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Address: 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone Number: 608-262-1549
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Description: Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, these public...
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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Beautiful peaceful garden

This is a beautiful garden worth visiting--like an oasis in the middle of campus, UW is lucky to have this student resource. Many different kinds of gardens are represented. Wish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful garden worth visiting--like an oasis in the middle of campus, UW is lucky to have this student resource. Many different kinds of gardens are represented. Wish they had more labels for the plants.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The building used to house the President of the University (no longer, though), and the gardens surrounding it change & evolve every year. Plants are labelled, displays are naturalistic, and the design is excellent.

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Lake Delton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I rather enjoyed the beautiful floral settings, Quietness of the day, and watched as family's had professional family photos taken.

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New England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A great place for a family day or date. Gardens are small but unique and peaceful. Great sight seeing and well kept.

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We got married in November of 2010. Our photographer suggested this as a place to have some of our wedding photos. Even though everything was pretty much not in bloom, we still have great ambiance for our photos. Would suggest this as a spot to visit spring summer or fall.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

For the limited amount of space devoted to the Gardens, this place is a gem of a stopover whether visiting the UW-Campus or driving by on University Avenue. Easily walkable in 15 minutes or take it slower for some floral splendor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This garden is outstanding in the beauty of its displays and its diversity -- it is a peaceful oasis in a rather busy campus area.

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a great place to chill out for a while... most of the flowers were done blooming when I was here (Sept), it was still nicely maintained and was very peaceful. I walked here from my hotel (a couple of miles away) and the walk over was enjoyable too. It is a little hard to find if you aren't... More 

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

These gardens are right on campus, and they are so lovely. It didn't take too long to walk around, but there were several things to look at. There is no fee to enter either so it is worth a visit.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This garden is an almost secret pleasure on the Ag campus - a free garden which changes every year but is always a peaceful oasis. A rock garden, herbs, perennials and annuals and a shade garden - amazingly well put together in a relatively small space. One of my favorite spots for photography.

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Ed L, Manager at Allen Centennial Gardens, responded to this review

I agree, obviously I am photographing all of the time and there is so much subject matter in a small space. Right now, in addition to floral scenics, we have so much insect life - many additional faunal subjects! Thanks for the review! More 

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Address: 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone Number: 608-262-1549
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison

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