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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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A Garden for All Seasons

Maintained as part of the horticulture program at the University of Wisconsin, this garden provides... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary B
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Madison, Wisconsin
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A University hidden gem

A tricky to find, but worth the effort beautiful garden that my wife always insists on visiting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GregoryMadison_WI
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Madison, WI
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Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, these public gardens serve as outdoor classrooms in the study and research of plant identification, ecology and site management techniques in horticulture.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
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+1 608-262-1549
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maintained as part of the horticulture program at the University of Wisconsin, this garden provides an oasis on campus. A variety of beds surround a historic Victorian house. The shade garden is a cool respite on a hot summer day. The vegetable garden and edible...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A tricky to find, but worth the effort beautiful garden that my wife always insists on visiting every year. It's a regular go to spot when friends are visiting Madison.

Thank GregoryMadison_WI
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice variety of plantings, and they are well cared for. Very relaxing place to spend a few hours. I haven't attended any events there, but I have seen them setting up for events, and think it would be a great place to host an event.

Thank CRJ01
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I love going to Allen Centennial Gardens to check out what's blooming. Gorgeous spring tulips and flowers are a highlight. Throughout the year the garden is full of beauty. Not exactly quiet (blowers on nearby University buildings spoil the ambiance a bit). Still, a wonderful...More

Thank smiller1232015
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Worthy of frequent visits with the changing seasons. Unique fauna not seen elsewhere. Very healthy plants among pleasant and low-volume visitors right in the middle of the University. Very unique.

1  Thank sparky731
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Allen Centennial Gardens is in a strange location (surrounded by dorms and tall educational buildings), but it provides a sufficient escape from the chaos of campus life. The gardens are meticulously maintained and relatively quiet. They close at sundown but are open early in the...More

1  Thank aPilot98
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Plan to visit Madison and stroll along Lake Mendota in the University of Madison? This garden is a must. It is located near the School of Agriculture and Washburn Observatory on Observatory road. Stop on top of the hill and strolling down to visit the...More

1  Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 26 August 2016

University grounds crews maintain this diverse and complex garden area. There is something beautiful to see all during the growing season. Parking on campus is a bit of a challenge. One option is to park across University Ave. in the residential neighborhood and make the...More

2  Thank jon4477
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I have been coming here for years but never thought to write a review. This little beauty of a garden is tucked away on the University campus. Even many long-time Madisonians overlook this place. It's free and beautiful. Despite it's small size there is a...More

1  Thank Madison025
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I was pleased with my visit. Wasn't sure what all it was about, but was pleasantly surprised. I would go back with anyone who likes gardens

2  Thank DedraHarrisPeterson
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SINROSSCO
15 March 2017|
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Response from Ben F | Property representative |
That's a great time to visit! The woodland garden will be in full bloom, and the spring bulb displays should be near their peak as well.
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