The Arboretum Bookstore carries a wide selection of nature, gardening, and science books and publications for all ages and interest levels. Stocking more than 1,300 titles, the Arboretum Bookstore strives for the best selection of nature books in the Madison area.

The Bookstore also sells Arboretum apparel and accessories, nature-inspired notecards and decor, work by local artisans, and children’s items. Friends of the Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount on regular-priced items. Bookstore sales support Arboretum programs. We accept phone orders, please call us at (608) 263-7888.

Highlighted Titles

These popular titles are perfect for deepening your knowledge about the Arboretum.

Dragonflies of Wisconsin

Dragonflies of Wisconsin

Karl and Dorothy Legler, with Dave Westover

68 pages

Full-color photographs

An informative illustrated guide to 115 species of dragonflies in Wisconsin.


Pioneers of Ecological Restoration: The People and Legacy of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum

Frank M. Court

336 pages

Full-color photographs

A history of the Arboretum, the people who created, shaped, and sustained it, and the Arboretum’s many contributions to ecological restoration and related fields.

Prairie Plants of the Arboretum book cover

Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum

Ted Cochrane, Kandis Elliot, and Claudia S. Lipke

368 pages

Full-color photographs

An illustrated identification guide to 360 native and non-native prairie plants that grow at the Arboretum and throughout southern Wisconsin.

Cover of Spring Woodland Flowers

Spring Woodland Wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum

By Andrew L. Hipp

70 pages

Full-color photographs

Richly illustrated and informative, this is an excellent aid in identifying the rich variety of spring wildflowers at the Arboretum and throughout the region.