Tuning into nature at Olbrich Gardens


Paige Zezulka

The Grateful Dead-inspired band Earthmother performs at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Paige Zezulka, Managing Editor

Underneath a canopy of tropical plants galore, Earthmother jammed out at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Feb. 4.  As people walked into the Bolz Conservatory, the season changed from winter to summer. They could feel the warmth, smell the wildlife and hear the funky sounds of music surrounding them. As the lights gleamed against the tall plants and the dancing shoes, the band of three brought a dreary Wisconsin winter day to life. 

The Grateful Dead inspired band performed from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Anyone was welcome to the event and a variety of folks showed from elders to youngsters.  

Visitors were asked to stand and had the choice to walk through the conservatory as the music played. For those who preferred to sit, there were a limited number of benches available. This location has become a magical venue in the city of Madison. It provides space for artists to perform in a unique area, as well as provides its attendees to listen to music surrounded by nature.  

This was one of many Olbrich Botanical Gardens Canopy Sessions that have been scheduled this year. Next on schedule is Charanga Agozá, performing on March 4.  

Tickets are sold online on the Olbrich Botanical Gardens website at a low cost of $8 per adult, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under the age of 5.