Posted by: Kath Usitalo | February 27, 2013

Around the Lakes: Two Dollar Trip to Thailand

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Need a taste of the tropics? Escape the snow and cold on a trip to Thailand at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

Bolz orchidOkay, so it’s just an idea of what you’d experience on a trip to Thailand, but it’s worth the $2 admission. Soak up the scents and see a sampling of the thousands of plants that flourish in Southeast Asia in the special exhibit “Flora of Tropical Thailand” at the Bolz Conservatory through March 24.

The special exhibit is in addition to the displays of orchids, ferns, bromeliads and cacao, banana and papaya plants that have a year ’round home under the glass pyramid of the Bolz, where a 20-foot waterfall splashes and birds fly free.

Be sure to check out the authentic Thai sala, or pavilion, in the Olbrich’s 16 acres of outdoor gardens. The pavilion was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai government and the university’s Thai alumni chapter; the Thai student population at UW-Madison is one of the largest in the U.S.

Thai Pavilion (Olbrich Gardens photo)

Thai Pavilion (Olbrich Gardens photo)

The pavilion was built of teak in Thailand, and shipped to and reconstructed in Madison. Opened in 2002, it is one of only four such structures located outside of Thailand (the others are in Hawaii, Germany and Norway).

The Bolz Conservatory is open seven days. Admission is $2; kids 5 and under free.

PLUS IN MARCH: Concerts on Sunday afternoons and the annual Spring Flower Show from March 9-24.

Visitor Info Clicks:

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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