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Allen Centennial Garden, Madison
(4.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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  • Allen Centennial Gardens is in a strange location (surrounded by dorms and tall educational buildings), but it provides a sufficient escape from the chaos of campus life. The gardens are meticulously ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 p...  more »
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  • Allen Centennial Gardens sits on the corner of Babcock Road and Observatory Drive. Surrounding a Victorian mansion that sits on the National Register of Historic Places, this 2.5 acre slice of heaven is one of my favorite Madison attractions. The gardener in me appreciates the 21 individually themed gardens and thousands of different perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees that grace the gardens. I've learned a great deal about incorporating texture, color, sound and focal points into my own garden designs from my many visits to the gardens. I also enjoy how the garden is constantly evolving; it changes from day-to-day, month-to-month and year-to-year. I see something new each time I visit. The non-gardener in me appreciates the peaceful setting where I can meditate with little or no distractions. It also is where my wife and I were married on a perfect September afternoon many years ago. That alone is grounds for a five star rating.
  • I never expected such a wonderful garden to exist on campus. It has one of the best collections (and well displayed collections) of alpine plants in its alpine rock garden that I've seen outside of Scandinavia. It's a perfect sanctuary in the middle of campus and I just can't get over the quality of the garden. While it's very small, it has much to offer and is always worth a walk around.
  • This is a small (2 acre?) garden which has a spectacular selection of Asiatic Lilies. Happily many of these were in bloom when we visited at the start of July. The school of Koi was very impressive. The good parts of the garden were very good, but it was let down by some areas (and the lack of labelling on plants I was interested in!). Well worth a visit if you are in the area. You also get to see how *big* UW-Madison is.
  • A stunning respite of natural space tucked among the lakeshore buildings of the UW-Madison campus. It's easy to access and I highly recommend the stop.
  • Small garden. They have a lot packed into the tiny space though. It's a nice place to get away while still being in the middle of campus.