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Olbrich Botanical Gardens Madison Wisconsin – FREE public tours – new greenhouses & Frautschi Family Learning Center [#OlbrichBotanicalGarden #MadisonWisconsin]

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin gives FREE, public tours of new greenhouses and Frautschi Family Learning Center [#OlbrichBotanicalGarden #MadisonWisconsin #FREEPublicTours #NewGreenhouses #FrautschiFamilyLearningCenter]

[Dec 20, 2019]

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin started giving FREE, public tours of its new greenhouses and Frautschi Family Learning Center on Friday, Nov 16, 2019.

After years of planning, the $12 million project allows the gardens to grow an additional 10,000 plants per year and includes updated technology to improve plant growth.

The tour lasts about 45 minutes and takes you through the greenhouses, where you will see its new environmental controls and spaces that will serve the Botanical Gardens’ outdoors gardens and conservancy.

You are also shown the Frautschi Family Learning Center, which is the Botanical Gardens’ first-ever space dedicated just to education and learning.

“For elementary school kids, it’s really important that they learn about the natural world because we’re going through so much change. It’ll be really important in the future to have scientists who know about plants.”
– Roberta Sladky, director for Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Roberta Sladky is excited about the renovations because she said it is the first time since 1991 that the Botanical Gardens had a major building change.

According to Roberta Sladky, these new greenhouses are state-of-the-art. They include functions such as controls that monitor water temperature.

The Botanical Gardens have not yet met its $12 million budget. It received $6 million from the city of Madison, but is relying on the other $6 million from fundraising. The gardens need a little less than $1 million to meet the cost of renovations.

The greenhouses and learning center are still under construction, but Roberta Sladky estimates they’ll be done by the end of January 2020.

Tours of the new additions go till Dec. 20, 2019. If you are interested in participating on a walking tour, you can visit the Botanical Garden’s website to RSVP.

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