University of Wisconsin–Madison

Garden and Greenhouses

Botany’s eight greenhouses, encompassing 8,000 square feet, are located north of University Avenue and bounded by Chamberlain, Lathrop and Birge Halls. The facility features more than 1,000 species and aquatic, desert and tropical communities. Botany and other UW departments make extensive use of this working facility, permitting faculty and students to undertake a variety of research projects in plant geography, physiology, anatomy, ecology, taxonomy and other related areas.

The Botanical Garden serves both teaching and research as a living reference for plant families, genera and species. Examples of plants from around the world demonstrate the diversity and beauty of the plant kingdom. This is the first garden in the world to be designed based on the new Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APGII) system of molecular classification of plants.

Botany garden pictures
LEFT: Little Stinker, a rare Amorphophallus titanum, blooms in Greenhouse number 8.
RIGHT: The Botanical Garden with Birge Hall and Greenhouses in the background. 
INSETS: A silver-spotted skipper enjoys a lobelia; the shade garden features over 100 lily varieties.

In addition to meeting essential teaching and research interests, the greenhouses and garden are an aesthetic resource for students and the community. Botany staff assist visitors seeking advice on plants for their homes and gardens, and touring school children gather the seeds of environmental stewardship.

Become a Friend of the Botany Garden

botany garden tile

Your gift of $520 or more to the  Botany Garden allows you to receive a Commemorative Tile. Please make out your check to:

University of Wisconsin Foundation
Attn.: Ann Lippincott
1848 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726-4090

Please write in memo area on check:
“Botany Commemorative Tile”

Five lines of text with 16 characters per line are allowed. Please provide your inscription on a typed or neatly printed page, along with your contact information in case we have questions.