Bill Hoyt retires as head gardener of the Allen Centennial Gardens

Bill HoytBill Hoyt, who helped make the College’s Allen Centennial Gardens the floral centerpiece of the UW-Madison campus, is retiring this summer after more than 20 years of service. Hoyt was hired in 1987 as the first gardener for the teaching and display gardens on the grounds of the former Agricultural Dean’s Residence at 620 Babcock Drive. Season by season, he has continued to define, design, install and maintain new plantings that have made the Allen gardens a must-see spot for campus visitors.

In honor of his retirement, the Department of Horticulture and an anonymous donor have established the Bill Hoyt Great People Scholarship to continue to support and nurture undergraduates as Hoyt did so enthusiastically during his career. This scholarship will provide need-based support to students accepted for admission to UW-Madison.

If you would like to contribute, please contact Tracey Rockhill at or 608-263-3468. All gifts to the fund will be matched dollar for dollar by the University of Wisconsin Foundation.