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Horticulture Therapy at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

Monday, December 18, 2017
by Elin Meliska | Director of Programs and Community Engagement

In October of 2016 I took an “Introduction to Horticulture Therapy” class through the Horticulture Therapy Institute to better understand how plants can act as a catalyst for mental and physical healing. This class showed how therapeutic horticulture can be used in a variety of settings, from early autism intervention to memory care patients, which helps participants achieve their physical and mental wellness goals. As gardeners, we know the wonderful effects gardening has on our physical and mental well being, and I was excited to apply my new skills and bring the joy of gardening to others.

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Andrée Valley Artist Exhibition in the Garden

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
by Allen Centennial Garden

 

This fall and winter, Allen Centennial Garden is having an art exhibition that features the talented work by artist, Andrée Valley. Andrée Valley received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Denver and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Her background is in ceramics and sculpture, and for the last 20 years she has been primarily used metal for her sculptural medium. She has created metal sculptures that are shaped into various designs throughout the Garden. Andrée’s sculptures are brightly colored and abstract, allowing visitors to create their own understanding and connection to the pieces. The Triffid Group, located in the English Garden, is the only non-abstract piece in the collection. This piece was inspired by a science fiction novel by John Wyndham, called The Day of the Triffids, where bioengineered seeds grow into beautiful plants filled with nutrients, but also with a sinister side. Andrée’s piece represents the brighter side of their nature. As seasons progress, Andrée’s art will illuminate the Garden and will add lots of color to the Garden this winter.

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Tags: Garden Display and Design

Preparing for winter: Keep planting!

Thursday, November 09, 2017
by Tom Bryan | Greenhouse Manager at GreenHouse Learning Community

Fall isn’t all about harvesting. You may be tired from all the summer work, hauling in piles of pumpkins and pecks of peppers. Alas, your vegetable garden (and the weeds!) will keep growing. Over my years managing the ½-acre GreenHouse Learning Community Garden in Eagle Heights, we have come up with many fall tasks to keep our 90+ undergraduate residents engaged in the garden before winter (and midterms) hit. Plus, most of these tasks do double-duty by preventing weeds from establishing.

First up, planting garlic. My all-time favorite crop. Somehow, planting garlic in mid-to-late October makes the impending darkness of winter seem more hospitable for me. Plant as you would most other bulbs: with papery coatings intact, good and deep, maybe a touch of slow-release fertilizer, then tuck in with some thick mulch. If you still have the energy after planting, now’s a good time to cover the rest of your beds with thick mulch too. Soon enough, the garlic will emerge to greet spring.

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Tags: Garden Display and Design, Green Initiatives

A Marriage with Deep Roots

Thursday, August 17, 2017
by Allen Centennial Garden

The Agriculture Dean’s Residence is a stately Victorian Gothic home at the center of the Allen Centennial Garden. The Garden recently spoke with a past occupant, one who shared her story of growing up in the Residence as campus grew up around her.

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New Aquatic Plantings Arrive!

Monday, July 17, 2017
by Julia Radomski | Student Director of Branding and Horticulture

After a month of extensive research and planning, an enhanced ecosystem is emerging in our pond! New plantings are creating a lush aquatic ecosystem, expanding on the success of our Biofiler installation. A number of exciting new plants have arrived – we hope you’ll visit soon to see for yourself, but below are some of our favorites.

The first type of new aquatic plant introduced are oxygenators; specifically Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) and Marsh Mermaidweed (Proserpinaca palustris). These plants are fully submerged in the water and give off oxygen during the day and take in oxygen at night. This helps combat ammonia poisoning of our popular Koi fish, while also filtering the water. In addition, these plants make tasty treats for our koi! Unfortunately, after deciding to uproot every one of them, they instead found the water lilies a better snack to munch on...

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Emerging Professionals Experience Chicago

Friday, July 14, 2017
by Allen Centennial Garden

Professional development and networking are critical experiences for emerging professionals, and they’re a key tenant of the Garden’s Student Director summer experience. Garden staff and students recently journeyed to Chicago for a special behind-the-scenes field trip exploring public gardens, cultural spaces, exceptional landscape design, and urban agriculture.

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New Plantings Celebrate Sustainability

Monday, July 03, 2017
by Saige Henkel | Student Director of Horticulture

If you’ve walked past the Garden in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed something a little more colorful about our exterior—the Corner Garden at the intersection of Babcock and Observatory has been planted! After weeks of planning and patience, the hard work of staff and volunteers has paid off in the form of a more vibrant and sustainable design that blends seamlessly with last year’s perennial meadow installation along Babcock Drive.

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Tags: Garden Display and Design, Green Initiatives

Students Travel Abroad

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
by Peter Hauser | Student Director of Horticulture

My name is Peter Hauser, a senior at UW-Madison, currently working a summer horticulture student directorship at Allen Centennial Garden.

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Rock Garden Receives Rave Reviews

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
by Allen Centennial Garden

On May 19–20th the Wisconsin-Illinois Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) hosted the 2017 NARGS Spring Study Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. More than 70 avid rock gardeners from across North America enjoyed a visit to the Garden, despite a cold and wet afternoon.

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Tags: Garden Display and Design, Exhibits

Down the Rabbit Hole

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
by Thi Le | Student Director of Horticulture and Community

Close your eyes. Feel the warm sun rays smooth across your face and pull your lips into a smile. Summer is coming, and with it the unveiling of curious blossoms and adventurous leaves as they expose their sweet aromas and playful colors to your anticipating wonder. What secrets will the garden share with us? What beauties will it reveal? Come, explore a Moment in Thyme garden and see what’s down the rabbit hole.

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Tags: UW Students, Green Initiatives

The Season of Spice

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
by Benjamin Futa | Executive Director

Anyone who tends a garden is an artist – choreographers of the “slowest of the performing arts” – gardening. So much joy, excitement, and hope is found in the emerald green foliage of emerging spring bulbs. Even before the flowers emerge, they’re a harbinger: the warm-up act of a carefully curated horticultural performance that will span the next 12 months until the cycle begins again. In this spirit, we are renewed and energized for another season in the Allen Centennial Garden.

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Saving the Monarchs

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Student Director of Communications and Events

David Thompson is dedicated to the preservation of Monarch Butterflies. Monarchs can be found all across The United States, but normally travel to Mexico or coastal California for the winter months. According to Xerces Society, a non-profit that focuses on invertebrate conservation, since the 1990s, overwintered Monarch populations have decreased from anywhere between 74 and 80 percent.

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Tags: Green Initiatives

Study Abroad Bucket List - Garden Edition

Thursday, January 26, 2017
by Nikki Novoselsky

I have worked at the Allen Centennial Garden for a semester and now I am going on another journey to Seville, Spain to study for the upcoming semester! Since working at the Garden I am more aware of the beauty that surrounds me and have loved getting to know the Garden throughout the seasons and discovering its charm with every visit. With this newfound appreciation for nature, I want to continue exploring the splendor of different gardens. As I travel to Spain I figured this would be the perfect time to tour the unique gardens Europe has to offer. I’ve compiled a bucket list of some of the best gardens across Europe that I hope to travel to while I’m studying abroad – here’s a few of the highlights!

 

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