Wednesday, March 1, 2017


In 2007, Lisa Johnson (UW Extension Horticulture Educator) and Ann Munson (Rock Garden Society member and former UW Extension horticulture faculty assistant) built and planted a rock garden in an area off the parking lot.  The 12 x 5 foot rock garden was constructed of donated tufa rocks built up to simulate a rocky mountain slope, in a full sun setting.  The majority of the plants in the garden are alpine plants, selected for their compact growth habit, drought resistance, and need for "not-too-rich" soil.  Construction of a fieldstone path on the north side of the rock garden is planned for 2017, inviting visitors to walk into the garden area. On the other side of the path, a new rock garden area is under development.  This area is currently planted with a wide variety of sedums.

Rock Garden Team
Working in the Rock Garden allows MGVs to observe which species do well in these settings and monitor bloom time, drought tolerance and overall hardiness in order to make improvements to the garden.

Ann Munson and Mark Schmitt serve as co-leaders for Rock Garden team.   In 1983, Ann Munson was hired to staff the Master Gardener Horticulture Helpline part time, and was subsequently hired for the part time position of Dane County UW Extension Horticulture Assistant in 1994.  Ann retired from this position in 2012.  She has maintained her Master Gardener Volunteer certification for 36 years.  Ann has volunteered at Olbrich Gardens, Allen Centennial Garden and many Master Gardener opportunities through the years at Extension, including 20 years on the MAMGA board.  She is a member of Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society, the WI-IL Rock Garden Society and MAMGA.  Mark Schmitt has been a garden enthusiast for years, but just completed his MGV training and certification in 2017. His interest in Rock Gardens is about 3 years old, arising when a hardscaping project in his backyard had space for a small garden, and the landscaper suggested installing a Rock Garden. The rest, while not history, was a stimulus to learn more about the care and feeding of that type of garden. He worked with Ann last year on the Dane County Extension Rock Garden. Mark is also a member of MAMGA and the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society.

To join the Rock Garden team, contact Karen Allenstein.  2018 team members include:
Susan Day, 1st Year

Kristen Hoffschmidt, 3rd Year

Hilary Kleese, 1st Year

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