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“Very well done” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
608-246-4550
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Ranked #1 of 48 attractions in Madison
Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage
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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.
Near Chicago
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Very well done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I didn't expect much from a botanical garden in Madison. I mean, we live in the midwest. How good could it be? At best, I thought I might get a few ideas for my own garden. Boy, was I wrong! This garden is very well done, and I found myself taking pictures every few steps. There are woodland gardens, prairie gardens, rose gardens, scuptures, water gardens, bog gardens, and even vegetable gardens, and if you're there at the right time, you can see butterflies emerging from their crysalis inside the conservatory. It's a nice way to spend an hour or two.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Blown away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Let's start out with the fact that the outdoor portion of these gardens were free. Yes, free. The indoor conservatory portion cost us $2.00 per person, which I gladly paid, not because the indoor part was spectacular, but because we wanted to support the whole place.

We had just dropped off someone at the airport and wanted something to do for a couple of hours until their plane left. (make sure they took off ok). About 10 minutes away was the Olbrich gardens.

As a visitor, the grounds were scrupulously maintained. The conservatory was nice, with tropical plants, a waterfall and a few butterflies left. There were 15 outdoor gardens, with easy walking paths. We spent a couple of hours wandering through and no one was bored.

If you like theme gardens and are in the area, go.

Visited August 2012
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Always something new each season.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

We most often stop in and see the gardens when in Madison. With warm weather coming early and staying late the gardens were particularly spectacular this year. We are great hosta fan's and they abound. Everything is so well done and worth the trip.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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“small in size big in enjoyment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A nice place to walk with people of all ages. The annual butterfly exhibit is fun but do not come during or after a rain... no butterflies to be seen.

Visited July 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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“Amazing inside and out - bring your camera!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The inside conservatory is gorgeous - winding pathways, waterfall, birds, butterflies, and Koi -- but especially THICK green everywhere. The outdoor gardens are equally enthralling. So much to see, but small enough not to feel overwhelming.

Visited September 2012
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