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Allen Centennial Gardens

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Address: 620 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1210
Phone Number: 608-262-1549

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 must visit in U of Wisconsin

Plan to visit Madison and stroll along Lake Mendota in the University of Madison? This garden is a must. It is located near the School of Agriculture and Washburn Observatory on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Prawet J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to visit Madison and stroll along Lake Mendota in the University of Madison? This garden is a must. It is located near the School of Agriculture and Washburn Observatory on Observatory road. Stop on top of the hill and strolling down to visit the garden. According to the information posted, the garden features 25 styles of gardens from around... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

University grounds crews maintain this diverse and complex garden area. There is something beautiful to see all during the growing season. Parking on campus is a bit of a challenge. One option is to park across University Ave. in the residential neighborhood and make the 5 or six block walk.

1 Thank jon4477
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have been coming here for years but never thought to write a review. This little beauty of a garden is tucked away on the University campus. Even many long-time Madisonians overlook this place. It's free and beautiful. Despite it's small size there is a wide diversity of plant settings, ranging from alpine plants to a French garden to a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

I was pleased with my visit. Wasn't sure what all it was about, but was pleasantly surprised. I would go back with anyone who likes gardens

1 Thank DedraHarrisPeterson
Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We hit this site on an overcast June morning, so of course the colors and photo ops were perfect. As you enter you notice the skillful combinations of colors and shapes in the pots and the beds. We found the plants healthy and the beds mostly well tended, except for a few outliers. There are a number of vistas across... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Anyone can enjoy the color and beauty of this garden and the paths through each section. Those who are interested in unusual plant varieties and ideas for small space gardens will appreciate this place. Just as an example, the alpine garden is a design by a Czech botanist with crevices to guard against the heaving that's so common in midwest... More 

1 Thank MinnesotaRobin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

These gardens are much bigger than they appear from the entrance with lots of super cool little surprises and tons of beautiful plants. Really enjoyed our visit. Exceeded my expectations and it is free to boot!

3 Thank Heather D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Just happened upon this place while driving around Madison on a Sunday morning. Take a slow walk around the gardens and enjoy all the beauty. Really, do not miss this opportunity when in Madison.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

This small garden is tucked into the South East part of campus. Has been a test bed for new plant varieties and designs for small spaces since 1989. Beautifully redesigned and maintained. Always worth a visit and it's free.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

I visit it in mid-April, just very very few flowers there, still have some renovation work is in progress, there is a bridge and a pond, the environment is good, I think it should be a nice in summer time with the flowers are blooming.

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