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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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Pleasant atmosphere

The gardens are peaceful and beautiful and free to the public. There are a wide variety of flowers... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Betty T
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Madison, Wisconsin
A Lovely Hour Spent Strolling and Contemplating

This free small garden on the UW-Madison campus is quiet and restful place. There are plenty of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MadisonGrog
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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.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
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+1 608-262-1549
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are peaceful and beautiful and free to the public. There are a wide variety of flowers and plants and places to sit.

Thank Betty T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This free small garden on the UW-Madison campus is quiet and restful place. There are plenty of benches for a nice pause from the busy, busy world outside. The setting is beautiful with paths that take you past different environments and near a pond full...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is a nice, quiet, out of the way garden on the UW-Madison campus. Such a wonderful assortment of flowers and a beautiful little pond with fish and a gorgeous red bridge, ideal for photos.

Thank Paula W
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

In summer, I enjoy a sunset stroll through this gorgeous & interesting historical garden on the UW campus. I am amazed at how much beauty and information can be displayed in such a small place. Perfect for weddings & small concerts, too.

1  Thank JeanNHarv
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

The Gardens are small but beautifully kept and free. The bridge and water are especially refreshing. It is located within an easy walk of Babcock Dairy which offers incredible ice cream

Thank LoveTraveling29
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

It is a wonderful place to visit and walk through the different areas of the garden to see what they have done or added each Spring ,Summer and Fall weddings are held here and it is a nice place to have a nice quiet sit...More

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Look, learn and enjoy the many "zones" of various gardens and plant types. Or, just sit on a bench and inhale it all. Or, using the supplied food pellets, feed the golden Koi fish in the water garden. This place is wonderful. Really wonderful. You...More

Thank DJKTraveler
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 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

1  Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

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
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SINROSSCO
15 March 2017|
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Response from Ed L | 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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