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Plants Make People Happy

News from Allen Centennial Garden

by Benjamin Futa | Executive Director

Yesterday, Garden staff cleared out the greenhouse and donated hundreds of indoor plants to the UW Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Operating Room staff.

The plants had been destined for a (now cancelled) spring plant sale and were suddenly in need of a new purpose.

Photo Caption: Don’t worry, this is Elin (Garden staff) and Will (Hospital staff), who are married and living in the same household. Otherwise you’d see a healthy 6′ + between them .

Plants make people happy. And we have plants. Lots of plants.

Our team provided virtual guidance on choosing the best plant along with tips for success.

In the words of one of today’s new plant parents, “Thank you. This is the first time I’ve smiled all week.”

This article was posted in Allen Centennial Garden, D.C. Smith Greenhouse, News.

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The Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the four original departments of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and was founded in 1889. Home to 12 state-supported faculty members and 25 staff members, as well as 8 federally-supported faculty members, the department serves as a home for instruction, research, and outreach activities in many aspects of horticultural science. Since the 1960s, our department has benefitted from a strong partnership with the Vegetable and Cranberry Research Unit of USDA-ARS, which provides support for the 8 federally supported faculty programs, staff, and students.

The Department provides programs that are focused on fundamental studies of plant biology, crop production, and utilization of horticultural crops. It also provides educational opportunities for the pursuit of careers in horticulture, strengthens the competitive position of Wisconsin's horticulture industry, and works to increase the use of plants for environmental improvement and as a source of personal enrichment. The work of department faculty, staff, and students has made substantial impacts in the state and nation for over 125 years.