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“A Garden for All Seasons”

Allen Centennial Gardens
Ranked #15 of 108 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 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 landscape examples will inspire any gardener. Fruit trees, perennial borders, formal garden, pond with bridge, rock garden-there is something for everyone. Inventive use of plants in containers and outdoor sculptures add more interest. Though winter is a quiet time, visit during any season and you will be rewarded. There is no charge for the garden. Tours are self-guided. Parking can be challenging as meters across the street are 25 minutes and are strictly enforced.

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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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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 place to relax in nature and take a break - especially if you are on campus, or work nearby. Not a big garden, but plenty to engage with for an hour or so.

Thank smiller1232015
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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.

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