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Plant Walk: August 8, 2018

Thursday, August 09, 2018
by Julia Radomski | Horticulture Intern

Elegant Feather

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Plant Walk: August 1, 2018

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
by Will Olson | Horticulture Student Director

Artichoke

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The Idea Behind the Idea Garden

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
by Julia Radomski | Horticulture Intern

I am so excited to announce that the Idea Garden is in its final stages of installation! If you’ve been by the Garden recently, you’ve probably seen many new changes from last year, including the new Idea Garden found in between the infamous Larch and Great Lawn.

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Plant Walk: July 25, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
by Peter Hauser | Horticulture Intern

Plummed Cockcomb

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Plant Walk: July 18, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
by Allen Centennial Garden Staff

Every week, some of the student interns take us on a plant walk throughout the Garden and tell us a little bit about some of the plants blooming in the Garden that week. We post the plant walks on our Instagram every Wednesday. Follow us on Instagram at @allencentennialgarden for pretty pictures and fun facts of plants each week!

Here is a list of this week's plants and some facts to expand your knowledge, enjoy!

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The 'New' New American Garden

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
by Ben Futa | Executive Director

1,038 plants, 396 volunteer hours, 10 yards of mulch, 6 weeks, 3 truckloads of compost removed: all for one signature garden. 

Public gardens are what we call a “living museum” because like a traditional museum, we collect “things” – objects that allow us to tell stories. In the case of a garden, plants are our objects. What we collect and how we arrange plants are meant to not only be beautiful and compelling, but to inspire and engage our visitors in new conversations around a narrative of plants.

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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

Our Planting Brings All the Bulbs to the Yard

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

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

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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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

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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Winter Gardening

Friday, November 20, 2015
by Thomas Bryan | Leopold Greenhouse Manager, Division of UW Housing

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