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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
+1 608-262-1549
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An oasis in the city and UW campus

The Gardens are small but beautifully kept and free. The bridge and water are especially... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LoveTraveling29
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Middleton, Wisconsin
Garden of Delights

It is a wonderful place to visit and walk through the different areas of the garden to see what... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2017
Robert H
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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 1 week ago

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

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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 16 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

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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.

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Reviewed 2 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.

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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...More

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Reviewed 22 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
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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

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Reviewed 19 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
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14 March 2017|
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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.
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