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Madison Snaps: August 19, 2008
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West Madison Agricultural Research Station
West Madison Agricultural Research Station
Credit:Bo Mackison

Today's image is titled West Madison Agricultural Research Station and was photographed by Bo Mackison.

Flowers, shrubs, grasses and plenty of fruits and vegetables dot the landscape of the Horticulture Research & Demonstration Gardens at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station in this photo. Located west of the Beltline at 8502 Mineral Point Road and open daily for tours during the growing season, the station held its annual Urban Horticulture Field Day last Saturday. The events there included taste tests of roasted garlic, squash, and peppers along with carrots, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, Edamame soybeans and other ripe vegetables, as well as displays of the gardens' ornamental grass collection, make-your-own bouquets, and gardener consultations by UW Extension specialists.

This photo is one of a collection shot by Mackison at the Field Day, which also includes looks at the "Biscuit" Amaranth, sunflowers, tomatoes, and other comestibles found at the gardens. "There they show off all the produce of their test gardens and even provide free samples -- the corn and salsa and raspberries were really perfect," she notes in a brief report on the exhibition. "Even got to vote on favorites, so maybe the tomato I loved will be in seed packets and at the garden centers in a year or two."

This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The Isthmus group photo pool is the primary source for Madison Snaps, which are published here with the permission of individual contributors. If you are interested in having your photo eligible for Madison Snaps, please respond to the posting on the Flickr group page, or send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.

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