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Millennia in the Making

Monday, May 21, 2018
by Benjamin Futa | Executive Director

As a public garden, we’re always challenging ourselves to create and present inspiring, compelling and beautiful horticultural displays. In tandem with this, we also want to tell a story because ultimately, as a living museum, our plants and garden spaces are conduits to discover deeper meaning and uncover an often hidden history behind plants and why we grow them. While gardens are constantly changing, the origins of how we garden and the design ideals we use, are taken for granted today, but have deep roots in our history. This is the story of how a garden in Italy inspired a garden in California, that in turn inspired our garden here in Madison.

We begin our story in 79 AD with the eruption of the volcano, Vesuvius. While Pompeii gets most of the attention, it also buried the town of Herculaneum, and with it, the Villa dei Papiri.

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Tags: Garden Display and Design, Exhibits

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

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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Tags: UW Students, Classes, Garden Display and Design, Exhibits

Meet the Student Design Competition Winners

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

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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Tags: UW Students, Garden Display and Design, Exhibits

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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Tags: UW Students, Garden Display and Design, Exhibits

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