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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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A splendid Garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Wisconsin
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 

Dane
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Fifteen minutes or hours. A visit to Allen Centennial Gardens is a refreshing escape in the heart of the UW campus. You are transported to French, English and Japanese gardens, cooking and WI backyard gardens all in this compact wonderland. Guaranteed to get your creativity flowing connecting with nature and beauty instantly. Like a spa visit for your soul.

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

Thanks for that wonderful review - even with limited labor and funding, a lot of hard work from dedicated volunteers is key to what allows to offer what we do to the best of our abilities! We love it and are glad you do to! More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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308 reviews 308 reviews
149 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This garden appears to be a demonstration garden giving local gardeners ideas on various flowers, flora, and garden design. It is very pleasant but small.

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

Some people see our small size (2.5 acres) as a negative but many love the fact that it is intimate and easy to negotiate - they can leave without thinking they missed large areas. And we pack things in and probably maximize our impact more than most others! Glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As a gardener and green-thumb wannabe, this garden (managed by five or so horticulture students) is simply amazing. I never seen miniature garden using pea gravels and flagstone slabs. The container veggie garden is also very educational. The plants around the garden looked so healthy even after the long winter we just had. My wife said this is what our... More 

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

I'm so glad you didn't let the parking intimidate you. It is our biggest challenge getting people in to enjoy the Gardens. Everyone, please keep in mind, parking in surface lots and meter parking is only enforced M-F 8:00 am-4:30 pm, and in those times there is a parking ramp across the street. After 4:30 and on weekdns (with the... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

I expect I come here once a week because it's close to home. I notice there is something new, flowers are blooming at different times and they rotate annuals according to the season. It's a place of yin and yang, peace and excitement. Here in this small venue is everything you need to ponder the beauty of life.

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

Peggy, We love our regulars and we work hard to make it the kind of space you describe! We hope you continue to enjoy! More 

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Beauty and variety. Different types of plants are presented in a delightful garden setting. English, French, botanical and floral settings in a small but delightful garden. There is so much more variety that can be added in a very appealing visit to Madison and it's wonderful campus, Frank Lloyd Wright's First Unitarian and nearby homes.

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

Thanks for your review. It is comments like yours that inspires a group of very dedicated volunteers to put in countless hours of work so we can offer our "hidden gem" to anyone and everyone absolutely free 365 days a year! And we do it 100% self-funded! More 

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