Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Click on the above links for Perennials, Shrubs, or Trees for detailed information on each plant in the Naturalistic Garden.

The Naturalistic Garden is located on the west side of the Dane County UW Extension office building.  Key aspects of naturalistic plantings are density, intermingling, self-sowing, spontaneous native plants and integration with nature.  This garden has 13 varieties of ornamental grasses and many native species including Amelanchier (service berry), Asclepias (butterfly weed), Echinacea (coneflower), Eutrochium maculatum (Joe Pye weed), Hamamelis (witch hazel), Helenium (sneezeweed), Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower), Liatris (gayfeather), Mimulus ringus (monkey flower), Monarda (Bee Balm), Rudbeckia (gloriosa daisy), Solidago (goldenrod), Symphyotrichum (aster), Veronicastrum (Culver’s Root), etc.  The overall effect is informal and natural.  

Naturalistic Garden Team
Team members learn about native species and cultivars, and how to design a naturalistic style garden.  Other learning opportunities include: 
  • plant division and transplanting (timing and techniques)
  • pruning techniques (numerous specimen trees in the garden)
  • weed control (mulching and dealing with Canadian thistle)
  • deadheading (to manage self-seeding)
  • diagnosing and managing insect and disease problems (eg. verticillium wilt, guinardia aesuli fungus)

Karen Allenstein is Team Leader for the Naturalistic Garden.  Her involvement with the Teaching Garden started in 2015 when she co-chaired the Master Gardener Plant Sale.  In the fall of 2015, she started work on the plant labeling project at the Teaching Garden which gave her familiarity with the variety of plants in the garden.  In the Spring of 2016, Karen launched the Adopt-a-Garden Program and served as team leader for the Naturalistic Garden, among other garden areas.  After visiting New York City’s High Line gardens, Karen was inspired to bring a naturalistic style to the Teaching Garden.

To join the Naturalistic Garden team, contact Karen Allenstein.  A big thanks to 2017 Naturalistic Garden Team members!

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