July 16, 2022

Allen Centennial Garden, a free public garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers a pleasant garden stroll around a Queen Anne mansion. The garden was our final stop on the recent Madison Garden Bloggers Fling tour. I also made a quick visit with friends before the Fling kicked off, on a blazingly bright midday. These pics are from both visits.

Built in 1896, the historic house was once a dean’s home. Today it appears in need of a renovation, but it’s still a striking focal point anywhere in the surrounding garden.

Iron urns add period style to wide stone steps on the terrace, displaying everything from agaves to chard. Beyond, an oval of lawn is encircled by conifers, deciduous trees, shrubs, and perennials, which screen campus buildings that rise above the garden.

A smoky-red canna echoes a painted balustrade.

More red shows up in the foliage of a graceful Japanese maple overlooking a large lily pond.

The pond

I was noticing all the reds! Here’s the lovely flower of a Carolina allspice shrub (Calycanthus floridus).

Golden foliage and flowers in a rocky dry garden are also eye-catching.

The dry garden surprised me a little, seeing as we were in the land of lakes and precipitation (rain and snow). But the heat- and gravel-loving plants were surely enjoying the 90-degree temps of late June.

A crevice garden — today’s dry-garden trend — also looked pretty.

A miniature mountain range with dry-loving sedums and other small plants tucked in the crevices

Wildflowers were blooming there too.

A wider angle shows a gazebo and red Japanese maple beyond.

Gazebo view

Formal garden on the hot sunny midday…

…and on the mellower last day of the Fling.

Conifer path — love those blues

Gold and blue-green foliage

Pretty blue alliums

Foxglove?

And sparkler-like alliums!

Up next: Clematis galore in Janet Aaberg’s garden. For a look back at a nearly extinct tree, an American chestnut at UW Arboretum, click here.

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July 16, 2022

Allen Centennial Garden, a free public garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers a pleasant garden stroll around a Queen Anne mansion. The garden was our final stop on the recent Madison Garden Bloggers Fling tour. I also made a quick visit with friends before the Fling kicked off, on a blazingly bright midday. These pics are from both visits.

Built in 1896, the historic house was once a dean’s home. Today it appears in need of a renovation, but it’s still a striking focal point anywhere in the surrounding garden.

Iron urns add period style to wide stone steps on the terrace, displaying everything from agaves to chard. Beyond, an oval of lawn is encircled by conifers, deciduous trees, shrubs, and perennials, which screen campus buildings that rise above the garden.

A smoky-red canna echoes a painted balustrade.

More red shows up in the foliage of a graceful Japanese maple overlooking a large lily pond.

The pond

I was noticing all the reds! Here’s the lovely flower of a Carolina allspice shrub (Calycanthus floridus).

Golden foliage and flowers in a rocky dry garden are also eye-catching.

The dry garden surprised me a little, seeing as we were in the land of lakes and precipitation (rain and snow). But the heat- and gravel-loving plants were surely enjoying the 90-degree temps of late June.

A crevice garden — today’s dry-garden trend — also looked pretty.

A miniature mountain range with dry-loving sedums and other small plants tucked in the crevices

Wildflowers were blooming there too.

A wider angle shows a gazebo and red Japanese maple beyond.

Gazebo view

Formal garden on the hot sunny midday…

…and on the mellower last day of the Fling.

Conifer path — love those blues

Gold and blue-green foliage

Pretty blue alliums

Foxglove?

And sparkler-like alliums!

Up next: Clematis galore in Janet Aaberg’s garden. For a look back at a nearly extinct tree, an American chestnut at UW Arboretum, click here.

I welcome your comments. Please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. And hey, did someone forward this email to you, and you want to subscribe? Click here to get Digging delivered directly to your inbox!

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Digging Deeper

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added. The 6th season kicks off in fall 2022.

All material (C) 2022 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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