Allen Centennial Edible Garden


The Edible gardens consist of the Herb, Vegetable, Small Fruits and Orchard gardens. Food for human consumption was one of the first gardening incentives in history and continues to be an important function of many home gardens today. In addition, these gardens include representative crops of economic importance grown (produced) in Wisconsin.
The Vegetable Garden is represented by both a traditional garden bed and containers. Many vegetables are adaptable to container gardening, allowing homeowners to garden without owning a yard. The bed garden is planted much later than typical for standard vegetable gardens because it is used as a teaching aid for the fall vegetable course and vegetables would be past their prime by that time.
The Herb Garden is enclosed in interlocking twines of sheared barberry typical of the French parterre, an ornamental garden area in which the beds and paths form a pattern. The use of two different colors of barberry adds to the design.
The Orchard Garden contains semi-dwarf cultivars of two fruit crops important to Wisconsin, apples and cherries. In addition, this garden also boasts a lovely line of apples and pears espaliered in the French style. The Small Fruits Garden demonstrates both traditional bed gardening and container gardening that support specially bred "colonnade" apples.

Location
620 Babcock Drive



Hours
Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. No entrance fee.

Contact
Ed Lyon
Garden Director



Vegetable
Vegetable
Vegetable
Vegetable
Edible
Edible
Herb
Herb