yourself or bring your family or friends with.

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Wisconsin
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12 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

A superbly tended Garden. A dedicated volunteer staff presents many types of Gardens for an easy 45 minute stroll. Right across from Lake Monona and a Capital view. Go ahead, take a few moments to enjoy, you will be glad you did!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The gardens are, of course, exquisite in the summer and a wonderful place for events or simply a walk with family or a loved one, but one thing that is often overlooked is the interior, all season's tropical garden. I remember being a kid in the harsh winters of Madison and walking into the steamy sanctuary of the inner garden... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely place to spend time with the children, take a lunch break alone, go for a romantic walk, or just escape the freezing cold of a Wisconsin winter/

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love just strolling along the paths to see whatever is blooming when we are there. It is well groomed and beautiful.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For those of us who live in the area, this is a true gem. Season shows change but the conservatory is always a lush retreat. For those visiting, Olbrich is worth a visit especially when you can enjoy both the conservatory and the beautiful outdoor gardens.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is a marvel. Free admission to the grounds, the extensive gardens allow you to spend an hour walking the paths to an afternoon relaxing in the various sitting areas to watch the birds and the people, to actually stop and smell the roses in their vast rose gardens. I can't say I have a favorite spot, but on... More 

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