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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

#1 of 17 in Parks in Madison
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located in Madison, Wisconsin. 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. The gardens were established in 1952. The gardens consist of 16 acres of outdoor gardens and a 10,000-square-foot conservatory.
Noteworthy additions to the gardens were the Bolz Conservatory in 1991, and a Sala Thai, 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 four sala outside of Thailand and one of two in the United States (the other is located in Hawaii).

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  • My boyfriend and I, along with another couple made plans to come here since we were in town for a wedding. What a pleasant surprise to find there was no fee to walk the grounds. The conservatory was.....  more »
  • Wandering through campus on our trip, we stumbled upon this gem. While we didn't spend a lot of time, the displays were magnificent and it was a very relaxing place to wander through. It would be...  more »
  • What a wonderfully beautiful place! We had a very nice walk around. The gardens are gorgeous. The atmosphere very pleasant. Was a little worried about some of the very mean looking bugs, but they didn't attack us, so all was well. Saw some wildlife, and lots of bees. People were kayaking and biking in the area. Well worth the trip!
  • Beautiful park, especially for being free. My kids enjoyed the walk and there was plenty to see. This trip was done at night to see the lights and we were impressed. There was a charge for this special event, but we felt it was very much justified.
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