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Allen Centennial Gardens

620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706
608-262-1549
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Ranked #13 of 48 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
Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
1 review
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

wisconsin
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110 reviews 110 reviews
22 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We walked around this small garden, and were surprised at how big it actually is. There are different sections to the garden, and a lovely old home in the midst. The garden can be rented for weddings, we think.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

it has a huge variety of plants on the madison campus; it's just a short visit; there is public parking nearby in lot 36

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

These were lovely gardens and we spent about an hour here, although you could spend much less, or bring a book and spend much more time! These were well-taken care of and such a nice relaxing walk. We were recommended to come here and we would certainly go again! The gardeners have done a great job!

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

Thanks so much for the kind comments! I am the only full-time person and what you enjoyed can only be made available because of the efforts of 4 horticultural interns and dedicated volunteers. We know there are places we'd like to improve and work to do so continuously but we think we do pretty good for an operation that is... More

Madison
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Smack in the middle of the University of Wisconsin campus are the Allen Gardens. This is a spot that keeps evolving; every time I've visited it some new area has been developed or an old one re-done. I was amazed at the very intensive planting of their small vegetable garden. It was brimming over with huge healthy specimens, probably enhanced... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I went for a walk in these gardens since I work nearby and can't wait to go back! They do such an amazing job with the plants and incorporate fun structures like gazebos, pergolas, and bridges that make it a fun place to relax and clear your head. Plus, it's free!

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