Flowerbeds designed by CALS landscape architecture students will grace the state capitol grounds this year. One will be an ode to polka, while the other hearkens back to the early 1900s.

This is the first time student designs have been planted in the circle floral gardens located at the corners of the Capitol Square. The designs were selected from a number submitted from LA student.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the students who will have their beautiful designs seen by thousands of visitors who come downtown every year,” said Mike Huebsch, Department of Administration Secretary. “It will also be an impressive experience they can add to their resume to help build their landscape architecture career. We look forward to partnering with the landscape program in years to come.”

The winning designs:

polkaPolka – The Wisconsin State Dance, submitted by Robert Holicek and Arianna Netzky. The designers stated that their design reflects the “rich Czech-Polish and German heritage found throughout the state.” The floral design reflects the traditional outfits worn by the dancers, called kroje.

heirloomEarly 1900’s Heirloom Flower Garden, submitted by Kristi Sherfinski. The design includes both spring and summer plants, and the axis of the design will shift over the course of the season.

The floral gardens are 24-foot circles at the east, west and south corners of the Capitol Square. The north circle flower bed is a memorial for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

On the 13.5 acres of Capitol grounds, there are 15 flowerbeds which hold more than 25,000 annual plants each year.