The Edibles Garden includes raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, berry bushes, an herb garden, and a composting demonstration area. In addition to 12 raised beds, the garden contains a square foot garden demonstration bed, an accessibility raised bed, and a cold frame used for “hardening” seedlings in Spring.
A variety of annual vegetables are planted in the beds each year, with the aim of show-casing good-tasting varieties that grow well in Dane County and the surrounding area. One of the raised beds was devoted to edible flowers in 2017. Ulrike Dieterle, a member of the Edibles Garden team, held a straw bale gardening workshop for Master Gardeners in May 2017. Excess produce is contributed to local food pantries. Herbs are planted in an herb spiral, in addition to bronze fennel planted along the foundation. Fruit trees and berry bushes in the garden include 3 apple trees, and a black currant, aronia and goumi bush.
Valerie Kozel is the leader of the Edibles Garden team in 2017. Edibles Garden team members in 2017 include: