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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706
608-262-1549
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Ranked #11 of 52 attractions in Madison
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, these public gardens serve as outdoor classrooms in the study and research of plant... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
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268 reviews 268 reviews
126 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Chicago, Illinois
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20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I visit Allen gardens every Sunday - it's my idea of "going to church" :) The gardens continue to be an inspiration and escape and I look forward to seeing something new whenever I go. You and your staff have turned this into a teaching garden in the best sense of the word - it is part museum, part botanical... More

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

Its a jewel of a garden, with many different types of plants in distinctly different areas, such as the French garden, the English garden, the rock garden, etc. Its not very big, but I always leave happy that I took the time to stop.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

While going through the process of choosing a college to attend, I toured and explored the Madison campus. It wasn't until I lived in a dorm right by the gardens last year that I discovered them. Always beautiful and well cared for, they are the perfect place to spend several hours or even 15 minutes of your time. (I find... More

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joedragyn, Manager at Allen Centennial Gardens, responded to this review

We love our "regulars"! Thanks for posting images and for the kind comments. We work very hard to provide this lovely and educational setting with no financial assistance from state or University. 100% of all operational expenditures including salary and benefits are self-funded. So we are pretty proud to offer the site absolutely free every day of the year! More

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We do our best to stop here during each season, then walk to Babcock hall for ice cream. While it isn't as big as other gardens, it has a gorgeous variety of plants, and if they are our gardening they are all friendly and willing to answer questions. I love walking around with my son and exploring the colors of... More

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joedragyn, Manager at Allen Centennial Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind comments! We try very hard to meet our goals of our mission statement to be an outdoor classroom. If anyone ever has a question that isn't answered, always feel free to contact me via email, which you can find on our web site. Our goal is to assist you with all of your gardening questions and... More

La Grange, Illinois, USA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

My wife and I strolled a few minutes through this very compact botanical garden. Many interesting species but, since it was the fall season, not a lot of color. These gardens are in a pretty part of the campus.

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joedragyn, Manager at Allen Centennial Gardens, responded to this review

PLEASE visit us in season and you will see color galore! You came just as we have successfully put the Gardens to bed for the winter, which obviously eliminates much of the color. The bare beds you saw are filled with thousands of bulbs for glorious spring color which is then followed by riotous seasonal plantings. You would be hard... More

Dane
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Whether you have several hours or just 15 minutes a stop at the Allen Centennial Gardens will leave you revived and refreshed. All year round there are elements of shapes, colors, architectural features and fabulous groupings of plants, ornamental, flowering, scented, edible and meditative spaces in a small acreage make every visit interesting. They change and refresh the garden with... More

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joedragyn, Manager at Allen Centennial Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words about the Gardens. We agree with you, we are proud that we are easily negotiated being only 2.5 acres - we think if you only have 15 minutes you will want to return and see what you missed! I try to use every opportunity to keep emphasizing this: we are not perfect... More

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