Two garden beds frame the front entrance to the Dane County UW Extension office building on the left and right to welcome visitors. A two story glass wall surrounds the front interior staircase of the building allowing a bird’s eye view and creating a striking backdrop for the garden. Given the high visibility of the Welcome Garden, plant selection is focused on cultivars that look attractive throughout the growing season and that represent plants across the entire Teaching Garden. There are approximately 100 different cultivars in the garden, including 20 specimen trees and shrubs. The garden showcases species found across the other 12 garden areas: heucheras, ornamental grasses, sedums, prairie smoke, etc.
In November 2017, a visitor welcome sign was installed in the Welcome garden. The sign will includes a map of the Teaching Garden and information on the scannable QR coded plant labels.
Karen Allenstein is the Team Leader for the Welcome Garden. To join the Welcome Garden team, contact Karen Allenstein. 2019 continuing team members are:
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