University Display Gardens

Ornamental and Vegetable Plant Trials
March 9, 2017

Thinking of expanding your garden? See how different plant varieties perform specifically in the Madison area. We evaluate flowers and vegetables on a number of criteria and make that information available to you! The data is also used to help …

Sat, August 12th–Open House and Horticultural Field Day! (Free Event)

Join us in the beautiful display gardens on Saturday, August 12th, for an Open House/Horticultural Field Day! UW Extension and faculty will be available to answer your questions about pests, pollinators, plant disease, organics, and more! Table grapes and veggie …

Commercial Flower Growers of WI flower evaluations, 2016 season
October 28, 2016

In 2016, the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin selected over 150 ornamental flowers for evaluation in the Display Gardens.  The results of monthly and overall ratings are posted here: 2016flowerevals_cfgw

Effectiveness of Low-Risk Pesticides on Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot Disease and Cranberry Leaf Mulch for Weed Suppression
February 7, 2014

Please click on the link below to see to the pdf version of the research trial results. 2011-13 CFGW powdery mildew factsheet

2013 UW-WMARS Annual Flower Evaluations
November 22, 2013

The 2013 season is over and the results of our annual flower trials have been compiled. This year we conducted evaluations on 182 flower cultivars in our general trial and an additional 85 cultivars within our CFGW (Commercial Flower Growers …

Fungal Friends or Fungal Foes III: Fungal Pathogens that Produce Sclerotia
August 9, 2013

What is a Sclerotium? While many fungi create spores sexually or asexually that may persist and overwinter in the soil, some fungi ensure their survival further by making specialized structures such as a sclerotium. In general, a sclerotium is composed …

Insect of the Week
July 26, 2013

This week we’ll be talking about one of this author’s favorite pests of the gardens, the Tomato Hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata). The image below shows a particularly large specimen that showed up in our gardens this week. Named “Hornworm” for the …

Culinary Creations from the Garden
July 23, 2013

Pak Choi Scientifically classified as Brassica rapa ssp. chinensis, Pak choi is generally grouped together with a few other B. rapa subspecies referred to as “Chinese Cabbage”. Pak choi (often spelt as Bok choy, Pak choy, or Bok choi) was transliterated …

Insect of the Week
July 18, 2013

Hey insect fans! This week we’ll be talking about the Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata), a pest of cucurbit crops that made its first appearance in the gardens this past week. (pictured below – our apologies for the small picture, …

Fungal Friends or Fungal Foes II: One Last Note About Our Peonies…
July 9, 2013

Erysiphaceae: After cutting back our peonies a few weeks ago, we started to notice a sprinkled crystal-like pattern webbing across the leaves of our plants. It was clear that these signs were a signature of a fungal pathogen, from the …