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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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What a find II !!!

I have to agree with Amy T - what a find! We were just driving around Sunday morning before leaving town and saw this. What a beautiful garden in only 2 1/2 acres; it is the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Northern Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I stopped here briefly during my visit to the University. The gardens are very well manicured and maintained. I wish I would have had more time to sit and enjoy the serene atmosphere. I think this would be a great place to quietly read a book or maybe just reflect. There is a wide variety of different plants and flowers... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I have to agree with Amy T - what a find! We were just driving around Sunday morning before leaving town and saw this. What a beautiful garden in only 2 1/2 acres; it is the most densely planted garden with flowers and veggies that I have seen - and all very colorful. You can easily walk through it in... More 

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Rochester, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This free garden on the University of Wisconsin campus is a hidden treasure. It is not only beautiful but educational. I'm sure most students don't appreciate it - I know I didn't when I was here. The wide variety of plants and garden types in such a small space is a credit to the creators and those who maintain these... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A friend and I literally rode by this house and garden, having no knowledge of it's existence. The flowers along the fence were so beautiful that we had to stop and walk in to see more. It is a lovely garden, including a water fall and pond. I took a few pictures and wished that we had more time to... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Not too far off University Avenue, a one block garden hideaway at the old Dean's house. Changing displays from year to year. Plenty of color and interesting plant choices. A variety of gardens are planted.

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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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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