The Allen Centennial Garden in Madison, Wisconsin

Tucked away in the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is a little treasure of a garden. Run by a small staff and an army of dedicated volunteers, this public garden is full of beautiful spots, but the crown jewel – in my mind, anyway – is a spectacular rock garden loaded with incredible, tiny plants.

A pond sits in the center of the garden, dotted with water lilies, and surrounded by beautiful plants.

In the rock garden, the early spring flowers of pulstilla (Pulsatilla vulgaris) give way to delicate, feathery seed heads that are, I think, even more beautiful than the actual blooms.

The rock garden is a tiny recreation of a mountain top with tiny jewel-like plants tucked between the stones.

A crevice garden, created using vertical slabs of flat rock, provides the perfect conditions for an enormous collection of different plants.

A mass of brilliant pink rock jasmine (Androsace sarmentosa) glows behind one of the carefully placed stones in the rock garden.

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