The Allen Centennial Garden (ACG) — named after UW professors Dr. Oscar and Ethel Allen — serves as UW’s primary living laboratory, a teaching garden + facility on-campus.
🌷 Building roots
Located off the shores of Lake Monona, the garden was home to only the agricultural dean’s residence until ACG’s construction in 1985. Built around the residence, the design complements existing landscapes + plants on the grounds, featuring the Goff Larch tree — a 100-year-old tree transplanted from Door County.
UW Madison’s Centennial Garden looks like something out of a fairytale. | Photo by @cfath.ashby
🌷 Evergreen architecture
Believed by school children to be haunted, the agricultural dean’s residence is the centerpieceof the garden. The Victorian Gothic mansion was designed by Allan D. Conover and Lew F. Porter + is often referred to as 10 Babcock + the E.B. Fred House. Having housed several deans over the century, the mansion is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open from dawn to dusk at 620 Babcock Dr. with free admission, visitors are welcome to just walk in. Four-legged friends on leashes are welcome + mobile pay metered parking spots are just steps away. Want more? Join ACG for events all summer.
Parks Alive: Owl Creek Park | Thurs., June 23 | 1-4 p.m. | Owl Creek Park, 23 Horned Owl Ct. | Free | Build community, strengthen relationships, and explore nature at Owl Creek Park.
Madison Mallards: Bark in the Park | Thurs., June 23 | The Duck Pond, 2920 N. Sherman Ave. | Gates open at 5:35 p.m., game starts at 6:35 p.m. | $13+ | Bring your furry friends for a pre-game pup parade around the park and stick around to cheer on the Mallards as they take on the Battle Creek Bombers. ⚾ *
CapitalQ Theater Festival | Fri., June 24-Sun., June 26 | Times vary | Bartell Theater, 113 E. Mifflin St. | $15+ | Join CapitalQ for a weekend-long festival celebrating “Queer Shorts” submitted by local and national screenwriters.
Friday Evening Classical Guitarist | Fri., June 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State St. | Free | Join Leonardo Quintero and Gabor Szarvas in the park for an evening of music and community building. 🎶
Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society | Sat., June 25 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Stoughton Opera House, 381 East Main St., Stoughton | $46.50 | Learn more about the origins of ragtime music and the Black composers that have influenced it.
You’ve decided to build a home and have the details down pat (thanks to your nights scrolling Pinterest + Houzz), but now comes the hard part — choosing the right builder. As you begin the hunt, here’s five things to look for in a local home builder (and how Veridian Homes implements these in how they do business):
A guaranteed closing date
Many builders won’t commit to a closing date upfront and, as a result, dates often get pushed back further and further during the homebuilding process.
Veridian Homes assigns homebuyers a guaranteed closing date at contract signing and, as a bonus, homes take approx. 146 days to complete. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Survey of Construction, the estimated average length of time from start to completion of new privately owned residential buildings is 6.8 months.
New homes need less maintenance and come with a warranty — plus, major appliances, fixtures + components also have manufacturers’ warranties. | Photo provided by Veridian Homes
Working with local trades + suppliers means money will stay within the local economy. Veridian has decades-long relationships with local trades.
Madison City Council has approved two housing developments on the Isthmus. New streets and rezonings have been authorized for the $150 million, 550-unit low-cost housing project at the old Oscar Mayer plant. McGrath Property Group will preserve the Wonder Bar while building a 12-story housing development next to the site. 🏗️ (Wisconsin State Journal)
Construction will start soon on UW Health’s newest clinic on University Row. Next to the Health Digestive Clinic, the project will be completed in 2024, replacing the UW Health West Towne Clinic.(IB Madison)
The Madison Forward Fund — a new guaranteed income program — will offer 155 families$500 per month for a year. The funds, coming from private donors, have no strings attached + will be used to help families with a household income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. (Channel3000)
The complete 2022 trash and recycling collection calendars are now available for the City of Madison. As 9,000 homes on the west side will have a changed schedule come Mon., Aug. 1, the calendar was broken into two pieces this year. ♻️
The wheels on the Dream Bus are going round and round the City of Madison this summer. The mobile library starts rolling out this week, stopping at events like Parks Alive!, a Forward Madison game + plenty of community festivals. Check out the full schedule here. 📚
Four school districts in Dane County are looking into launching Spanish bilingual programs, starting as early as the 2023-24 school year. The county’s Hispanic population has grown by 45% in the past decade + the programs would focus on dual immersion and bicultural learning. (Wisconsin State Journal)
MMSD’s Summer Food Program is offering two meals a day and a snack for children ages 18 and under. 15 school sites + 13 community sites are serving meals Monday through Friday until July 29. 🍽️ (Cap Times)
McKee Farms Park’s newest playground is now open in Fitchburg. The space is safe for those with physical or sight limitations to play with their peers + is the third all-inclusive playground in Dane County. (Channel3000)
Planning to hit the road this summer? Don’t forget to find accommodations for your family pet. From cats and dogs to guinea pigs and geckos, Madison Magazine has 33 places to make sure the animals have as much fun as you do. (Madison Magazine)
Dirty Shirley might be the drink of the summer but State Line’s Tomato Sangrita is a close second. Using State Line American Gin, tomatoes, and orange + lime juice, the batch cocktail is perfect for your next dinner party. 🍹 (edible Madison)
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Can we get a little bit of commotion for the sunset?
While not the longest day of the year, the sun still sets at 8:40 p.m. tonight. And Wingra Boats — the site of this colorful sunset — has a slew of summer events including collaborations with Bloom Bake Shop and Ice Cream Boat Floats.
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Editor’s pick: Today’s convo was written by our intern, Avery. She’s been killing it this summer, helping with lots of things at 608today, including social media, our Plan Ahead, and writing stories (just like this one about ACG). Let’s give her around of applause + fill her inbox with words of praise.
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