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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Interested in adopting a Flower Garden for a park in your neighborhood?

April 14, 2018 8:33 AM

Flower Garden Volunteers

Volunteer Flower Gardeners have been maintaining beautiful and colorful gardens in our community since 1986. Volunteer Flower Gardeners demonstrate an ongoing commitment to planting and long term upkeep of a flower garden in one of Madison's Parks. At the beginning of each year, volunteer flower gardeners submit a plan and plant order for their flower garden.

List of current adopted flower gardens:

Edward Klief Park
Forest Hill Cemetery
Garner Park
Gates of Heaven at James Madison Park
Glen Oak Hills Park
James Madison Park
Nakoma Park
Orton Park
Rennebohm Park
Sauk Creek Park
Vilas Park
Warner Park Beach
Wexford Park

Flower Gardener Expectations

Long-term commitment: Volunteer Flower Gardeners must agree to planting and long-term upkeep of the flower garden in a public park. The parks maintenance staff will not assume responsibility for the flower garden if a volunteer relinquishes their duties.  

Maintenance Plan: The Parks Division requires volunteers to do all of the required maintenance of the flower garden including, but not limited to: site preparation, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, and litter removal.
Water Source: If there is not a water source near your flower garden, the volunteer is responsible for hauling water to the garden.
Proposals: The plan and flower order are subject to review and approval by the Parks Division staff.

Becoming a Flower Gardener

Flower gardens in Madison Parks are designed, planted, and maintained by volunteers every year. If you are interested in starting a new garden or want to receiving flowers for a current garden in Madison Parks, please see process below. 

Flower Gardeners are encouraged to submit before and after photos.

Flower Gardener Process

Complete and submit Flower Garden Application by April 18, 2018: Flower Garden Application:  MS Word | PDF

Be sure to include the following information:

Main contact
Type of plants preferred and quantity (plant type not guaranteed)
Need for mulch and quantity
Individual Volunteer Release Form: MS Word | PDF
Groups of volunteers should fill out the Group Volunteer Release Form: MS Word | PDF

Submit your completed application to:

City of Madison Parks Division
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room 104
Madison, WI 53703

Important Dates 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Deadline: Flower Garden Application:  MS Word | PDF
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Flower pickup day at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Current Volunteer Projects
Adopt-A-Park Program
Adopt-A-Park Tree
Adopt Ice Program
Disc Golf Volunteer Days
Dog Park Cleanup Day
Earth Day Challenge
Flower Garden Volunteers
Madison Parks Foundation
Ride the Drive
Winter Clothing Drive

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