Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Click on the above links for Perennials & Bulbs, Shrubs, or Trees for detailed information on each plant in the Sidewalk Garden.

The Sidewalk Garden borders the sidewalk on the north side of the Dane County UW Extension building, along Fen Oak Drive.  The garden offers “curb appeal” to both pedestrians and drivers.  Sidewalk gardens, like boulevard gardens, tend to be tough sites known for dry soil and salt from the winter.  Plants in this garden were selected based on their ability to live and flourish in difficult urban sites that often occur near sidewalks.  Salt tolerant species in the Sidewalk Garden, that are also drought tolerant, include: Achillea millefolium (‘Moonshine’ yarrow), Amorpha canescens (lead plant), Baptisia (false indigo), Berberis thunbergii (barberry), Calamagrostis x acutiflora (‘Karl Foerster’ European Feather Reed Grass),  Dianthus (pinks), Eryngium (sea holly), Euphorbia polychrome (spurge), Gaillardia (blanket flower) Hemerocallis (daylily), Iris germanica, leucanthemum x superbum (shasta daisy), Quercus (oak), Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac), Rudbeckia fulgida (black-eyed susan), Salvia (sage), Sedum, Shepherdia argentea (silver buffaloberry), Veronica (speedwell), etc.   Clethra alnifolia (summer sweet), Lilium (Asiatic lilies) and Syringa reticulata (Japanese tree lilac) are salt tolerant, but not drought tolerant.

Karen Allenstein served as Adopt-a-Garden Team Leader for the Sidewalk Garden in 2017.  Team Members include:

Page Danley 2nd Year
Rick Schwalbach 1st Year
Donna Paulnock 1st Year
Karen Anderson 1st Year
Reggie Moody 1st Year