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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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Oasis in the midst of campus

I love going to Allen Centennial Gardens to check out what's blooming. Gorgeous spring tulips and... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Worthy of frequent visits with the changing seasons. Unique fauna not seen elsewhere. Very... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Madison, Wisconsin
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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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620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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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

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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 25 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
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

We hit this site on an overcast June morning, so of course the colors and photo ops were perfect. As you enter you notice the skillful combinations of colors and shapes in the pots and the beds. We found the plants healthy and the beds...More

2  Thank SurfStrider
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Anyone can enjoy the color and beauty of this garden and the paths through each section. Those who are interested in unusual plant varieties and ideas for small space gardens will appreciate this place. Just as an example, the alpine garden is a design by...More

2  Thank MinnesotaRobin
Reviewed 10 May 2016

These gardens are much bigger than they appear from the entrance with lots of super cool little surprises and tons of beautiful plants. Really enjoyed our visit. Exceeded my expectations and it is free to boot!

4  Thank Heather D
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We will be in the area around the 15th of May this year. Is this a good time to visit? And, what else would be a must see in just passing through?
15 March 2017|
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.