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Monarda at The Gateway Garden
Flower at The Gateway Garden
Cornflower at The Gateway Garden


Donate Native Plants to Our Gardens - Deadline Is March 21

We invite you to donate native plants to our gardens through the Plant Dane Native Plant Program, a project of Dane County's Land and Water Resources Department. Donors can purchase plants for Blair Street Gardens grown by a local grower. Plants are $2.75 each and must be ordered in multiples of 4, for a minimum donation of $11. To order, go to Look for the Project field, then click on the down arrow and select The Gateway Garden of Blair Street Gardens. Then select the number of sets you'd like to donate (each set is 4 plants). The plant varieties will selected by BSG. The deadline to donate is March 21, 2023.

Plants will be used to replace the plants destroyed at the Gateway Garden due to street construction. Donations through this program would be greatly appreciated and are an inexpensive way to maintain the gardens.

Recruiting New Board Members

Help Blair Street Gardens plan this year's season in our two gardens. BSG is recruiting new Board members to begin this March. BSG maintains The Gateway Garden on Willy Street - many of you walk, drive, or bike by it nearly every day. It's the small park across from Machinery Row Bikes at the intersection of Willy, Wilson, and Blair Streets and John Nolen Drive. BSG also maintains Wilson Green up the hill toward the Capitol on East Wilson Street across from Come Back Inn. We are looking for new Board members to guide the gardens this season and next. We hold at least one Board meeting a year, sometimes two, and also keep in touch via email. We also ask Board members to help with gardening chores on an as needed or scheduled basis. And if you're detail oriented and like to keep track of money, we're also in need of a Treasurer.

Contact if you're interested. Thanks for your consideration.


Annual Meeting - Tuesday, March 21, 2023

You are welcome to join us to plan the upcoming season, set the budget, and elect officers and board members. The meeting will be held at 807 Jenifer Street in Madison from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Snow covered plants The Gateway Garden


New Bench Installed at The Gateway Garden

We are pleased to announce that BSG has installed a second bench at The Gateway Garden. The bench honors Jeff Kuesel, one of BSG’s co-founders. Due to his tireless dedication over nearly 30 years, the BSG continues today. Jeff handled the administration and fundraising, and he spent endless hours planting spring bulbs and summer annuals and tending to the perennials and shrubs. Many of you will remember seeing him working in the Gardens in all kinds of weather during evenings and weekends. Thank you to all who contributed! The bench, designed by local artists Michael Burns and Kevin Earley, is made of white oak and aluminum.

Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel on one of our benches
Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel on one of our benches
Mike Burns and Kevin Earley
Mike burns and Kevin Earley, designers, creators, and installers
Plaque commemorating Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel
Plaque commemorating Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel


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