American Horticultural Society honors Olbrich Botanical Garden with Garden Stewardship Award


Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, WI, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) Garden Stewardship Award.

Olbrich Botanical Garden is a true Madison gem and well deserving of the 2022 Garden Stewardship Award (AHS). AHS is delighted to honor Olbrich for his outstanding work.

— Marcia Zech, Board Chair

ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA, March 16, 2022 / — Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, WI, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) Garden Stewardship Awardwhich is awarded to a public garden that adopts and exemplifies sustainable horticultural practices in design, maintenance and/or programs.

This year marks the debut of this honor as part of the Great American Gardeners Awards, which AHS presents annually to individuals, organizations, and businesses that represent the best in American gardening. “The Olbrich Botanical Garden is an incredible asset within its community and we are thrilled to honor the garden for its commitment to creating a beautiful environment using sustainable practices,” said Marcia Zech, Board Chair of administration of AHS.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a major horticultural institution in Madison, Wisconsin. Spread over 16 acres, you’ll find a variety of outdoor gardens with native Midwestern plants and a lanai filled with species from the tropics. Like many botanical gardens, Olbrich practices water conservation techniques such as using an underground cistern to collect rainwater, creating rain gardens, and selecting site-appropriate plants. What sets Olbrich apart is its inclusion of gravel garden technology which essentially replaces soil with gravel and requires virtually no watering or weeding for plants.

This water-saving technique is used in all of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens and parking islands. Former Olbrich director Roberta Sladky notes that the established gardens are “colorful, lush, interactive plant communities with bees, butterflies and other pollinating and feeding insects,” as well as birds that come to feast. of seeds produced by ‘the diversity of plant specimens. ”

For more information on this year’s recipients, please visit our 2022 winners. Photographs of the winners and additional information about the awards program are available upon request by contacting Katherine Somerville at or by calling (703) 768-5700, ext. 121.

Founded in 1922, the American Horticultural Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to modeling, educating, and promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening practices. Our mission is to share with all Americans the essential role of plants, gardens, and green spaces in creating healthy, livable communities and a sustainable planet. To learn more, visit

Catherine Somerville
American Horticultural Society
+1 703-768-5700 ext. 121
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