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“A must visit in U of Wisconsin”

Allen Centennial Gardens
Ranked #15 of 109 things to do in Madison
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Owner description: 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.
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 garden. According to the information posted, the garden features 25 styles of gardens from around the world, from flower garden to rock garden. Beautiful walk leading visitors to different style of garden. There are also spaces and benches for visitors to sit and enjoy the flowers and beautiful butterflies.

1  Thank Prawet J
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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 5 or six block walk.

2  Thank jon4477
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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 wide diversity of plant settings, ranging from alpine plants to a French garden to a lovely koi pond in the center. Instructional signage enhances the gardens. There is some metered parking on the streets adjacent, and you are a short walk past the boathouse to the lakeshore path if you feel like adding a stroll.

1  Thank Madison025
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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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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 mostly well tended, except for a few outliers. There are a number of vistas across the garden, as it both gently climbs and descends, that capture how beautifully thought out the plantings are. Since I hail from an area where slugs and snails attack big tender leaves, I was blown away by the gorgeousness of their hosta garden. Such subtle gradations of color and depth of texture that I have never noticed previously. Several child-centric areas, like the learning garden and reading garden, are delightful. A wonderful Madison spot, perched up high near the university. I'll be back.

2  Thank SurfStrider
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