Botany



A tree shines yellow near the UW–Madison Arboretum
Each year, as August fades into September here in southern Wisconsin, it always seems to take me by surprise to see the bright greens of spring and summer subtly transition to the goldens and burgundys of autumn. The trees and prairies slowly changing their attire. “But isn’t it too soon?” […]

Why do leaves change color in the fall?




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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



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