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May Resilient Plant

Thursday, May 16, 2019
by Josh Steger | Director of Horticulture

If you’re looking for something that will perform all year in your garden, False Blue Indigo is your answer.  This plant has many great attributes in beauty, toughness and novelty uses, making this a great plant for resiliency.  Where do I begin with this one?

Baptisia australis is from the legume family Fabaceae and is native to Wisconsin! Baptisia can be found growing in meadows and prairies throughout Wisconsin.  Baptisia grow about 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide, taking on the size of a small perennial shrub.  Baptisia takes a good 2 to 3 years to get established.  Once established, they can form a 15 feet long taproot in the ground, making it almost impossible to move.  Having a taproot this long has many advantages. One, it makes the plant more likely to become resistant to drought by finding water sources deeper in the ground.  Two, being that it is a native plant to prairies and meadows, it can withstand harsh winters and controlled prairie burns in the spring. Lastly, within these roots microorganisms produce nitrogen, which is taken up by this plant and other surrounding plants.  

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April Resilient Plant

Tuesday, April 02, 2019
by Josh Steger | Director of Horticulture

Carex pensylvanica, Oak Sedge

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March Resilient Plant

Monday, March 11, 2019
by Josh Steger | Director of Horticulture

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2019 Theme: Resiliency

Friday, February 01, 2019
by Ben Futa | Executive Director

Throughout 2019, the Garden will explore resiliency. What does this mean for us – and for you – in the season to come?

First, let’s begin with how we define resiliency. For the Garden, this goes beyond a notion of sustainability. Resiliency is about restoration, regeneration, and adaptability in the face of adversity and pressure. As our climate continues to change, how can we – as gardeners of all experiences – wield our collective potential to make our communities stronger?

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Tags: Garden Display and Design, Exhibits, Green Initiatives

Tomatoes Galore!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
by Josh Steger | Head Gardener

 

The tomatoes are here, and they are ripening fast!  If you're anything like us at the Garden, before you know it you’ll have pounds of tomatoes on hand and won’t be sure what to do with them all.  I’ll never say no to a tomato sandwich during the summer or fresh salsa, but sometimes you need some new ideas on how to use up your bounty.  Here are a few of my favorite summer tomato recipes.  With recipes like this, you won’t want to share any extra tomatoes with your neighbors.  Enjoy!

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Tags: Green Initiatives

The Bees are Happy Despite a Late Start to the Season

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
by Will Olson | Horticulture Student Director

With the strange Spring weather, most beekeepers got a late start to installing their new hives. Here at Allen Centennial Garden, we installed our hives on the first of May, which is four weeks later than last year. Unfortunately, we lost both of our hives during last winter’s fluctuating climate and we had to install two new hives for this year.

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Lunchtime Wellness Series

Friday, May 18, 2018
by Elin Meliska | Director of Programs and Community Engagement

Allen Centennial Garden is committed to reconnecting Madison residents and the UW community with nature. This summer experience a holistic wellness program that seeks to improve mental health through lunchtime offerings at the Garden. Bring your lunch and enjoy different themes that will change weekly and include topics such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation, healthy eating and art--all with a horticultural twist. All sessions are on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm.

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Tags: UW Students, Classes, Green Initiatives

Pollinator Experts at UW

Monday, February 19, 2018
by Allen Centennial Garden Staff

 

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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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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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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

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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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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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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