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Pollinator Experts at UW

Monday, February 19, 2018
by Allen Centennial Garden Staff

 

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New Aquatic Plantings Arrive!

Monday, July 17, 2017
by Julie 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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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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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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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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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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Sage: The Herb of All Trades

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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ACG Recipe: Puréed Root Vegetable and Leek Soup

Monday, November 23, 2015
by Josh Steger | Education and Community Programs Intern

 

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Winter Gardening

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

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Huge Success at Dogs on Call

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
by Roberto Leon | Marketing & Outreach Intern

two girls with dog

 

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Welcome to the New Allen Centennial Garden Website

Friday, August 28, 2015
by Roberto Leon, Marketing & Outreach Intern

welcome to the garden

Welcome to the new website of the Allen Centennial Garden. This new platform is designed to be just as dynamic as the Garden itself: a reflection of the seasons and the unique activities happening year-round. 

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