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

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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A small gem on the UW Campus

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Oregon, Wisconsin
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Oregon, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank Donna M
Waunakee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 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 memories, The gardens are incredible!!! I suggest taking a camera and bottle of water for... More 

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Thank heidi D
Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

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

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Thank veldfam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 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 settings, some with water, some with sitting areas or rock features. And the plants are... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 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 alike. Open year-round dawn to dusk, the gardens are a photographers haven. Most take self-guided... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We visited during peak growing season. Beautiful flowers and unique garden design. Very pleasant and relaxing to wander through the various plants. The basil tree was fragrant and interesting. Some maintenance was needed but overall the gardens were very well kept.

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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Another great botanical garden to see in Madison! Ed Lyons did a wonderful job when he was overseeing it; he put a lot of work into such a small space. A lot of bang for your buck, so to speak.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Just happened to be driving around the campus of UW Madison and while exploring the roads along the lakefront, ran across this surprisingly well landscaped garden. I was amazed by the variety of plants in such a compact area surrounded by campus facilities and dormitories. The rock garden amazed me and inspired me to create something similar in my own... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Allen Centennial Gardens were a pleasant surprise when we "discovered" them while taking a stroll through the university campus. The flowers and various plants were set in different styles and settings.

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