Olbrich Gardens: Spring Flower Show
Every spring, when the white winter has ended and bright, colorful flowers begin to blossom, Olbrich Botanical Gardens puts on a flower show. Setting them apart from other flower shows, Olbrich encompasses a unique theme every year to engage goers and keep the flower show fresh. 2009 featured the theme, A Simpler Time: Garden Beauty and Bounty and the 2010 show was centered on a Secret Spring Gardens theme, featuring gardens like the English garden, a Mediterranean garden and a tropical garden. In 2011, Olbrich introduced one of the more unique ways to see a flower show. Olbrich Botanical Gardens invited goers to experience this show entirely on a bicycle, allowing attendees the opportunity to ride through the gardens, while learning about the history of bikes along the way. They even sold raffle tickets for a bike giveaway worth $2,250. If you’re interested in attending the 2012 Madison flower show, check back to their website to see what’s in store for flower enthusiasts.
The day after the show ends, a selection of the flowers from the show are always available for public purchase. All donations and proceeds from the event will benefit the Oblrich Gardens, which hosts the flower show event.
Date: March 5-20th
Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Bolz Conservatory, Madison
Contact: (608) 246-4550
Ticket Fee: Free! Donations Welcomed.
Petite Standard Flower Show – “Spring Into A Small World”
Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF), a not-for-profit education organization, has been around for almost 100 years. Since 1928, the WGCF has offered education to members with programs like flower show, garden study, and landscape design schools. They also encourage members to participate in activities like gardening projects and youth activities. One of their most popular club activities for the club members to participate in is the Petite Standard Flower Show. This flower show boasts 3 divisions to enter in: design, horticulture, and special exhibits. Within those divisions are sections and classes to further break down where members enter their pieces. According to their rule guide, the WGCF will judge winners based on the National Garden Clubs, Inc. standard system of awards, which includes a blue, red, yellow and white ribbon. So if you’re living in Wisconsin, or want to take a trip there, be sure to stop by in April and see the flowers of Waukesha in the flower show competition.
Date: April 17-19th
Location: Marriott West, Waukesha
Contact: (608) 833-8873
Ticket Fee: Free!