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About the Gardens


Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. is a private, non-profit community organization which has designed, planted, and maintained three gardens at the intersection of Blair, Williamson, and Wilson Streets and John Nolen Drive in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, since 1986. With the help of nearly 100 contributors and dozens of volunteers, the Gardens brighten the cityscape of this busy corner just blocks from the State Capitol. We have two garden areas:

  • The Gateway Garden on the 600 block of Williamson Street (in front of the Gateway Mall and across from Machinery Row Bikes)
  • Wilson Green on the 400 block of E. Wilson Street (next to the Crowley Pumping Station and across from Nomad World Pub, formerly The Cardinal Bar)

Drawing of Blair Street Gardens

Jeff Kuesel, who helped found the organization and was the chief volunteer for decades, was highlighted in this article, which also describes the history of Blair Street Gardens.

We have no paid staff, receive no government or foundation funds, and rely solely on contributions from individuals and businesses. Our volunteers mulch, plant, weed and water the Gardens. Please check the Donations page for information about how to donate.


Wilson Green on E. Wilson Street (across from Nomad World Pub, formerly The Cardinal Bar)



The old Gateway Garden on Williamson Street (see Gateway Photo Gallery for the transformation to the new design)

Old Gateway Garden 1
Old Gateway Garden 2


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