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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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I think it should be a nice garden in summer time

I visit it in mid-April, just very very few flowers there, still have some renovation work is in... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2016
ELKW
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United States
Small and peaceful

This is a small garden spot near Lake Mendota. Perfect for a quiet stop on the busy UW campus... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2016
CJF53713
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Madison
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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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  • Average3%
  • 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 18 April 2016

I visit it in mid-April, just very very few flowers there, still have some renovation work is in progress, there is a bridge and a pond, the environment is good, I think it should be a nice in summer time with the flowers are blooming.

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is a small garden spot near Lake Mendota. Perfect for a quiet stop on the busy UW campus. Admission is free. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the scenery. This is a "summer time only" attraction.

2  Thank CJF53713
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

I have spent time in the Allen Centennial gardens as a student, photographer, and a passerby. Considering how small the area looks from the outside, the environment is particularly immersive and open once you're inside. If you're looking for a place to read, eat your...More

3  Thank Jondercin
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

beautiful garden w/ lovely displays, particularly the rock garden and the hostas. be sure to go to the family day in may and get the kids involved.

2  Thank giginightingale
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

This garden is a lovely spot to visit, complete with koi pond, succulents, perennials, vegetables, bulbs, and annuals. Admission is free, and it's perfect for any age.

3  Thank Donna M
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

A great place to stop when touring campus with many varieties of plants. Try to be there when they are working on the garden because the staff are VERY helpful with your questions

2  Thank Mike R
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

My friend Erikas Dad helped build these gardens back in the day - he has since pass on from cancer - I shot her wedding here while her dad was still alive!! Very emotional for me - great people, great family - lots of good...More

2  Thank heidi D
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

Always worth a visit to the Centennial gardens- even in winter! Lovely paths, winter interest plants, it's charming in all four seasons.

1  Thank veldfam
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

We walk the Lakeshore Path from the Union to the dorms every summer. We added these gardens to our walk this year and will do it every time. It is a short walk from the crew boat house up to the garden. There are diverse...More

2  Thank Sharon B
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

A delightfully compact but diverse setting this free public gem is on the grounds of the University. Students, faculty, residents and the general community - all are welcome here. This botantical garden and living laboratory provides enrichment for UW Madison students and the general public...More

2  Thank C K
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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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