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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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Brilliant. Just Brilliant.

Look, learn and enjoy the many "zones" of various gardens and plant types. Or, just sit on a bench... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
A Garden for All Seasons

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

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Mary B
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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  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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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
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

Thank Mary B
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
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
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 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
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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.