Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Saiki Design has been involved with planning and design at Olbrich Botanical Gardens since 1992 beginning with a collaborative master plan and numerous individual garden designs and renovations.

Madison, Wisconsin

Saiki Design has established a significant relationship with the Gardens beginning with a collaborative master plan to address the long-range program needs for Olbrich’s extensive education program, the horticulture gardens and support spaces, the conservatory, maintenance and storage facilities and special event activities. Plan recommendations included overall facility organization and circulation, new garden integration, land acquisition and phased development. Subsequent work included assisting Olbrich with long range development and a master plan update to address the addition of the Garver Feed Mill property.

The relationship forged during the master planning process has also presented Saiki Design with the opportunity to lead collaborative teams to design a number of specific gardens within the property. Garden design work included renovation of the Sunken Garden, a new Perennial Garden, design of the Donors’ Arbor, development of the Discovery Dock, site planning and expansion of the Botanical Garden for the Thai Pavilion and surrounding gardens. Saiki Design also led a team of architects, engineers and horticulturists in the planning and design of the award-winning Centennial Rose Garden. Most recently, Saiki Design worked on an Education Center and Greenhouse renovation project to significantly expand Olbrich’s educational and outreach offerings and plant propagation and production capabilities.

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