Botany


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Perhaps you’ve noticed: It’s spring and the Plants Are Blooming. Maybe it’s the smell of the lilacs, or the buzzing of bees. Or perhaps it’s the lush greens and bursts of color blurring your field of vision. But have you ever wondered how the landscape transitions from the brown drab of […]

Why flowers need winter


A tree shines yellow near the UW–Madison Arboretum
The following comes from scifun.org, Learn About … The Chemistry of Autumn Colors: Every autumn across the Northern Hemisphere, the lengthening nights and falling temperatures induce trees to prepare for winter. In these preparations, they shed billions of tons of leaves. In certain regions, the shedding of leaves is preceded by […]

Why do leaves change color in the fall?




Rock garden at Allen Centennial Gardens
Allen Centennial Garden is the artful living laboratory and public botanical garden of the Horticulture Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Garden serves as an outdoor classroom for UW-Madison students and the surrounding communities, providing meaningful learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. It’s also quite beautiful, as you’ll […]

Rock garden is riot of color at UW-Madison



Brilliant yellow flower with fringed stamens loaded with pollen.
The pharmacy garden outside Rennebohm Hall hosts a couple dozen plant species that are traditionally used for depression, anxiety, menopause, fever, gout and rheumatism. The point, says garden initiator Jeanette Roberts, a professor of pharmacy, is to show how the roots of many medicines lie in the plants around us. UW-Madison researchers […]

Pharmacy garden explores plant roots of medicine




Pink-purple, circular flower with darker purple center and yellow stamens and pistils.
Located on University Ave. at Mills St. in Madison, Wis., the 500+ species Botany Garden serves research, teaching and the senses. Mo Fayyaz, the horticultural mastermind  who has directed the garden for more than 30 years, says it’s “the first garden in the world to be based on angiosperm phylogeny.” Related […]

When Trish O’Kane assigned students in What does the fox say? Sustainability from a non-human perspective to spend 30 minutes a day at a chosen spot on the UW-Madison campus, nobody expected this to happen! More: Students provide feedback and lessons learned for campus master plan

Assignment: Life in the woods