Garden to Glass Experience: Totally Tropical

  • 3330 Atwood Ave.
  • Madison, WI 53704
  • Phone: 6082430156

Escape to the tropics and explore the wonders of the rainforest in the Bolz Conservatory. Get an insider's view of this indoor tropical oasis and discover the plants, stories, and people that make it one of Madison's most iconic places.

As you smell, touch, and taste your way through this guided sensory tour, you'll encounter plants both familiar and unique. From towering palm trees to tiny carnivorous plants, more than 650 species of tropical plants call the Conservatory home, along with a rushing waterfall, free-flying birds, and colorful koi.

At the end, enjoy a signature cocktail created with ingredients derived from rainforest plants. You will take home a souvenir glass along with recipes for more botanically inspired drinks.

"I'm not a big plant guy, but I was so impressed with this experience. I honestly wasn't sure if this would be for me, but it exceeded every expectation I had." - Michael from Madison, WI

 

General Information

•  Ages 21+ only

•  Complimentary parking is available at the Gardens.

•  You are welcome to bring a water bottle, if desired.

•  Please dress appropriately for the weather; the Conservatory is a warm, tropical environment (kept between 70-85º F year-round)

•  Upon arrival, proceed to the Visitor Center Lobby where a guide will meet you.

 

PUBLIC THURSDAY TOURS

We'll offer this experience to the public every Thursday at 5 PM from October - May. Perfect for individuals, couples, or small groups of friends!

Cost: $25 per person (includes tour, signature drink, and souvenir glass)

Duration: 1.5 hours

Min. / Max. # of Participants: 10 / 20

Availability: Thursdays, 5 PM - 6:30 PM from October - May

 

Payment

•  Payment is due in full at time of booking.

Inclement Weather Policy

•  Experience will be held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning.

•  If the experience is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may transfer your reservation to another day. Refunds will be offered at Olbrich's discretion.

 

PRIVATE GROUP RESERVATIONS

Do you have 9 or more friends? Are you a member of a book club or church group? Family visiting? Out of town wedding guests? Wow them with a private Garden to Glass tour!

For private group reservations, we'll also offer a morning version of the tour finished with a tropical-inspired cold-brew coffee drink in place of cocktails.

Cost: $25 per person (includes tour, signature drink, and souvenir glass)

Duration: 1.5 hours

Min. / Max. # of Participants: 10 / 20

Availability: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 10 a.m. OR

5 - 6:30 p.m., subject to availability

 

To schedule a private group experience, call 608-243-0156 or send an email to olbrichexperiences@cityofmadison.com. At least two weeks notice and a 50% deposit are required at the time of booking.

 

Payment

•  A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the anticipated expense will be due at the time of booking.

•  The final payment and final numbers are due 3 business days prior to the visit date.

Inclement Weather Policy

•  Experience will be held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning.

•  If the experience is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may transfer your reservation to another day. Refunds will be offered at Olbrich's discretion.

Cancellations

•  Cancellation requests must be received in writing at least two weeks before the visit date.

 

  • Times: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Admission: $25 per person