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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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Address: 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5808
Phone Number: 608-246-4550
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a...

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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Unexpected delight!

We weren't planning to go but we read about the Thai Pavilion. You should see this place - gorgeous and the setting is beautiful. The rest of the gardens and conservatory... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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St. Paul
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We weren't planning to go but we read about the Thai Pavilion. You should see this place - gorgeous and the setting is beautiful. The rest of the gardens and conservatory equally lovely. I can see why it's a popular place for weddings!

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were on a bike ride and decided to take a break and check out the gardens. The receptionist was wonderful, and she directed us to the best spots for a short visit. The gardens are well kept and lovely. We also enjoyed the unique Thai pavilion. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. And free!!

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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

At our daughter's wedding the chair rental company messed up the delivery, they had it down as a pickup instead of a delivery. Olbrich provided chairs at no cost and saved the day.

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Thank 29mack
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a nice garden. Some areas are better than others. Some did seem as though they were in need of attention. Others were breathtaking. A nice area to walk through on a beautiful day.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a friend that goes weekly to the Olbrich botanical Gardens. she has beautiful pictures of the gardens and posts them on the website. Hanneke gave me a guided tour of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. I took several pictures during the tour. I plan to go back to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens more often to enjoy the ever changing... More 

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Middleton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Inside the domes are packed with different plants, colors, sounds. You see a wide range of plant life, huge koi and even very small colorful birds. Outside has many nooks and crannies to enjoy. The Tibetan exhibit is particularly bright when the sun shines on it.

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a short drive from downtown and well worth it. Take a nice walk in the gardens, nicely organized and very well cared for. Also many herbs and plenty of volunteers to assist with any questions you may have. Perfect for the those who love to explore gardens as well as a great place for first timers. We enjoy... More 

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Evansville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the must visit locations we bring out of town guests. Much better than most for fee gardens in large cities. Worth several visits during the year.

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Thank Evilleroadtrip
Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming here since our children were infants. It has lovely trails for them to walk around, look at flowers, and see cool water structures. There is also a rose tower where they can see the whole garden. We have spent so many hours here over the yearsThat as eight and 10-year-olds now, they know it like the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took an out of town friend to the Gardens. She is in Madison for business frequently yet had never taken the time to visit Olbrich. Many photos were taken and I believe we walked every outdoor path - she couldn't get enough! While there were many also visiting, there was still plenty of serenity and beauty. So impressive!

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