UW Family Gardening Day 2017

On Saturday May 6, 2017 from 10am to 1pm join us for the 12th Annual UW Family Gardening Day at D.C. Smith Greenhouse, 465 Babcock Drive;  Allen Centennial Gardens, 620 Babcock Drive; and Steenbock Memorial Library, 550 Babcock Drive.

You can park nearby at Lot 40 (460 Babcock Drive), Lot 36 (1645 Observatory Drive) and Lot 34 (1480 Tripp Circle).

UW Family Gardening Day gives everyone a chance to see & explore some of the splendid facilities for teaching, research and outreach in the plant sciences as well as to tour the beautiful gardens on campus. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Free, family friendly event
  • Tour D.C. Smith Instructional Greenhouse and look at insects under a microscope, learn about research happening at the UW Biotron or construct unconventional flower arrangements.
  • Visit Allen Centennial Gardens for inspiring home garden ideas. While you’re there, pick up a Pasta Four-Pack (while supplies last)
  • Check out the Steenbock library for the Library Gardening Collection and a UW-Extension Master Gardener Q&A session (they will also hand out pots of disease resistant Iron Lady tomato plants while supplies last)
  • Children can also assemble tiny terrariums (using deli containers they can take home) at Steenbock Library with students from the BioCommons
  • Stop by the Babcock Hall Dairy Store for tasty treats (11:00-4:00)
  • Explore hands-on activities with soil, seeds and seedlings
  • Build a terrarium or look at insects under a microscope
  • Use all 5 of your senses to experience plants

UW Family Gardening Day 2016

Hope to see you there!

On the UW Campus at D.C. Smith Greenhouse, Steenbock Library, the UW Biotron and Allen Centennial Gardens

Saturday, May 7th from 9AM – 1PM


  • Gardening advice
  • Free vegetable plants
  • Ideas for gardening in limited spaces
  • Kids! Make a living locket or terrarium
  • Try adaptive gardening tools
  • Free parking in UW lots 34, 36, and 40

Find more details at http://bit.ly/familygardening

Join us during Wisconsin Science Festival!

The Wisconsin Science Festival is next month. The DC Smith Greenhouse will be part of the action on October 16th and 17th. From 9AM to 2PM both days we’ll offer hands-on activities and plant science displays.

Stop by to experience the fascinating world of plants! We’re just a short walk from the Discovery Center and on the way to the Babcock Dairy Store!

UW Family Gardening Day 2014

Join us May 10 to kickstart your garden!

At UW Family Gardening Day you can

  • tour the Allen Centennial Gardens to get ideas for gardening in small and urban spaces
  • get gardening advice from Master Gardener Volunteers
  • pick up a fourpack of vegetable transplants
  • get your hands dirty making a terrarium or living locket

We’ll be on hand from 10AM til 2PM to share our know-how and enthusiasm for plants and gardens.