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The Buzz on Bees

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
by Maura Curtis | Communications Intern

When you hear a bee buzz past your ear or watch one fly from flower to flower, you may not realize that they are contributing to our food supply. According to the USDA, one in three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is in some way a product of honeybee pollination. Unfortunately, the honeybee population is decreasing at an alarming rate –– 42% of bee colonies collapsed in the United States in 2015. It is more important than ever to support and conserve our honeybee population and be conscious of this serious challenge.

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Our Garden - Our Future

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
by Benjamin Futa | Executive Director

In a world of uncertainy and rapid change, the Garden seeks to preserve and enchance our horticultural and social landscape for the benefit of future generations.

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Sage: The Herb of All Trades

Thursday, November 03, 2016
by Nikki Novoselsky | Communications Director

Sage Sage

Sage, found in the herb garden at Allen Centennial Garden, has numerous purposes. Along with adding a peppery taste to delicious soup, meat or pasta dishes (see here for recipes), sage has a plethora of health benefits. Even the slightest bit of sage can help memory and concentration along with increased protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s. Sage also has high levels of vitamin K, which is necessary for bone density, and protects against osteoporosis and bone fragility. Applying a topical salve of sage can improve skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

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Research in the Garden

Tuesday, October 04, 2016
by Paige Lyons | Arts Director

The Allen Centennial Garden is a great space for relaxation and learning, but did you know the Garden is also a space that supports important research here at UW-Madison? I recently had the pleasure of learning about two research projects happening in the Garden.

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Colchium Autumnale

Sunday, September 18, 2016
by Sara Vega | Sustainability and Urban Agriculture Director

Colchium Autumnale

One can find the beautiful and meek fall crocus poking its head out of the soil in various locations throughout the world, and at Allen Centennial Garden, these showy blooms mostly reside in the conifer garden.

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Welcome to Campus Badgers!

Monday, September 12, 2016
by Roberto Leon | Marketing and Outreach Director

Bucky poses with UW Students

Last Friday, we kicked off the new school year with the second annual Welcome Party.

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Garden Design Competition

Friday, September 09, 2016
by Benjamin Futa | Executive Director

Allen Centennial Garden is hosting a garden design competition for University of Wisconsin-Madison students. The winning team will execute their garden design next spring, and each member also will receive a $500 scholarship award.

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Angelica gigas

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
by Peter Hauser | Horticulture Director

 

Angelica Gigas

In the northeast corner of the English Garden stands the brilliant and intriguing Angelica gigas, a short-lived perennial native to Asia. With beautiful dark purple-red obovate flowers, Angelica grows four to five feet high and has firm roots and a ridged stem.

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Wisconsin Medicinal Plant Symposium and Trip

Friday, August 12, 2016
by Roberto Leon | Marketing and Outreach Director

Wisconsin Medicinal Plant Symposium

On September 30, 2016 from 1-6pm the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin will host Wisconsin’s Medicinal Plant Symposium. Join a community of professionals, students and the general public for a series of talks about medicinal plants. Featuring guest speakers with various backgrounds in the field.  The talks will range from the intricate relationships of humans and plants in Wisconsin Native American communities to other countries, such as Tibet. This event is free and open to the public.

1-4:30PM | TALKS AT EBLING AUDITORIUM

The Intangible Component of Plant Healing
Edith Leoso – of Bad River Band Tribal Historic Preservation Office

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Student Directors in the Windy City

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
by Roberto Leon | Marketing and Outreach Director

Lurie Garden in Chicago

Our Student Directors made their way to Chicago the past two Fridays to explore other establishments similar to our own. The purpose of these field trips was to expose us to other ways of thinking and gain inspiration for some ideas we are currently working on. Take a look at what some of the Student Directors said.

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Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-Sharon

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
by Saige Henkel | Horticulture Student Director

Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-Sharon

On the far west side of the Iris Meadow, snuggled into the nook of the rock wall near the Gazebo, there is a profusion of lavender-blue flowers on full display. These blooms belong to the Rose-of-Sharon shrub, a native plant to Southeast Asia. Each individual flower only lasts about 24 hours before they drop off in the evening.

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In Season: Udon Noodle Vegetable Medley

Thursday, June 30, 2016
by Josh Steger | Sustainability and Urban Agriculture Director

Image of finished product- Udon Noodles

The Vegetable Garden has begun to sprout its first produce. In light of this annual accomplishment, Josh Steger, our Sustainability and Urban Agriculture Director has created a dish that is in season. Check out the recipe below.

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Welcome Boys and Girls Club

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
by Elin Meliska | Education Coordinator

You will see some new bright and shining faces if you stop by the Garden on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The Allen Centennial Garden has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to host activities for future gardeners this summer. Twice a week the Garden hosts groups of children ages 6-12. While in the Garden the children get to pick and eat produce from our edible garden, make healthy smoothies using local ingredients from Eagle Heights and Super Charged Smoothies, and create tile masterpieces that will be glazed and fired by Wheel House Studios and placed throughout the Garden.

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Summer Sundays: Concerts in the Garden

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
by Roberto Leon | Marketing Coordinator

Add a little bit of musical enjoyment to your Sunday afternoons this summer with Summer Sundays: Concerts in the Garden. This new concert series will feature some of the best musical groups in Madison ranging from classical to jazz chamber music. The concerts will be held alternating Sunday afternoons starting June 26 and ending September 22, from 4 p.m. to 5:30p.m. in our English Garden.

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Posh Plants 2016 Revisited

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Events Management Student Director

Posh Plants Botanical Runway Show OutakeOver 100 guests gathered in the Garden this past Saturday night for Posh Plants, an annual fundraiser and botanical runway show hosted by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden. Attendees were treated to an evening of classic jazz music performed by the Paul Muench Quartet, delicious food and the special introduction of “10 Babcock Drive,” a new Allen Centennial Garden inspired cocktail concocted by Graze Restaurant.

With the help of the attendees and our online auction, the Garden was able to raise over $20,000 for future programming and student internships offered at the Garden.

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Summer of Green Medicine

Sunday, June 05, 2016
by Josh Steger | Sustainability and Urban Agriculture Director

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Month of May Extravaganza

Thursday, May 26, 2016
by Roberto Leon | Marketing Coordinator

Guests gather around the Great Lawn during Open Night Mic

The month of May has been a particularly busy one in the Garden; with over 8 events held within the first couple of weeks! The Garden is happy to have welcomed many of you through the gates this May and we look forward to your return for a visit. For more information on events in the Garden, be sure to check out our Garden Calendar.

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Posh Plants is Approaching

Monday, May 02, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

Posh Plants Promotional Imagery

Presented by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden, Posh Plants is the premier fundraiser for the Allen Centennial Garden. It’s not your typical fundraiser; this lively evening of music, silent auction and live auction runway show, offers something for everyone. We will also unveil a special partnership with Graze restaurant, a cutting-edge farm-to-table style restaurant in the hustle and bustle of downtown Madison. Graze will be adding a special “Garden Cocktail” featuring ingredients from Allen Centennial Garden, and Posh Plant guests will be the first to get a taste of the action.

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Our Planting Brings All the Bulbs to the Yard

Sunday, May 01, 2016
by Saige Henkel | Public Garden Leadership Intern

English Garden with Bulb Lawn

Spring is one of the most vibrant and anticipated seasons at the Allen Centennial Garden, and this year it is especially welcome. If you’ve been wandering in and around the Garden during the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a few thousand new pops of color in the English Lawn.

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Meet the Student Design Competition Winners

Monday, April 11, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

Portraits of both design teams

Two talented teams of UW students have won the inaugural Allen Centennial Garden design competition. They submitted drafts of their designs for the North and South annual gardens in the Allen Centennial Garden, and now their beautiful creations are coming to life!

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UW Family Gardening Day

Monday, April 11, 2016
by Elin Meliska | Education Coordinator

As spring weather starts to arrive, area gardeners are invited to celebrate the season and find ideas for their gardens—big and small—at the UW Family Gardening Day. This year’s event will take place Saturday, May 7 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The free, family-friendly event runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the university’s Allen Centennial Garden, Steenbock Memorial Library, UW Biotron, and D.C. Smith Instructional Greenhouse. UW-Madison and UW-Extension experts and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about plants, soils, weeds and pests; offer advice for gardens of all sizes; and host a variety of demonstrations and displays on topics such as limited-space gardens, edible gardens and ways to extend the growing season.

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Allen Centennial Garden Takes Education to New Heights

Friday, April 01, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

Portrait of Elin Meliska 

The opportunity to develop an education program from the ground up attracted Elin Meliska to the Education Coordinator position at the Allen Centennial Garden.

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Donated Logs From the UW Arboretum Get Second Life in the Garden

Friday, April 01, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

The Allen Centennial Garden is looking forward to a bountiful harvest of Shiitake mushrooms by as early as this fall! Thomas Bryan, a Nelson Institute Ph.D. student and greenhouse manager at Leopold Hall, partnered with the Garden and the UW Arboretum to make this exciting project happen. Longenecker Horticulture Gardens Curator, David Stevens, generously donated extra maple, beech, musclewood and crab apple tree wood for the project.

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Beyond the Garden Gates: Plant Database Development

Thursday, March 31, 2016
by Tayler Stenglein | Plants Record Intern

Illustration of Garden Map

Working with the Allen Centennial Garden isn’t just about planting and getting your hands dirty; there are a lot of exciting projects being worked on behind the scenes. For the past several months, I’ve been working on a new online plant database. Very soon, the world will have access to information about every plant in our collection!

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Luminous 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

Allen Centennial Garden hosted a new wintertime garden event on February 19–20, Luminous. Over 3,000 people came to enjoy the Garden and the six elegantly designed luminary exhibits, bonfires, s’mores and hot chocolate. The Garden interns were the masterminds behind the event and each curated a different installation. Peaceful illuminations lit up the Garden and no one let the high winds on Friday lower their spirit's. Thank you to everyone who attended in 2016. We're already making plans for the return of Luminous in 2017!

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Allen Centennial Garden's Favorite Spring-planted Bulbs

Sunday, February 28, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

Bulbs

It’s that time of year again fellow gardeners! Springtime is fast approaching and that means our gardens are starting to wake up. In celebration of spring, we want to share a few of our favorite spring-planted bulbs that will make any garden the talk of the town come summertime.

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Love Is In the Air

Sunday, February 14, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

Sean and Katey Pratt at Olbrich Garden during a intern field trip with the Allen Centennial Garden

The Allen Centennial Garden is a place of beauty, serenity and romance. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re exploring one couple’s love story that had its start in the Garden.

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Luminous: Luminaries in the Garden

Monday, February 01, 2016
by Ben Futa | Garden Director

Luminous

Friday & Saturday | February 19–20, 5:30–8pm

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