Virtual Events

While we are staying Safer at Home due to COVID-19, enjoy these virtual Garden programs and activities.

Let’s Grow Stuff!

We’re excited to introduce Let’s Grow Stuff, a new web series created in partnership with PBS Wisconsin featuring Garden Director, Ben Futa. Let’s Grow Stuff features quick, easy wins for beginning gardeners and rolls out weekly throughout the growing season.

Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover in a future episode by emailing us info@allencentennialgarden.org

Let's Grow Stuff: Getting Rid of Grass

We are excited to share the first episode of a new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this first episode, we'll learn quick and safe ways to turn a grassy area into a space for growing vegetables. This chemical-free method makes use of cardboard and compost to smother grass. Also, we'll learn how to calculate how much compost you’ll need based on the size of your garden. We'll have a new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday at noon!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Monday, 1 June 2020

Let's Grow Stuff: Coping With Critters

At the start of this #NationalGardenWeek, we are excited to share the next episode of a new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we'll learn easy methods to protect our plants from critters by creating a simple fence and making use of other household items. No method is 100% critter-proof, but these ideas will help give your garden a fighting chance. We'll have a new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday at noon!A note of correction from Ben after an error was spotted by one of our eagle-eyed viewers: "In this episode, you'll learn math, specifically how to calculate area – except, we meant to say perimeter, so make sure you measure perimeter!" Thanks for the catch and our apology for the mistake!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Monday, 8 June 2020

Let's Grow Stuff – Preparing Containers

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we'll learn why containers are the perfect solution for small space gardening on decks and patios. Ben shows us how to set ourself up for container growing success with the three key elements of light, drainage and soil. We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday at noon!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Monday, 15 June 2020

Let's Grow Stuff – Planting In Your Garden

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we'll learn how to plant both transplants from the garden center and seeds from packets in the garden. Learn how to set yourself up for successful vegetable gardening with proper planting depth and spacing. We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Monday, 22 June 2020

Let's Grow Stuff – Planting In Your Container

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we'll learn how containers are great for growing in small spaces. We’ll plant a container with herbs for cooking and cocktails! Learn about the three key elements in container planting design: Thrillers, Spillers and Fillers.We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Friday, 26 June 2020

Let's Grow Stuff: Getting Started with Compost

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we'll learn how to create our own compost from simple ingredients around our home and yard. Compost can improve the quality of your soil while also keeping things out of the waste cycle. Simple ingredients combine to make something that will benefit your garden all season long. Special thanks to Eagle Heights Community Garden for this week's location!We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Let's Grow Stuff – Controlling Weeds

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we learn how weeds have an important ecological role to play, and why understanding them is the first step to managing them. Ben demonstrates how to limit weeds through mulching and cultivating. Learn the difference between annual weeds and perennial weeds and how best to deal with them. Spending just 15-30 minutes a week on weed management can make a big difference in the long run. We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Friday, 10 July 2020

Let's Grow Stuff – All About Bugs

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us get started growing our own vegetables, herbs and other good stuff. In this episode, we learn how Insects are an essential partner in keeping our garden happy and healthy. Learn about predatory insects and pollinators, and what to do if you see signs of insect damage on your plants. Ben is joined in this episode by special guest Sarah Karlson, Farm and Education Manager of Badger Rock Neighborhood Center.We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Thursday, 16 July 2020

Let's Grow Stuff – Watering Your Garden

We are excited to share the next episode of the new online gardening series from PBS Wisconsin. In Let's Grow Stuff, Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will help us learn some quick tips to help maintain consistent soil moisture to prevent our garden from drying out during the summer. Plus, we'll learn some water-saving tips!We'll have another new episode of Let's Grow Stuff for you each Monday!

Posted by PBS Wisconsin on Thursday, 23 July 2020

Virtual Lunchtime Wellness

One of our favorite weekly summer events, Lunchtime Wellness, has returned this season online via Facebook and Instagram every Wednesday at 11 AM.

Do your plants need some TLC? Find out how to get your greens clean and cared for here.

 

Creating a new plant from a cutting of a current plant can seem daunting… Our DIY Propagation Video  goes step by step so your new plant is as healthy as your current one. Great for inexpensive and heartwarming gifts!

Let’s upcycle! Do you have old, burnt out candle jars that you just can’t seem to throw out? Follow our step-by-step guide on flipping jars into a houseplant’s new home in this Lunchtime Wellness: Jars to Gems.

 

Challenge yourself (and your friends) to get outside with Lunchtime Wellness Bingo! Horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners? Play all the ways and fill your card.

Want to test your plant knowledge? Looking for a grass alternative? Need to be matched with a new houseplant? We’ve got you covered. Take one of these Garden quizzes and check out these awesome resources! 

In the mood to press some flowers? This Lunchtime Wellness video shows you an easy way to preserve your favorite flowers. Tune in to our next video to see how they turn out!

Ready to see how last week’s pressed flowers turned out? Check out this Lunchtime Wellness’ results to see what we did with them!

We’re walking you through some tips and tricks that anyone with a smartphone can use to up their photography game in this Lunchtime Wellness video. 

This Lunchtime Wellness video helps you get rid of the creepy crawlies hiding on your plants.

All-ages Coloring Pages & Activity Sheets

Take some time to download and color in these original coloring pages, based on Garden flora, critters, and architecture. Upload and tag us on Facebook, and we’ll share your creations.

What’s better than a crossword puzzle? An Allen Centennial Garden lawn-themed crossword puzzle.

 

Answer key here.

Did you know that there are more 4+ letter words in PEONIES than there are species? There are 56 words and 33 species! How many words can you make out of PEONIES? Check out the worksheet here.